Cybersecurity Matters

George Hulme lends his expert insight into the latest developments in cybersecurity

Four ways security teams sabotage their own efforts

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There are many reasons why enterprise security teams struggle to succeed in better managing the risks positioned against their data and business-technology systems. Sometimes these obstacles come from elsewhere within the organization, and sometimes they are self-created. At times it’s a lack of serious executive leadership and understanding behind internal cybersecurity efforts. The security program […]

Employees remain obstacle to security

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Your staff hates security processes. Of course, this isn’t something we didn’t already know. Antivirus software slows down their machines, and remembering zillions of passwords is a hassle. VPN software is often kludgy and most every other security process we ask employees to do gets in the way of their being able to do their […]

Biometrics (finally) gaining widespread acceptance

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It’s time for passwords to die, they said. Passwords are antiquated and don’t provide the level of security needed, they said. This was the marketing mantra of many an authentication and identity management vendor — 20 years ago. Of course, then, passwords were not on their way out. They were still on their way up. […]

NIST updates cybersecurity framework

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It’s been a long time coming. The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released version 1.1 of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, or affectionatey called the Cybersecurity Framework. The initial framework was created to help organizations that operate critical infrastructure better secure their digital assets. These industries include energy, […]

As GDPR deadline looms, readiness lags

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The deadline to GDPR (the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation) is now about a month away. Guess what?  One-third of SMBs still aren’t ready to comply, according to Janco Associates. The consultancy reviewed the compliance plans of 200 small and mid-sized businesses and found that 34 percent are not ready to meet GDPR mandates. A […]

OPM provides guidance to address cybersecurity skills gap

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It’s hard to find (read: near impossible) an organization that thinks it has all the cybersecurity expertise that it needs. Whether it’s finding good CISOs, cloud security architects, application security experts, or whatever — finding skilled cybersecurity talent is one of the biggest challenges that face technology teams today. Recently, the human resource department of […]

Privileged identity management set to rise through 2022

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In identity management, privileged accounts pose special risks. These types of accounts generally grant higher levels of access than typical accounts. They provide high levels of access to endpoint operating systems, servers, databases, identity directories, systems management software, and application software among others. When an insider abuses access, or an adversary of the organization manages […]

Confidence in Canadian business data safeguards erodes as identity theft concerns rise

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According to a survey commissioned by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), concerns about identity theft are rising and the protections Canadian businesses have put into place to safeguard personal information are falling. The changes in concerns weren’t dramatic, but all indicators went the wrong way According to the survey, 71 percent of […]

IoT primes identity management for continued investment growth

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IoT is slowly taking hold within enterprises and it’s often doing so as the foundation of Industry 4.0.  This is a trend that’s likely to accelerate as IoT not only transforms how consumers use and interact with the devices around them, but also promises to transform manufacturing through smarter factories. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen time […]

Identity fraud adapts to new defenses, study finds

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Identity fraud is one of the biggest fears associated with data breaches involving personally identifiable information. No one wants someone to compromise their financial or credit accounts, or worse yet — have their identity successfully stolen. But according to a recently published survey, the number of such victims increased by 8 percent and reached 16.7 […]