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  • Disruption Can Wound or Kill, With or Without Social Engineering

    by Christopher Burgess on June 2, 2014

    The realization that your team is in the sights of individuals performing social engineering attacks is alarming. To think the information they elicited or the actions they induced were used to perform attacks involving your customers—well, you'd naturally feel panicked. But what if you were that customer, whose data or whose network has been made vulnerable by the actions of your team? Think it…

  • Losing Faith with Retail POS?

    by Christopher Burgess on May 28, 2014

    The technology section of every newspaper, magazine or online entity lately is describing how point of sale (POS), and the use of your credit cards is a bit like playing Russian roulette with the retail POS terminals — are they or are they not compromised? The recent batch of retail breaches of payment card industry (PCI) data began with Target, then Neiman Marcus, Michaels, and a bevy of…

  • National and International Security Awareness Initiatives

    by Christopher Burgess on May 23, 2014

    Programs such as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (US) and Safer Internet Day (global) are designed to heighten international awareness for both companies and consumers. But who benefits? Individuals? Small and medium businesses (SMBs)? Enterprises? Individual Awareness Over the course of the past five years, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) has evolved from providing…

  • Breaches: When You're Caught With Your Britches Down

    by Christopher Burgess on May 19, 2014

    Head over to the search engine of your choice, put in the keywords "data breach," and take a look at the screen. The very first thing you'll encounter is the new cottage industry that has evolved around rectifying the residual fallout that accompanies many breach events. You'll discover that there is no shortage of paid ads offering various solutions. Then you'll see the multitudes of vendors…

  • Cloud Service Maturing in Southeast Asia

    by Christopher Burgess on May 12, 2014

    Cloud service adoption and build-out in Southeast Asia is not new, as evidenced by the rapid pace in which Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore took key positions in the data center and cloud service provider categories in 2011. Indeed, in 2012, the Singapore government offered incentives to companies to adopt cloud computing, and according to the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore was…

  • Greatly Reduce Data Theft by Knowing the Who and Where of Your Data

    by Christopher Burgess on May 9, 2014

    The universal constant of every business, regardless of size or industry, is that it has important data, and that data may be the target for theft. What should be the second constant is knowledge of where the data is located. Once you know its location, you can sort out who has access. This sounds simple, yet so many companies are unable to say with certainty where their data is, who has access…

  • BYOD Is Alive and Growing in APAC

    by Christopher Burgess on May 5, 2014

    Bring your own device (BYOD) adoption in APAC is alive and well, and is expected to increase by more than 20 percent from 2014 to 2020, according to a study by Grand View Research. Two driving factors for this growth are reduced hardware costs and the maturation of cloud-based solutions, and the devices of choice are smartphones and tablets. What's in it for the businesses? A report from…

  • When Intellectual Property Goes Out the Front Door

    by Christopher Burgess on May 1, 2014

    According to a 2012 survey by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) referenced in The Asahi Shimbun, it was revealed that of the 3,000 Japanese companies polled, 13.5 percent have had their intellectual property (IP) leaked or have suspected a leak over the past five years. The Asahi Shimbun goes on to describe how IP is being stolen by a variety of entities, both foreign and…

  • The Security Threat Posed by Social Engineering

    by Christopher Burgess on April 10, 2014

    When one uses the words "security threat" and "social engineering" together, the analogy of hand-in-glove is appropriate. At the RSA Conference 2014, this was adroitly explained in the session "When the Phone Is More Dangerous Than Malware" hosted by Christopher Hadnagy and Michele Fincher, both of Social-Engineer, Inc., as they walked the attendees through how social engineers collect, sort, …

  • CISOs, Business Security, and the Business of Security

    by Christopher Burgess on April 3, 2014

    So you want to be a CISO, really? Business security, or the business of security, has evolved and is evolving, according to Todd Fitzgerald of Grant Thornton International, who shared his thoughts in his RSA Conference 2014 session, "So Why on Earth Would You WANT to Be a CISO?" Fitzgerald captured the challenge facing all who are thinking of moving into the CISO career track when he shared a…

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