IT Compliance vs IT Security: What’s the Difference?

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For some IT professionals, the line between security and compliance becomes easily blurred and may seem like a moving target. How do we create comprehensive security programs while meeting compliance obligations? Is checking the compliance box really enough? And how does all this enable the business to function and move forward? These are questions … [Read more...]

Hacking the Internet of Things – It’s as Simple as ABC

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Gartner estimates that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide this year, up 31% from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. The Internet of Things is replete with cars, electronic appliances, heating and lighting systems, medical devices, pipelines, power meters, printers, sensors, routers, security systems, smart cities, … [Read more...]

The Future of Ransomware

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A few years ago, if the average person heard the term ‘ransomware’ they might have imagined the fashion ensemble of a kidnapper. Fast forward to today and most everyone one is now familiar with ransomware one way or another. Most ransomware infects target computers when unsuspecting users click on an attachment or link usually embedded in an email. … [Read more...]

Insider Threats: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Wikipedia describes an insider threat as "a malicious threat to an organization that comes from people within the organization, such as employees, former employees, contractors or business associates, who have inside information concerning the organization's security practices, data and computer systems. The threat may involve fraud, the theft of … [Read more...]

How to Make WannaCry a Non-event: Ransomware’s Got Nothing on Us

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The WannaCry vulnerability that impacted more than 150 countries and took down computer systems in UK hospitals, stopped train service in Germany, and disrupted institutions in Asia and other areas, is a dramatic example of what could have been prevented by a patch that was originally released about 60 days ago. In fact, most breaches are … [Read more...]

10 Surprising Findings about Operationalizing Security

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The news headlines and social media comments about IT security vulnerabilities remain consistent – and they may cause you to take a closer look at what can be done to protect your organization. It seems like "another day, another data breach, another cyber attack, and another failed security audit." Fortunately, there are steps you can take to … [Read more...]

How SecOps Response Service Addresses WannaCry Ransomware

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So, CVE-2017-0144 https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2017-0144, a vulnerability that was identified about two months ago (published Mar 16 2017), is now being widely exploited in the wild, most visibly impacting hospitals in the UK’s National Health Service to the point that they’ve had to redirect incoming patients to other facilities. This … [Read more...]