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ROUNDTABLE: Targeting the supply-chain: SolarWinds, then Mimecast and now UScellular

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It’s only February, and 2021 already is rapidly shaping up to be the year of supply-chain hacks. Related: The quickening of cyber warfare. The latest twist: mobile network operator UScellular on Jan. 21 disclosed how cybercriminals broke into its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform as a gateway to compromise the cell phones of an undisclosed number of the telecom giant’s customers.

SHARED INTEL: Forrester poll – security decision makers report breaches escalated as Covid 19 spread

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Human suffering and economic losses weren’t the only two things that escalated with the spread of Covid 19 last year. Related: Can ‘SASE’ help companies secure connectivity? Network breaches also increased steadily and dramatically month-to-month in 2020. This development is delineated in a recent report from technology research firm Forrester.

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MY TAKE: Even Google CEO Sundar Pichai agrees that it is imperative to embed ethics into AI

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It took a global pandemic and the death of George Floyd to put deep-seated social inequities, especially systemic racism, front and center for intense public debate. Related: Will ‘blockchain’ lead to more equitable wealth distribution?

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GUEST ESSAY. Everyone should grasp these facts about cyber threats that plague digital commerce

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Regardless of how familiar you are with Information Security, you’ve probably come across the term ‘malware’ countless times. From accessing your business-critical resources and sensitive information to halting business operations and services, a malware infection can quickly become an organization’s worst nightmare come true. Related: Companies must bear a broad security burden.

Open Source & Open Standards: Navigating the Intricacies of a Symbiotic Partnership

Speaker: Guy Martin, Executive Director of OASIS Open

The COVID-19 global pandemic has raised the already bright visibility of technology to an even higher level. Join Guy Martin, Executive Director at OASIS Open, as he presents this webinar that will discuss how we can make open source and open standards even more effective by helping them recapture their strong partnership.

MY TAKE: Why companies and consumers must collaborate to stop the plundering of IoT systems

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has come a long, long way since precocious students at Carnegie Melon University installed micro-switches inside of a Coca-Cola vending machine so they could remotely check on the temperature and availability of their favorite beverages.

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ROUNDTABLE: What’s next, now that we know V.I.P Twitter users can so easily be spoofed?

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Judging from the criminals’ meager pay day, the high-profile hack of Twitter , disclosed last week, was nothing much. Related: Study shows disinformation runs rampant on Twitter The hackers insinuated their way deep into Twitter’s internal system. They were able to get into a position from which they could access some 350 million Twitter accounts, including numerous accounts of the rich and famous.

AUTHOR Q&A: New book, ‘Hackable,’ suggests app security is the key to securing business networks

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The cybersecurity operational risks businesses face today are daunting, to say the least. Related: Embedding security into DevOps. Edge-less networks and cloud-supplied infrastructure bring many benefits, to be sure. But they also introduce unprecedented exposures – fresh attack vectors that skilled and motivated threat actors are taking full advantage of. Adopting and nurturing a security culture is vital for all businesses. But where to start?

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GUEST ESSAY: Now more than ever, companies need to proactively promote family Online Safety

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Cybersecurity training has steadily gained traction in corporate settings over the past decade, and rightfully so. In response to continuing waves of data breaches and network disruptions, companies have made a concerted effort and poured substantial resources into promoting data security awareness among employees, suppliers and clients. Safeguarding data in workplace settings gets plenty of attention. Related: Mock attack help schools prepare for hackers.

GUEST ESSAY: 5 steps for raising cyber smart children — who know how to guard their privacy

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Today’s children are online at a young age, for many hours, and in more ways than ever before. As adults, we know that bad online decisions can have negative or dangerous effects for years to come. Related: Web apps are being used to radicalize youth. The question isn’t whether we should educate children about online safety, but how we can best inspire them to learn to be thoughtful, careful, and safe in the cyber world for their lifetime. For adults doing the teaching, it’s no easy task.

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Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

NEW TECH: Byos pushes ‘micro segmentation’ approach to cybersecurity down to device level

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Many companies take an old-school approach to bringing up the rear guard, if you will, when it comes to protecting IT assets. It’s called network segmentation. The idea is to divide the network up into segments, called subnetworks, to both optimize performance as well as strengthen security. Related: A use case for endpoint encryption At RSA 2020 in San Francisco recently, I learned about how something called “micro segmentation” is rapidly emerging as a viable security strategy.

MY TAKE: COVID-19 cements the leadership role CISOs must take to secure company networks

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Chief Information Security Officers were already on the hot seat well before the COVID-19 global pandemic hit, and they are even more so today. Related: Why U.S. cybersecurity policy needs to match societal values CISOs must preserve and protect their companies in a fast-changing business environment at a time when their organizations are under heavy bombardment.

MY TAKE: Iran’s cyber retaliation for Soleimani assassination continues to ramp up

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Less than 48 hours after the killing of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin calling out Iran’s “robust cyber program,” and cautioning everyone to be prepared for Iran to “conduct operations in the United States.” ” Related: Cyber warfare enters Golden Age In fact, strategic cyber operations essentially pitting Russia and Iran against the U.S.

