Should C-level Bonuses Be Tied To Cybersecurity Posture?

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The cybersecurity catch-22 – have you run across it? This is where, for example, you’ve found a vulnerability in a product, and you inform the affected company in a responsible way, but you never receive a response.

Or perhaps you work in the development team, and really want your employers to give you the resources you need to address a security flaw, only to see your requests shoved aside to focus on new, sexier features.

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2019: What to expect in cybersecurity this year

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Another year is upon us. 2018 was a cyber rollercoaster with massive internet scandals and data breaches.  With that in mind there are a number of IT security topics that should be top of mind for 2019.

Take a look at a few we’ve identified…

Security by Design

We expect to see a greater focus on baked-in security, be this in application development, or in IT and company strategies. In 2018, with the enforcement of Europe’s data ...

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Are employees really the weakest link in your cyber-defense strategy?

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It’s been touted for awhile that people, be they employees, business partners or consultants, are the true weakness in the cyber defenses of an organization.

It is people – all with some level of access to the inner sanctum of the network – that have been a main focus for malicious agents (aka “the bad guys”).

It isn’t rocket science as to why – as technology gets more complex and savvy, it is more difficult to sneak into a system undetected from ...

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Pen Tests and Red Teams are NOT the same

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So the other day, I was debating the ins and outs of a cyber strategy to protect a network. At one point, my learned friend scoffed at me, saying I was splitting hairs – that there was essentially no difference between “red teaming” and penetration testing.

I respectfully disagreed, and here’s why:

Actually, let’s first admit that they do have one thing is common. They both are key to a holistic defense strategy, but they should not be conflated.

Let’s define what we ...

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Penetration Tests: Why It Stops Trouble Before It’s Too Late

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No matter what kind of company you work in, if it has online assets – like a web store or site, or databases containing sensitive information like business strategies, financials, or customer info – you face a dilemma: how do I stop unauthorized users from entering restricted systems and accessing files, yet ensure seamless accessibility to my users?

There are of course countless approaches to this problem, usually including layers of security, powerful software and enforced policies. Now, even in big ...

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Top Five Data Breaches of Summer 2018

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It seems that 2.6 billion records were exposed in the first half of 2018. Just to provide context, remember that there are less than 3 times that many people alive on the planet. Obviously, those records don’t represent unique users, but it goes to show the sheer scope of the problem.

And it is an expensive problem. In the U.S. the average price tag swells to $7.91 million per breach, with an average clean up time ...

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Top five IT security threats AND what you can do about them

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The job of a security administrator is far more complex today than ever. Plethoras of attacks attempt to blow down your corporate doors on a daily basis. Below, we’ve outlined today’s most prevalent attacks, and provided some expert advice on how to prevent being their next victim.

 

Malware and targeted attacks

Malware has moved a long way from the viruses and worms of the 1990s, becoming ever more crafted to target specific businesses or sectors, to steal ...

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Cryptomining overtakes Ransomware as leading malware and cause of headaches for IT

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According to experts, current crypto value is said to reach one trillion dollars this year. With an estimated five-to-ten million active wallets.

Take Statista, who reports the price of Bitcoin experienced an increase from about 371 U.S. dollars in January 2016 to over 13 thousand by December 2017. Also, market capitalization of Bitcoin rose from $0.04 billion in Q1 2012 to over $230 billion in Q4 2017.

Many of us would be lying if we said we hadn’t at least thought ...

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

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Image courtesy of the Los Angeles Daily News

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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