Paul Bonner advises companies merging to take the best security practice from each component company, and not impose the practices of the dominant player - or resistance is likely.
B2B websites could learn a lot about security from their consumer facing compatriots suggests Bob Tarzey.
Companies should reconsider cloud-security perceptions says Pathik Patel, noting that recent software vulnerabilities such as Shellshock had less affect on cloud-based services than premises-based apps.
Preparation and organisation can enable effective security for one man SOCs or small teams explains Joe Schreiber.
A holistic approach to information security is needed to overcome the shortcomings of a Risk Management approach says David Stubley.
James Solyom, head of cyber protect and cyber respond at Control Risks, examines how organisations can avoid making expensive mistakes that leave them open to cyber-attack.
The growing cyber-threat landscape poses some awkward questions for present and future authentication methods, argues Barry Scott.
The video games industry generates billions of revenue, but only 20 percent achieve profit, due to cheats breaching security, hence the need for stricter implementation and enforcement of controls says Amit Sethi and Rennie Allen.
Regulation and infrastructure from off-shore finance and gaming industries are being leveraged to make the Isle of Man a centre for cypto-currencies says Peter Greenhill.
Moving to the cloud is inevitable, but it demands new ways of thinking about data security, and new approaches to secure this new border says Martin Borrett.
Internet-connected smart meters are gaining traction in the energy space but security must be considered, says Rueven Harrison.
Your future lies before you like a field of driven snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show. Luke Aaron considers our trail of digital breadcrumbs.
Doug Drinkwater takes a two minute look at cybercrime-as-a-service, the new business model for hackers
Notification laws haven't stemed the tide of breaches in the US, so will the new EU regulations serve any purpose here? Ross Dyer says, Yes, and they're coming soon, so get ready.
Despite the value of critical enterprise data, many organisations are not aware of what their 'crown jewels' information is, says Carmina Lees, director of security services in UK & Ireland, IBM
Halloween nightmares for CISOs come in many shapes and sizes, and our commentators tell us what scares them on the network.
Stop the kill-chain higher up to increase chances fo preventing an attack says Patrick Peterson.
Web sites that take advertising need to protect against inadvertently delivering malware to their users, before, during and after an attack, explains Terry Greer-King.
Flexible working can bring security pitfalls, according to Imation's Nick Banks.
Track and audit changes on the network, especially by privileged users, and make it known that monitoring happens in order to reduce misuse says Michael Fimin.
Security consultant Dr Jessica Barker says that the next step to getting more women into cyber security hinges on changing minds and career pathways.
Zero-day vulnerabilities are a fact of life in cyber-security, which is why looping is so essential, says Darren Anstee.
Outsourcing your CISO is an option medium sized organisations should consider says Carl Shallow, who advises a Pay As You Go model to buy in expertise.
New approaches are needed to overcome security concerns related to use of big data analysis suggests Andy Grant, with 'containerising' data and merging data on the fly among options suggested.
Security strategy to prevent mobile data loss involves careful considerations regarding the user, device, and network. Mike Raggo advises implemening a range of controls including use of an enterprise mobility management platform.
Passwords have numerous failings, including their ability to be shared or stolen, meaning that they are not a secure way to authenticate identity, and other options must now be adopted says Dana Epp
The ability of attackers to exploit XSS flaws is more an economic issue than a technical one says Ilia Kolochenko who calls for prompt professional action when vulnerabilities are identified.
The coming Internet of Things explosion is more than your firewall can cope with says Steven Rosen, advising companies to take additional measures to deal with new threats.
Used and broken Android tablets often retain access to passwords even when wiped - so be careful how you dispose of them says Ken Munro.
Wearable technology raises many of the same concerns as smart phones and USBs - recording, storing and transmission of data by individuals - and your security policies should include that risk says Paul Martini.
If implemented well, choosing your own device (CYOD) brings benefits beyond BOYD or company-imposed mobile devices says David Brady.
Torben Andersen describes the top eight reasons why multi-factor authentication is a security best practice that CEOs need to ensure is implemented.
