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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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Rethinking Information Governance In The Age of Unstructured Enterprise Data

Today’s organizations are faced with the overwhelming challenge of managing, finding, and leveraging their information. This eBook discusses a newly discovered information discipline and is filled to the brim with helpful information.

NEW TECH: A better way to secure agile software — integrate app scanning, pen testing into WAF

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The amazing array of digital services we so blithely access on our smartphones wouldn’t exist without agile software development. Related: ‘Business logic’ hacks on the rise Consider that we began this century relying on the legacy “waterfall” software development process. This method required a linear plan, moving in one direction, that culminated in a beta deliverable by a hard and fast deadline. To set this deadline required a long, often tortured planning cycle.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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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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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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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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Product Analytics Playbook: Mastering Retention

Why do your users churn? In this guide you'll learn common product pitfalls and how to fix them.

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.

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.

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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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. But it also results in endless ripe attack vectors which threat actors swiftly seek out and exploit. A big challenge security executives face is balancing speed vs. security.

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.

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. Related: Why Satya Nadella calls for regulation of facial recognition systems The concept itself is still very much relevant today.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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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.

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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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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Design Thinking for Product Teams: Leverage Human Insight Throughout Development

Product teams must increase their exposure hours with customers—seeing and hearing them. Human insights and the design thinking framework can be applied to your development cycle to help you build better products and experiences for your customers.