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Content posted in September 2017
Analyzing Cybersecurity's Fractured Educational Ecosystem
Commentary  |  9/29/2017  | 
We have surprisingly little data on how to evaluate infosec job candidates academic qualifications. That needs to change.
Equihax: Identifying & Wrangling Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  9/28/2017  | 
Now that we know what was taken from Equifax, how it was taken, and what is being sold, what more do we need to learn before the next time?
How to Live by the Code of Good Bots
Commentary  |  9/27/2017  | 
Following these four tenets will show the world that your bot means no harm.
Why Your Business Must Care about Privacy
Commentary  |  9/26/2017  | 
It might not have something to hide, but it definitely has something to protect.
Security's #1 Problem: Economic Incentives
Commentary  |  9/25/2017  | 
The industry rewards cutting corners rather than making software safe. Case in point: the Equifax breach.
Health IT & Cybersecurity: 5 Hiring Misconceptions to Avoid
Commentary  |  9/22/2017  | 
Why healthcare organizations need a good strategy to find talent, or get left behind.
Why Size Doesn't Matter in DDoS Attacks
Commentary  |  9/21/2017  | 
Companies both large and small are targets. Never think "I'm not big enough for a hacker's attention."
Software Assurance: Thinking Back, Looking Forward
Commentary  |  9/20/2017  | 
Ten personal observations that aim to bolster state-of-the-art and state-of-practice in application security.
Get Serious about IoT Security
Commentary  |  9/20/2017  | 
These four best practices will help safeguard your organization in the Internet of Things.
GDPR & the Rise of the Automated Data Protection Officer
Commentary  |  9/19/2017  | 
Can artificial intelligence and machine learning solve the skills shortage as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation deadline approaches?
How Apple's New Facial Recognition Technology Will Change Enterprise Security
Commentary  |  9/19/2017  | 
Expect a trickle-down effect, as tech similar to Face ID becomes offered outside of Apple.
To Be Ready for the Security Future, Pay Attention to the Security Past
Commentary  |  9/18/2017  | 
It's easy to just move on to the next problem, ignoring what's happened -- but that's a mistake.
Security Orchestration & Automation: Parsing the Options
Commentary  |  9/15/2017  | 
Once you head down the path of orchestration, security teams will need to decide how much automation they are ready for. Here's how.
Cloud Security's Shared Responsibility Is Foggy
Commentary  |  9/14/2017  | 
Security is a two-way street. The cloud provider isn't the only one that must take precautions.
Encryption: A New Boundary for Distributed Infrastructure
Commentary  |  9/14/2017  | 
As the sheet metal surrounding traditional infrastructure continues to fall away, where should security functions in a cloud environment reside?
5 Problems That Keep CISOs Awake at Night
Commentary  |  9/13/2017  | 
The last few years have shown a big difference in the way cyber-risks are acknowledged, but progress still needs to be made.
20 Questions to Help Achieve Security Program Goals
Commentary  |  9/13/2017  | 
There are always projects, maturity improvements, and risk mitigation endeavors on the horizon. Here's how to keep them from drifting into the sunset.
The 'Team of Teams' Model for Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  9/12/2017  | 
Security leaders can learn some valuable lessons from a real-life military model.
Deception: A Convincing New Approach to Cyber Defense
Commentary  |  9/12/2017  | 
How defenders in a US national security agency capture-the-flag exercise used an endless stream of false data across the network to thwart attackers and contain damage.
Why Relaxing Our Password Policies Might Actually Bolster User Safety
Commentary  |  9/11/2017  | 
Recent guidance from NIST may seem counterintuitive.
If Blockchain Is the Answer, What Is the Security Question?
Commentary  |  9/8/2017  | 
Like any technology, blockchain has its strengths and weaknesses. But debunking three common myths can help you cut through the hype.
Is Public Sector Cybersecurity Adequate?
Commentary  |  9/7/2017  | 
Many governmental organizations are unstaffed, underfunded, and unprepared to fight common attacks, and they could learn a thing or two from the private sector.
Sandbox-Aware Malware Foreshadows Potential Attacks
Commentary  |  9/7/2017  | 
For the continuous monitoring industry to remain relevant, it needs to match the vigor of sandbox vendors against targeted subversion.
Is Your Organization Merely PCI-Compliant or Is It Actually Secure?
Commentary  |  9/6/2017  | 
The Host Identity Protocol might be the answer to inadequate check-the-box security standards.
Workplace IoT Puts Companies on Notice for Smarter Security
Commentary  |  9/6/2017  | 
Blacklisting every "thing" in sight and banning connections to the corporate network may sound tempting, but it's not a realistic strategy.
3 Ways AI Could Help Resolve the Cybersecurity Talent Crisis
Commentary  |  9/5/2017  | 
There's no escaping the fact that there's a skills shortage, and companies aren't doing enough to cultivate talent. AI could relieve some of the pressure.
How Effective Boards Drive Security Mandates
Commentary  |  9/1/2017  | 
The focus on cybersecurity policies must be prioritized from the top down.


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