The days of magnetic tape as a storage media need not be over says Christian Toon who makes the case for revisiting its attributes.
Face-to-face information-sharing with peers is a vital route to learn industry fraud-prevention lessons says Tim Lansdale.
There are security vulnerabilities when using passwords, but Tyler Moffitt says that there are steps that you can and should take to make sure your data less easy to access.
Biometric id options need appropriate mobile computing support to ensure that they too are not compromised says Jon Geater.
Having comprehensive cyber risk policies that are not followed can be as detrimental as not having a policy at all says Peter Given.Good who advises that good risk-insurance will demand appropriate procedures are both in place and implemented.
Whatever Snowden's motivations, Ilia Kolochenko contends that the industry has misused the resulting information and often sold kit rather than true security solutions and expertise.
Despite the recent iCloud breach, cloud security is better than its current image suggests - and if you are demanding of your supplier, it can be better still says Jamal Elmellas.
Deploying appropriate technology is necessary to protect business critical information stored within racks and cabinets at data centres says Mark Hirst.
Individuals want privacy for their data, but they will share it if they can explicitly choose to do so having been told what benefits they will gain says Sachiko Scheuing.
Increased consequences for the loss of non-financial data, especially fines from regulators, is expected to drive a more rigorous approach to data protection suggests Fergus Kennedy.
Intelligence-led third party red-teaming testers can identify the blind spots that in-house teams thought they had covered suggests Simon Saunders.
Identity, payment and security need to become seamless and inherently more secure in themselves than anything we currently use for mobile identity, says Nick Barth.
Moves to increase SME participation in government IT tendering drew criticism, but Peter Groucutt explains how G-Cloud has helped reduce security concerns as one of the objections
Companies must think like a hacker and commit to penetration testing to protect themselves from data breaches, says Chema Alonso.
App vulnerabilities need to be thought about holistically, so the network and database in which they reside also need to be considered says Josh Shaul.
The growing impact of web exploits isn't just limited to the enterprise market and must be countered on an industry-scale, says Pedro Bustamante.
A different attitude to privacy and security among many new workplace entrants is a potential risk that has to be managed says Chris Sullivan.
Protect against real-world threats and test the most likely scenarios using relevant models, including low-tech, says Gavin Watson.
Josh Goldfarb asks how can the infosec community move from informal and exclusive trust circles to more mature formal information sharing approaches, without losing agility and effectiveness.
International use of personal data emphasises the differing laws that need to be adhered to, but there are solutions explains Alan Kessler.
Technology and standards need to evolve to cope with the rise of the connected car says Fred Kost.
The government's initiative to set a baseline certification scheme for cyber security, Cyber Essentials, is now underway and John Godwin encourages companies to get certified as soon as possible.
The ever-changing threat landscape is causing problems, with many business networks unable to keep up with the pace of innovation, argues Gavin Millard.
Further lessons from Heartbleed, beyond the hype, include caution when listening to advice, such as re-setting passwords, says Chris Russell.
A holistic approach to security management is needed to bridge the gap between stategy and technology says Chris Yule.
When the two IPs meet (intellectual property and internet protocol) the value of the business becomes vulnerable says Dave King, with IT often just providing a sticking plaster to hide C-suite ignorance.
Industry needs a brighter collaborative approach to help bring it out of the dark ages says Alan Carter
Don't capitulate, have a plan in place, and of course, prevention is better than cure when it comes to tackling the prospect of DDoS ransom attacks says Dan Holden.
Nation-state attacks on CNI will be faciliated by the internet of things, and government regulation is needed to set standards, but the actual likelihood of CNI attacks remains very low says Raimund Genes.
The tools exist to by-pass many data leakage programmes and facilitate mass exfiltration of data, so enable internal whistelblowing - to avoid external access says Edward Parsons.
It's not enough to protect your own network, you also have to be prepared to cope with third party negligence, says Brian Foster.
Charles Sweeney asks, are your staff inadvertently leaving the back door open via an innocent lunch-time browse?
Third Party IT services suppliers must reassess governance, risk management and compliance responsibilities.
