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  • Hold On For Your Life: GDPR Has Landed and is Making its Impact Felt Quickly

    by Tony Kontzer on June 21, 2018

    Anyone who attended this year's RSA Conference in San Francisco can attest to the prominent portion of mindshare that security and privacy practitioners were devoting at that time to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect last month. GDPR, which at its essence gives consumers the final say on how their data is handled, has been a long time coming. …

  • Report: Many Companies Taking Status Quo Approach to Cyber Security at Their Own Peril

    by Tony Kontzer on May 29, 2018

    At the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco, attendees heard a lot of recognition that the cyber security landscape is in flux. A new generation of technologies that generate unprecedented amounts of data has changed the playing field, as has the rise of artificial intelligence. This has resulted not just in more things to secure and more insight to work with, it also has led to an adversary…

  • Governments Worldwide Appear to Be Hearing the Calls for Improved Cyber Security

    by Tony Kontzer on May 15, 2018

    Governments of all types have long proven to be challenged in the area of cyber security. Forget the long-standing jokes about government red tape and inefficiency; this isn't about not being able to get it done. It's about years of giving security short shrift. Consider that the United Nations' second annual Cyber Security Index released last summer indicated that just 38 percent of the world's…

  • From New Insights and Best Practices to Networking and Recruitment, RSA Conference 2018 Had it All

    by Tony Kontzer on April 27, 2018

    It's hard not to return from the RSA Conference and not think of that whole "firehose of information" metaphor tech folks love to trot out. Because that's what the RSA Conference quite literally is: a firehose of information. Whether you get there early to take advantage of pre-conference tutorials, prefer to start things off with the annual Innovation Sandbox Contest, or arrive just in time to…

  • As RSA Conference Convenes, Tech Companies Promise to Take Security Reins

    by Tony Kontzer on April 19, 2018

    As 50,000 members of the cyber security community descended upon San Francisco for the annual RSA Conference to discuss solutions to the security questions facing us, 34 technology companies revealed that they plan to start doing something. In signing the so-called Cybersecurity Tech Accord, Cisco, Facebook, Microsoft and 31 other companies have pledged to "defend all customers everywhere from…

  • This Year's Innovation Sandbox Theme: Taking Humans out of the Security Equation

    by Tony Kontzer on April 17, 2018

    Kicking off the RSA Conference with the Innovation Sandbox event-within-an-event has always made a lot of sense. Attendees get an overview of what's coming next in security without having to feel like they have to jump into a deep dive right out of the gate. They get 10 three-minute presentations that delve into a host of security problems begging for better solutions. (The presenters also likely…

  • No Shortage of Compelling Topics as RSA Conference 2018 Approaches

    by Tony Kontzer on April 13, 2018

    Certain things in life are inevitable. Death and taxes. The sun rising in the East and setting in the West. Donald Trump tweeting extemporaneously. Kids growing up and leaving home (okay, so there's a little hope in that last one.) Here's another item to add to the list: Namely, that IT security and privacy professionals will get the goods when they attend the annual RSA Conference, which will…

  • New York Cybersecurity Regulations: An Important Step, but Still a Long Way From the GDPR

    by Tony Kontzer on March 29, 2018

    Leave it to New Yorkers to take a uniquely aggressive stand against cybercrime. Sure, the effort only protects one industry, but we have to start somewhere. As home to the world's greatest concentration of financial services firms, not to mention the most powerful stock exchanges on the planet, New York has a lot to protect. Which is why Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2016 directed the state's Department…

  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework Getting a Facelift, Looking to Make Adoption Easier

    by Tony Kontzer on March 15, 2018

    One of the biggest obstacles to securing the nation's critical infrastructure components, as well as to securing enterprise environments, is poor coordination. Whether it's the lack of a common vocabulary, a lack of agreement about best practices and recommended methodologies, or simply seeing security through different lenses, it's clear that without a common playbook from which to collaborate, …

  • How Educational Institutions Are Failing to Adequately Protect Student Data

    by Tony Kontzer on February 28, 2018

    With security at the forefront of hot button issues across the country right now, one threat often gone unnoticed to students' well-being is the growing frequency with which their personal data is being compromised. Cyber criminals' increased interest in attacking education systems imperils students' financial futures and privacy, and gives parents a reason to question whether schools are up to…

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