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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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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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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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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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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Cybersecurity predictions 2018: 5 key infosecurity trends to watch out for

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In our last post, we talked about the most significant data breaches of 2017.  And what better way to wrap up 2017 than by pulling out our crystal ball and gazing into the near future.

Using our expertise in infosecurity, here is our shortlist of what to watch out for in the upcoming year:

Expect new EU regulation GDPR to make headlines.

The way in which your website collates ...

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Before you buy or connect a smart device (IoT), read this!

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The Internet of Things (IoT), as a term, has been bandied around a lot over the last few years.

Many people – even those that work in the technology sector – are still unclear on what IoT really means.

In this blog series, we will define IoT, talk about why infosecurity experts are concerned, and delve into some of the issues facing both providers and consumers.

We’ll also provide some practical recommendations for both parties:

  • Consumers of IoT devices: Tips for choosing the right IoT ...
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How to hire a good CISO: a short – but informative – guide

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The deluge of cyberattacks hasn’t abated. Before we discuss what a CISO does and the different ways you can bring in CISO expertise into your organization, let’s take a quick at the current threat landscape.

As ever, we continue to be plummeted with scary news articles about companies suffering data breaches, ransomware attacks, dDoS attacks and vulnerability exploits.

It seems no industry is safe. We’ve read about attacks hitting hotels (Intercontinental), restaurants (Arby’s), telecommunications (Verifone, Verizon), healthcare ( Read More →

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We’ve all got password fatigue, but are NIST’s new policies wise?

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Ah the necessary evil of passwords.

Those of us who have worked in organizations that require users to change passwords at set intervals know what I mean.

Typically every three to six months, users are requested to perform a password change – maybe in the form of an annoying pop-up alert. In some setups, the user is lock out of the system until a new memorable password (but one that follows the complex password creation guidelines) is set.

A ...

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