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Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
Quick Hits  |  5/24/2017  | 
A new survey of security professionals says that 83% of respondents help colleagues in other departments fix their privately-owned computers on company time.
Data Security & Privacy: The Risks of Not Playing by the Rules
Commentary  |  5/24/2017  | 
Achieving compliance is a complex and challenging process. But with the right systems and policies, you can stay ahead of the next data breach and the regulators.
In Search of an Rx for Enterprise Security Fatigue
Commentary  |  5/22/2017  | 
Are you exhausted by the vast number of measures your organization needs to keep its systems and data safe? You're not alone.
Deconstructing the 2016 Yahoo Security Breach
Commentary  |  5/19/2017  | 
One good thing about disasters is that we can learn from them and avoid repeating the same mistakes. Here are five lessons that the Yahoo breach should have taught us.
Majority of CEOs Knowingly Raise Risk Level With Their Shadow IT
News  |  5/16/2017  | 
Despite the increased risk shadow IT poses to security, a majority of CEOs surveyed say they are willing to take the risk, according to a survey released today.
Your Grandma Could Be the Next Ransomware Millionaire
Commentary  |  5/15/2017  | 
Today's as-a-service technology has democratized ransomware, offering practically anyone with a computer and an Internet connection an easy way to get in on the game.
Jaff Ransomware Family Emerges In Force
Quick Hits  |  5/12/2017  | 
A new ransomware family is making the rounds in multiple high-volume spam campaigns over the past day, according to Cisco Talos.
5 Steps to Maximize the Value of your Security Investments
Commentary  |  5/12/2017  | 
How a security rationalization process can help CISOs make the most out of their information security infrastructure, and also improve the company bottom line.
Artificial Intelligence: Cybersecurity Friend or Foe?
Commentary  |  5/11/2017  | 
The next generation of situation-aware malware will use AI to behave like a human attacker: performing reconnaissance, identifying targets, choosing methods of attack, and intelligently evading detection.
FTC Launches Cybersecurity Resource Website for SMBs
Quick Hits  |  5/10/2017  | 
Federal Trade Commission website offers free tips and information for small businesses.
Extreme Makeover: AI & Network Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  5/10/2017  | 
In the future, artificial intelligence will constantly adapt to the growing attack surface. Today, we are still connecting the dots.
Shining a Light on Securitys Grey Areas: Process, People, Technology
Commentary  |  5/9/2017  | 
The changing distributed and mobile business landscape brings with it new security and privacy risks. Heres how to meet the challenge.
Backdoors: When Good Intentions Go Bad
Commentary  |  5/5/2017  | 
Requiring encrypted applications to provide backdoors for law enforcement will weaken security for everyone.
Why OAuth Phishing Poses A New Threat to Users
Commentary  |  5/4/2017  | 
Credential phishing lets attackers gain back-end access to email accounts, and yesterday's Google Docs scam raises the risk to a new level.
Google Docs Phishing Attack Abuses Legitimate Third-Party Sharing
Quick Hits  |  5/3/2017  | 
Phishing messages appear nearly identical to legitimate requests to share Google documents, because in many ways, they are.
Seeing Security from the Other Side of the Window
Commentary  |  5/3/2017  | 
From the vantage of our business colleagues, security professionals are a cranky bunch who always need more money, but cant explain why.
Small Budgets Cripple Cybersecurity Efforts of Local Governments
Quick Hits  |  5/3/2017  | 
A survey of local government chief information officers finds that insufficient funding for cybersecurity is the biggest obstacle in achieving high levels of cyber safety.
DDoS Attacks Surge, Organizations Struggle to Respond
News  |  5/2/2017  | 
Organizations often discover a DDoS attack only after being alerted to the fact by a third-party or customer, Neustar survey shows.
Cybersecurity Training Nonexistent at One-Third of SMBs
News  |  5/1/2017  | 
But nearly half of US SMBs in a new survey would be willing to participate in security awareness training at their workplace - even if it was optional.
10 Cybercrime Myths that Could Cost You Millions
Commentary  |  4/29/2017  | 
Dont let a cybersecurity fantasy stop you from building the effective countermeasures you need to protect your organization from attack.
A Day in the Life of a Security Avenger
Commentary  |  4/28/2017  | 
Behind the scenes with a security researcher as we follow her through a typical day defending the world against seemingly boundless cyberthreats and attacks
Call Center Fraud Spiked 113% in 2016
News  |  4/26/2017  | 
Criminals are increasingly spoofing caller ID using VoIP apps including Skype or Google Voice to hide their identity and location, according to a report released today by Pindrop Labs.
Why (& How) CISOs Should Talk to Company Boards
Commentary  |  4/25/2017  | 
The C-Suite needs to minimize cybersecurity risk in order to maximize its principal goal of attaining high-level, sustainable growth.
Users Overshare Sensitive Enterprise Data
News  |  4/20/2017  | 
Survey finds nearly half of the employees trained to protect sensitive data engage in risky security practices.
Google Won't Trust Symantec and Neither Should You
Commentary  |  4/19/2017  | 
As bad as this controversy is for Symantec, the real damage will befall the company and individual web sites deemed untrustworthy by a Chrome browser on the basis of a rejected Symantec certificate.
