John Gibson discusses the challenges and rewards of his security role at tTech Ltd. as the senior IT security officer.
Cloud computing is becoming a reality that will need to be addressed by every security department.
Has mobile malware changed through time as dramatically as the headlines might imply?
We've all been breached, but there are steps we can take to evolve the system, says security strategist Dan Srebnick.
It's time to admit that the bad guys can always make a first move, says Damballa's Manos Antonakakis.
The needs of the organizations we protect are complex and the response required due to the criticality of the services we provide tends to put our multi-faceted operations in a state of flux, says Roland Cloutier, CSO, ADP.
Two things needed to become widely available for cyber criminals to further expand the threat landscape - a network infrastructure that allows them to operate under the radar, and currency that would let them conduct commerce anonymously.
The best aspect of opportunistic encryption is in the fact that it can be built into our infrastructure and deployed transparently for everyone.
We take a look inside the professional world of Mat Gangwer, security architect at Rook Security.
Let's agree on a definition of the term "security" and move forward from there, says AT&T's Chris Mark.
There are six security threats all businesses should be aware of for 2014, says ISF's Steve Durbin.
With the advent of nearly omnipotent video surveillance, the age-old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words," scares me more today than it ever has.
Asian nations are producing nurturing communities of security professionals that are more prepared to deal with a rapidly changing environment.
The benefits of cryptocurrency for consumers are well known, but there are also some downsides that must be addressed.
Although some progress has been made in the availability of data, we are far away from having the transparency required for risk management.
We knowingly, and sometimes unknowingly, interact with the Internet of Things on a daily basis in both our professional and personal lives.
The mobile workforce - no longer satisfied with limited access - wants access to all the applications and data needed to perform all job tasks from a multitude of personal mobile devices, anywhere, anytime.
As mobile devices are further integrated into networks, organizations will have a critical need to implement end-to-end security solutions that offer comprehensive security to provide a multi-layered security solution.
The cyber threat landscape has always been in flux and will continue to evolve. However, it seems the pace of change has increased significantly in the past few years alone.
Anyone designing a new system such as this should take security into account from the beginning. The amount of personal information that could be harvested by any breach is truly alarming.
From Adobe to Facebook, security breaches continue to be top-of-mind for both companies and users, and organizations around the globe are all wondering if they are next in line to deal with a breach of their own.
When we think about criminal hackers, we picture a techie who lives and breathes code. But more recently, another picture comes to mind. When you get right down to it, hackers are people, too.
This month's "me and my job" focuses on John Dickson, principal at Denim Group.
Network-connected-and-configured devices can be infected by malware that provides access to patient data, monitoring systems and implanted patient devices.
As more and more organizations fall victim to data leakage, it seems that as long as no financial data is compromised, consumers seemingly don't care.
The malicious insider or outsider does not stop on the first attempt, says Verdasys' Peter Tyrrell.
I enjoy conducting security awareness training as it allows me to emphasize the importance of security to the organization, says David Sheidlower, CISO, Health Quest Systems.
It has been said that encryption simply trades one secret (the data) for another (the key). In the same way, encrypting data naturally shifts attention to that which is not protected: the metadata.
Big Data will become "The next big thing" - a critical re-evaluation and re-tooling of our analytical abilities. This is not about being able to query more data, but being able to query all data.
Vint Cerf's recent comment about privacy being an anomaly and a challenge that is too difficult to implement is unacceptable.
While information is crucial to improving an organization's posture in the marketplace, it also creates a centralized target for cyber criminals which may result in destructive data breaches.
With this year's holiday season here, online retailers should be focused on preparing their networks for increased traffic as well as protection from cyber threats.
The need for computer forensic examiners (aka "CFE") is on the rise.
BitDefender's Alexandru Catalin Cosoi discusses role and what he'd like to see occur in the security space.
We must stop the insanity by focusing on the data and controlling privileged user access.
The right form of network security can - and will - support continuous monitoring and network security management initiatives.
Don't hang your hat on enterprise app store security, says Jack Walsh at ICSA Labs.
Information security personnel are challenged with protecting company reputation and enterprise and customer data from a constant and expanding barrage of cyber criminals.
A strong cyber threat intelligence program should include proactive analysis of network traffic, testing of theories based on our understanding of human behavior.
As long as we treat personal information as property, we are faced with an unavoidable dilemma. If we are data and data is property, then we may become property.
One issue with password systems has always been the 'reset' problem: what to do when a user forgets their password.
The Tesla fire does not have anything to do with DDoS attacks, but there is one valuable lesson to be learned: Organizations could be better prepared to perform like a Tesla on fire when they face a DDoS attack.
The time and energy to optimize a service or process is often seen as an unaffordable luxury, says Jesse Bowling senior information security engineer, American University.
CSOs need to be able to function at the highest levels of an organization while not being tethered to a specific department or operational function.
The first step toward better protecting an organization is to learn how cyber attacks work.
We don't need to make the same mistakes of the first generation of PCs and servers, says the SANS Institute's John Pescatore.
Using Big Data for security is the "new hotness," says Holly Ridgeway, SVP and CISO enterprise systems at PNC.
Why does the lure of the cloud tempt businesses to put ever more sensitive data at risk? Richard Moulds, VP of strategy at Thales e-Security examines the situation.
Since NIST has no regulatory or statutory authority to enforce its use, the Framework must include specific information and guidance that business leaders will want to follow.
