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New NSA-funded programming language could close long-standing security holes

According to Steve McConnell, author of "Code Complete", software development projects that reach 512,000 lines of code or more can see four to 100 coding errors per thousand lines of code. Coding errors create the software vulnerabilities that criminal hackers attack in order to enter and pillage the enterprise. Anything that can help to prevent those holes should be of interest to CISOs and their teams.

David Geer | 17 Sep | Read more

Hackers inside Chinese military steal U.S. corporate trade secrets

In May, a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania indicted five members of the Chinese military on charges of hacking and economic espionage, according to a May 19 U.S. Department of Justice media release. Per the same release, the targets were six U.S. enterprises operating in the solar products, nuclear power, and metals industries. The attacks began as early as 2006 and were carried out over many years and into this year, according to the same release.

David Geer | 23 Jul | Read more

Can data lakes solve cloud security challenges?

"Data Lake" is a proprietary term. "We have built a series of big data platforms that enable clients to inject any type of data and to secure access to individual elements of data inside the platform. We call that architecture the data lake," says Peter Guerra, Principal, Booze, Allen, Hamilton. Yet, these methods are not exclusive to Booze, Allen, Hamilton.

David Geer | 18 Mar | Read more

Box, Dropbox, or drop both?

"There are four critical questions every enterprise and IT administrator should ask when considering file sharing services," says Adam Gordon, author of "Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Third Edition ((ISC)2 Press)." These include: Where will the service store and share files? Who will view the files? How will the service protect the files? And, what types of files will the service permit in the storage system? If a service provider doesn't respond satisfactorily, CISOs should consider their options.

David Geer | 10 Mar | Read more

Statistics point to increased physical danger risks of cyberterrorism

"Traditional terrorism refers to violent acts that indiscriminately target civilians," says Jon Iadonisi, former Navy SEAL, cyber security expert and co-founder, White Canvas Group. Traditional terrorists are largely interested in achieving or thwarting political or ideological goals in the process. "Cyberterrorism invokes the specific use of computer networks to induce violence against innocent civilians," says Iadonisi.

David Geer | 12 Feb | Read more

Big Data security, privacy concerns remain unanswered

Approaches to storing, managing, analyzing and mining Big Data are new, introducing security and privacy challenges within these processes. Big Data transmits and processes an individual's PII as part of a mass of data--millions to trillions of entries--flowing swiftly through new junctions, each with its own vulnerabilities.

David Geer | 05 Dec | Read more

Best practices for safely moving data in and out of the Cloud

As everyone knows, Cloud provider, Nirvanix, recently fell apart, declaring bankruptcy and leaving its customers in the lurch. Nirvanix gave enterprises less than a month to move their data to a new home. To avoid the fate of those customers, follow these best practices for safely moving data in and out of the Cloud.

David Geer | 11 Nov | Read more

Data breach notification laws, state and federal

State and federal data breach notification laws have changed and are expanding more than a little bit. CISOs and CSOs should start here to expand their knowledge of the increasingly restrictive notification requirements that apply to their organizations.

David Geer | 01 Nov | Read more

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