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SaaS discovery tools target growing shadow-IT problem

An emerging breed of security tools, designed specifically to rein in use of software as a service (SaaS) offerings, promises to help companies fight the security-vulnerability tidal wave posed by unchecked employees – and it's none too soon, according to new research that found most companies face broad exposure to unchecked use of online email, file-sharing and other popular tools.

David Braue | 09 Oct | Read more

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Review: Secure Flash Drives

USB flash drives are the modern floppy, albeit considerably larger and faster. They make our lives easy for taking data on the road, sharing with colleagues over sneakernet, and given their rapidly increasing size even acting as backup devices. They're also darn handy for installing software from ISO images.

Ashton Mills | 13 Sep | Read more

USB Secure Flash Drive Product Review

A vast majority of today’s workforce use USB memory sticks, they offer unequalled convenience for transferring data. In most situations, if the data is not confidential, a standard USB stick quite acceptable, but what do you use if your data is sensitive?

Enex Testlab | 24 Aug | Read more

The security suite guide 2010

Just a few short years ago, all a PC needed for protection was a basic antivirus program to guard against any malware that arrived via an e-mail attachment, embedded in a shareware application or piggy-backed on a floppy disk.

Frank J. Ohlhorst | 18 Aug | Read more

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AISA National Conference: In pictures

- Amazon, Apple and Google know more about you than your doctor or lawyer - and Commbank is jealous as hell. - Don’t trust an organisation that doesn’t have a face - because then you can’t punch it in when they screw up, said Marcus Ranum. - 78 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have access to a computer or the internet and therefore avoid all IT security problems.

Zennith Geisler | 11 Nov | Read more

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Secure USB Drives Not So Secure

Several hardware-encrypted USB memory sticks are now part of a worldwide recall and require security updates because they contain a flaw which could allow hackers to easily gain access to the sensitive information contained on the device.

Joan Goodchild | 07 Jan | Read more

Is Compliance in the Cloud Possible?

There is no doubt that cloud computing is dominating today's IT conversation among C-level security executives. Whether it's due to the compelling cost saving possibilities in a tough economy, or because of perceived advantages in provisioning flexibility, auto-scaling, and on-demand computing, CSOs are probing the capabilities, costs and restrictions of the cloud. At the same time, security and compliance concerns are at the forefront of issues potentially holding large enterprises back from capitalizing on the benefits that cloud computing has to offer.

Jim Hietala | 07 Jan | Read more

Best Practices For IT Availability

Forrester often gets inquiries such as, "What requirements should we keep in mind while developing our disaster recovery plans and documents?" and, "Which strategies work best for managing our disaster recovery program once it's in place?"

Stephanie Balaouras | 17 Dec | Read more

A Practical Approach to Protecting Trade Secrets

Trade secrets are increasingly becoming a company's most valuable assets, and not surprisingly, threats to those assets have increased concomitantly. The greatest threat to company data is, of course, not outsiders but a company's own employees A company's ability to protect against rogue employees (as well as against unintentional harm) is governed by both federal and state laws, which vary by jurisdiction and, worse, are in a state of flux in many of those jurisdictions.

Russell Beck and Matt Karlyn | 12 Nov | Read more

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Securing digital identities into the future

Gartner* believes that by 2020, 60% of organisations will use active social identity proofing and let consumers bring in social identities to access risk-appropriate applications. It also predicts that by 2020 new biometric methods will displace passwords and fingerprints for access to endpoint devices across 80% of the market.

Sumal Karunanayake | 31 Aug | Read more

The true cost of a data breach

There are many reasons for security attacks. Attackers may be looking for payment card data or other sensitive commercial information, or they may simply wish to disrupt an organisation’s operations. Whatever their motive, data breaches have a significant impact on a business. Protecting an organisation from an unwanted intrusion can save tens of millions of dollars, and help maintain customer loyalty and shareholder confidence. But can we really quantify the true cost of a data breach?

Robert Parker | 07 Jul | Read more

A move towards cyber resilience in a world without borders

Late last year, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission chairperson, Greg Medcraft called for Australia to focus on "cyber resilience" to prevent destabilisation of financial markets. Coincidentally, a day later, the Australian Government announced the formation of a cyber security expert panel to review the nation’s cyber security efforts. This came in the wake of the Australian Signals Directorate reporting a 37 per cent increase in cyber security incidents on the previous year.

John Ellis | 15 Jun | Read more

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