ISC2 Issues White House Cybersecurity Executive Order Recommendations
Quick Hits  |  4/19/2017  | 
The industry trade group calls on President Trump to make workforce development a top priority when he issues the final version of the White House cybersecurity executive order.
CISOs, Board Members Have Widely Divergent Views on Cybersecurity
News  |  4/18/2017  | 
Boards often want a lot more business-relevant reporting than CISOs provide, Focal Point Data Risk study shows.
How Top Security Execs are Doing More with Less
Commentary  |  4/18/2017  | 
Even the largest corporations aren't immune to the cybersecurity skills gap an inside look at how they are coping and adjusting.
Intrusion Suppression:' Transforming Castles into Prisons
Commentary  |  4/18/2017  | 
How building cybersecurity structures that decrease adversaries dwell time can reduce the damage from a cyberattack.
Man Admits Hacking into His Former Employer's Network
Quick Hits  |  4/17/2017  | 
Tennessee man pleads guilty in federal court, acknowledging he illegally accessed his former employer's networks to gain an edge over his rival.
6 New Security Startups Named to MACH37 Spring Cohort
Slideshows  |  4/15/2017  | 
The companies selected this year include technical talent that draws from Silicon Valley to Hungary and Western Europe.
10 Questions To Get Practical Answers At Interop ITX
Commentary  |  4/14/2017  | 
May 15-19 in Las Vegas: How to get solutions and advice from top speakers for the things that you really want to know.
Health Savings Account Fraud: The Rapidly Growing Threat
Commentary  |  4/14/2017  | 
As income tax season comes to a close, financially-motivated cybercriminals are honing new tactics for monetizing medical PII.
The Long Slog To Getting Encryption Right
News  |  4/14/2017  | 
Encryption practices have improved dramatically over the last 10 years, but most organizations still don't have enterprise-wide crypto strategies.
So You Want to Be a Security Rock Star?
Commentary  |  4/13/2017  | 
While the thrill of crafting attention-grabbing stunt hacks may seem like the coolest job on earth, what our industry needs more of are strong defenders who can fix things as well as break them.
Cybersecurity & Fitness: Weekend Warriors Need Not Apply
Commentary  |  4/12/2017  | 
It takes consistency and a repeatable but flexible approach to achieve sustainable, measurable gains in both disciplines.
How Innovative Companies Lock Down Data
Commentary  |  4/12/2017  | 
A mix of back-to-basics security and a set of new, data-centric best practices is key to defending against a future of growing and sophisticated cyberattacks.
Forget the Tax Man: Time for a DNS Security Audit
Slideshows  |  4/11/2017  | 
Here's a 5-step DNS security review process that's not too scary and will help ensure your site availability and improve user experience.
Computer Engineer Charged with Theft of Proprietary Computer Code
Quick Hits  |  4/11/2017  | 
Zhengquan Zhang arrested for stealing over 3 million files containing company trade secrets from his employer, a global finance firm.
The New Shadow IT: Custom Data Center Applications
Commentary  |  4/7/2017  | 
If you think youve finally gotten control of unsanctioned user apps, think again. The next wave of rogue apps is on its way from your data center to the cloud.
How to Crack Cybersecuritys Glass Ceiling
Commentary  |  4/6/2017  | 
Sage career advice to young women from the female CTO of a security startup: Get a pair of earplugs, and put them in when you hear words like 'can't' or 'don't.'
11 UK Charities Punished for Violating Data Privacy Law
Quick Hits  |  4/6/2017  | 
Organizations fined between 6,000 and 18,000 by UKs Information Commissioners Office.
Banks Must Focus More on Cyber-Risk
Commentary  |  4/5/2017  | 
Recent guidelines from the Federal Reserve are aimed at stemming the tide of successful exploits.
As Cloud Use Expands, So Do Security Blind Spots, Studies Show
News  |  4/4/2017  | 
Three-quarters of IaaS and SaaS apps arent monitored.
ADP CISO Offers Tips to Leverage Security to Grow the Business
News  |  4/4/2017  | 
Savvy CISOs would do their companies a favor by broadly integrating security across the organization, a move that can yield greater revenues, cost savings and an entry into new markets.
Cybercriminals Seized Control of Brazilian Bank for 5 Hours
News  |  4/4/2017  | 
Sophisticated heist compromised major bank's entire DNS infrastructure.
Half of Security Pros Ignore Some Important Alerts
News  |  4/4/2017  | 
Short-staffed, more than half of organizations admit they ignore alerts that should be investigated because they lack resources to handle the overflow.
Germany Creates Separate Military Wing for Cyber Command
Quick Hits  |  3/31/2017  | 
The new unit to tackle cyberattacks will be launched next week and be located in Bonn with staff of 260.
The Business of Security: How your Organization Is Changing beneath You
Commentary  |  3/30/2017  | 
And why its your job to change with it and skate where the puck is headed.
To Gain Influence, CISOs Must Get Security's Human Element Right
Commentary  |  3/29/2017  | 
Focusing on certain elements of security in isolation can cause a false sense of security.
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