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Federating Identities for a Successful Enterprise IdP Deployment

Federating Identities for a Successful Enterprise IdP Deployment

by Lisa Grady, Radiant Logic
When customers, employees, or partners log in—from any device—they expect a seamless experience and secure access to your resources. Organizations are trying to meet a number of benchmarks, not just in terms of security...

The New Rhythm of IT: 5 Hurdles to Overcome in 2014

The New Rhythm of IT: 5 Hurdles to Overcome in 2014

by Ken Berryman, BMC Software, Inc.
The Federal Reserve estimates that in 2012 one in six checks were deposited as a digital image rather than in physical form. For consumers, almost 50 percent of these image-based deposits were through...

The Ins and Outs of Secure Fax and Document Delivery Solutions for the Enterprise

The Ins and Outs of Secure Fax and Document Delivery Solutions for the Enterprise

by Bill Ho, Biscom
Data center annual budgets today are often devoted to securing an organization’s IT networks. One of the most important security considerations IT personnel face is the need to protect sensitive information, such as data exchanged...





Briefcase Highlights


SECURITY

’Tis the Season for Online Safety

November 25, 2014 No Comments

The holidays are approaching as quickly as a sleigh pulled by magic reindeer, and every year it seems like the shopping season starts earlier and earlier. In many places, Christmas decorations are now put up before Halloween, ensuring a long and profitable season for merchants. And while most of us have had the experience of opening a disappointing gift on Christmas morning, one thing that can ruin your holiday faster than a homemade sweater is finding out that someone has obtained your credit card number, or compromised your account on your favorite shopping website.

Seven Security Tips to Safeguard Customers and Bottom Line This Holiday Season

November 24, 2014 No Comments

The security of personal information remains a top concern for consumers and retailers. There is good reason for that. The Target breach compromised approximately 70 million records. The Home Depot breach potentially impacted another 60 million consumers. The National Retail Federation reported in 2012 that service companies lost more than $11 billion due to credit card fraud. We can no longer deny that cybercrime is a real and growing threat to the retail sector. Consumers are becoming more sensitive to the security of their personal information, and they expect more from the business community in general and information technology professionals in particular.

Understanding Deep Packet Inspection Once and For All

November 21, 2014 No Comments

Today’s IT is one of convergence, applications and a demand for constant availability. And when it comes to downtime, all of these elements combined with the fact that many new applications are being provisioned with SaaS providers have created the perfect storm for IT pros tasked with getting to the root of problems and keeping business running. The question, “Is it the network or the app?” has never been more critical, nor more difficult to answer.

How Retailers Can Still Improve Security before Black Friday

November 17, 2014 No Comments

Each year, retailers hustle and strain to get their online and in-store merchandise ready to entice shoppers for the annual Black Friday rush. Their main concern, of course, is whether this season’s merchandise will prove popular. But what might get overlooked, is whether they’ve done enough to ward off the worst kind of shopper: the Cyber Hacker — who preys on stores at peak holiday season and can cause serious financial and reputational damage.

Security Best Practices for E-Signatures

November 17, 2014 No Comments

By Michael Laurie, Silanis TechnologyElectronic signatures are a critical technology for new business process improvements in industries such as banking, insurance, real estate and healthcare. With security understandably being a top concern for those looking to implement a cloud-based e-signature solution, it is not enough to simply look for one that is ESIGN compliant. Read More >>>

Why Shellshock is Absolutely Terrifying for BYOD Security

November 12, 2014 No Comments

By Israel Lifshitz, NuboLate last month, it was discovered that the security vulnerability Shellshock can be made wormable and grant hackers the ability to run arbitrary codes on Bash, the most widely-used command processor which serves as the default shell for Unix, Linux and Mac OS X. Read More >>>

KnowBe4 Says “PCI Guidance On Security Awareness Programs on the Mark”

November 6, 2014 No Comments

KnowBe4 announced its support of the Payment Card Industry Council’s efforts to implement its standards through Security Awareness Training. In fact, the PCI Council thinks Security Awareness Training is so important, they just published a 25-page guidance paper that fully explains the what, why and how of these programs, making it very clear that in order for an organization to comply with PCI DSS Requirement 12.6, a formal security awareness program must be in place.

