NIST Privacy Framework – Your Foundation for Future Privacy Compliance

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In preparing to write an article about the NIST Privacy Framework I asked some friends who work in infosec and data protection for their thoughts. With few exceptions the conversation went:

“Oh, you mean the NIST CyberSecurity Framework.”

“No, the Privacy Framework”, I’d reply.

“I’m pretty sure it’s Cybersecurity.”

“I’ll send you a link.”

It’s not surprising that it’s gone under the ...

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Are You in the Dark About Visibility?

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You can’t have good posture without good visibility. This is not a phrase I’ve picked up during those hours of internet yoga classes during lockdown; try saying that in a real life yoga class and you’ll get some very funny looks indeed. But it does describe the core of an effective cybersecurity strategy.

Your ‘Security Posture’ is a combination of factors:

  •       Your awareness of current and changing cybersecurity threats.
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Why bother hacking when firms keep leaving the doors wide open?

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If your company suffered a data breach, wouldn’t it be at least a bit comforting if you knew it was because an army of criminal geniuses had spent months trying to penetrate your fortress-like defences?

Imagine the effort they must have gone through. They’ve tried every form of phishing, spearphishing, smishing, vishing and whaling. They’ve sent fake printer and HVAC engineers to try to penetrate the data centers. They’ve tried to get their spies recruited to ...

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Zoom: How to Avoid Cyber Security Video Conferencing Pitfalls

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There has been quite a trend in recent years of companies going from zeroes to heroes to villains in a short space of time: think Uber and WeWork. 

Unsustained growth can pose problems, particularly if you do not take cybersecurity seriously. 

Enter Zoom. Its fast growth caught the attention of bad actors and security researchers alike. Here are just a few of the recent security issues that have been raised. 

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Coronavirus And The Sudden Remote Worker Cybersecurity Problem – 5 Things to Consider

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While the Covid-19 situation is changing rapidly, companies need to prepare for any eventuality. For IT departments, this means that, at any moment, any number of staff might be required to stay at home for a period of quarantine or self-isolation at very short notice. 

Where appropriate, companies ought to consider how they can keep their employees productive if they can’t come into work for a few weeks. 

In many cases, a remote working setup might ...

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Backup Strategy in six points (and a free mnemonic)

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Good backup strategy = a better night’s sleep. It’s as simple as that.  It’s also difficult to get right and needs constant tweaking, not just because the amount of data we’re producing is growing exponentially, but also because the options for quick, secure backup are increasing, and that’s a very good thing!

Conversely, bad backup strategy is worse than useless as you can pay a lot of money for a big bag of false hope.

Why ...

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Security Benefits and Perils of Serverless Computing

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Whether you run your infrastructure in house or in the cloud, you’ve probably heard of serverless computing, and how it can make running applications easier and cheaper.  But is it all it’s cracked up to be, and is it more secure than running ‘always on’ servers?

Let’s start with the obvious advantages:

No infrastructure to maintain, not even virtual

With serverless computing, you don’t have to worry about provisioning servers, not even virtual ones. Your code runs ...

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The current state of privacy laws in the USA 2020: what you need to know

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After the introduction of the CCPA in 2018 a whole slew of states got on board the data privacy bandwagon, and it looked like there was real momentum in the direction of increased rights for citizens over their own data.  By the middle of 2019 more than a dozen states had introduced some kind of privacy bill, either from scratch or as an amendment to existing privacy laws.

So how has that turned out?

Well, if you’re an advocate for increased user ...

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Why it is high time to consider a CISO on demand

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Many years ago I went to the doctor with a weird arm.  If I held my elbow and wrist just-so, it seemed to stop the blood supply going to my fingers.  Nothing too dramatic, but worth getting checked out. I was referred to the local hospital where the specialist remarked that he had never seen anything like it and he was keen to investigate further.

“I should add that you’ve been referred to the wrong department.  This ...

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Isn’t it time we talk seriously about a nation-wide Privacy Act?

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Would you be surprised if someone told you that they felt even less secure online today, compared to five years ago? 

All we hear about are big companies screwing up and losing user data

Nah. Me neither. As reports Mitchell Noordyke from iapp, “state level momentum for comprehensive privacy bills is at an all time high. 

One of the hot topics now is whether the United States, Like the EU, ...

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