Articles by Mark McCourt

Gary Gagnon: Unique-ness

 Many organizations protect their cyber infrastructure by looking inward, focusing on their own networks and systems. They dedicate themselves to reducing the attack surface, assessing their vulnerabilities, and conducting system patching – all to continuously monitor their own networks.  


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John Dailey: Life Happens Here

 And Duke’s security team assures it. “Thinking about the higher education and healthcare facilities at Duke, it is amazing what occurs on a given day. Students learn something that will change their life. Another person’s life will be saved at the hospital. A researcher will make a discovery that changes quality of life for others. There may be a wedding in the chapel. There is a high likelihood Duke will compete for or win a national sports championship. And we have celebrity speakers and lecturers visiting frequently. This is a very rewarding, exciting and dynamic environment,” Chief Dailey explains.  


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Stephen Baker: Securing Other People's Money

 All $27,430,000,000,000 of it. That is $27 “Trillion” with a capital “T” of other people’s money under custody at State Street Corporation. Most of their customers, actually, are other financial institutions as well as institutional investors, and their brand and business relies on the continuous vigilance of their executive leaders including Steve Baker, Vice President and Deputy CSO.  


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How the Security Evolution Turns to Prediction

Last year the Security 500 Report research identified the Risk-Nado facing security organizations. It pointed out how global risk matrix, the role of security and the expected results were all expanding quickly. As a solution, we identified with the theme of the book (and movie) “Money Ball” and the application of quantifiable mathematics to predict how a player will do in a specific situation.


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Where Cyber Meets Skinware: An Enterprise Security Problem

As your enterprise virtualizes and leverages cyber technology to speed productivity, the incidence of cybercrime will, of course, increase. Similarly, as your employees’ behavior, as consumers, drives the technology they use (BYOD), the cybercrime cat will continue to be let out of the bag.


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Despite Global Upset, CSOs Secure Business, As Usual

Protecting and supporting stakeholders on a global scale through investments in security operations centers (SOCs), intelligence services and travel support companies has become a best practice for leading security programs.

Some businesses, such as airlines, have either suspended service or increased passenger screening in the area. British Airways suspended service to both Liberia and Sierra Leone. Air France and Brussels Airlines increased screening procedures and warned that service could be cut at any time.


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Why America Needs a CSO

The loss of intellectual property due to theft by China costs the U.S. more than $300 billion annually and translated into 2.1 million fewer jobs in this country.

The office of U.S. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma found that 25 percent of approved disability claims should have never been approved and another 20 percent are highly questionable.


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Elevating Cybersecurity to the C-Suite Before a Breach

Leading organizations are moving to the single office of the CSO and incorporating all aspects of security under a single leader, mission and plan.

Changing your organizational culture is the key to aggressively protecting your stakeholders’ information – how can involving your C-Suite make all the difference?


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Getting Realistic Results from Security Technology

As the security industry heads to the largest technology trade show in the world, ISC West in Las Vegas, it is a great time to do an inventory and reflect on your security technology investments and systems

There will be more than 1,000 exhibits at ISC West plus another 100 or so new technologies and solutions presented in hotel suites and meeting rooms off the show floor. Robust discussion about the movement toward IP, mobility and the cloud will buzz across the show floor, as it should.


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Why Cyber is a Business Risk Issue

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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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 November

Don't miss our 2014 Security 500 issue, with rankings, data on sectors, and other security benchmarkings, all contained within this November 2014 edition of Security magazine. Also, (re)learn the basics of lobby security and how to make the highest impact retrofit for your budget.
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