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How to explain cyber security to your board

If you're like most, you face a conflicting challenge around security: while there is increased focus on digitalisation of the business, at the same time the threats to the business have not been fully addressed – or even planned for.

David Gee | 02 Jun | Read more

Security threats through the Cloud

As with most of technology, security goes through periodic changes, cycles and generations. Hardware, software, applications and methodologies all mature, become commoditised and standardised to the point of being invisible, and then are reinvented in a new evolved form. New platforms and new devices create new opportunities but are also subject to new evolved threats – something that remains true of security.

Gordon Makryllos | 24 Sep | Read more

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Why your information security stinks & what to do

Amit Yoran was the Department of Homeland Security's first director of the National Cyber Security Division of the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection office. But by September 2004 he was frustrated by what he saw as a lack of concern and commitment to Internet security. So he quit his post.

Bill Brenner | 22 Apr | Read more

IT Advocate: The privacy minefield

There are significant differences between state and federal privacy legislation. CIOs who deal with government agencies or other public sector organisations must determine the privacy laws applicable to them – and how best to accommodate them.

Emma Weedon | 15 Sep | Read more

Five mistakes security pros would make again

Ten years ago, Michael Riva was network administrator for a top-five American consultancy. Employees were downloading graphic pictures and videos onto the network. Riva told his boss a proxy server with content filtering might be in order; his boss laughed and suggested they put in a bigger file server instead.

Bill Brenner | 30 Sep | Read more

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Let’s talk about your human network security risk

In the wake of several high-profile and very public enterprise security breaches – at times it seems there’s one every other week - businesses continue to look closely at the quality of their IT security tools and processes. But while many CEOs turn to the IT department for answers, as much as a source of blame, the reality is human (employee) error remains the root cause of most successful network attacks.

Mav Turner | 31 Aug | Read more

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

Car recalls and sabotage attacks against MES systems

No doubt you had heard about Chrysler’s recall of affected cars]] as it appeared in all the top media. You’ll be even more surprised if you see how many recalls happened because of technical issues in recent months. But there is something that we may miss beyond the headlines, some important potential sabotage vectors may happen or are even happening now to increase these statistics.

Alexander Polyakov | 28 Aug | Read more

When Third Party Network Access Compromises Security

Almost every organisation encounters situations where there is a need to provide third parties with access to the enterprise network. These external users include hardware or software vendors that deliver remote service and maintenance. Supply chain vendors may seek network access to fulfil orders or monitor inventory. Web services companies need access to build and maintain the company website. The list of people who want to stay close is big and growing.

Sam Ghebranious | 27 Aug | Read more

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