• How Do Google, Microsoft and Adobe Think About Privacy?

    by Tony Kontzer on March 2, 2016

    You may have noticed that privacy has become sort of a big deal of late. From Apple's battle with the FBI to ongoing work on developing an international privacy regulation, privacy issues have taken center stage, right next to the plethora of security challenges companies face. At the RSA Conference on Tuesday, a panel of privacy executives from Microsoft, Google and Adobe took on the topic, and…

  • Streamline the Cloud: How Companies Use Cloud Access Security Brokers

    by Tony Kontzer on March 2, 2016

    Growing numbers of information security executives are learning just how expansive their organizations' use of cloud computing are. And let's just say the findings are often shocking. With many companies unknowingly using thousands of cloud services, it's no wonder they're turning in larger numbers to cloud access security brokers. CASBs, as they're referred to, are essentially security…

  • Government in the Crossfire: The Challenge of Data Privacy

    by Tony Kontzer on March 2, 2016

    If you corporate privacy people think you have it tough, pity your peers in the government sector. A panel of experts told attendees at the RSA Conference Wednesday that the government agencies we should trust most with our data are not only overwhelmed, they're also severely handicapped in their efforts to keep that data safe. And that's a crying shame, given what government could be…

  • U.S. Attorney General Speaks Out on Apple Encryption Controversy

    by David Needle on March 1, 2016

    At the RSA Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed the controversy surrounding Apple’s refusal to break the encryption on an iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. Lynch expressed surprise that since Apple has cooperated with FBI requests in the past—and continues to do so on other matters—that in this specific…

  • RSA President Amit Yoran: 'Our Problem Isn't a Technology Problem'

    by Tony Kontzer on March 1, 2016

    When Amit Yoran took the stage for his keynote address at this week's RSA Conference in San Francisco, most of the thousands of attendees in the audience probably expected to hear about how a new generation of security technologies would help companies get a leg up on the growing array of threats they face today. What they didn't expect was to be told that the greatest weapons in their security…

  • RSAC 2016 Daily Recap: Tuesday

    by Jennifer Lawinski on March 1, 2016

    Tuesday, the RSA Conference kicked off in style here in San Francisco. After a rousing and delightful set of cybersecurity-themed songs from a capella powerhouses Pentatonix, RSA President Amit Yoran took to the stage. In his opening keynote, Yoran told attendees that "you are how you behave," and urged the security community to help develop its talent by nurturing the hunters. "There is no…

  • There is Such a Thing as Security Return on Investment: Well, Sort of

    by Gib Sorebo on March 1, 2016

    Having spent a fair amount of time with critical infrastructure operators, I’ve gotten used to the groans and eye rolls I receive when I try to explain why they need to spend more money on cybersecurity. Whether it’s to satisfy a compliance requirement or to reduce the risk of a cyber attack by some incalculable amount, the common perception is that we’re getting in the way of a profitable…

  • Experts Debate the ‘Threat’ of Autonomous Cars and Smart Robots

    by David Needle on March 1, 2016

    With the recent news that a Google self-driving car hit a bus because it's human assumed (incorrectly) that the bus would slow down for it, an RSA panel entitled Robot Cars, Risk and Ethics: Lessons for Artificial Intelligence was particularly timely. “The poster boy for artificial intelligence is learning to drive a car, but I want to emphasize that A.I. has a large role in cyber security,” said…

  • RSAC 2016 Keynote Speakers Talk Apple, Encryption and the FBI

    by Tony Kontzer on March 1, 2016

    It's official: The information security community is firmly behind Apple in its battle with the FBI over the fate of the infamous iPhone 5 belonging to one of the shooters in last year's terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif. A succession of keynote speakers Tuesday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco made their allegiances clear, agreeing with Apple's perspective that developing a…

  • NSA Chief Highlights Future Cyber Threats and the Need for Partnerships

    by David Needle on March 1, 2016

    Whether it was a quirk in the schedule or planned, the timing of a keynote by the head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command at the RSA Conference here was ironic. Admiral Michael S. Rogers’ speech followed the annual encryption panel where the hot topic was whether Apple should accede to the U.S. government’s demand to help it crack the iPhone of one of the accused San Bernardino…

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