U.S. and China trade wars: What’s the likely impact on information security?

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The U.S. political landscape is shifting dramatically, and no one knows what this shake out will uncover. For better or worse, it is certainly rocking the boat for U.S. residents, but changes are afoot for other global entities as well.

One of these entities is China.

According to media reports as recent as yesterday, China says it is “fully prepared” for a trade war with the U.S.

This coming ...

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Some useful advice for newly-appointed CIOs and CISOs

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For the newly appointed CIO or CISO, being hit with an unexpected information security disaster is like a bone-crushing punch in the face.

Not only do you have to think on your feet and make decisions confidently and swiftly, but if you are still unfamiliar with the internal environment, you are swimming in dangerous waters: make the wrong call, and risk screwing up some essential service delivery or upsetting customers and shareholders. Each system, security policy, management team, staff ...

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Yes, the passwords users choose *really* matters

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Earlier this month, we celebrated that little-known tribute day known as World Password Day.

Responsible security organizations should use this opportunity to share best practice advice to help people understand just how darn easy it is for fraudsters to cause havoc if they can access privileged accounts authorized to change, edit and delete files, settings, apps or data.

Sadly, it seems that it is also a day where marketing people, who might be less au fait with cybersecurity, ...

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Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing and Red Teams Explained

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Confused about vulnerability testing and penetration tests and Red teams? I’m not surprised one bit.

These days, a growing number of information security experts use these terms interchangeably, as though they refer to the same thing. Whether it is due to apathy or a clear lack of understanding of the differences between these activities, security service providers are only confusing the matter by not informing their customers of what they get with each of these services. ...

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Meet CIS RAM: the new balanced infosecurity framework

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Applications, devices, technology and service provisioning are the bread and butter of IT, but any information security professional knows that risk management is equally important.

There is no point in an IT advisor implementing a service if it poses too much risk to the organization. This is why, for example, many companies prevent  access to social media sites – the benefits of access does not outweigh the risk.

Information Security professionals  have a duty ...

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What is an information security framework and why do I need one?

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An information security framework, when done properly, will allow any security leader to more intelligently manage their organizations cyber risk.

The framework consists of a number of documents that clearly define the adopted policies, procedures, and processes by which your organisation abides.  It effectively explains to all parties (internal, tangential and external) how information, systems and services are managed within your organisation.

The main point of having an information security framework in place is ...

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Blockchain: Can it secure the Internet?

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The recent Bitcoin bubble thrust the concept of cryptocurrencies firmly into the public consciousness. But attention quickly shifted away from Bitcoin itself – just one of a huge range of crypto-powered digital currencies, after all – and onto the technology that underpins it: the blockchain.

Blockchain has been the focus of huge amounts of research and development for at least a few years now, but it’s only really in the last six months or so that ...

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Convincing executive stakeholders that even the tiniest cyber-incident can lead to big disasters.

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We published an article recently about how many senior information security professionals, be they CISOs or CIOs, are worried about their systems being vulnerable to breach. One of the main problems is getting senior stakeholders, like the Board or the executive management team, to buy into your information security strategy. We shared a few approaches on how to address this ubiquitous problem.

Achieving executive buy-in on information security policies is much more difficult than ...

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Cybersecurity budget: CISO advice for getting your Board of Directors to take notice

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There are many CISOs and CSOs out there hiding their proverbial sweaty palms.

They’re stressed out, worried that it is just a matter of time before their network gets caught up in some embarrassing data debacle – perhaps it will be ransomware, or a targeted attack or an insider leak.

And they know they will then truly be in the hot seat.

Thing is, for many, it is a fingers-crossed game, because ...

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What to do with the last of your 2017 cyber security budget?

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Late in the financial year, it can difficult to figure out the best way to spend what’s left over in the information security budget.

No one wants to leave money on the table, especially when it could significantly reduce your exposure to cyber risk. The problem is that for any experienced IT security lead, you know there are thousands of ways that money could be spent: training, new security software, hardware upgrades, policy or system reviews, etc

Any of ...

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