Michael Fimin considers the impact new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws will have on current vulnerability disclosure practices and recommends a number of best practices to help organisations measure up to the challenge.
How much of a risk is BYOD to network security? No more than company-issued hardware - provided businesses follow these four essential steps says Lee Painter.
Brian Chappell looks at why the backdoors of the Snooper's Charter are so repugnant to tech firms and how it can't be reconciled with the government's own directive to businesses to protect people's personal data.
Whether through loss of financial assets or damage to an organisation's brand, online fraud is becoming more of a problem and has the capacity to significantly and negatively impact a business, says Gad Elkin.
Katherine Maxwell says most organisations don't include cyber/data negligence within their employment contracts, and it is often not given the same respect as other employment issues.
The entire company must be aware of security risks, and their role, with safeguards in place to make it harder for mistakes to happen, as well as training to raise awareness of the consequences of a leak says Jens Puhle.
Ian Muscat offers four crucial tips on securing web applications - with the general theme of being prepared.
Tracey Stretton and Lauren Grest look at the EU-US Privacy Shield and the consequences of the Schrems judgement for international data transfers and how it (or any successor) fits into the EU GDPR.
Loyalty points have value. And when something has value, criminals will want to get their hands on it. So retailers and consumers have to work to keep these loyalty programmes safe according to Don Bush.
Companies operating in Europe have until 2018 to comply with compulsory breach notification under the EU GDPR or face heavy fines, but Gant Redmon says this could be a good thing for the industry and provide a global legislative model
The impending demise of Mozilla's identity management system, Persona, doesn't thange the fact that a sound blend of password management and unified authentication is the future of identity management says V Balasubramanian.
Jeff Finch offers reasons for organisations to take advantage of Managed Security Services (MSS).
Hitoshi Kokumai provides follow-up statistical data regarding "False sense of security" confirming eroneous perceptions exist regarding identity verification when two factors are used but not not linked.
Two recent events have highlighted the issue of whether service providers should be forced to find a way to give government agencies access to encrypted, private communications says Richard Anstey.
Analysis of the website of Mossack Fonseca, of Panama Papers 'fame', reveals glaring security weaknesses. The firm is not the only one to have been targeted by cyber-attacks. Emily Taylor suggests law firms are easy targets.
Claus Rosendal says financial services are a hot target for cyber-criminals, and observes that they may consistently gain access via remote workers.
Bridging the gap between executive awareness and enterprise security requires teams to provide greater visibility into programme performance and regularly communicate about emerging threats says Matt Middleton-Leal
A lack of rigorous disaster recovery testing by UK organisations is leaving a large chunk of plans unfit for purpose says Peter Groucutt.
Companies operating in Europe have until 2018 to comply with compulsory breach notification under the EU GDPR or face heavy fines, but Gant Redmon says this could be a good thing and provide a legislative model.
Ukraine's power supply suffered one of the most high profile targeted cyber-attacks on infrastructure ever- but the route - via phishing - is one of the oldest, emphaising the need for increased staff awareness says Mark Logsdon.
The FBI got around ordering Apple to cooperate in breaking its own security, but when the next case arises, and it will, should the company refuse to help, the outcome will have far reaching implications says Chris Peel.
Cyber-security threats are continuing to increase around the globe, including at small and large organisations in the United Kingdom says Mat Ludlam.
Compliance is sometimes described as a box-ticking exercise. Bruce Jubb explains why the GDPR must be more than that.
Richard Beck takes a look at how UK businesses plan to tackle cyber-threats to corporate security over the coming year.
Changing passwords is no longer advised by CESG and Barry Scott says businesses should be encouraging users to think about how passwords are used and adopt additional security that works in tandem with passwords.
By focusing on key supplier relationships as well as providing transparency deep into the chain of suppliers, a truly strategic VMO can oversee service delivery and value creation across the global business says David England.
Insider threats aren't always malicious: how organisations allow employees to continue to be the weakest link
Norman Shaw unpicks the innocent mistakes that employees make which, unlike cyber-security, there's no budget to reduce.
