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  • Security in the Cloud? Your Questions and Cloud Resources

    by Christopher Burgess on October 16, 2014

    The "cloud" is a nebulous concept. The "private cloud" is not as clearly defined as the "public cloud," but it is still confusing. Of course, we have a long list of questions regarding the cloud, but it's important to ask questions specifically about how cloud data is stored and kept secure. Resources to secure the cloud are plentiful. Here are some of the most important questions organizations…

  • Threats and Risk Management: Protect Your IP From Computer Hacking

    by Christopher Burgess on October 10, 2014

    There isn't a company in existence that doesn't have trade secrets and intellectual property worth protecting. The threats may come from computer hacking or from careless end users not paying attention to processes and procedures. One does not exclude the other. Poor cyber-hygiene makes the likelihood of systems and device compromises a real possibility. Tim Mather of Cadence Design Systems…

  • Security Risks: Mitigating the Human Element

    by Christopher Burgess on September 30, 2014

    Logs, logs, and more logs: They bury our sys admins charged with protecting our networks. The larger the company, the more data there is to process. Sorting out the false positives from those requiring immediate attention is key. We can do this by focusing on what our users are doing. We are all thankful for the plethora of tools that allows us to consume the myriad of logs and help us, the mere…

  • Cybersecurity Requires Qualified Personnel

    by Christopher Burgess on September 25, 2014

    The community of cybersecurity professionals is an energetic, creative, and highly sought-after one. It's also incredibly small, with hiringdemands outpacing available supply of professionals. Ask your chief information security officer, chief information officer, or chief security officer if they have all the information security personnel they want, and the answer will be almost always be a…

  • 3 Reasons to Consider a Managed Security Services Partner

    by Christopher Burgess on September 11, 2014

    Companies are generally cataloged as small, medium, or large. But size does not matter to a cybercriminal or an unethical competitor, who view companies as either soft and vulnerable, or hardened and difficult. Companies need to determine what level of "hardness" they need to achieve, and whether they want to build it themselves, partner with a managed security services entity, or a little of…

  • Data Protects Patient Privacy

    by Christopher Burgess on August 26, 2014

    Who wants his or her medical information shared beyond the healthcare professionals who need to know? It’s common sense that when it comes to medical privacy, no one wants to share his information. For the recent 2014 EMC Privacy Index,respondents from different countries were asked to rate their willingness to trade privacy for convenience on a scale from 0 to 100 (100 being the most willing and 0…

  • The Business of Security

    by Christopher Burgess on August 6, 2014

    Some of the most affable salespersons any of us have ever encountered are in the business of selling security. The business of security takes on many personas: technology, intelligence, awareness, knowledge, automation, hardware, software, legal, identity, BYOD, privacy, insider or outsider, risk and risk tolerance, and identity. At the recent RSA Conference 2014, many presentations touched one…

  • Vulnerability Management Helps Law Enforcement Investigate Cybercrime

    by Christopher Burgess on July 30, 2014

    Have we had a day in recent memory when cybercrime was not part of the global news cycle? According to a newly released report from RSA, over 50 percent of phishing attacks in March 2014 targeted brands located in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Australia, and Canada; an April 2014 RSA report reviewing 2013 data noted phishing caused $5.9 billion in losses to global organizations that…

  • Robust Security Intelligence: How Different Security Infrastructures Measure Up

    by Christopher Burgess on July 25, 2014

    What constitutes good security infrastructure? Ask a member of a security vendor's sales team, and he might hand you an order book with all the boxes checked. Ask a consultant, and her solution might focus on an extended hand-holding engagement. Ask a member of a country's cybersecurity emergency response team (CERT), and he will talk about national infrastructure and public-private partnerships. …

  • Mobile Payments and Devices Under Attack

    by Christopher Burgess on July 21, 2014

    A number of annual security reports released in the first half of 2014 address the threat to mobile devices and capabilities, including mobile payments and banking. If you are an Android user, you will find it interesting these reports estimated 98 to 99 percent of all mobile malware created in 2013 targeted Android devices (see, for example, the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report and the Kaspersky…

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