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Leading people in the times of digital transformation

The work world continues its metamorphosis as organizations increasingly leverage technology to modernize their business strategies. As the pace of change intensifies, many companies just cannot compete as competition rains in from every direction. “Digital platforms now deliver immense value, enabling us to connect, collaborate and broaden our minds – raising awareness about important issues,…

Containing the ripple effect of cloud cyberattacks

The internet continues to grow more interwoven, interdependent and fragile, with power increasingly concentrated in a handful of big cloud players. When a cyberattack brings down one of them, there is often extensive collateral damage to the thousands of enterprises relying on its service. Case in point: in late October Amazon’s Route 53 DNS server…

Identity access management – An auditor’s view

This article addresses the key concern that organizations of all size must contend with, i.e. lack of effective Identity and Access Management (IAM) processes. The risk of not having a robust IAM system may lead to severe consequences, some of which include loss of data confidentiality, integrity, and even availability. This can inflict irreparable harm to…

Here’s to women-friendly orgs

As a woman working in cybersecurity, I have never been happier in my career and in my workplace, and I want to tell you why. My career journey has not been easy. I spent 10 years in the U.S. Army, and have now been working in cybersecurity for four years. I am accustomed to being…

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Still growing after 30 years

This year has proven to be one of continued personal and professional growth for many industry friends, colleagues and me. Yet, even with the positives faced this year, there have been some of those opposing negatives. No wonder, then, there are those among us who might be just about done with 2019.    After all, cyberattackers kicked of…

California Consumer Privacy Act: Challenge and Opportunity

By David Gorbet Next year will bring a new data privacy regulation in California, and it’ll pose a big challenge — and a big opportunity — for companies in and outside of the state.  The California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect Jan. 1. The act, considered the most comprehensive of any state privacy law, provides consumers…

The time is now for outsourced security services

For years we’ve been talking about the skills shortage that plagues the cybersecurity industry and which some reports now peg at three million and growing. Organizations lack trained, experienced resources in many areas including expertise in management and monitoring of the infrastructure protecting an environment, incident responders, threat intelligence analysts, security operations engineers and even…

RDP vulnerabilities highlight need for zero trust access management

The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), used by many organizations for Windows management, is an incredibly powerful, widely used tool. Developed by Microsoft, the complex protocol provides users with a graphical interface to connect to another computer over a network connection. It’s a helpful tool for businesses, since the user experience is the same as using…

Consumer data privacy regulation at the federal level: An opportunity for MSPs?

After Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) paperwork in June 2018, shock waves reverberated throughout Silicon Valley. Lobbyists at the Information Technology Industry Council, a Google-backed think tank, quickly went to work drafting proposals for a federal law that would supersede the stringent California bill. Twelve states subsequently followed California’s lead and…

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