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MY TAKE: Why we should all now focus on restoring stability to US-Iran relations

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As tensions escalate between the U.S. and Iran it’s vital not to lose sight of how we arrived at this point. Related: We’re in the golden age of cyber spying Mainstream news outlets are hyper focused on the events of the past six days. A Dec.

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.

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MY TAKE: How blockchain technology came to seed the next great techno-industrial revolution

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Some 20 years ago, the founders of Amazon and Google essentially set the course for how the internet would come to dominate the way we live.

MY TAKE: What everyone should know about the promise and pitfalls of the Internet of Things

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Top 10 industries for monetizing data: Is yours one of them?

Find out which industries, use cases, and business applications are the best opportunities for data monetization. Understand what data is being monetized, who wants it, and why. Use data you already own to create new revenue sources. Download the eBook today!

GUEST ESSAY: As cyber risks rise in 2020, as they surely will, don’t overlook physical security

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Physical security is the protection of personnel and IT infrastructure (such as hardware, software, and data) from physical actions and events that could cause severe damage to an organization. This includes protection from natural disasters, theft, vandalism, and terrorism. Related: Good to know about IoT Physical security is often a second thought when it comes to information security.

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MY TAKE: A primer on how ransomware arose to the become an enduring scourge

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“All we know is MONEY! Hurry up! Tik Tak, Tik Tak, Tik Tak!” This is an excerpt from a chilling ransom note Baltimore IT officials received from hackers who managed to lock up most of the city’s servers in May. The attackers demanded $76,000, paid in Bitcoin, for a decryption key.

GUEST ESSAY: Addressing DNS, domain names and Certificates to improve security postures

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In 2019, we’ve seen a surge in domain name service (DNS) hijacking attempts and have relayed warnings from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, U.K.’s s Cybersecurity Centre, ICANN, and other notable security experts.

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SHARED INTEL: What it takes to preserve business continuity, recover quickly from a cyber disaster

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To pay or not to pay? That’s the dilemma hundreds of organizations caught in the continuing surge of crippling ransomware attacks have faced. Related: How ransomware became such a scourge The FBI discourages it, as you might have guessed. What’s more, the U.S.

NEW TECH: How Semperis came to close a huge gap in Active Directory disaster preparedness

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In today’s complex IT environments, a million things can go wrong, though only a few systems touch everything.

Privacy without borders: Reality or Fantasy?

Imagine a world in which every country shared a vision and a common set of principles to protect and regulate the use of personal data. It would make international business far simpler, provide citizens in every country with the same privacy rights.

GUEST ESSAY: The story behind how DataTribe is helping to seed ‘Cybersecurity Valley’ in Maryland

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There’s oil in the state of Maryland – “cyber oil.” With the largest concentration of cybersecurity expertise –– the “oil” — in the world, Maryland is fast changing from the Old Line State into “Cybersecurity Valley.”

SHARED INTEL: Mobile apps are riddled with security flaws, many of which go unremediated

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The convergence of DevOps and SecOps is steadily gaining traction in the global marketplace. Some fresh evidence of this encouraging trend comes to us by way of shared intelligence from WhiteHat Security. Related: The tie between DevOps and SecOps.

NEW TECH: Can an ‘operational system of record’ alleviate rising knowledge worker frustrations?

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An undercurrent of discontent is spreading amongst knowledge workers in enterprises across the United States and Europe. Related: Phishing-proof busy employees White collar employees today have amazingly capable communications and collaboration tools at their beck and call. Yet the majority feel unsatisfied with narrow daily assignments and increasingly disconnected from the strategic goals of their parent organization.

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SHARED INTEL: How digital certificates could supply secure identities for enterprise blockchains

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Blockchain gave rise to Bitcoin. But blockchain is much more than just the mechanism behind the cryptocurrency speculation mania.

The Key to Strategic HR: Process Automation

Do you want to automate your HR processes, but don’t know where to start? In this eBook, PeopleDoc explores which processes benefit the most from automation, and how an HR Service Delivery platform can help get things off the ground.

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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MY TAKE: CASBs help companies meet ‘shared responsibility’ for complex, rising cloud risks

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Cloud Access Security Brokers – aka “caz-bees” — have come a long way in a short time. CASBs, a term coined by tech industry consultancy Gartner, first cropped about seven years ago to help organizations enforce security and governance policies as they commenced, in earnest, their march into the cloud.

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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.

MY TAKE: SMBs can do much more to repel ransomware, dilute disinformation campaigns

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Local government agencies remain acutely exposed to being hacked. That’s long been true. However, at this moment in history, two particularly worrisome types of cyber attacks are cycling up and hitting local government entities hard: ransomware sieges and election tampering.

Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

MY TAKE: The case for assessing, quantifying risks as the first step to defending network breaches

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It’s clear that managed security services providers (MSSPs) have a ripe opportunity to step into the gap and help small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) meet the daunting challenge of preserving the privacy and security of sensitive data.

