In the wake of the SYNful Knock attack on its routers, Cisco should re-engineer its devices to prevent future attacks, says Raimund Genes.
Skills in demand: Security engineer, identity management
Me and my job: Surendhar Subramani, senior information security consultant, Ernst & Young, India
Debate: What is the edge of IoT security responsibility? Will device-level security testing be enough?
Debate: What is the edge of IoT security responsibility? Will device-level security testing be enough?
Can U.S. data protection laws protect privacy and preserve tech innovation and intellectual property?
The impact of Canada's anti-spam legislation for companies big and small.
Containment solutions can help stop the spread of malware, says Bufferzone CEO Israel Levy.
Our working hours may grow longer, more demanding and more exposed as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues its fast evolution.
Many organizations are also investing heavily to hire top-notch CISOs to fill the presumed leadership gap in security.
Organizations need a solution that is built for the container pattern, says John Morello.
A leak, a hack, or a simple mistake can blow up any M&A deal carefully crafted over months or even years, says Stephen Dearing.
David F. Katz, partner, Nelson Mullins
Debate: Device manufacturers take a comprehensive approach to securing consumer products.
As mobile and cloud dominate the future of the enterprise, security and accountability are falling through the cracks.
The mobile malware threat is mostly based on hype, not facts.
Companies can benefit by using a complex security approach, says A1QA's Aleksey Abramovich.
The questions regarding a more consistent reliance on offensive capabilities are concerning.
Public and media focus on data breaches and regulatory fees have dramatically deepened the focus on information security for executive boards.
Why is there a lack of women in IT security?
While we continue to make headway toward embracing a diverse workforce in the IT security field, we're still far from fully realizing this end.
How you are securing your sensitive information should not be a guessing game
Shuabang companies in China sell installs and user ratings to app developers to help boost their profile, which is leading to new forms of malware, says Chema Alonso.
Invest in the talented women on your team, says Joyce Brocaglia.
The need for experienced incident response professionals is outstripping the available supply of talent.
Mikel Draghici, principal mobile security specialist, Usher
After 30-plus years as an official in the National Security Agency (NSA), William Binney has been speaking out about what he sees as the "very ugly path" his former employer, along with the FBI and CIA, are currently following.
Threat of the Month: Cryptolocker
Debate: The Pentagon's strategy to use cyberwarfare in conflicts with enemies is necessary.
Congress took significant action in April to address cybersecurity information-sharing efforts.
You can't hire quality information security talent the same way you hire customer service reps.
There's been quite a bit of lip service paid to the ages-old concept of information sharing, says Illena Armstrong, VP, editorial, SC Magazine..
Cisco Systems CSO Edna Conway calls for action to stop the risks of counterfeit or tainted information.
Debate: Congress should mandate that the payment card industry adopt safer technology.
Much needs to be done to convince boardrooms of the importance of information security.
It's time for a dramatic reimagining of how companies approach security.
A single solution won't stop data theft, says ADP's Roland Cloutier.
Trust directly correlates to our expectations of privacy, says Illena Armstrong, VP, editorial.
It is important for everybody to stay vigilant when online, says Lena Smart, CIO, New York Power Authority.
Vendors bundling software with open source libraries caught the IT community unprepared, says Secunia's Kasper Lindgaard.
You likely have a list of criteria to check through during the hiring process of a vendor, but if you haven't added cybersecurity standards to that list, you should.
To extend the ERM approach to information and IP, companies need to create a comprehensive inventory of sensitive data and intellectual property that are key to their competitiveness.
Today's CISO must play a strategic and forceful role in mandating the transition to a more secure enterprise infrastructure.
Target. Home Depot. Morgan Stanley. Sony. Anthem. Jennifer Lawrence. You?
IT pros, beware: The phenomenon of "data breach fatigue" isn't just an issue of consumer complacency.
In this month's "Me and my job" feature, we get to know Johannes Ullrich of the SANS Technology Institute.
Given the recent headline-grabbing breaches, in this month's debate information security professionals discuss whether or not money is safe online.
The security community is abuzz about the risks of reverse engineering code.
It is an assumption for many enterprises operating today that they may already have been compromised.
The rise of IoT will require a completely new approach to network security, says vArmour CEO Timothy Eades.
Threats loom heavily on the minds of those charged with keeping critical data safe from bad actors, says Illena Armstrong, VP editorial, SC Magazine.
A CSO with a budget must be in want of a thousand dedicated point solutions, says Alex Stamos, CISO, Yahoo.
Passing the annual compliance assessment is just the start of a vigilant security program, says Stephen Orfei of the PCI SSC.
With every new data leak end users are looking for ways to better protect themselves and keep their personal financial identity safe from hackers.
The saying "better safe than sorry" rings true when it comes to data security.
As end users bring their own devices, applications, and even networks into their employer's fray, hallowed IT security concepts like visibility, control and peace of mind are jettisoned out the window.
Cybercriminals often are specifically looking for credit card numbers that can be reused on other e-commerce sites or sold to the highest bidder on the digital black market.