The ability to detect and respond when your security is breached are of paramount importance in ensuring organisational resilience says Alan Calder.
Spreadsheets should be banned from the risk management process as they are no longer up to the job says Keith Ricketts.
The future of computing infrastructure, mobile applications, and personal data protection has been altered by Heartbleed says Joram Borenstein.
Dated data protection laws, punitive punishments and an inability to classify data are problems for businesses in the age of ever-increasing data breaches, says Martin Sugden.
Failure to properly monitor and update privileged access is a key vulnerability and Chris Stoneff highlights the leading weaknesses.
Traditional antivirus (AV) products have been taking a beating in the media recently, but why? The reason is simple; they cannot and do not protect you from new malware.
As we rush into the Internet of Things, Mike Ellis suggests we remember Stuxnet, and how the data transferred between objects needs to be protected.
Wearable technology is already appearing in the workplace, so get your policies in place now says Sean Newman.
Mentoring and promotion of success can increase the presence and profile of women in security, but mostly, women must seize their own opportunities says Barbara Nelson.
In the current print issue, SC Magazine UK talks to women in the industry about their experience, asks if data is secure when held by a cloud provider and assesses how ready we are for the new EU Data Protection Regulation.
"We need a mobile app" is a common phrase ushered in business, but the options for doing this aren't confined to native and web-based HTML5.
To ensure the security of your cloud data, bring your own encryption, and keep sole control of the keys, says Paige Leidig.
Big Data security analytics could trump SIEM solutions in the battle to keep out cyber attackers.
Risks have changed and both physical and digital security need to come under one remit suggests Troy Fulton who says organisations needs to adopt a holistic approach to security.
Concerns are largely unfounded, and cloud services are already being used by many companies without them realising says Aidan Simister.
There's issues around the big data emitted by driverless cars, security issues related to control of the cars, but it's the 'governance framework' that needs to be put in place first suggests Raimund Genes.
Get your incident response plan in place, and practice it if you want to ensure you're back up and running quickly following a breach says Ted Julian.
David Sandin looks at the implications of using open-source code libraries in vendors' security solution, and the assumptions that lay behind the Heartbleed bug.
What are the risks posed by apps and hardware that cross the business/home divide? Dr Guy Bunker asks what policies and security approaches are required?
First step, identify jailbroken devices on your network, says Vince Arneja, then alter data processing and execution modes to protect your data.
Get your contingency plan in place before you suffer a DDoS attack, says Gary Newe, suggesting that you prioritise revenue generators and work through the plan calmly and systematically.
Prepare and automate your responses for standard attacks, so that analysts can focus efforts on the more sophisticated attacks suggests Paul Nguyen.
The emerging concept in preparation of advanced cyber defence is cyber war games.
Symantec's announcement that 'anti-virus is dead' shouldn't surprise anyone. What's shocking is how long it took to admit it.
Resiliency is moving up the agenda, for both attackers and defenders, says Fred Kost, who adds that systems need to be built - and tested - to assure safety.
The rise in casual and contract workers has been accompanied by a rise in employee fraud leading Ching Liu to suggest that this temporary solution could create a permanent problem for many businesses.
When choosing what matters most, don't let compliance alone distract from keeping actual security risks as the top priority says Andrew Jutson
Jamie Bodley-Scott asks, how can organisations protect data on mobile devices if the MDM market were to die - as some suggest it might?
The speed of reaction to Heartbleed was not matched by the quality of response, says Russ Spitler who calls for more and better education to effectively share knowlege that benefits us all.
Use of tokens is one of the ways we might limit the amount of sensitive data linked to our cards suggests Tim Critchley.
Secure your social media platforms or risk brand damage and worse says Matt Middleton-Leal.
You can use the cloud with confidence says John Sidhu, so long as you do your homework about what regulations apply, put appropriate safeguards in place then ensure you implement them.
Information security is too low down the corporate agenda suggests Ilia Kolochenko who advocates 'security consciousness' throughout the organisation.
Andrew McLean explains why security is the new differentiator for the cloud.
Knowing what's normal on the network will help identify attacks says Dirk Paessler
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