November 24, 2014

Security Industry — New ASIS Report Assesses the State of the U.S. Security Industry

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By: Ben J. Carnevale, Managing Editor An increasingly challenging security (physical and IT) related threat environment for U.S. businesses remains a major topic for all security management team in companies throughout the country. And, without a successful ability to align senior management strategic thinking with those threats still too often leaves those team under-funded and without the critical support needed for achieving their objectives. To shed some light on this critical issue and perhaps give some needed information to help in security management team presentations to upper … [Read more...]

Free Cyber Security Awareness and Training Courses Offered by DHS/FEMA Partnership with Texas A&M University.

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Just recently, our staff was made aware of a program offering free cyber security related training and awareness courses.  These courses are funded by DHS/FEMA in cooperation with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The objective of this DHS/FEMA partnering is to ensure that cyber space is supported by secure and resilient infrastructure(s) ---delivering open communications, information and prosperity while protecting privacy and confidentiality. These courses are offered at no cost and students can earn a TEEX certification of completion and Continuing Education … [Read more...]

IT Security Threats and Attacks Quantified by New Ponemon Institute Report

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A newly recently report, entitled “First Annual Cost of Failed Trust Report: Threats and Attacks”, has just been released.  This report presents research from the Ponemon Institute and was underwritten by Venafi.  The objective of this report is to provide the first extensive examination of how failure to control trust (in IT security keys and certificates) in the face of new and evolving threats is placing all global enterprises at risk. Every business and government relies on cryptographic keys and certificates to provide trust for critical electronic communications.  These technologies … [Read more...]

Wireless Network Security Tested in a Unique Way

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Wireless network security levels were tested recently in Edinburgh Scotland by a cyclist who “war-biked” around the capital trying to find unsecured wireless networks which could be exploited by hackers. Security expert James Lyne utilized a bike equipped with dynamos and solar panels to power a computer which scans for wireless networks which have no or poor security. As our readers well know, hackers can join wireless networks and then become totally capable of directly attacking those computers and other devices to steal money or information. They can also track which websites you … [Read more...]

E-Discovery Newsletter of Notable Cases and Events

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In its ongoing effort to provide current and relevant updates regarding developments in the field of e-discovery, our staff would like to recommend a reading of the Sidley Austin LLP firm's current newsletter written by its in-house “E-Discovery Task Force” group. This group from Sidley Austin LLP works to stay abreast of the shifting legal landscape surrounding e-discovery. The most current update addresses the following recent developments and court decisions involving e-discovery issues: 1. A Northern District of Illinois ruling sanctioning a defendant company for failing to … [Read more...]

ASQ Northern Virginia Section 0511 Meeting Announcement

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The larger the organization the more likely it is that there are written instructions about how things are done within that organization. This makes sure that nothing is left out and that everyone is clear about who needs to do what, when and how. When an organization systematizes how it does things, this is often known as a management system. With that thought in mind, it is not surprising to notice that ISO Management Systems are becoming increasingly popular with risk based standards for Information Security, Service Management and Business Continuity. How do these standards (along … [Read more...]

Cyber Risk Management App Offers Help in Keeping Ahead of the Curve in a Rapidly Changing Cyber Threat Landscape

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As one of the risk management options mentioned in an earlier cyber insurance related posting on this website, our staff would like to recommend the CyberEdge Mobile App for the iPad to cyber security risk management team members where you work. AIG “Cyber Risk Report 2013 This CyberEdge Mobile App was developed by the American International Group, Inc. (AIG) in response to a recent AIG survey and report, where it was found that 80% of executives and brokers find it very difficult – if not sometimes nearly impossible – to keep pace with defending against and mitigating risk related to cyber … [Read more...]

Cyber Security and Its Importance to an Organization

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For quite some time, business continuity professionals have been associating Cyber Security as an important Business Continuity Planning (BCP) concern, but, like so many other issues in the world of BCP, without full buy-in from upper management (or the Board of Directors), it will be almost impossible to truly implement effective Cyber Security policies, plans and procedures throughout any organization. With that point in mind, and to assist the process of increasing cyber security awareness in your company’s upper management, our staff recommends reading an article written by Edward B. … [Read more...]

NIST Offers Free Download of SP 800-53, Rev 4

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has now made available the Final Release of SP 800-53 Revision 4, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations – representing the most comprehensive update to the security controls catalog since its inception in 2005. This update was motivated primarily by the expanding occurrences of cyber security threats – looking at the increased sophistication of those cyber-attacks; the growing frequency of such attacks; the professionalism of the attackers, and the persistence of targeting by … [Read more...]