Resolutions to Improve Security in 2018 (Part 1)

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I first read Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People over 25 years ago and, despite the technological revolutions in that period, it is as relevant today as it was when the earth cooled. As we look to the new year for opportunities to improve our IT operations and security, let’s remember to begin with the end in mind, as well as to put … [Read more...]

What is Threat Remediation? Threat Remediation explained

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With the recent onset of ransomware plaguing the Internet, threat remediation has become an important piece of the cybersecurity puzzle for businesses who wish to protect their digital assets. But what exactly does threat remediation mean? What are the most effective methods for successful threat remediation? And how can organizations know if … [Read more...]

Data Breach Conundrum – Who’s on First?

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The first recorded data breach of our century occurred in 1984 at TRW, a credit reporting agency. One stolen password posted to an electronic bulletin board could have permitted access to the credit histories of 90 million people. Computer experts warned that prevention of such incidents demanded greater security. Thirty-three years later—the data … [Read more...]

Hackers Have Gone Into Uber Drive: How You Can Protect Yourself

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At the risk of sounding like a geek, I could not help but notice the discussion about whether the 2016 Uber hack was ransomware or just extortion. I searched the web and the consensus definition of ransomware is “a type of malware that encrypts files so they cannot be opened, and prevents you from using your computer or accessing those files unless … [Read more...]

Breach Recovery Checklist For You And Your Company

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No business or individual is immune to a cyber breach, yet I hear many people say they don’t think they will be affected. They believe that their company does not have anything valuable enough to be stolen, but every company and individual has data that is valuable to a cyberthief that they might overlook. While we’re all focused on our money in … [Read more...]

4 Key Findings from Forrester Survey on SecOps Maturity

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Maturity is typically used in the context of a person’s path to adulthood. Do they behave and act as civilized adults according to social norms? Or do they throw tantrums, speak out of turn or lack the decorum to behave appropriately for the situation? We also use maturity to describe the sophistication and completeness of an organization’s … [Read more...]

BMC SecOps Policy Service Scales Security and Regulatory Compliance for Complex Cloud Environments

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As cloud application development teams release software under mounting pressure to improve speed, differentiation, and agility, ensuring security and regulatory compliance can become an after-thought. Moreover, maintaining said compliance across complex cloud environments using a broad array of services from the likes of AWS can present very real, … [Read more...]

HIPAA’s Security Rule: The Beginner’s Guide

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Before HIPAA, there were no general requirements or security standards for protecting patient health information in the healthcare industry. Without regulations set in place, healthcare providers could not confidently state that their patients’ sensitive data was properly protected. Once the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was … [Read more...]

HIPAA Introduction and Compliance Checklist

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In a world where healthcare records are increasingly found electronically and on the cloud, protecting this sensitive and confidential information has never been more vital. If you work in healthcare, you know how often you find yourself with access to sensitive personal information, all of which needs to be properly stored, transmitted, and … [Read more...]