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SHARED INTEL: Here’s one way to better leverage actionable intel from the profusion of threat feeds

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Keeping track of badness on the Internet has become a thriving cottage industry unto itself. Related: ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ is upon us There are dozens technology giants, cybersecurity vendors, government agencies and industry consortiums that identify and blacklist IP addresses and web page URLs that are obviously being used maliciously; and hundreds more independent white hat hackers are doing much the same.

BEST PRACTICES: Do you know the last time you were socially engineered?

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SHARED INTEL: Threat actors add a human touch to boost effectiveness of automated attacks

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Trends in fashion and entertainment come and go. The same holds true for the cyber underground.

MY TAKE: Why it’s now crucial to preserve PKI, digital certificates as the core of Internet security

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For decades, the cornerstone of IT security has been Public Key Infrastructure, or PKI , a system that allows you to encrypt and sign data, issuing digital certificates that authenticate the identity of users. Related: How PKI could secure the Internet of Things If that sounds too complicated to grasp, take a look at the web address for the home page of this website. Take note of how the URL begins with HTTPS. The ‘S’ in HTTPS stands for ‘secure.’

SHARED INTEL: How ‘memory attacks’ and ‘firmware spoilage’ circumvent perimeter defenses

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What does Chinese tech giant Huawei have in common with the precocious kid next door who knows how to hack his favorite video game? Related: Ransomware remains a scourge The former has been accused of placing hidden backdoors in the firmware of equipment distributed to smaller telecom companies all across the U.S. The latter knows how to carry out a DLL injection hack — to cheat the game score.

NEW TECH: The march begins to make mobile app security more robust than legacy PC security

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Is mobile technology on a course to become more secure than traditional computing? Seven or eight years ago, that was a far-fetched notion. Today, the answer to that question is, “Yes, it must, and soon.”

MY TAKE: Can embedding security deep inside mobile apps point the way to securing IoT?

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MY TAKE: How advanced automation of threat intel sharing has quickened incident response

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Threat intelligence sharing is such a simple concept that holds so much promise for stopping threat actors in their tracks. So why hasn’t it made more of an impact stopping network breaches?

NEW TECH: Human operatives maintain personas, prowl the Dark Net for intel to help companies

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It seems like any discussion of cybersecurity these days invariably circles back to automation. Our growing fixation with leveraging artificial intelligence to extract profits from Big Data – for both constructive and criminal ends—is the order of the day.

MY TAKE: Poll shows senior execs, board members grasp strategic importance of cybersecurity

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MY TAKE: Six-figure GDPR privacy fines reinforce business case for advanced SIEM, UEBA tools

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Europe came down hard this summer on British Airways and Marriott for failing to safeguard their customers’ personal data.

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NEW TECH: Silverfort deploys ‘multi-factor authentication’ to lock down ‘machine identities’

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From the start, two-factor authentication, or 2FA , established itself as a simple, effective way to verify identities with more certainty. Related: A primer on IoT security risks The big hitch with 2FA, and what it evolved into – multi-factor authentication, or MFA – has always been balancing user convenience and security.

NEW TECH: Nozomi Networks tracks anomalous behaviors, finds zero-day ICS vulnerabilities

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Andrea Carcano’s journey to co-founding a security company in the vanguard of defending critical infrastructure began at a tender age. Related: Why the Golden Age of cyber spying is here Carcano hacked a computer screen at age 14, and that got him intrigued by software controls.

SHARED INTEL: What can be done — today — to keep quantum computing from killing encryption

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There’s little doubt that the shift to quantum computing will open new horizons of digital commerce. But it’s also plain as day that the mainstreaming of quantum processing power will profoundly exacerbate cybersecurity exposures. Related: The ‘post quantum crytpo’ race is on This isn’t coming as any surprise to IT department heads.

MY TAKE: NIST Cybersecurity Framework has become a cornerstone for securing networks

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If your company is participating in the global supply chain, either as a first-party purchaser of goods and services from other organizations, or as a third-party supplier, sooner or later you’ll encounter the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

GUEST ESSAY: Why there’s no such thing as anonymity it this digital age

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Unless you decide to go Henry David Thoreau and shun civilization altogether, you can’t — and won’t — stop generating data , which sooner or later can be traced back to you. Related: The Facebook factor. A few weeks back I interviewed a white hat hacker. After the interview, I told him that his examples gave me paranoia. He laughed and responded, “There’s no such thing as anonymous data; it all depends on how determined the other party is.”.

ROUNDTABLE: Huge Capital One breach shows too little is being done to preserve data privacy

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Company officials at Capital One Financial Corp ought to have a crystal clear idea of what to expect next — after admitting to have allowed a gargantuan data breach. Capital One’s mea culpa coincided with the FBI’s early morning raid of a Seattle residence to arrest Paige Thompson. Authorities charged the 33-year-old former Amazon software engineer with masterminding the hack.

BEST PRACTICES: Mock phishing attacks prep employees to avoid being socially engineered

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Defending a company network is a dynamic, multi-faceted challenge that continues to rise in complexity, year after year after year. Related: Why diversity in training is a good thing. Yet there is a single point of failure common to just about all network break-ins: humans.