Cyber-attacks that harvest data have been gaining momentum, increasing in destructiveness and targeting progressively higher-profile organisations. However, this is not a problem limited to consumer-facing corporations says Ian Trump.
Anyone running glibc 2.9 or above should upgrade to a later version or apply a vendor patch now as malware authors will be looking at this bug closely given its remote code execution capabilities says Carl Leonard.
Drone deliveries, mobile car parking assistance, keyless building access. They're all possible now but Mark Furness asks how much is necessity and how much is pure hype?
Identify and prioritise your critical data, where it's held and who has access to it as the first steps to build your insider-threat programme advises Keith Lowry, and look at it as a business and not a technology issue.
As the headlines continue to be filled with stories of sophisticated cyber-attacks and high-profile data breaches, businesses are beginning to realise that they could easily be the next victim says Brent Kozjak.
The digital revolution has freed data from the office to multiple devices, bringing with it issues of secure acess, compliance and reputational integrity, which even smaller law firms must now address explains David Meyer.
By recognising and addressing the specific risks associated with use of cloud solutions, companies can overcome their fears and shift from a strategy built around minimising change to one optimised for change says Gordon Haff.
To tackle targeted cyber-attacks, Bob Tarzey says research and experience concur: put measures in place to prevent attacks happening, take action when one is underway and the clear up after the event when one succeeds.
In the rush to be first to market many organisations overlook basic IoT security principles, putting users at risk. Thomas Fischer urges, take time to build robust security protocols into products, rather than trying to retroft them.
Timothy Edgar suggests that the new Privacy Shield set replace the US-European Union Safe Harbour framework, is no shield at all and will not protect the privacy of European data held in the US.
Following the huge number of data lapses, last year will be remembered as the 'year of the breach' says Paul McEvatt who advises that we prepare for more frequent and diverse attacks in the year ahead.
Kevin Foster's advice for actions that companies can take to protect themselves against ransomware may be considered basic - from ensuring back-ups to not clicking on links - but they are actions that many neglect to take.
Secret Sharing - taking data and using randomisation to compute different shares (numbers) that only together define the secret/data - could be evolved to become a full-blown authentication protocol says Shlomi Dolev
Hitoshi Kokumai explains how increased access options improve convenience, but actually reduce security if each autonomously offers access, while creating a false sense of improved security as two factors get mentioned.
Pulina Whitaker examines the new EU-US Privacy Shield replacing the Safe Harbour programme
Adopting open source software isn't a question of "if" anymore, but of "when?" suggests Mike Pittenger.
With the rise in phishing and social engineering techniques, even a hard-to-crack password is not enough to combat the risk of compromised user accounts according to Steve Manzuik.
The biggest change in data privacy regulation to date has been ratified by the European Commission says James Walker. How might the new law affect you?
Robert Arandjelovic provides practical advice for CISOs, examining five of the most common network traffic inspections to protect against attacks that use security holes found in SSL encrypted traffic.
The Certificate Authority (CA) model is broken and the value of certificates is being chipped away, resulting in a lack of trust says Kevin Bocek, adding that his might lead users and even the major browsers to begin to rank CAs.
As internet traffic is increasingly encrypted, so the need to inspect encrypted traffic grows as that's where the malware will be says Ron Symons, adding that the time to invest in such systems is now.
Building blocks of IT security 4: Through Life Operation can be unglamorous and unpopular because it can be where the realities of earlier expedience-driven omissions, reductions in capacity and capability come home to roost, says Tony Collings.
Increasing focus on cyber-security once meant buying "yet another box." Gert-Jan Schenk says now businesses need to shift from defence to offence and instil a culture of security which needs to come directly from the CEO.
Apple Macs used to be considered near-impenetrable, but Steve Kelly says an evolving threat landscape, maturing marketplace and increase in business use means that reputation is changing rapidly.
Insiders with authorised access to sensitive information represent credible and growing security threats, which businesses should ignore at their peril says Mark Kendrew.
