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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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!

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.”

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.

GUEST ESSAY: What everyone should know about the pros and cons of online fingerprinting

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When it was first introduced, device fingerprinting – or online fingerprinting in general – was meant to create a safer, more responsible internet. The idea was that by fingerprinting devices used to connect to the internet we could achieve better accountability.

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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.

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.

Future-Proofing Your Information Governance Strategy

Speaker: Crystal Cao, Lindsey Simon & Lisa Ripley

Join Onna and experts from Quip, Airbnb, and Oracle for this live webinar as they dive into proactive data deletion policies, retention strategies, and legal hold practices that are essential to a modern enterprise information governance strategy.

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.

MY TAKE: Why speedy innovation requires much improved cyber hygiene, cloud security

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Speed is what digital transformation is all about. Organizations are increasingly outsourcing IT workloads to cloud service providers and looking to leverage IoT systems. Related: The API attack vector expands Speed translates into innovation agility.

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STEPS FORWARD: How the Middle East led the U.S. to adopt smarter mobile security rules

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We’ve come to rely on our smartphones to live out our digital lives, both professionally and personally. When it comes to securing mobile computing devices, the big challenge businesses have long grappled with is how to protect company assets while at the same time respecting an individual’s privacy.

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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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The North Star Playbook

Every product needs a North Star. In this guide, we will show you the metrics product managers need to tie product improvements to revenue impact. If you are looking for a more-focused, less-reactive way to work, this guide is for you.

MY TAKE: Why new tools, tactics are needed to mitigate risks introduced by widespread encryption

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It was just a few short years ago that the tech sector, led by Google, Mozilla and Microsoft, commenced a big push to increase the use of HTTPS – and its underlying TLS authentication and encryption protocol.

NEW TECH: Security Compass streamlines the insertion of security best practices into DevOps

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DevOps is now table stakes for any company hoping to stay competitive. Speed and agility is the name of the game. And everyone’s all-in.

NEW TECH: ‘Micro-segmentation’ security vendor Guardicore seeks to disrupt firewall market

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Agile software innovation is the order of the day. Wonderous digital services are the result.

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

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

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.

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.

MY TAKE: Why COVID-19 ‘digital distancing’ is every bit as vital as ‘social distancing’

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As coronavirus-themed cyber attacks ramp up, consumers and companies must practice digital distancing to keep themselves protected. Related: Coronavirus scams leverage email As we get deeper into dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, the need for authorities and experts to communicate reliably and effectively with each other, as well as to the general public, is vital. That, of course, presents the perfect environment for cybercrime that pivots off social engineering.

SHARED INTEL: Bogus Coronavirus email alerts underscore risk posed by weaponized email

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It comes as no surprise that top cyber crime rings immediately pounced on the Coronavirus outbreak to spread a potent strain of malware via malicious email and web links.

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Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

NEW TECH: Exabeam positions SIEM technology to help protect IoT, OT systems

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Security information and event management systems — SIEMs — have been around since 2005, but their time may have come at last.

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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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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.

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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Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

GUEST ESSAY: Dear America, Facebook is an addictive digital drug of little productive value

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Social media consumers are getting wise to the joke that when the product is free, they’re the ones being sold. But despite the growing threat of consumer exploitation, Washington still shrinks from confronting our social media giants.

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.

NEW TECH: CyCognito employs offensive bot network to put companies a step a head of attackers

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When it comes to defending their networks, most companies have had it drilled into them, by now, that it’s essential to erect layered defenses.

BEST PRACTICES: Mock attacks help local agencies, schools prepare for targeted cyber scams

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Cyber criminals who specialize in plundering local governments and school districts are in their heyday. Related : How ransomware became a scourge Ransomware attacks and email fraud have spiked to record levels across the U.S.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

MY TAKE: ‘Network Detection and Response’ emerges as an Internet of Things security stopgap

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There’s no stopping the Internet of Things now. Related: The promise, pitfalls of IoT Companies have commenced the dispersal of IoT systems far and wide. Data collected by IoT devices will increasingly get ingested into cloud-centric networks where it will get crunched by virtual servers. And fantastic new IoT-enabled services will spew out of the other end. The many privacy and security issues raised by IoT, however, are another story.

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SHARED INTEL: Here’s why CEOs who’ve quit Tweeting are very smart to do so

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Cyber threats now command the corporate sector’s full attention. It’s reached the point where some CEOs have even begun adjusting their personal online habits to help protect themselves, and by extension, the organizations they lead. Corporate consultancy PwC’s recent poll of 1,600 CEOs worldwide found that cyber attacks are now considered the top hinderance to corporate performance, followed by the shortage of skilled workers and the inability to keep up with rapid tech advances.

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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.”

NEW TECH: Can MPC — Multi Party Computation — disrupt encryption, boost cloud commerce?

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Encryption is a cornerstone of digital commerce. But it has also proven to be a profound constraint on the full blossoming of cloud computing and the Internet of Things. Related: A ‘homomorphic-like’ encryption solution We know very well how to encrypt data in transit. And we’ve mastered how to encrypt — and decrypt — data at rest. However, we’ve yet to arrive at a seminal means to crunch encrypted data – without first having to decrypt it.

Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.