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  • Shopping at Breached Retailers This Holiday Season

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on December 17, 2014

    We are about halfway into the holiday shopping season, and it’s not clear if the retail breaches have affected how consumers are shopping this year. Overall shopper traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday—Thursday to Sunday—dropped 5.2 percent compared to 2013, according to early numbers from the National Retail Federation released earlier this month. There were also a lot of provocative numbers…

  • Your End-of-the-Year Security Checklist

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on December 5, 2014

    Let's talk about checklists! Specifically, checklists of things information security professionals should complete between now and the end of the year. Slow period? What slow period? The end-of-the-year is a very busy time for IT security. Last minute modifications and additions to next-year's budget are underway, as well as looking at this year's budget and figuring out what else needs to be…

  • Keeping the Lights On, Networks Safe

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on December 1, 2014

    December is a month for looking back at all the things that happened this year and for looking ahead to what is in store next year. For many information security professionals, it is also a month of long hours as organizations rely on skeleton staff to defend the network. Criminals frequently launch their campaigns over holidays, weekends, and late at night when IT staff has a skeleton crew in…

  • Guidelines For Retailers This Holiday Shopping Season

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on November 19, 2014

    The holiday shopping season is looming, and retailers are gearing up for Black Friday and other sales. It's been a year since criminals infiltrated Target's networks with malware and made off with millions of credit card details. Retailers are scrambling to get everything ready for the shoppers and deals; we hope their networks are secure and ready, as well. Or will cyber-criminals have another…

  • Are Security Teams Ready to Handle the End of Year Challenges?

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on November 12, 2014

    While we continue with the budget discussion, it's important to think about some of the unique challenges present as we approach the end of the calendar year. There are various things security professionals need to do at this time of the year, and David Matthews discusses some of them on Nov. 20 in Incident Response: Are You Ready for the End of the Year? As the former director of incident…

  • Preventing Another Holiday Season Data Breach

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on November 11, 2014

    Businesses—not just retailers—spend months developing plans for the holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, many of them haven't thought about security during those strategy sessions. "People have different mentalities when they look at the end of the year," says Chris Strand, senior director of compliance at Bit9. We've already listed some of the challenges associated with the end-of-the-year…

  • Webcast Recap: Finding Security Resources Inside Your Organization

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on November 5, 2014

    As part of the budget planning exercise, security leaders have to prioritize their projects and initiatives for the next year. Savvy security leaders know to look for security resources in other areas of the organization, Denim Group principal John Dickson said in a recent RSAC webcast. "This is not about vendors selling security solutions to CISOs or CSOs," Dickson said. "This is about internal…

  • News Pick: Data Breach Targets Speak

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on November 4, 2014

    While any organization can suffer a data breach, some organizations seem to be bigger targets than others. Representatives from financial services, retail, media, and healthcare organizations talked about their security strategies at this year's Privacy Xchange Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dark Reading reported. Not all industry sectors face the same threats. Organizations have to finetune their…

  • Security Reality: Special Challenges in Q4

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on November 3, 2014

    The end of the year is a busy time for information security professionals. There are a lot of balls to juggle, and our adversaries are poised to attack if we look in the wrong direction. The team behind Target’s data breach last year took advantage of the retailer’s increased traffic volume—both online as well as through its brick-and-mortar stores—to sneak in and infect the point-of-sale…

  • Around the Web: Backoff, Online Payments, Security

    by Fahmida Y. Rashid on October 24, 2014

    Data breaches, point-of-sale malware, and payment card security were among the hottest topics this week. Information security professionals have to sift through and absorb a lot of information throughout the week, including news reports, survey results, threat advisories, and security warnings. That's just the beginning. Don't forget breaking research, insightful blog posts from other security…

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