Web attacks are a constant, known enemy of every organization. As we're currently in Cyber Security Awareness Month and web attacks are more frequent than ever, web security is in fashion.
In a perfect world, enterprises would know exactly when an auditor is going to show up, the questions they will ask, and data would be presented on a silver platter ready to prove the organization's compliance.
Open source is growing in the enterprise, but oftentimes when people think of open source, they are concerned about the potential security issues.
This month we asked Gregory Gong, managing partner, Wall Street IT Management, about his job.
By mining log data and managing it proactively - instead of ignoring it until something goes wrong - organizations can mitigate risk, ensure service availability and promote operational efficiency.
Targeted malware attacks are growing in number, sophistication and severity in the potential damage they can inflict on victims.
Cloud providers must be evaluated before moving operations, says the DTCC's Mark Clancy.
A major area of concern for security personnel these days is how we are able to achieve and maintain compliance with multiple regulatory governing bodies.
Information security is in place not only to make ourselves more resilient to threats, but to create a mutually established trust with which we can communicate with reasonably expected results.
Organizations are counting on information sharing measures that are so manually intensive, that they are unable to scale to meet critical computer network defense requirements such as speed and accuracy.
The methods that attackers are using continue to evolve in terms of sophistication and sheer cleverness.
September's "Me and my job" features Geoff Linell, group CIO for Celerant Consulting.
There are a few key things every business should consider to truly improve data security.
There are serious risks involved when dealing with phishers.
Robust enterprise security requires more than checking compliance boxes, says Diebold CSO Adam Williams.
The latest version of the payment security industry's data safeguarding standard should also include mandates and guidance around risk management, penetration testing and mobile.
IT security professionals must learn to identify trustworthy and reliable products and vendors. But keep in mind, no matter how objectively certified a product may be, if the vendor has a poor reputation, the product will lose credibility.
It used to be that organizations were concerned about migrating their data to the cloud out of fear of hackers or disgruntled insiders. But Edward Snowden's NSA leaks show there's a new threat actor: the government. Encryption can help.
While CISOs are security leaders, there are different areas that they need to specialize in depending on the culture of the organization they serve.
This month's "Me and My Job" features Sasan Hamidi, CISO at Interval International.
Managing privacy is moving toward collaboration, communication and education, says Ernst & Young's Sagi Leizerov.
Organizations today have a master data model to drive efficiencies in system design. How about a similar approach for the enterprise security program?
As the Edward Snowden affair continues to make headlines around the world, there are ways organizations can bolster their security strategy to ensure they're not the next target.
Spamhaus seems to be shrouded in mystery, and rightly so. There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding the service. But, there's one thing I'd like to clear up. Hint: It's all about the approval.
For this month's "Me and My Job" we speak with Stephen Fridakis, senior IT security officer for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Our educational institutions continue to set the pace in BYOD.
There is no doubt that threats have evolved from vandalism and hobby-based malware to financially motivated crime and now state-sponsored espionage and attacks against government and enterprise targets around the world.
To defend against evolving threats, prepare and maintain vigilance, says DTCC's Parthiv Shah.
Targeted attacks are easy and cheap, but not always anonymous, says Norman ASA's Snorre Fagerland.
Cyber attacks continue to grow and evolve in sophistication. Consequently, it's sometimes difficult to tell who the good guys are when everyone is in the game.
Cloud computing services and social networks are pushing data to external networks, but mobile devices are circumventing corporate networks entirely.
As security threats continue to grow in numbers, the burden will fall on colleges and universities to better prepare the next-generation of information security workers.
There are five common traits that are commonly found in the truly innovative CISOs in the industry.
There are a number of organizations out there that ask for — and often receive — access to data on both successful and unsuccessful attacks on your technology infrastructure.
Nick Hetrick, senior IS security operations analyst, WellSpan Health, discusses his latest projects, what motivates him and how he entered the field.
The biggest risk of mobile computing continues to be unauthorized physical access to the device as a result of loss or theft, but threats of viruses to mobile devices continue to grow.
Advanced threats push companies and individuals between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
FedEx realizes its customers play an integral role in protecting themselves and helping secure cyber space, and the company attempts to do all it can to help them.
Thanks to location-based capabilities, mobile app developers must also consider the privacy ramifications of their creations.
While a major attack has yet to take place on the U.S. energy sector, now is the right time for these critical infrastructure providers to ready their defenses.
A successful security professional will tap into an organization's entire employee base to get results. And the benefits will go both ways.
Marty Edwards' job is to coordinate efforts between the government and the private sector.
In this month's debate, experts discuss if advanced malware is still a persistent challenge after administrator rights are removed.
Employees lack the training to collect and preserve email and electronic evidence.
The rule may help leaders better understand the impact of cyber risks, says PwC's David Burg and Laurie Schive.
Are we creating a cyber professional salary bubble that will eventually burst, asks Holly Ridgeway, SVP and CISO enterprise systems at PNC.
How can it be that firms can feel confident in their security technology investments and their people, yet ultimately still believe that they remain at great risk?
A brief Q&A with Blake Frantz, director of benchmark development, security benchmarks division, Center for Internet Security (CIS).
Thanks to BYOD, gone are the days of one single mobile device manufacturer or model to support, says Dimension Data Americas' Darryl Wilson.
Unfortunately, data security and regulatory compliance requirements do not evaporate in the public cloud, says Vormetric's Ashvin Kamaraju.