MY TAKE: Remote classes, mobile computing heighten need for a security culture in K-12 schools

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Parents have long held a special duty to protect their school-aged children from bad actors on the Internet. Related: Mock attacks help schools defend themselves Now COVID-19 has dramatically and permanently expanded that parental responsibility, as well as extended it to ill-prepared school officials in K-12 campuses all across the nation. The prospect of remotely-taught lessons remaining widespread for some time to come has profound privacy and cybersecurity implications, going forward.

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GUEST ESSAY: Here’s how Secure Access Service Edge — ‘SASE’ — can help, post Covid-19

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One legacy of the ongoing global pandemic is that companies now realize that a secured and well-supported remote workforce is possible. Recently, the University of Illinois and the Harvard Business School conducted a study, and 16% of companies reported switching their employees to work at home from offices at least twice a week. Related: SASE translates into secure connectivity.

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NEW TECH: Will ‘Secure Access Service Edge’ — SASE — Be the Answer to Secure Connectivity?

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Company networks have evolved rather spectacularly in just 20 years along a couple of distinct tracks: connectivity and security. We began the new millennium with on-premises data centers supporting servers and desktops that a technician in sneakers could service. Connectivity was relatively uncomplicated. And given a tangible network perimeter, cybersecurity evolved following the moat-and-wall principle.

GUEST ESSAY: ‘CyberXchange’ presents a much-needed platform for cybersecurity purchases

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There is no shortage of innovative cybersecurity tools and services that can help companies do a much better job of defending their networks. Related: Welcome to the CyberXchange Marketplace In the U.S. alone, in fact, there are more than 5,000 cybersecurity vendors. For organizations looking to improve their security posture, this is causing confusion and vendor fatigue, especially for companies that don’t have a full time Chief Information Security Officer. The vendors are well-intentioned.

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NEW TECH: Silverfort helps companies carry out smarter human and machine authentications

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Doing authentication well is vital for any company in the throes of digital transformation. Digital commerce would fly apart if businesses could not reliably affirm the identities of all humans and all machines, that is, computing instances, that are constantly connecting to each other across the Internet. Related: Locking down ‘machine identities’ At the moment, companies are being confronted with a two-pronged friction challenge, when it comes to authentication.

How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

The new DevSecOps team is up and running, and you feel ready to take on rising security threats while delivering quality software updates. But that leaves just one question: how do you monitor your new program as effectively and efficiently as possible? Join Shannon Lietz, Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and award-winning innovator, to learn the answers to these questions so you can lead your DevSecOps team to the top!

NEW TECH: Semperis introduces tools to improve security resiliency of Windows Active Directory

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Ransomware continues to endure as a highly lucrative criminal enterprise. Ransomware hacking groups extorted at least $144.35 million from U.S. organizations between January 2013 and July 2019. That’s the precise figure recently disclosed by the FBI — the true damage is almost certainly a lot steeper, given only a portion of cyber crimes ever get reported to law enforcement. To get a foot in the door, ransomware purveyors direct weaponized email at a targeted employee.

MY TAKE: Technologists, privacy advocates point to flaws in the Apple-Google COVID-19 tracing app

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If the devastating health and economic ramifications weren’t enough, individual privacy is also in the throes of being profoundly and permanently disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

SHARED INTEL: Coming very soon — ‘passwordless authentication’ as a de facto security practice

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As a tradeoff for enjoying our digital lives, we’ve learned to live with password overload and even tolerate two-factor authentication. But now, at long last, we’re on the brink of eliminating passwords altogether, once and for all. Related: CEOs quit Tweeting to protect their companies A confluence of technical and social developments points to username-and-password logons becoming obsolete over the next few years.

STEPS FORWARD: Math geniuses strive to make a pivotal advance — by obfuscating software code

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Most of time we take for granted the degree to which fundamental components of civilization are steeped in mathematics. Everything from science and engineering to poetry and music rely on numeric calculations. Albert Einstein once observed that “pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” Related: How Multi Party Computation is disrupting encrypti on An accomplished violinist, Einstein, no doubt, appreciated the symmetry of his metaphor.

Digital Trends Report 2020

As part of our goal to continue helping our community during these times, we wanted to share with you this critical data on the state of digital products across industries and provide context on how businesses are responding to the changing winds.

GUEST ESSAY: Cyber insurance 101 — for any business operating in today’s digital environment

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Cyberattacks are becoming more prevalent, and their effects are becoming more disastrous. To help mitigate the risk of financial losses, more companies are turning to cyber insurance. Related: Bots attack business logic Cyber insurance, like other forms of business insurance, is a way for companies to transfer some of numerous potential liability hits associated specifically with IT infrastructure and IT activities.

SHARED INTEL: How attacks on web, mobile apps are being fueled by rising API vulnerabilities

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Application programming interface. It’s the glue holding digital transformation together. Related: A primer on ‘credential stuffing’ APIs are the conduits for moving data to-and-fro in our digitally transformed world. APIs are literally everywhere in the digital landscape, and more are being created every minute. APIs connect the coding that enables the creation and implementation of new applications. However, APIs also manifest as a wide open, steadily expanding attack vector.

