Showing Blog Posts: 1–10 of 21 by Robert Ackerman Jr.

Robert Ackerman Jr.

Robert Ackerman Jr.

Founder and Managing Director, AllegisCyber

  • Data Protection Needs to be Put on Steroids

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on May 28, 2019

    In our age of relentless and deadly effective cyberattacks, virtually every sizable enterprise and government entity knows the critical importance of taking pains to protect their data. As year after year of increasing cybersecurity budgets underscore, they spend big and hire plenty of cyber experts to help guide that spending. But are they doing a good job overall? Not really, partly because of…

  • Companies Must Develop More Precise Cybersecurity Road Maps and Strategies

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on April 19, 2019

    Given all the years that companies and federal and state governments have been investing aggressively to improve cybersecurity, you might think by now they would have a well-executed cyber architecture and security strategies firmly in place. The sad fact, however, is that many organizations have yet to accomplish this -- or they have temporarily but subsequently fail to keep pace with change and…

  • The Cyber Skills Shortage Continues to Balloon -- and Think Tanks Aren’t Helping

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on March 29, 2019

    Late last year, underscoring the current U.S. cyber employee shortage of more than 300,000 workers, the prestigious Aspen Institute Cyber and Technology Strategy Group asked its sizeable cast of blue-chip cybersecurity experts to study solutions to this years-long – and ever-worsening – problem. The group, which is co-chaired by IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty and whose other members include…

  • Security Analytics Now Required In Cybersecurity

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on February 22, 2019

    Only a few years ago, big data security analytics was not an arrow in most quivers in the fight against cybercrime, now estimated to have ballooned to more than $450 billion a year globally. In fact, protecting a corporate enterprise and its data was roughly akin to securing a medieval castle – in essence, a big wall was created, surrounded by a deep moat. Guards determined who could cross a…

  • Privacy on the Internet – What Privacy?

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on January 29, 2019

    Whether huge privacy blunders at Facebook and apparent contempt for individual personal space there and at other technology giants bothers you or not, it’s changing our way of life in America for the worse. Consumers are grudgingly accepting that being monitored by corporations and government is now a fact of life. Facebook and Google may know more about you than you do. Eight words by Bruce…

  • 2019 Could Be the Worst Year Yet for Cyber Breaches

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on December 14, 2018

    Three months ago, it happened again – a high profile company with sophisticated cybersecurity was breached, compromising the credit card details of 565,000 customers. The victim was British Airways. Hackers managed to work around the airline’s encryption, among other protective measures, and siphoned the data over a two-week period ending in early September. What set this cyber episode apart was…

  • The Christmas Season is Here – and Retail Cyber-Defenses are Lacking

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on November 29, 2018

    The year’s busiest period for retailing has begun and once again will test the effectiveness of retailing cybersecurity – and just as the World Economic Forum has produced a new report stating North American business executives rank cyber attacks among their top risks. While retailing cybersecurity is improving to some extent, its breadth and quality still has ample room to grow. This means…

  • Weak Federal Cybersecurity Measures are Deteriorating Further – and That’s Extremely Dangerous

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on September 24, 2018

    It may seem relatively quiet on the cybersecurity front these days, and in some ways, it is. There are no new reports of breaches at the National Security Agency or the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management, and, happily, no other major credit reporting agency has followed in the footsteps of Equifax as a victim of a devastating breach – one that last year exposed sensitive…

  • Banks Still Have the Most Money – and Pay the Price in the Cyber Realm

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on September 4, 2018

    Not so long ago, the biggest headache at most banks was bad credit, or, in a few cases, fear of a bank robbery. Those simple, if troublesome, days have receded deep into the background. Today the biggest concern of banks and other players in the financial services sector is cyber attacks – and for good reason. According to Security Boulevard , the financial services industry remained among the…

  • Let’s Seriously Address the Cyber Talent Shortage Once and For All

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on February 20, 2018

    Nearly 85 U.S. universities today offer undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in cybersecurity, up from a tiny handful a decade ago. Some of these are among the top universities in the country, such as Dartmouth, John Hopkins and New York University. There are also about a dozen two-year college programs, as well as about 25 accredited online cybersecurity degree programs. And yet the…

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