TBR Announces New Enterprise Security Practice

November 6, 2014 No Comments

TBR is pleased to announce the addition of Enterprise Security practice to guide security vendors and managed security service providers (MSSPs) in executing successful business models as the IT security market shifts between prevention and protection solutions (detection and response) and customer-managed and Security as a Service (SECaaS) deployments.

BASHed and ShellShocked

October 31, 2014 No Comments

There’s trouble abroad in cybersecurity land. A longstanding bug in a major UNIX and Linux component – known technically as CVE-2014-6271 and colloquially as ShellShock – is exposing tens of thousands of servers around the world to hackers.

Must Read eBook: Cyberheist

October 31, 2014 No Comments

Learn how to not be the next victim! Cyberheist was written for the IT team and owners / management of Small and Medium Enterprise, which includes non-profits, local and state government, churches, and any other organization with more than a few thousand dollars in their operating account in the bank.

Smarter Data Protection for your Evolving Business

October 29, 2014 No Comments

If your business is like many organizations that need to deliver 100% data availability, manage rapid data growth; yet control costs, now is the time to discover how modernized data protection can help your organization deliver better outcomes.

Symantec Internet Security Threat Report 2014

October 23, 2014 No Comments

The Internet Security Threat Report provides an overview and analysis of the year’s global internet threat activity. The report is based on data from the Symantec™ Global Intelligence Network, which Symantec’s analysts use to identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.

SANS Report Breaches Happen: Be Prepared

October 23, 2014 No Comments

Computer viruses are yesterday’s news; automated attacks that morph rapidly, concealing themselves through encryption and deceptive packaging, are the new hotness. This paper describes how to start with improved malware reporting and gateway monitoring and how to combine this output with security intelligence from both internal and external resources.

Symantec Intelligence Report: September 2014

October 23, 2014 No Comments

The monthly intelligence report, provides the latest analysis of cyber security threats, trends, and insights from the Symantec intelligence team concerning malware, spam, and other potentially harmful business risks.

BYOD: California Court Decides Who’s Wearing the Pants

October 22, 2014 No Comments

The workplace trend of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is nothing new. What remains unclear, however, is the burden of ownership, cost and security. When employees bring their own cell phones, laptops or tablets to work, there’s a fair chance they’ve personally purchased those devices—data plans and all. In fact, some employers today require a BYOD policy, with no intention of paying for any of it. As one CIO bluntly put it, “Well, we don’t buy their pants either, but they’re required for the office.”

Your Money or Your Files! A Short History of Ransomware

October 20, 2014 No Comments

Ransomware attacks cause downtime, data loss, possible intellectual property theft, and in certain industries a ransomware attack is considered a data breach. Multiple ransomware strains are now attacking your end-users. Since September 2013, CryptoLocker has become vicious, and the first strain of second-gen ransomware CryptoWall V2.0 has reared its ugly head. But how did it get this far?

KnowBe4 Issues Alert: CryptoWall 2.0 Ransomware Moves to TOR Network

October 15, 2014 No Comments

Tampa Bay, FL (October 15, 2014) KnowBe4 issued an alert to IT Managers that a new version of the world’s most widespread ransomware CryptoWall has migrated to the TOR network. It has been upgraded to version 2.0, and continues to encrypt files so that a ransom can be extracted if there are no backups or if the backup process fails, often a common occurrence.

The Internet of Things Won’t Take Off Until These 3 Things Happen

October 15, 2014 No Comments

by Rob Vandenberg, Lingotekf your smartphone can’t read your mind yet, it will soon. Innovators and early adopters are sprinting towards the dream of a connected world, connecting everything from cars to toasters. Their exuberance is contagious. Read More >>>

Federating Identities for a Successful Enterprise IdP Deployment

October 15, 2014 No Comments

by Lisa Grady, Radiant LogicWhen customers, employees, or partners log in—from any device—they expect a seamless experience and secure access to your resources. Organizations are trying to meet a number of benchmarks, not just in terms of security but also productivity and simplicity for your users. Read More >>>

Tales of the Unexpected: How Hackers Trick Web Sites into Sharing Your Data

October 9, 2014 No Comments

Recent months have seen a run of high-profile security breaches: social media sites losing phone numbers, retail stores skimming credit cards, healthcare organizations leaking patient records, and even celebrity voicemails and photo streams being hacked.