Third parties are an ignored risk says Raimund Genes who advises, review your contracts and prioritise your third parties based on risk - for example, what kind of data can they access, for what purpose and in what volume?
Having delivered a properly thought through requirement at building block 1 and a mature design with some development testing at block 2, we now move to block 3 where build-out of the design and the intensive programme of testing and acceptance into service is to be achieved, says Tony Collings.
Mav Turner explains why threat hunting is a growing focus for IT security strategies.
There are many managed security services on the market - the variety and scope of which can be confusing. Luke Ager considers what matters most.
There is a basic tension when it comes to both securing data and having it readily accessible, and this tension needs to be frequently addressed when considering the sharing of big data both within an organisation and outside it says Ted Dunning.
Criminals are developing malware that knows when it's being investigated and actively evades detection. Aatish Pattni describes a new way to protect networks.
In instalment two of his four-part viewpoint series, Tony Collings outlines the design and development phase of the project - the key challenge: getting the solution right.
Today, as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) gathers pace, all areas of industry are experiencing new technological changes at a speed, scale and force unlike anything we have ever seen before says Paul Appleby.
Fundamental issues with the nature of security mean that passwords aren't going anywhere for the foreseeable future says Bill Carey who sees their role remaining as part of multi-factor solutions.
Dr Adrian Davis shares his top EMEA technology and security trends to watch this year including changing consumer expectations of data use and privacy as its value becomes apparent.
Both Dyre and Dridex Trojans now use a combination of local redirection and RAT to effectively escape detection by current anti-fraud and security tools, but Uri Rivner says real-time behaviour analysis can still spot the bad guys.
In instalment one of his four-part viewpoint series, Tony Collings outlines the first of his essential building blocks for the successful implementation of an IT project: have you got the business requirement right?
The threats faced and intelligence needed in enterprise security is always changing and the organisations that stay on top of these trends will be best placed to handle whatever comes their way says Mark Hughes.
The humble password is often seen as obsolete and ineffective. David Howell suggests that Secure Shell (SSH) key technology has several key advantages and can help to deliver the post-password world.
Many enterprise CIOs are learning how Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) can bring about business transformation as well as IT efficiencies says Craig D'Abreo.
New tools are making real time data analysis and exploration of DNS traffic possible. This is turning previously ignored data into a source of valuable insight says Chris Griffiths.
The TalkTalk breach was not an isolated incident says Clayton Locke who advises companies on the need to monitor user-behaviour for inconsistencies.
If 2015 is anything to benchmark against when it comes to data breaches, then 2016 should be the year that businesses button down against the escalating issue of ID and access management says Paul Trulove.
The EU Court of Justice's Schrems decision essentially declared the US-EU Safe Harbour to be invalid. However, the immediate practical consequences of Schrems remain unclear say lawyers at White & Case.
With many in the IT security industry predicting the imminent demise of the firewall, Nimmy Reichenberg argues that it remains integral to protecting an organisation's networks.
More data is shared online every second today than was available across the entire internet 20 years ago. It is therefore no wonder that thriving in the resulting big data economy requires advanced tools says Lubor Ptacek.
As e-commerce opportunities continue to develop, so too do fraud strategies. The fraudsters' approaches are multifaceted and knowing your customer is not enough says Andrew Edem.
2015 saw businesses worldwide face a formidable challenge when it comes to data security. As a result, companies are quickly realising the risk of cyber-attacks is becoming more and more likely Tim Critchley explains.
Bug bounties may appear to be an attractive way to crowd-source security testers and only pay on results, but there may be serious pitfalls for your organisation's cyber-security, says Ilia Kolochenko.
When looking for the insider threat, don't assume you will find a Snowden or Manning in your midst - you may find instead that someone in a trusted position has become an unwitting helper for an outside threat, says Dr Eric Cole
Hacking sources are proliferating so organisations need to understand their risk of political or ideological attack, install proactive security defences and be able to detect and contain threats quickly,says Dan Holden.
