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Black Hat Conference Evolves as Cyber Risk Soars

ATMs hacked to spit out $20s on stage, overriding pacemakers and insulin pumps via laptops – these are just a few of the demonstrations by enterprising hackers at Black Hat, but these presentations often help enterprises more than they hurt.
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Black Hat, by its name, seems ominous. What was once a conclave of hackers in 1997 has become a fast-growing global conference series focused on the business of cyber security and includes technical presentations on vulnerabilities and solutions.


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What keeps CEOs Up At Night?

What can CSOs learn from a CEO’s perspective on risk?
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To get a 20,000-foot CEO view of global risk, the Lloyd’s Risk Index provides a good lens. This year’s global survey polled 588 C-Suite and board level executives from both larger and smaller businesses (mostly smaller) and included a broad, global participation base.


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Budgeting for the Impossible: Enterprise Resilience Means Business

During the past decade, enterprise resilience has become a hot topic.
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During the past decade, enterprise resilience has become a hot topic. Its meaning has grown from the original “business continuity and disaster recovery” moniker associated with IT data crashes.  


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Debating Between Convenience and Security in Authentication

Physical and logical identity and access control is the most frequent convergence point in enterprises
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Physical and logical identity and access control is the most frequent convergence point in enterprises.


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Got GSOC?

The Global Security Operations Center is not new, but its value is becoming widely recognized as a necessity to support business goals and operations.
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The Global Security Operations Center is not new, but its value is becoming widely recognized as a necessity to support business goals and operations.


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Why Cyber is a Business Risk Issue

By Mark McCourt
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The cyber crisis impacting U.S.-based enterprises is often swept under the IT rug as a technology issue to be delegated to and resolved by information technology experts who have little to no view on the overall organization’s business or risk issues. At the recent RSA Security Conference, session after session and meeting after meeting, researchers, CSOs and consultancies voiced the same issues: It’s a business problem, not a technology problem, because you're not securing IT – you need to secure the business.
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Top Lessons Learned from the Security 500 Conference

By Mark McCourt
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From the highest technology solutions against cyber crime, to the low-technology sandbags that saved $4 billion of Goldman Sachs’ New York City and Jersey City buildings against Superstorm Sandy, to the far-reaching and thought-provoking keynote presentation by Roland Cloutier, Vice President & Chief Security Officer of ADP, the Security 500 Conference gathered security’s thought leaders for a day of provoking and valuable networking.
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Evaluating the Role of Security Officers Today

By Mark McCourt
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The role and value of private security officers has always been clear to those in the security business. But “guard jokes,” from cartoons to movies are taking a back seat to reality as Newtown and other (now routine) mass shootings awakened the general public’s consciousness to the value and need for trained, professional security officers.
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Push Ahead of Cyber Security Legislation

By Mark McCourt
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The rise in global security incidents, diminished budgets and downsized security programs have left organizations to deal with security risks that are neither well-understood nor consistently addressed. Executives around the world feel confident that they’re winning the high-stakes game of information security despite the growing number of obstacles, according to The Global State of Information Security® Survey2013 by PwC U.S. in conjunction with CIO and CSO magazines.
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Predicting Security’s Next Moves in 2013

By Mark McCourt
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As we enter 2013, it’s time for a few predictions. Here are my eight contributions to the New Year’s security forecast:
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ASIS 2013 Product Preview

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.

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Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

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2014 August

In the August issue of Security Magazine, read about the public-private partnerships and the future of DHS with Frank Taylor, sneak a peek at the ASIS 2014 security products, and read a special report on cyber risk and security. Also in this issue find out why America is in desperate need of a CSO and the most common mistakes in Cyber incident response. The security game has dramatically changed since September 11th, read about what enterprises are doing to keep Americans safe and sound.

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