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Socioeconomic status and cyber: the new ‘digital divide’

In part one of a two-part series, SC Media examines how businesses and institutions in poorer or underserved regions may be less equipped to fight off cyberattacks than their well-funded counterparts in affluent cities.
Events, InfoSec World 2020, Network Security, Security News

Union Pacific tracks cyber risk via its own probability modeling methodology

Rick Holmes, assistant VP and CISO at Union Pacific Railroad, detailed at InfoSec World 2020 how the transportation giant incorporates cybersecurity risk into its larger enterprise risk management process in order to help senior executives estimate losses caused by potential cyber incidents and make better decisions on where to invest in defenses. “We think that…
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Winning business: CISOs chime in on the cyber vendor ‘dating game’

What sales tactics actually work? In light of a new study that dissects the various marketing tactics used to get the attention of security executives, SC Media asked four high-ranking security professionals for their biggest likes – and their biggest turn-offs – when getting wooed by vendors with their wares. Here’s what they said what…
Network Security, Research, Security News

CISOs value peer advice most when researching cyber solutions

A majority of surveyed CISOs said that when shopping for cybersecurity vendor solutions, they value input from their peers first and foremost – more than analyst reports, vendor content or any other source of information, according to a newly published research. A joint project of communications agency Merritt Group and technology and Tech Exec Networks…
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Government warns OT assets still in danger of attack over internet

Security professionals responsible for protecting critical infrastructure strive to isolate and segregate their most mission-critical systems, but there are still too many operational technology (OT) assets that are accessible to attackers over the internet, according to a new government alert. When searchable and accessible via the internet, OT systems – just like conventional IT systems…
APTs/cyberespionage, Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Events, Government, Government/Defense, InfoSec World 2020, Insider Threats, Network Security, Security News

Ex-CIA exec: Covid-19 has created ideal ‘crisis’ conditions for malicious hackers

Companies trying to stave off business disruption caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic may be ripe for compromise as they introduce new risks in the scramble to maintain business continuity, warned a retired senior CIA executive in a keynote presentation Wednesday at the InfoSec World 2020 digital conference. In essence, the coronavirus has created ideal…
Events, InfoSec World 2020, Network Security, Ransomware, Research, Security News

Risk assessments reveal businesses remain deficient in security compliance, training

InfoSec World 2020 – An analysis of more than 100 risk self-assessments conducted by business organizations across a cross-section of industries revealed that over 65 percent admitted to achieving zero-to-minimal compliance of U.S. state data privacy and security regulations, including myriad breach laws and the California Consumer Privacy Act. The discouraging findings show that business…
Network Security, Research, Security News, Security Training, Certification, User Awareness

To reduce security errors, employers must relieve stress and fatigue

Working professionals are blaming stress, time pressure, fatigue and distractions for lapses in safe cyber practices – and current conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic may only be exacerbating the problem. According to a newly published research report from Tessian, a survey of 2,000 working professionals in the U.S. and UK found that 43 percent…
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