The New Rhythm of IT: 5 Hurdles to Overcome in 2014

October 8, 2014 No Comments

by Ken Berryman, BMC Software, Inc.The Federal Reserve estimates that in 2012 one in six checks were deposited as a digital image rather than in physical form. For consumers, almost 50 percent of these image-based deposits were through mobile devices. Read More >>>

The Ins and Outs of Secure Fax and Document Delivery Solutions for the Enterprise

October 8, 2014 No Comments

by Bill Ho, BiscomData center annual budgets today are often devoted to securing an organization’s IT networks. One of the most important security considerations IT personnel face is the need to protect sensitive information, such as data exchanged within the healthcare, financial, and legal sectors. Read More >>>

Gartner MQ: Endpoint Protection

October 7, 2014 No Comments

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 was, once again, positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant and rated highest in the ability to execute. Read the report to learn about the Endpoint Protection landscape, growth drivers and challenges, and where vendors are positioned.

The Cyber Resilience Blueprint: A New Perspective on Security

October 7, 2014 No Comments

In this sophisticated threat environment, traditional security tactics are failing. Symantec encourages organizations to revisit their security posture to build a more cyber resilient enterprise. Resilience is not defined by a series of checklists, but through evaluations based on the current threat environment and the acceptable risk level for the organization. This whitepaper presents best practice-based approaches recommended for minimizing cyber risk. These are arranged across five pillars and provide specific actions for each pillar to be performed by identifiable IT jobs.

Symantec Intelligence Report: August 2014

October 7, 2014 No Comments

This August intelligence report from Symantec provides the latest analysis of cyber security threats, trends, and insights from the Symantec intelligence team concerning malware, spam, and other potentially harmful business risks.

Overcoming Encryption Sprawl by Asking the Right Questions

October 6, 2014 No Comments

In the U.S., encryption was first used by the federal government to secure the data of U.S. agencies and companies from foreign spies. As the Internet connected and therefore endangered many corporations’ and consumers’ computers, encryption really took off and now enjoys widespread use. In an ironic twist, one of the main driver’s of encryption’s recent uptick in interest and use is worry over government surveillance.

A Vision for Converged Backup Infrastructure

October 2, 2014 No Comments

IT is evolving at an accelerated pace today, thanks in large part to virtualization, cloud computing and big data. While these trends can lower costs and increase efficiency, they are too often delivered via point products that offer only marginal improvements to the traditional approach.

Data Back-up vs. Replication vs. Disaster Recovery

October 1, 2014 No Comments

by Ken Donoghue, Peak 10We often hear the three concepts expressed in the title above used interchangeably. For example, it’s not uncommon for someone to say, “I have a disaster recovery (DR) plan. We back up our files once a day.” Or, “We replicate our data to tape and store it offsite.” Read More >>>

KnowBe4 Says Breach Fatigue May Put Your Company at Risk for Ransomware

September 30, 2014 No Comments

Tampa Bay, FL. A growing number of high profile breaches may be causing breach fatigue, according to Security company KnowBe4. A study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and reported last week by USA Today, noted a staggering 43% of companies have experienced a data breach in the past year, up by 10% over the year prior.

Small Business Protection Again Cyber Attacks

September 29, 2014 No Comments

Over the last year, data breaches in businesses have been big news: Target, Home Depot, eBay, LinkedIn. What most don’t know is that the Target breach actually occurred when an employee of a small HVAC company opened a malware-laced email, allowing the HVAC company’s system to be hacked. It just so happened that this particular company was contracted with one of the Target stores and had remote access for maintenance purposes.

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