Showing Blog Posts: 1–10 of 17 by Robert Ackerman Jr.

Robert Ackerman Jr.

Robert Ackerman Jr.

Founder and Managing Director, AllegisCyber

  • 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…

  • The Road for Cybersecurity in 2018

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on February 9, 2018

    Every year, global investment in cybersecurity increases and pretty much so does investment in cyber startups. And so the inevitable question arises: Are we approaching or already in a cybersecurity bubble, fueled in part by venture capitalists? The quick answer is yes and no. According to Gartner Inc. worldwide spending on cybersecurity exceeded $86 billion in 2017, an increase of 7%, and will…

  • The Best Cybersecurity Programs Put Employee Training First

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on November 14, 2017

    Timely advice about creating a worthwhile corporate cybersecurity strategy sagely starts today by realizing that establishing firewalls and relying on the IT department to monitor attacks isn’t sufficient. Reactive strategies break down over time, making proactive strategies crucial. Further, defensive strategies work only within centralized, controlled and managed-device networks – all now…

  • Cybersecurity Automation Is Coming to the Rescue

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on September 7, 2017

    Every now and then, it may seem as though the explosive growth of increasingly sophisticated, novel and successful cyberattacks is overwhelming. Who can keep up and fend off the attacks? Certainly not the federal government, and certainly not most major corporations. Further undermining a strong defensive posture is the swelling shortage of cybersecurity specialists– more than 1 million globally…

  • You Have to Know Plenty To Pursue a Cybersecurity Career – But Not Nearly Everything

    by Robert Ackerman Jr. on August 21, 2017

    Ask a cybersecurity firm or a big financial services company with a huge cybersecurity staff what they’re looking for in new cybersecurity talent, and they will tick off their requirements in rapid-fire succession, barely stopping to take a breath. They want somebody with a bachelor’s degree in computer programming, computer science or computer engineering. They also want to see an academic…

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