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Content posted in November 2020
Manchester United Cyberattack Highlights Controversy in Paying Ransomware Attackers
Commentary  |  11/30/2020  | 
The Premier League English football (soccer) club team is reportedly being held to ransom by cyberattackers. Manchester United may face a difficult decision: whether to pay a ransom for release of its stolen data.
Why Vulnerable Code Is Shipped Knowingly
Commentary  |  11/30/2020  | 
The business priority of speed of development and deployment is overshadowing the need for secure code.
Failing Toward Zero: Why Your Security Needs to Fail to Get Better
Commentary  |  11/27/2020  | 
Each security incident should lead to a successive reduction in future incidences of the same type. Organizations that fail toward zero embrace failure and learn from their mistakes.
Prevention Is Better Than the Cure When Securing Cloud-Native Deployments
Commentary  |  11/25/2020  | 
The "OODA loop" shows us how to secure cloud-native deployments and prevent breaches before they occur.
US Treasury's OFAC Ransomware Advisory: Navigating the Gray Areas
Commentary  |  11/24/2020  | 
Leveraging the right response strategy, following the regulations, and understanding the ransom entity are the fundamentals in any ransomware outbreak.
Printers' Cybersecurity Threats Too Often Ignored
Commentary  |  11/24/2020  | 
Remote workforce heightens the need to protect printing systems against intrusion and compromise.
3 Steps CISOs Can Take to Convey Strategy for Budget Presentations
Commentary  |  11/23/2020  | 
Answering these questions will help CISOs define a plan and take the organization in a positive direction.
How Retailers Can Fight Fraud and Abuse This Holiday Season
Commentary  |  11/23/2020  | 
Online shopping will be more popular than ever with consumers... and with malicious actors too.
How Cyberattacks Work
Commentary  |  11/20/2020  | 
Cyberattacks are run like military attacks, in four main phases: reconnaissance, attack, exfiltration, and maintaining position. Understanding this makes fighting back easier.
The Yellow Brick Road to Risk Management
Commentary  |  11/19/2020  | 
Beginning the journey to risk management can be daunting, but protecting your business is worth every step.
2021 Cybersecurity Spending: How to Maximize Value
Commentary  |  11/19/2020  | 
This is a pivotal moment for CISOs. As their influence increases, so does the pressure for them to make the right decisions.
Out With the Old Perimeter, in With the New Perimeters
Commentary  |  11/18/2020  | 
A confluence of trends and events has exploded the whole idea of "the perimeter." Now there are many perimeters, and businesses must adjust accordingly.
How to Identify Cobalt Strike on Your Network
Commentary  |  11/18/2020  | 
Common antivirus systems frequently miss Cobalt Strike, a stealthy threat emulation toolkit admired by red teams and attackers alike.
Vulnerability Prioritization Tops Security Pros' Challenges
Commentary  |  11/17/2020  | 
Why vulnerability prioritization has become a top challenge for security professionals and how security and development teams can get it right.
To Pay or Not to Pay: Responding to Ransomware From a Lawyer's Perspective
Commentary  |  11/17/2020  | 
The threat of data extortion adds new layers of risk when determining how to respond to a ransomware attack.
A Call for Change in Physical Security
Commentary  |  11/16/2020  | 
We're at an inflection point. The threats we face are dynamic, emerging, and global. Are you ready?
The Sameness of Every Day: How to Change Up Audit Fatigue
Commentary  |  11/13/2020  | 
And with more data compliance laws on the way, audit fatigue could be a real challenge for infosec professionals.
A Hacker's Holiday: How Retailers Can Avoid Black Friday Cyber Threats
Commentary  |  11/13/2020  | 
Starting on Nov. 27, online retailers of all sizes will find out if their e-commerce capabilities are ready for prime time or not.
DARPA and Academia Jumpstart 5G IoT Security Efforts
Commentary  |  11/12/2020  | 
With 5G IoT devices projected to hit 49 million units by 2023, researchers launch programs to keep IoT from becoming a blackhole of exfiltration.
5 Steps Every Company Should Take to Avoid Data Theft Risk
Commentary  |  11/12/2020  | 
It's never been easier for employees to download company data and take it with them to their next gig.
3 Tips For Successfully Running Tech Outside the IT Department
Commentary  |  11/11/2020  | 
When marketing opts for "extra-departmental IT," coordination and communication are required to keep things secured.
How to Avoid Getting Killed by Ransomware
Commentary  |  11/11/2020  | 
Using a series of processes, infosec pros can then tap automated data hygiene to find and fix files that attackers key in on.
Overlooked Security Risks of the M&A Rebound
Commentary  |  11/10/2020  | 
Successful technology integration, post-merger, is tricky in any market, and never more so than with today's remote work environments and distributed IT infrastructure.
How Hackers Blend Attack Methods to Bypass MFA
Commentary  |  11/10/2020  | 
Protecting mobile apps requires a multilayered approach with a mix of cybersecurity measures to counter various attacks at different layers.
Preventing and Mitigating DDoS Attacks: It's Elementary
Commentary  |  11/9/2020  | 
Following a spate of cyberattacks nationwide, school IT teams need to act now to ensure their security solution makes the grade.
The Oracle-Walmart-TikTok Deal Is Not Enough
Commentary  |  11/6/2020  | 
The social media deal raises issues involving data custodianship and trusted tech partnerships.
How COVID-19 Changed the VC Investment Landscape for Cybersecurity Companies
Commentary  |  11/6/2020  | 
What trends can startups and investors expect to see going forward?
Digital Transformation Means Security Must Also Transform
Commentary  |  11/5/2020  | 
Being successful in this moment requires the ability to evolve in terms of team management, visibility, and crisis management.
The One Critical Element to Hardening Your Employees' Mobile Security
Commentary  |  11/5/2020  | 
COVID-19 has exposed longstanding gaps in enterprise mobile security. Creating a comprehensive mobile security plan and mandating compliance with that plan are essential to closing them.
Prepare for the Unexpected: Costs to Consider in Security Budgets
Commentary  |  11/4/2020  | 
Organizations that update business models to include cybersecurity as part of a strategic planning process may be able to better withstand unexpected disruptions.
CSA Moves to Redefine Cloud-Based Intelligence
Commentary  |  11/4/2020  | 
The new paradigm seeks to understand, integrate, and automate data workflows, and better yet, doesn't require significant investment or more personnel.
Cybercrime: Nation-States Go Prime Time
Commentary  |  11/3/2020  | 
Critical infrastructure remains a high-value target, but 90% of nation-states also attack other industry sectors.
Reworking the Taxonomy for Richer Risk Assessments
Commentary  |  11/3/2020  | 
By accommodating unique requirements and conditions at different sites, security pros can dig deeper get a clearer sense of organizational risk.
Fraud Prevention Strategies to Prepare for the Future
Commentary  |  11/2/2020  | 
While companies have largely adjusted to the new normal for security management, here are some tips for combatting fraud, post-COVID.


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