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  • 25 Years of Talking Security: The RSAC Advisory Board Reflects on the Milestone Anniversary

    by Sandra Toms on January 5, 2016

    In 1991, the first RSA Conference brought together cryptographers to share advancements in Internet security. Leading up to this year’s conference, members of our advisory board took some time to reflect on this milestone anniversary, the past 25 years of the security industry and how RSAC can continue to keep pace with the rapidly expanding cybersecurity world. “The Internet was really just a…

  • Death to Shelfware: 5 Steps for Buying the Security You Actually Need

    by RSAC Contributor on January 4, 2016

    At a time when the industry is urging for increased investment in security, we’re also seeing plenty of security products gathering dust. Efforts to do more are not bringing the expected results, mainly because there is a rush to solve the problem, and not enough time spent understanding how various threats fit together. Consider the five-step program below to improve the likelihood that the…

  • Year in Review: Your Favorite Stories of 2015

    by Jennifer Lawinski on December 30, 2015

    The end of the year is always a time for reflection, and as we start thinking about our New Year's Resolutions, it can be helpful to take a look at what we learned the year before--or at least in what we liked reading. Last year you were interested in a wide variety of topics including books on cybersecurity, methods of attack and learning more about the RSA Conference. What were your favorite…

  • Vulnerabilities for OS X and iOS Take the Spotlight in 2015

    by RSAC Contributor on December 29, 2015

    This post comes from Liviu Arsene, security analyst at Bitdefender. The common belief that Apple’s OS X and iOS are not as prone to vulnerabilities and attacks as other popular operating systems has been put to the test in 2015. As OS X and iOS adoption increases in the enterprise segment—partly due to a new generation of “millennial” managers—attackers will likely target the two platforms more. …

  • The CISO's End-of-Year Questionnaire: How Do You Show Security Success

    by RSAC Contributor on December 28, 2015

    With the end-of-the-year looming, CSOs/CISOs have to update the Board of Directors on how the company fared security-wise over the past year. Todd Feinman, CEO and founder of data management company Identity Finder, provides a checklist to guide that conversation. How do CSOs show security successes? The end of year boardroom discussion will focus primarily on 5 principal questions: 1. Were there…

  • The Security Reading Room: The Best Information Security Books of 2015

    by Ben Rothke on December 23, 2015

    There were a lot of good information security books that came out in 2015, and many that were not worth reading. The following books stand out as the best, listed in no particular order: Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World: Bruce Schneier could have justifiably written an angry diatribe full of vitriol against President Obama, his administration, and…

  • A ‘Golden Key’ to Unlock Encryption Is the Wrong Approach

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on December 22, 2015

    This post in our VC-series comes from Robert R. Ackerman, Jr., the founder and managing director of Allegis Capital. It seems like an appealing strategy—give the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, as well as our spy organizations, a back door— a “golden key”—to unveil encrypted communications to help catch criminals and terrorists and protect Americans from harm. This is particularly…

  • Security in 2016: The RSAC Advisory Board's Industry Predictions

    by Jennifer Lawinski on December 21, 2015

    The security landscape is constantly evolving, and while it's hard to predict the future, the experts of the RSAC Advisory Board have rubbed their crystal balls and offer some insight into where they see the industry moving next year. What can we expect to see in 2016? Healthcare data will be more valuable to hackers, although experts disagree on how high-profile hacks will be next year. …

  • Weekend Reading: Encryption Tools and a Holiday Security Survival Guide

    by Jennifer Lawinski on December 18, 2015

    Work days are so busy that many of the week's best infosec stories often get lost in the shuffle. That's where Weekend Reading comes in. Each week we bring you the best news and analysis from the information security world, chosen by the field's best writers and editors. This week we've got two pieces on offer for your weekend reading, a guide to gifting in the era of the Internet of Things and a…

  • Why a Code Freeze Is a Cybercriminal’s Best Friend

    by Tony Bradley on December 17, 2015

    As we wind down 2015 and businesses prepare to shut down for the extended holiday break, many will also implement a code freeze. The code freeze is a normal operating procedure that occurs regularly as an application or software update nears release, or whenever there’s a crucial business milestone—like end of quarter or end of fiscal year. Unfortunately, a code freeze also means that…

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