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  • Best Tool for Protecting Holiday Shoppers' Data: Basic Common Sense

    by Tony Kontzer on November 28, 2018

    When the topics of cybersecurity and Christmas are combined, it's difficult not to think of 2013, when Target was hit by the most notorious of holiday season data breaches. The fact that we still cite a 5-year-old event hints that cybersecurity may have gotten a bit better since then. Somehow, the subsequent holiday seasons have been free of such large-scale breaches, and history suggests that…

  • The Push For More Women in Cybersecurity: Baby Steps Need to Give Way to Bigger Leaps

    by Tony Kontzer on November 23, 2018

    In recent years, the topic of the lack of women in the cybersecurity workforce has been somewhat of a cause célèbre, but the results of efforts to promote progress have been mixed at best. Anyone who has walked around the annual RSA Conference or any other large security gathering surely has noticed that, while there are more women in the crowd every year, it is still mostly men. At these events, …

  • Getting Serious About Security in Schools

    by Tony Kontzer on October 16, 2018

    Americans do a whole lot of fretting about cyber security, and with good reason. We all read about the breaches that have become daily occurrences; we receive constant reminders to protect one's online identity when using computers and mobile devices, and we're warned more and more about bad guys coming at us through our televisions, security cameras and personal assistants. So we lock down our…

  • Keeping the Cyber Strangers in Your House at Bay

    by Tony Kontzer on October 3, 2018

    It's long been the job of parents to caution their children to beware of the outside world. We warned them that it was filled with potential dangers, most notably strangers waiting to take advantage of kids' trusting nature. We taught them to keep their valuables hidden, and not to share personal information with anyone they didn't know. We certainly had no reason to tell them about strangers…

  • Five Eyes Group's Calls for Encryption Back Doors is a Shot Across Tech Industry's Bow

    by Tony Kontzer on September 26, 2018

    During a keynote address at the 2016 RSA Conference in San Francisco, Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer for Microsoft made no bones how he felt about the prospect of law enforcement having the ability to pry into the private data locked in cell phones. "The path to hell starts with the back door," Smith said, "and we need to ensure that encryption technology remains strong." Two and a…

  • Options Abound for Cyber Security Jobseekers, but Finding the Right Fit Takes Work

    by Tony Kontzer on September 19, 2018

    We've all heard the familiar refrain any time cyber security professionals gather: There aren't enough qualified security employees to fill the glut of available positions. In fact, Forbes recently went so far as to label this shortage of security workers a crisis. The author of the Forbes piece, Brian NeSmith, CEO of security operations center-as-a-service provider Arctic Wolf Networks, argues…

  • In the Financial Services Industry, the Time for a Fresh Approach to Cyber Security is Now

    by Tony Kontzer on August 28, 2018

    Back in the Old West, banks were the whipping boys of criminals. Anyone with a gun and an eye for ill-gotten gain would target banks because that's where all the money was, and there weren't a whole lot of safeguards preventing someone from walking into the town branch and holding it up. Today, pretty much any business that manages transactions or holds valuable data can find itself on the wrong…

  • How A.I is Shaking the Foundations of Cybersecurity

    by Tony Kontzer on August 24, 2018

    The crossroads are coming faster than ever for the world of cybersecurity. Information security leaders have had to do a lot of adapting over the past decade. They've shifted from an emphasis on protecting the perimeter of the network to defending access points. They've turned a large portion of their outward gaze inward as knowledge and awareness of insider threats mushroomed. They've extended…

  • Sports and Health/Fitness Retailers Find Themselves in the Cyber Security Firing Line

    by Tony Kontzer on July 26, 2018

    As cyber security breaches have become an unavoidable part of doing business in the 21st century, hackers have at times appeared to be working through various categories of companies one at a time. Back in 2013 and 2014, it was big box retailers like Target and Home Depot who started getting the worst of it. In 2015, a report from Websense (since renamed Forcepoint) indicated that financial services…

  • C-Suite Cybersecurity Awareness May Be the Key to Taking a Bite Out of Breaches

    by Tony Kontzer on July 19, 2018

    No matter how many breaches we read about, how many cautions we hear, or how many reminders we get about the importance of round-the-clock diligence, cybersecurity continues to slip through the cracks as a business priority too often. Too often, this chink in the armor comes down to a simple and disturbing disconnect: too many C-suite executives seem to not be getting the message that this…

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