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'Back to Basics' Might Be Your Best Security Weapon
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BrianN060
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BrianN060,
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1/18/2018 | 10:09:40 AM
Re: Basics do not sound really sexy, do they?
Agreed - "Security is about processes and humans first. Technology is only assisting your teams and help streamline your processes. "

Technology is knowledge - the knowhow to produce some product, or accomplish some task - not the product, task, materials or the tools used. That goes double for IT: Information Technology
Dimitri Chichlo
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Dimitri Chichlo,
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1/15/2018 | 3:35:06 AM
Basics do not sound really sexy, do they?
Security is about processes and humans first. Technology is only assisting your teams and help streamline your processes. 

I was recently discussing this with a Director from a large, international consultancy, and the guy asked: "From your point of view, what are the trends in information security?". My answer was: "The basics. Companies are so far behind industry standards that almost any of the projects re. basics can be sold, like framework, policies and reporting, identify the assets you are protecting, user access and privileged identity management, vulnerability and configuration management, user education, encryption, endpoint security."

I know he did not like it. Basics are probably not as sexy to sell to a Board as a pen test, a SOC with AI or IoT threat. And make you look old fashioned. And oblige your IT teams working differently. 
JohnF782
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JohnF782,
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1/12/2018 | 3:02:18 PM
Re: Basics indeed
CIS CSC20 in priority order. The top 5 solve the highest risk threats.  Gaps in fundamentals are what have tripped up most organizations who have had major breaches in the last 5 years.
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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1/11/2018 | 9:45:35 AM
Re: Basics indeed
Thanks - and this is nothing NEW.  In 2000 I remember an actuary at Aon receiving the Anna Kournikovia virus - the famous tennis star picture.  I visited his office and he started to MOVE THE MOUSE to the picture!!!  Why?  He was CURIOUS to see what IT DID!!!  (Killed the cat too).  i told him YOU OPEN THAT UP AND I AM TERMINATING IT SUPPORT FOR YOU FOREVER.  
lee337w
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lee337w,
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1/11/2018 | 9:23:00 AM
Re: Basics indeed
Couldnt agree more. Culture and user awareness are paramount to complimenting solid technology. Technology can be configured but users can only be advised and educated. All users consumer, commercial, or other have a responsibility to help safeguard their digital lives. 
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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1/11/2018 | 9:00:24 AM
Basics indeed
Nothing exotic sometimes - one (1) user opening an infected PDF attachment brought the State of North Carolina down through ransomware.  Just one user.    USER EDUCATION is a good place to start too., 


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