SHARED INTEL: How ransomware evolved from consumer trickery to deep enterprise hacks

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Ransomware is undoubtedly one of the most unnerving phenomena in the cyber threat landscape. Numerous strains of this destructive code have been the front-page news in global computer security chronicles for almost a decade now, with jaw-dropping ups and dramatic downs accompanying its progress. Related: What local government can do to repel ransomware Ransomware came into existence in 1989 as a primitive program dubbed the AIDS Trojan that was spreading via 5.25-inch diskettes.

NEW TECH: CASBs continue evolving to help CISOs address multiplying ‘cloud-mobile’ risks

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It can be argued that we live in a cloud-mobile business environment. Related: The ‘shared responsibility’ burden Most organizations are all caught up, to one degree or another, in migrating to hybrid cloud networks. And startups today typically launch with cloud-native IT infrastructure. Mobile comes into play everywhere. Employees, contractors, suppliers and customers consume and contribute from remote locations via their smartphones.

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Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

MY TAKE: Why DDoS weapons will proliferate with the expansion of IoT and the coming of 5G

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A couple of high-profile distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks will surely go down in history as watershed events – each for different reasons. Related: IoT botnets now available for economical DDoS blasts. In March 2013, several impossibly massive waves of nuisance requests – peaking as high as 300 gigabytes per second— swamped Spamhaus , knocking the anti-spam organization off line for extended periods.

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GUEST ESSAY: Skeptical about buying life insurance online? Here’s how to do it — securely

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Purchasing life insurance once meant going to an insurer’s office or booking an appointment with an insurance agent. Then, in most cases, you’d have to undergo a medical examination and wait a few weeks to get approved and complete the whole process. But this scenario doesn’t seem to fit the fast-paced world we live in anymore. Today’s generation is used to getting everything done fast and easy, so life insurance providers had to get with the times and cover all customers’ needs and requirements.

GUEST ESSAY: Strategic tactics are key to a robust Cloud Security Posture Management regime

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A cyber strategy is a documented approach to handling various aspects of cyberspace. It is mostly developed to address the cybersecurity needs of an entity by focusing on how data, networks, technical systems, and people are protected. An effective cyber strategy is normally on par with the cybersecurity risk exposure of an entity. It covers all possible attack landscapes that can be targeted by malicious parties.

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NEW TECH: Cequence Security’s new ‘API Sentinel’ helps identify, mitigate API exposures

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Application Programming Interfaces – APIs. Without them digital transformation would never have gotten off the ground. Related: Defending botnet-driven business logic hacks APIs made possible the astounding cloud, mobile and IoT services we have today. This happened, at a fundamental level, by freeing up software developers to innovate on the fly. APIs have exploded in enterprise use over the past several years.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

NEW TECH: Trend Micro flattens cyber risks — from software development to deployment

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Long before this awful pandemic hit us, cloud migration had attained strong momentum in the corporate sector. As Covid19 rages on, thousands of large to mid-sized enterprises are now slamming pedal to the metal on projects to switch over to cloud-based IT infrastructure. A typical example is a Seattle-based computer appliance supplier that had less than 10 percent of its 5,000 employees set up to work remotely prior to the pandemic. Seattle reported the first Covid19 fatality in the U.S. ,

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NEW TECH: Juicing up SOAR — SIRP inserts risk-based analysis into network defense playbooks

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Security information and event management (SIEM) is evolving and integrating with security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) to add real value in the cybersecurity space. Related : How SOAR Is Helping to Address the Cybersecurity Skills Gap SIEM is useful for detecting potential security incidents and triggering alerts, but the addition of a SOAR solution brings these alerts to another level by triaging the data and adopting remediation measures where required.

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MY TAKE: Why locking down ‘firmware’ has now become the next big cybersecurity challenge

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Locking down firmware. This is fast becoming a profound new security challenge for all companies – one that can’t be pushed to a side burner. Related: The rise of ‘memory attacks’ I’m making this assertion as federal authorities have just commenced steps to remove and replace switching gear supplied, on the cheap, to smaller U.S. telecoms by Chinese tech giant Huawei. These are the carriers that provide Internet access to rural areas all across America.

Q&A: Sophos poll shows how attackers are taking advantage of cloud migration to wreak havoc

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Cloud migration, obviously, is here to stay. Related: Threat actors add ‘human touch’ to hacks To be sure, enterprises continue to rely heavily on their legacy, on-premises datacenters. But there’s no doubt that the exodus to a much greater dependency on hybrid cloud and multi-cloud resources – Infrastructure-as-a-Service ( IaaS ) and Platforms-as-a-Service ( PaaS ) – is in full swing.

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This Buyer’s Guide Will Help you Choose the Best Graph Database

Selecting a graph database is an important decision that can shape the success of your organization. This guide is intended to assist your buying decision with side-by-side comparisons of graph databases from Amazon, DataStax, Neo4j, and TigerGraph.