DDoS attacks grow more popular, targeted

A new State of the Internet/Security: Web Attack report finds the number of distributed denial of service attacks to be growing, already up 16 percent over all of last year. The report also found that Russia and China are initiating the most credential-based attacks against the hospitality industry. The report ... Read More

Four ways security teams sabotage their own efforts

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 ... Read More

Employees remain obstacle to security

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 ... Read More

Biometrics (finally) gaining widespread acceptance

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 ... Read More

NIST updates cybersecurity framework

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 ... Read More

As GDPR deadline looms, readiness lags

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 ... Read More

OPM provides guidance to address cybersecurity skills gap

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, ... Read More

Privileged identity management set to rise through 2022

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 ... Read More

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

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 ... Read More

IoT primes identity management for continued investment growth

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 ... Read More
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