Stories about cyberattacks and security breaches are popping up more and more frequently in the news and it seems as though no company is immune to the sophisticated strategies hackers use to obtain high value confidential data. These data hacks result in bad PR, lost customer trust, possible fines, and potentially ruined reputations. Needless to say, it should have you questioning whether or not your data is properly protected, and the answer is — it’s probably not.
Among the top threats to businesses are theft of property, theft of data and workplace violence. When it comes to preventing these commonplace scenarios, a fence can be the first step to designing an effective access control program. By starting at the perimeter, entities can create a physical barrier that deters infiltration and denies entry. So, what kind of fencing offers an uncompromising solution? An astute option is a fence classified as high-security. Several factors determine whether a fence is considered high-security, including the material it’s made from, how it’s constructed and the features that the construction enables.
The bottom line: The pandemic and other issues have put security weaknesses and new requirements into sharp relief. Travel limitations and other obstacles are hampering efforts to address these. To adapt and reopen, security managers have heightened expectations of their integrators to be more informed, transparent, and digitally advanced.
Tim Wiseman, the University of Wyoming’s chief risk officer, has been elected to the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) Board of Directors. Wiseman is one of two new board members selected for a three-year term.
FEMA’s landmark study, “Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study,” shows that modern building codes lead to major reduction in property losses from natural disasters. The FEMA report calculates losses from three types of natural hazard (earthquakes, flooding, and hurricane winds) for each state and Washington, D.C.
Sumo Logic released findings from its fifth annual report. ”The Continuous Intelligence Report: The State of Modern Applications, DevSecOps and the Impact of COVID-19” provides an inside look into the state of the modern application technology stack, including changing trends in cloud and application adoption and usage by customers, and the impact of COVID-19 as an accelerant for digital transformation efforts.
Few cybersecurity components are as familiar as the next-generation firewall (NGFW) for enterprise protection. Despite this ubiquity, it is common for security teams to operate their NGFW in a suboptimal manner. The TAG Cyber team has observed, for example, that many enterprise teams operate their NGFW more like a traditional firewall. This can result in a reduction of traffic visibility, which in turn degrades prevention, detection, and response.
There is an opportunity here for IT teams to stabilize their work-from-home situations while also preparing for the future back in the office, or for many, supporting a hybrid model. Long term solutions are needed for organizational success. There are many steps that can be taken to ensure infrastructure is properly cared for and ready to be used when teams are able to return to the office.
Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is having a moment. Just a few years ago, presentations on OSINT began with a quote from one of a few different senior intelligence community officials who reportedly said that somewhere between 80-90% of valuable information comes from public sources. Many presentations today start similarly, but OSINT no longer needs the validation of government greats. Films like Searching and Don’t f**ck with Cats have introduced the discipline to a wider audience, organizations such as Trace Labs host popular OSINT competitions for the common good, and the investigators associated with the website Bellingcat are now media fixtures.
KnowBe4 announced it is partnering with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education to launch a Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship to offer $10,000 to be applied to tuition, fees, books and required electronics for the recipient.