Cybersecurity Skills Gap

Cybersecurity Skills Gap: Will New Executive Order Help?

The cybersecurity skills shortage is a serious issue. There is a necessary urgency for companies to hire or cultivate cybersecurity professionals as threats become more sophisticated and sinister. The cybersecurity industry has discussed the problem of finding a well-trained workforce for as long as I’ve been writing about security, and ... Read More
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Security Struggling Threats

Security Struggling to Stay Ahead of More Sophisticated Threats

Will organizations ever reach a point where they feel confident about their security and the ability to defend against threats and breaches? I hope the answer is yes, someday our security systems will be ahead of the game, but that day isn’t today. A new study from McAfee found that ... Read More
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Privacy: Employees Often the Weakest Link

Privacy: Employees Often the Weakest Link

GDPR will celebrate its first anniversary later this month. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. Protecting consumer data is going to be a priority for every organization, large or small—if not now, then very soon. However, putting privacy regulations into practice is a ... Read More
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Health Care's Biggest Security Threat

Human Error, Not Ransomware, Health Care’s Biggest Security Threat

Making security a priority is imperative to reduce error in handing healthcare data The healthcare industry is a favorite target for cybercriminals, and it’s been that way since I began writing about cybersecurity more than a decade ago. Northern California healthcare system Sutter Care, for example, has 3 million patients ... Read More
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Risk Committees and Board Security Engagement

The Value of Risk Committees and Board Security Engagement

While at this year’s RSA Conference, I had the chance to have a conversation with Catherine Allen, chairman and CEO of strategic consulting firm The Santa Fe Group and a cybersecurity visionary. She is also the chairman and CEO of Shared Assessments, a collective group that provides thought leadership on ... Read More
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Cybersecurity Pros Security Paranoia

Among Cybersecurity Pros, Security Paranoia Runs Deep

Cybersecurity pros are a paranoid bunch, at least according to a survey Lastline conducted at the RSA Conference in March. It makes sense when you think about it. After all, these are the folks who know what the threats are and how easily it is to gain access to a ... Read More
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Employees: Part of the Attack Surface

Employees: Part of the Attack Surface

Employees pose a huge risk to an organization. For years, the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) has listed employees or insiders as a top threat. It appears that leadership is finally starting to pay attention to this threat. According to a new study from security compliance firm Egress, 61% ... Read More
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Digital Transformation Leaving Organizations More Vulnerable

Rush to Digital Transformation Leaving Organizations More Vulnerable

Digital transformation was one of those buzzterms I heard both at RSA and during my post-conference conversations. There’s a lot of exciting changes happening on the digital front—AI and ML taking on bigger roles in organizations, 5G on the near horizon, whatever the next innovation in IoT might be. We ... Read More
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Are We in a Cyberwar

Are We in a Cyberwar? Yes, Say Many IT Security Pros

When you’re under attack, you want to fight back and protect yourself and defend everything important to you. It’s why countries go to war. It’s why there are laws such as Stand Your Ground. But what if you aren’t allowed to fight back? What if defending yourself means doing everything ... Read More
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Skills Gap Affects Cybersecurity, Physical Security

Skills Gap Affects Cybersecurity, Physical Security

Concerns about the security skills gap and the talent shortage were heard everywhere at RSA Conference 2019. A session about data privacy focused on how the barrage of new privacy laws would increase the need for cybersecurity professionals as well as physical security. Conversations at vendor booths wondered how organizations ... Read More
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