Sophisticated bad guys are likely to assume that high-value targets have deployed the latest security technologies - this has been the case going back over a decade.
How did we arrive at this approach to network security and, more importantly, what's happening today that's causing us to seriously rethink this approach?
Whose responsibility is it to lead the fight against cybercrime and protect valuable health care data? The answer: it's not just one person.
The "It won't happen to me" mentality combined with communication gaps between the IT and security teams greatly increases enterprises' risk of being breached.
The truth is simply that none of us, including the FTC and Ofcom, fully know or understand the extent for which the unintended consequences of IoT will show its ugly head.
One crucial step will ensure that you do not fall haphazardly down the rabbit hole on your way there.
If we can learn anything from the Carbanak malware, it is to use stealthy and evasive maneuvers in the security technology and education we deploy within enterprises to fight fire with fire.
As much as I applaud the FTC for making security a priority, its recommendations are light years away from where the current IoT security bar is.
Perimeter security has only brought us so far. It's time to embrace a user-centric model instead.
In order to show risk is being properly managed, security teams are often regarded as gatekeepers who slow the pace of software development due to what is perceived as their authoritative behavior.
Technological innovation is now increasingly consumer led forcing organizations to adopt faster to serve them or it diffuses into the work environment leaving the traditional IT to play catch-up.
Here's a closer look at CipherCloud's Chief Trust Officer Bob West.
Experts debate whether the financial industry has a leg up in terms of their cybersecurity strategy when compared to other industries.
Even the most sophisticated, well-intentioned perimeter-focused cybersecurity strategy cannot possibly be 100 percent effective, says Oliver Tavakoli, CTO, Vectra.
Identity management has evolved rapidly over the past decade, says Jim Robell, president and COO, Eid Passport.
An ill-informed worker is a weak link that leaves a giant gap in your defenses, says SOHO Solutions VP Scott Aurnou.
Despite ongoing attacks against major corporations, not much is changing at the executive level, says Illena Armstrong, VP, editiorial, SC Magazine.
Hackers are finding new attack vectors to exploit and it is becoming harder for us "security professionals" to defend our organizations, says Zouhair Guelzim, CISO, L'Oréal Americas.
Aside from the many benefits native apps provide, enterprises face challenges they need to deal with to make sure they aren't exposed to the new security risks native apps introduce.
When it comes to healthcare security, if you think compliance is the only thing you need to worry about, think again.
On the whole, the recent steps taken by government are thoughtful and meaningful - and the attention to cybersecurity is overdue. But will they be enough?
If we can't stop breaches, then let's remove the incentive for hacking by devaluing the data, especially Social Security Numbers.
How can security pros adapt and automate their own processes to support DevOps without the business being eaten alive from non-compliance, hacks and exposures?
The amount of information stored in our medical records creates a ripe environment for security breaches. The health care sector is in search of information security analysts.
In this month's issue we get to know more about Kristi Carrier and her role as the Quality Auditor at Nuspire Networks.
The increasing prevalence of mobile applications is exposing new security holes for businesses.
Enterprises are finding new ways to solve problems and extract value from data.
Every enterprise is susceptible to a breach, unless something changes, says Craig Shumard, principal of Shumard and Associates.
It's important to look at a few other practical takeaways from the headline-grabbing Sony attack.
Streamline your incident plan with clear IT security operational definitions and develop a detailed inventory of every asset within your network, says ViJay Viswanathan, CISO, HD Supply.
Psychological acceptability may not sound like a term that'll hold much significance for the future of secure file sharing, but don't sell it short.
Consider the main learning points from this event and count yourself lucky that you can learn at Sony Picture Entertainment's massive expense.
These two areas of the security space are sure to bring in some interesting changes in the new year.
Many states have laws today that require corporations and government agencies to notify consumers in the event of a breach - but it is not enough.
The wolf isn't at your door, it's inside. Ignorance is definitely not bliss. Just ask any of the regulatory agencies.
While most agree that corporate security needs to improve, a question still remains: Even with best practices in place, could the Sony debacle have been prevented?
With the growing connectedness of all things great and small, the need for trusted identities will take center stage in 2015.
It is now up to banks to self-regulate themselves or continue to deal with the pressing questions of concerned officials like Benjamin Lawsky.
2014 taught us that organizations cannot rest on their laurels. Security team needs to be in a state of hypervigilance. This is precisely why developing and implementing a proactive security plan will be a critical component of 2015 IT priorities.
As we predicted around this time last year, 2014 has seen more high-profile targeted attacks with motivations of stealing information. Here's what could be in store this year.
It was a tumultuous year with several interesting developments in computer security and the lack thereof.
Attackers are moving away from a "smash and grab" theft of credit card numbers towards the benefits accessible by waiting for "interesting" data.
In 2015, we will see the rise of targeted defensive security solutions that are accurate, scalable and lack the need for the coddling hand of security experts.
While we can expect to see the return of some of the issues we faced in 2014, there are still a number of new threats that we need to be aware of in the year to come.
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