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How to deliver cybersecurity awareness training that works

Employee cybersecurity awareness can play a critical role in the prevention of data leaks and malware infiltrations — but organizations have to improve the training they provide. One study found that more than three-quarters of executives believe that employees have accidentally put company data at risk in the past year, but 92% of employees said…
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The right and wrong way to deliver cybersecurity information

The wrong way: call it a “best practice” Once I found an internal system that was logging usernames and passwords in plain text In trying to educate the client about the right way, I used the term “best practice.” The customer heard “best practice” and treated it as a matter of opinion. I had to…
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Application isolation and virtualization provide a false sense of cybersecurity – It’s time for a better solution

A recently discovered critical vulnerability presents yet another case study for the shortcomings of the isolation/virtual machine model for cybersecurity. The vulnerability, CVE-2019-14378, has a severity of 8.8, and was first published in the National Vulnerability Database on July 29th, 2019. The vulnerability affects QEMU, the popular open source machine emulator and virtualizer. Short for…
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Cyber awareness starts with vulnerability awareness

This month marks the fifteenth anniversary of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. While NCSAM originated as a campaign by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to help educate and keep consumers safe online, it has evolved into something much bigger. It’s incumbent on everyone – individuals and organizations of all…
Executive Insight, Opinion, Security News

Cyber defense is a team sport — Train accordingly

No one would knowingly fly with a pilot that’s never practiced an emergency landing, yet the equivalent scenario is the norm in Security Operations Centers (SOCs) worldwide. Widespread access to cyber ranges – the cybersecurity version of a flight simulator – is helping to change that by enabling incident responders to practice dealing with cyber…
Executive Insight, Opinion, Security News

Tips for those of all ages interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity

Today, we are facing a frightening shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the workforce. Specifically, this widening gap is expected to lead to 3.5 million jobs left unfilled, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, in the cybersecurity profession by 2021. The month of October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of…
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Rethinking Cyberisks amid a rapidly evolving threat environment

In today’s world, it may be tempting for smaller businesses to avoid addressing cybersecurity when it’s often large, well-financed corporations that are making headlines for experiencing data breaches. That may explain why smaller businesses, a market segment where more than 50 percent of companies do not have a strategy to address IT security, are particularly…
Executive Insight, Opinion, Security News

In cybersecurity speed kills, but faster saves

The 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) came out not long ago. There are a lot of incremental change in the 78 pages of charts and graphs, which is normal for a report of this kind. The DBIR isn’t rocking anyone’s boat with blockbuster findings; instead, it reveals trends that may or may not be comforting.…
Executive Insight, Opinion, Security News

Gamification: A winning strategy for cybersecurity training

Block a hacker and win a gift certificate for a nice dinner out on the town? Absolutely! That’s just one example of how companies are bolstering their electronic defenses by using gamification to engage employees around cybersecurity training. Studies show that 90% of data breaches are caused by human error, such as an employee opening…
Executive Insight, Opinion, Security News

Our shared industry mission to close the cybersecurity workforce gap

It’s no secret that our cybersecurity industry today suffers from a yawning talent gap — a statistical juggernauton track to reach 3.5 million unfilled positions by 2021. As the wakeup call spreads, we’re seeing more cross-disciplinary trainingsand nurture efforts deep into the educational pipeline — from pre-K, elementaryand middle schoolinitiatives, to programs for high schooland higher education.   We just got fresh momentum from…
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