While people are wary of shopping on banking online, use of goverment services is potentially more risky due to the nature of information provided explains Brian Spector, with phishing particularly prevelant at tax-return time.
Oscar Arean predicts that 2016 will be the year that IT managers finally start to see more buy-in from the rest of the business when it comes to cyber-security.
Understanding how a breach impacts your business is crucial to deciding how to respond explains Andrew Nanson, CTO cyber at CORVID
The data-sharing agreement known as Safe Harbour was ruled invalid on 6 October by the Court of Justice of the European Union, with widespread ramifications for organisations ranging from cloud computing providers to multinational companies that move information across the Atlantic.
The onus on forward-thinking businesses shouldn't be on stamping out shadow IT, says Ed Macnair, but rather encouraging employees to adopt and get the most out of their tools of choice in a secure and productive fashion.
2015 was another big year for cyber-security headlines. In fact, the past 12 months have seen some of the biggest data breaches on record, across a wide range of global industries and sectors notes Luke Brown.
In today's age of political instability are backdoors necessary to safeguard national borders, or would it instead increase technical vulnerability and undo the progress that encryption has provided, asks Rick Orloff?
Cyber-warfare is not replacing conventional warfare, but becoming an integral part of the military toolbox to be used in hybrid-warfare, but - so far, more for disruption than destruction, as Jarno Limnéll explains.
Most organisations don't know how their networks can handle the worst hacks or high-stress traffic anomalies. Richard Page suggests new solutions for hardening IT infrastructures and security defences are needed.
Paul Donovan highlights how Hybrid IT is affecting the user, the CISO and the organisation and what should be done to reduce the security risk that this new game changer poses.
François Amigorena explains how and why password sharing has become popular in business today
Enterprises spend millions combatting cyber-attacks, but much less on threats inside their systems, says Tom Patterson. Containment via micro segmentation is one way for enterprises to fight back.
Risk may be now on the corporate agenda but cyber-risk reporting remains an issue. So James Henry asks how do we ensure risk becomes actionable intelligence?
Generation Z, the internet generation, brings its own devices, but also its own apps and approach into the enterprise; Diana Wong explains how we must adapt our security to recognise and cater for this change.
Following the JD Wetherspoon data breach, there are many questions about the cause and the mistakes that led to it. But the company's mistakes offer valuable lessons for other businesses as Pat Clawson explains.
Most organisations know about the phishing risks of social media - Ian Trump looks at why social media presents other risks to an employer, and what can be done about it.
Wolfgang Kandek notes that a key concern for countries securing critical infrastructure is ensuring legislation compliance doesn't limit flexibility, and asks if new German laws might provide a benchmark.
Julian Meyrick explains how companies should work toward a better understanding of the Dark Web and have useage policies in place for any rare instances where it is not blocked to employees.
Simon Moor, UK regional director for Check Point gives his security predictions for the coming year, featuring Scada, IoT and wearable attacks increasing but most problems still due to software vulnerabilities unpatched.
Technology, which can offer scale, speed and simplicity, needs to be adopted and, importantly, the benefits need to be understood by the board so that time and education is a dedicated part of staff training says Richard Olver.
Brian Chappell explains how technology can help us make sure we are focusing on the right things that will deliver the biggest bang for our buck, after all, only a small percentage of the vulnerabilities we have are easy to exploit.
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- European Parliament approves GDPR
- Have retailers secured themselves against the Insider threat before you head to the checkout?
- The BYOD explosion: How much of a threat do personal devices really pose to your network?
- Ensure that your employment contracts are fit for purpose for cyber-security
- Cyber-crime as a business rampant, new study
- Meeting the new vulnerability disclosure challenge
- Roughly a quarter of UK cyber-attacks originate from ransomware
- 'Wizz' kids: Talos researchers pinpoint French firm as source of spyware-adware threat
- Marcher banking malware hitting Australia
- Filipino authorities arrest second man in hack that revealed data on 55M voters