Think back to 2009 and the phone you owned. While the phone you carry today might not look that different, a smartphone or its equivalent is far more powerful than it was just 10 years ago. While it is relatively easy for businesses to track the evolution of phone technology, have they similarly considered how their own corporate security departments have changed during the same period?
Imagine losing your car keys. It would be inconvenient, as you could be stranded for a while and you would need to find and obtain a replacement key. Now imagine losing a set of work keys. How much disruption could this cause your company? Remember the 2014 Sony breach? It was perpetrated by a group who claimed that they were able to access the movie studio's computer systems because Sony failed to lock their physical doors.
More than 64 percent of people use the same password for some, or even all, of their online accounts, while only 21 percent use a different password for each account, according to a news report in the UK.
Seventy-four percent of organizations are impacted by the cybersecurity skills shortage, according to a study of cybersecurity professionals by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).
We have been hearing about the “convergence” of physical and cyber security for years, but even today there are still debates about whether it has happened yet (spoiler alert: it hasn’t). Part of the challenge might be that the word convergence itself can apply to more than one kind of activity – for example, some believe it applies to the linkages or integration of IT and security systems, while others believe it applies to IT and security organizational structures and teams.
Do you know who is calling you? In many cases, employees rely on caller ID or a familiar name to allow callers to build trust and potentially exploit them. Vishing (or social engineering) is a practice where verbal communication is used to deceive a potential victim.
New technologies, including cloud computing, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, are constantly bringing new opportunities and challenges to attackers and defenders alike. This is not just the age of machines but of machine-scale. As such, IT security analysts need new tools to defend the network.
Our May issue cover article features “How SOCS Help in Training Security Professionals”.
Also in May, license plate reader technology is on the rise. How can LPR technology secure perimeters and lessen cybersecurity threats? And discover "How to meet the Growing Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals".