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  • Financial Services Organizations Are in Need of a Cyber Security Wake-Up Call

    by Tony Kontzer on July 7, 2017

    There's little to suggest that the money you've entrusted to the financial institutions you do business with is in jeopardy. But the data surrounding that money? That's another story. Financial services companies are braced for a period of continued and expanded cyber threats, and the really bad news is that many of them aren't prepared to withstand the onslaught. Recent surveys paint a picture…

  • Trump's Cybersecurity Executive Order Will Be Judged by the Action It Inspires

    by Tony Kontzer on June 28, 2017

    The actors behind the WannaCry ransomware attack that swept through hundreds of thousands of computers at organizations around the world couldn't have timed their actions more ironically. WannaCry first reared its head on May 12, the day after President Trump issued an anticipated executive order on federal government cyber security. The order essentially calls for two things: federal agencies…

  • Having a CISO In Place Is No Longer An Option—It's a Business Reality

    by Tony Kontzer on June 6, 2017

    Talk about your double-edged swords. The fact that American companies continue to bring CISOs on board is evidence that IT security is rapidly evolving into an ever-more-important component of business success in the 21st century. But it also serves as the latest reminder of how far Corporate America has to go in fully grasping just how important protecting customer data and safeguarding consumer…

  • The WannaCry Takeaway: Federal Governments Let Us Down

    by Tony Kontzer on May 23, 2017

    If you WannaCry now, just wait. You may WannaCry a lot more down the line unless federal governments do a much better job of protecting their critical IT systems. The WannaCry ransomware outbreak that first hit the U.K.'s National Health Service and subsequently spread around the world, infecting a Spanish telecom company, a Russian cell phone carrier, French automaker Renault and countless other…

  • Healthcare Industry Finds Itself Falling Behind on Data Security Front

    by Tony Kontzer on April 28, 2017

    With the healthcare industry having put so much energy in recent years to the transition to electronic healthcare, and to protecting patient privacy through regulations like the U.S.'s Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), one would assume the sector has been addressing security sufficiently. That would be a dangerous assumption. Recent events haven't just highlighted…

  • AppSec Testing: An Often Overlooked Component of DevOps

    by Tony Kontzer on April 25, 2017

    No matter how much companies learn about the vulnerability of their applications, or how many people are urging them to address those vulnerabilities during development, they still don't seem get the message. Despite the fact that just about every DevOps and AppSec vendor is waxing poetic about the importance of AppSec testing, and independent studies are predicting huge growth for the market, …

  • RSAC 2017: Lapping up Innovation and Laughing at Science

    by Tony Kontzer on February 23, 2017

    Now that we've had a few days to digest our respective experiences at the recent RSA Conference, what did we learn? On the lighter side, we learned that astrophysicists can be really, really funny. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, you must have missed Neil deGrasse Tyson's keynote, during which he managed to make obscure facts about the cosmos as entertaining as a night at The Improv. …

  • RSA Conference 2017: The Innovation Sandbox Contest

    by Tony Kontzer on February 16, 2017

    For the 12 th year, the RSA Conference kicked off with the Innovation Sandbox, a contest in which ten hot startups each get three minutes to try to blow the socks off a panel of judges. And just as he does each year, conference program Chairman Hugh Thompson kicked things off with a clever — and highly applicable — anecdote. This year's story went something like this: Thompson was about 10…

  • RSAC 2017: Securing An Increasingly Insecure World

    by Tony Kontzer on February 6, 2017

    Ah, another year, another endless series of security incidents and growing threats to keep the IT security world on edge. (And gainfully employed—let's not forget that part.) As the InfoSec world converges on San Francisco for next week's RSA Conference, there are plenty of topical themes attendees can expect will be filtered through the gauntlet of keynotes, sessions and workshops. And as in…

  • RSA Conference 2016: The Week in Review

    by Tony Kontzer on March 11, 2016

    I don't know about you, but I always find myself swept away by the momentum of a big event like the just-concluded RSA Conference, but when it ends, brother, do I get a conference hangover. For what seems like days after I return home, my brain is mush and I can fall asleep on a dime. If anyone in my house so much as whispered the term "information security" during those first days back, I'd cut…

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