Stories by Steve Durbin

Insider Threats: The Discipline of Trust in the Digital Age

“There’s an app for that.” Apple’s ubiquitous tagline-turned-punchline is still going strong, 6 years after its debut. As our lives are increasingly driven and enhanced by digital tools of all kinds, the humorous irony resonates: we can’t actually control everything from our smartphones. One of the thorniest issues facing security professionals is a perfect case in point: we can’t rely on technology to keep our technology and data safe from our employees’ bad habits, gullibility, laziness, or malfeasance.

Steve Durbin | 22 Dec | Read more

Making the Best of BYOx

A mere handful of years ago, many of us were jealous of that one friend or coworker who was flashing their new iPhone, a mysterious gadget we couldn’t wait to get our hands on. Fast forward to the present, less than a decade later, it seems everyone you know owns a shiny new ultrathin phablet. Billions of people worldwide use smartphones, tablets, or phablets to run their personal and professional lives. They go with us everywhere, from bedside to kitchen table to workplace. This rapid rise of consumerised mobile technology has upended everything from our most intimate relationships to broader cultural dynamics.

Steve Durbin | 20 May | Read more

The Next Generation of Assessing Information Risk

Digital information is the heart of today’s organisations. It’s growing exponentially, and its effective use and management is directly linked to the continued success of the modern enterprise. However, digital technologies and global interconnection have introduced a significant number of new risks and greatly amplified existing ones. There are now many significant, high-profile examples of information risks being realised, and their impacts continue to grow. Organisations simply must improve their management of information risk.

Steve Durbin | 30 Mar | Read more

Password Protection: How Far Can Hackers Get?

For years, passwords have been the dominant means by which organisations authenticate customer access to online services. Password-based authentication is easy and familiar for customers, and is initially inexpensive for organizations to deploy at scale. But, while password-based authentication may be appropriate in some instances, it is no longer suitable for the wide range of services where it is currently being used.

Steve Durbin | 13 Jan | Read more

How Can Organisations Deal Intelligently with Information Security Breaches?

Data breaches are happening more frequently, compromising larger volumes of data than ever before. We seem to hear about new data breaches every day. The number of compromised records grows, while organisations are subjected to larger financial penalties, stronger legislative and regulatory scrutiny, and tangible reputational damage. For organisations that suffer a breach, responding in an intelligent and confident manner is critical.

Steve Durbin | 13 Nov | Read more

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