The PEBCAK scenario: securing systems against non-malicious employees

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Ever use the expression PEBCAK? What about ID-Ten-T error?*

While many variations exist, they all mean the same thing: user error. Ignoring the negative sentiment implied, it’s effectively a shorthand to say, “not our fault.”

In the world of, say, technical support, perhaps this expression might be acceptable. Many tech support teams exist simply to ensure their widgets are functioning correctly. But when an IT representative uses such terms to refer to a user within the organization, shouldn’t it raise a red ...

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How to get stakeholder ‘buy in’ for regular penetration testing

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Yet another massive breach was confirmed last week, after 2.2 million patient and employee private records at cancer treatment provider 21st Century Oncology Holdings were found to be accessible to unauthorized third-parties.

Patients’ names, Social Security numbers, physicians’ names, diagnoses and treatment information, as well as insurance records could now all be in the clutches of unauthorized individuals. Ouch.

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Penetration testing: Don’t caught with your pants down

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Why is penetration testing important?
You can’t fix what you don’t know is broken.

Discovering a leak only when some unauthorized visitor has taken advantage of it sucks.

Ask anyone who’s gone through it. Hackers might have slipped into your network to snoop around, nab confidential information and/or cause havoc…Whatever the case, this is most definitely a situation that is better avoided.

At USENIX Enigma 2016, NSA TAO Chief Rob Joyce presented Disrupting Nation State Hackers. In this ...

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OCIE’s Cybersecurity exams 2016: what you need to know now

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SEC Cybersecurity ExamsWe are all aware that more high-profile cyber attacks are expected, so it is no surprise that the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) have stated that cybersecurity will continue to be a priority for 2016.

In fact, The OCIE announced that the cybersecurity exams will include more in-depth assessments procedures and control implementations within organizations, but more ...

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Three BIG security threat predictions for 2016: Make sure you are covered!

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With many security companies pushing out their threat predictions for 2016, we thought it best to review as many as we could in order to compile a definitive list of what to look out for in this coming year.

And, as independent consultants without any direct or indirect ties to specific security providers, we are well placed to provide an product-agnostic perspective on the state of security in 2016.

More importantly, we wanted to give you expert advice on how you can ...

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