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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.

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.

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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: 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.”

How to Solve 4 Common Challenges of Legacy Information Management

Speaker: Chris McLaughlin, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer, Nuxeo

After 20 years of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), businesses still face many of the same challenges with finding and managing information. Join Chris McLaughlin, CMO and CPO of Nuxeo, as he examines four common business challenges that these legacy ECM systems pose and how they can be addressed with a more modern approach.

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.

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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MY TAKE: Former NSA director says cybersecurity solutions need to reflect societal values

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Is America’s working definition of “national security” too narrow for the digital age? Yes, observes retired Admiral Michael Rogers , who served as a top White House cybersecurity advisor under both Presidents Obama and Trump.

BEST PRACTICES: Why pursuing sound ‘data governance’ can be a cybersecurity multiplier

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Deploying the latest, greatest detection technology to deter stealthy network intruders will take companies only so far. Related: What we’ve learned from the massive breach of Capitol At RSA 2020 , I learned about how one of the routine daily chores all large organizations perform — data governance — has started to emerge as something of a cybersecurity multiplier.

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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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!

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

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MY TAKE: Deploying ‘machine learning’ at router level helps companies prepare for rise of 5G

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Machine learning (ML) and digital transformation (DX) go hand in glove. We’ve mastered how to feed data into pattern-recognition algorithms. And as we accelerate the digitalization of everything, even more data is being generated. Related: Defending networks with no perimeter Machine learning already is deeply embedded in the online shopping, banking, entertainment and social media systems we’ve come to rely on.

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: 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.

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.

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: 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: 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.

Q&A: Accedian’s Michael Rezek on using ‘Network Traffic Analysis’ to defend hybrid networks

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Defending business networks isn’t getting any easier. Companies can have the latest, greatest perimeter defenses, intrusion detection systems and endpoint protections – and attackers will still get through. Just ask Equifax or Capital One. Related: Why cybersecurity should reflect societal values An emerging approach, called Network Traffic Analysis , is gaining traction as, in effect, a catch-all network security framework positioned at the highest layer of the networking stack.

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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.

NEW TECH: QuoLab advances ‘Security Operations Platform’ — SOP — technology

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Defending enterprise networks has become a convoluted challenge, one that is only getting more byzantine by the day. I’ve written about the how SIEMs ingest log and event data from all across hybrid networks, and about how UEBA and SOAR technologies have arisen in just the past few years to help companies try to make sense of it all, even as catastrophic breaches persist.

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.

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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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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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NEW TECH: Start-up QuoLab enters emerging ‘Security Operations Platform’ — SOP — space

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Defending enterprise networks has become a convoluted challenge, one that is only getting more byzantine by the day. I’ve written about the how SIEMs ingest log and event data from all across hybrid networks, and about how UEBA and SOAR technologies have arisen in just the past few years to help companies try to make sense of it all, even as catastrophic breaches persist.

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.

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.

NEW TECH: Devolutions’ ‘PAM’ solution helps SMBs deal with rising authentication risks

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The cybersecurity needs of small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) differ from those of large enterprises, but few solutions cater to them. A 2018 Cisco Cybersecurity Special Report found that 54 % of all cyber attacks cost the target company more than $0.5 million — damages that would crush most SMBs. However, smaller companies rarely have the IT talent, tools, or budget to prevent such attacks.

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

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NEW TECH: WhiteHat Security tackles ‘dangling buckets,’ other new web app exposures

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WhiteHat Security got its start some 17 years ago in Silicon Valley to help companies defend their public-facing websites from SQL injection and cross-site scripting hacks. Related: Mobile apps are full of vulnerabilites Both hacking methods remain a problem today. Yet organizations have many more application security headaches to resolve these days.

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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.