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Business continuity and disaster recovery planning: The basics

Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are processes that help organizations prepare for disruptive events—whether those events might include a hurricane or simply a power outage caused by a backhoe in the parking lot. The CSO's involvement in this process can range from overseeing the plan, to providing input and support, to putting the plan into action during an emergency. This primer (compiled from articles on CSOonline) explains the basic concepts of business continuity planning and also directs you to more resources on the topic. Last update: 5/20/2015.

Derek Slater | 22 May | Read more

Computer Forensics Investigations: Body of Evidence

When the body of his wife was discovered, Air Force Sgt. Joseph Snodgrass was stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. Julie Snodgrass was found in the cab of a pickup truck nearby, having been stabbed more than 42 times. The only evidence connecting her husband to the crime were a couple of floppy disks on which were stored two letters: one in which Sgt. Snodgrass asked his mistress to hire three hitmen to murder his wife, and another increasing his wife's life insurance coverage to $450,000. During questioning in his office by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Snodgrass pulled the two 5.25-inch diskettes from his desk and used pinking shears to chop the damning evidence into 2 dozen pieces.

Daintry Duffy | 01 May | Read more

Are commercial planes in danger of being hacked?

A controversy has erupted over claims that a security researcher hacked the avionics systems of a commercial airline through its in-flight entertainment system. Many security experts dismiss the story as simply ludicrous, but some believe it’s possible—and that is cause for very serious concern.

Tony Bradley | 22 May | Read more

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Secure cloud backup : Review

To help you narrow down your options, here's our take on some of the more popular and well-known services, as well as some you may not have heard of. Use these as a springboard—again, there are plenty of other options out there—for your own research, and if you're not currently using a cloud backup service you may find reason to once you've seen what's on offer.

Ashton Mills | 30 Apr | Read more

Cisco impresses with first crack at next-gen firewall

When we tested next-generation firewalls last May, at least one important security vendor wasn't there: Cisco, because they weren't ready to be tested. Now that the ASA CX next-generation firewall has had a year to mature, we put the product through its paces, using the same methodology as our last NGFW test.

Joel Snyder | 17 Jun | Read more

Review: WatchGuard XTM2050

What is big, flexible, red and costs more than your average mid-range family sedan? Not a HSV—not quite that much—but this top of the range unified threat management (UTM) device (or in this case, XTM– the X presumably being a variable) is definitely in a high performance category. The XTM2050 from WatchGuard is one of a new breed of security devices that packs punch.

Matt Tett | 22 May | Read more

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In Pictures: CSO's Identity Driven Access Management Round Table

It's the centenary of the commencement of World War One. Back then, there were borders to protect. The soldiers knew who they were fighting and there were very few incursions where one side crossed a border undetected. Today's battles are different. The bad guys are stealing the good guys’ passwords and identities to get access to whatever they want. And they often wait weeks or even months before revealing their true objectives.

Abigail Swabey | 22 Oct | Read more

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Does DevOps hurt or help security?

There is a firmly held concern in security circles that the automation associated with DevOps moves too swiftly, that security teams and their tests can't keep up, that too many of the metrics measured focus on production, availability, and compliance checkboxes, and as a result, security falls to the wayside.

George V. Hulme | 01 May | Read more

The Internet of Robotic Things: Secure, harmless helpers or vulnerable, vicious foes?

Experts say robots will be commonplace in 10 years. "Many respondents see advances in [artificial intelligence] and robotics pervading nearly every aspect of daily life by the year 2025--from distant manufacturing processes to the most mundane household activities," says Aaron Smith, senior researcher, The Pew Research Center's Internet Project, speaking of the several experts quoted in his "Predictions for the State of AI and Robotics in 2025".

David Geer | 24 Jan | Read more

2011's biggest security snafus

Perhaps it was an omen of what was to come when the city of San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2010 couldn't get a backup system running in its Emergency Operations Center because no one knew the password.

Ellen Messmer | 02 Dec | Read more

Guide: How to bulletproof your website

'Tis the season to begin ramping up online shopping activity, and for retailers that means doing all they can to ensure their websites are up, highly available and able to handle peak capacity. Looming in many IT managers' minds is the cautionary tale of Target, whose website crashed twice after it was inundated by an unprecedented number of online shoppers when the retailer began selling clothing and accessories from high-end Italian fashion company Missoni.

Esther Shein | 29 Nov | Read more

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Three considerations to ensure your network is ready for the Internet of Things

The first thought that comes to mind for most consumers when they hear the mention of the Internet of Things (IoT) is their fridge telling them when the eggs have run out; shoes indicating how far they have travelled; cars keeping them up to date on local traffic so that they know which routes to avoid; or energy meter signaling how much heating has been consumed. While not all of these capabilities have become a reality across most households, Gartner predicts the use of connected devices to grow exponentially, with at least 4.9 billion connected things expected to be in use this year, which is up 30 percent from 2014. By 2020, Gartner forecasts this number to reach 25 billion .

Matt Miller | 20 May | Read more

5 reasons why using a VDC (Virtual Data Centre) can improve your organisations Physical and Logical Security

A Virtual Data Centre (VDC) is a collection of cloud infrastructure which provides a wide range of benefits integrated into the heart of your IT infrastructure.   With these benefits come various security and compliance implications. However, if configured correctly, a VDC can actually improve an organisations physical and logical security levels in the following ways

Gerardo Altman | 19 May | Read more

Five Ways to Reduce the Cost and Complexity of Cyber Security

If it seems there are more cyber-security breaches in the news recently, there’s a reason. The volume of breaches grew at an alarming 48 percent in 2014, according to a recent global study by PwC. The study also found that total financial losses from security breaches increased 34 percent during 2013. One of the most staggering findings was that the number of organisations reporting financial losses over $20 million as the result of a cyber-attack grew by 92 percent over the previous year.

Paul Lipman | 28 Apr | Read more

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