Consider the main learning points from this event and count yourself lucky that you can learn at Sony Picture Entertainment's massive expense.
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?
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.
Big Data just keeps on getting bigger and bigger. It's almost like Moore's Law. And...it has a domino effect.
This holiday shopping season, many retailers have two goals in mind - make record-breaking sales and don't get breached.
Burden of proof should grow heavier as request for access grows more sensitive.
Part of my role requires me to ask questions that an auditor might. This is especially true when it comes to compliance, why it matters, and how it makes a difference.
Cooperation is required to advance the profession, says Towerwall's Candy Alexander.
The reality of ubiquitous reliance on ICT has given rise to the criticality of cyber security, says Cisco CSO Edna Conway.
Should we rush out signatures for this latest version of malware, or should we take a step back and figure out how to focus our technology and security operations around identifying attackers before they wreak such havoc?
Network security today has similar defensive problems to those posed to American Colonial population centers. Here's why...
As hackers become more advanced, our security methods also have to evolve and become more secure so that we aren't just giving our information away.
The primary challenge to secure payment card data is that too many involved see the PCI DSS as a panacea for every risk in the marketplace.
The Internet of Things requires a new way of thinking and acting, one that will protect a business and help it grow.
It's easy to get hung up on discussions around chip-and-pin, malware and network segmentation, and in the process lose sight of the broader trends that underlie many breaches.
If organizations are looking to raise their security profile, they should certainly examine these commonly overlooked areas.
Everyone involved with vendor management should now develop a common, collaborative security strategy.
This incident gives the industry hope that proactive measures can stop an attacker before a breach drives catastrophic results.
This year has been so bad for merchant data breaches that the president felt the need to ensure that the government would offer itself as a more safe and secure place to do business with.
This month, we get to know Marisa Faga, Bugcrowd's director of crowd operations.
As mobile devices are further integrated into networks, organizations will have a critical need to implement end-to-end security solutions.
Edward Snowden has the same broad access and privileges that many employees in similar positions have at almost every business.
With parameters, new tech can help your business, says McAfee's Jonathan Fox and Tyson Macaulay.
Successful CISOs need to master more than system security to make their companies competitive and improve their own job security.
Modern mobile hacks are diverse and can be performed by anyone, from an inexperienced amateur to highly skilled teams operating like tech startups.
Bring the insider issue into the light and focus on culture change, says PSCU's Gene Fredriksen.
This Hallows Eve might be a good time to remind ourselves that zombies can be just as deadly, and I'm referring to recycled tools and techniques from years gone by.
Major retailers are falling prey to massive credit card information heists, despite spending millions on cyber security systems.
When it comes to enterprise security, one rule remains constant - attacks will continue to increase in sophistication and attackers will seek to outmaneuver existing defenses.
While it may seem like 2014 is the year of the vulnerability, in reality, this year has not been much different than years past.
It's clear that vulnerabilities continue to exist, despite our best efforts to combat them. In fact, we have addressed many of the same problems before.
As new solutions emerge, it's critical for organizations to protect themselves by being informed, aware, and acting whenever possible. Those that don't take action are playing a very dangerous game.
We are now in the fast lane towards a driverless future. Will we have to brake for hackers?
Despite big responsibilities compounded by a string of headline-grabbing data breaches, the skies are looking brighter for CISOs.
It will continue to be a year where companies need to focus on how their employees interact online.
A cyber liability policy covers first-party liability (property and theft) and third-party liability (privacy and data security).
We catch up and learn a bit more about Michael Canavan, senior director, systems engineering, Kaspersky Lab North America.
It's possible to safely manage the security risks posed by BYOD, says Anders Lofgren at Acronis Access.
Active security thinking ensures that we don't simply perpetuate security folklore.
Security leaders must create visible value for the organization, says Unisys's Francis Ofungwu.
The Internet of Things promises so much. And so the question arises, how are we going to keep all this 'stuff' safe and secure?
Our networks are our field; no one knows our network better than us, the people who maintain it. We need to use that to our advantage.
The breach shaming trend impedes forward progress in preventing such incidents in the future and leaves consumers worrying without educating them.
This month we get to know Chris Sullivan, vice president of advanced solutions at Courion.
We take a closer look at SVPENG, malware that's capable of launching two different types of attacks.
We should be asking if it is worth the cost of constantly switching security assessment companies, says Ken Stasiak CEO, SecureState.
Now is the time for infosec pros to embrace CHAOS and protect organizations from the realities of our always-on world.
Nation-states are flexing their muscles in the cyber realm, says Avatier's Ryan Ward.
When the entire network is down, the smart CIO is already on the phone to the CFO with an explanation, says David Sheidlower, global head of information security, BBDO Worldwide.
This heightened awareness regarding data breach response time has created an interesting dynamic for security professionals.
The relationship between development and security doesn't need to be hostile, and there are ways to engage developers more with security.
Many groups have striven to cultivate a more welcoming workplace, says Alison Gianotto.
Recent events should serve as wake-up calls for organizations in the retail and hospitality space to evaluate their third-party vendors.
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.
Sign up to our newsletters
SC Magazine Articles
- 'Sexy Girls' wallpaper app in Google Play store accessed account info
- Zeus variant targeting Canadian banks, U.S. banks may also be a target
- New attack uses ransomware to drop trojans and keyloggers
- 'GHOST' bug in Linux library enables remote takeover of victim's system
- Firm finds link between Regin spy tool and QWERTY keylogger
- Report: From Q3 to Q4, 90 percent increase in global DDoS attacks observed
- Researchers observe databases being encrypted, websites held for ransom
- ZeroAccess botnet reactivates, click fraud activity resumes
- BCBS of Tennessee shares personal data on 80K in marketing campaign
- Tips for organizations in the wake of the biggest corporate hack in history