With each job change, the risk that the new hire will bring confidential information or trade secrets with him or her to the new company grows.
Hackers only need to find one weak point to steal valuable information. On the flip side, security pros need to account for every possible scenario.
While it isn't realistic for organizations to expect that it will never happen to them, a rapid, professional and continuous response can limit their scope and reputational impact.
Rather than predicting the next lightning strike it is far better to pay attention to the areas we already know are vulnerable.
Whether it is a database of customer information or valuable intellectual property, an organization's "crown jewels" need to be protected with the most robust security possible.
While it's considered a form of anonymous currency, Bitcoin isn't as private as you may think.
Is it time to go back to cash? Or are there other forms of digital payment that are more secure?
With all of the money invested in security solutions, companies are getting breached at increasingly higher rates. It's time that organizations got the most out of their security vendors.
We must prepare for the security considerations when it comes to the looming technological phenomenon that is the Internet of Things.
As we in the loss prevention industry are always looking for a flag indicating there is a potential for fraud, this one looks like it is as good as any for us to display our vigilance.
There are three major foundational areas of security, that if focused on, could go a long way in preventing a security breach.
To fend off cyber attacks, organizations must approach security from all touchpoints, including inventory and asset management, patch management and configuration enforcement.
It was while working with an elite group of cyber forces in the military that Col. (Retired) Barry Hensley realized the severity of security issues facing this nation.
Chip technology can prevent criminals from producing counterfeit credit cards.
To provide assurance against counterfeit or tainted ICT products, solutions and services as well as end-to-end security practices should be addressed.
By preparing in advance, acquiring the skill sets needed and developing a communications plan in advance will go a long way in quickly mitigating a Heartbleed-like incident.
To overcome a plethora of challenges, cyber defenders must create innovative new models for protecting their organizations from increasingly advanced threats.
Poorly managed privileged credentials pose a risk, but can be mitigated in a few easy steps.
Challenges exist in areas of technology partner selection, managing employees and corporate role identity.
Having actionable insight into the goings on of your network is tantamount to managing operational variables.
It turns out that using a DDNS service is the easiest and most pervasive method for creating sustainable command-and-control domains.
Exec buy-in and new tech can help fight cyber threats, says BitSight's Stephen Boyer.
You can't run an effective security program without the basics, says Patricia Titus, CISO, Freddie Mac.
Disruption is expected; financial crime should be, too.
James Hill senior security architect, Consolidated Data Services (CDS), discusses his role at his organization.
Growth businesses are always looking for flexible ways of working that reduce capital and running costs, while securely delivering the data users need, when and where they need it.
Many CIOs are still unsure what role governance should play in their data archiving strategy.
Recent breaches prompt a new emphasis on education and corporate culture, says Allegis Capital's Bob Ackerman.
Watching highly publicized supply-chain disasters unfold, we shake our heads in disbelief - but what supply chain risks are you taking today that would be difficult to defend tomorrow?
It's how you handle yourself during and after a breach that will determine just how detrimental the breach actually is for your organization.
Similar to building a multi-layer security strategy for a business, before deciding what security controls should be implemented to protect Bitcoin transactions, we first need to identify the targets.
The average consumer has 40 or more apps installed on their mobile device, many of which they use to do their jobs, whether IT has sanctioned its use or not. The problem is that creates a "shadow IT" system.
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.