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PODCAST: Former White House CIO — companies need cyber defense strategy

By Byron V. Acohido Theresa Payton honed her cybersecurity skills as the White House’s first female chief information officer, under President George W. Bush. Payton is now president and CEO of cybersecurity consulting company Fortalice Solutions. I had the chance to interview her at the recent Enfuse 2017 cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. We discussed […]

Three fundamental steps to begin addressing third-party risks

By Byron V. Acohido Managing third party risk still does not still does not command a high priority in all too many organizations – even after the apocalyptic Target data breach of 2013 that routed through an HVAC vendor. But that’s slowly beginning to change. There is a growing recognition of the sprawling exposures that […]

VIDEO: Why the NIST framework is so fundamental to network security

By Byron V. Acohido Put aside the cyber threats, which continue to worsen. All any company decision-maker needs to do is pay heed to the intensifying regulatory environment to understand that network security has become a mission-critical operational issue. Consider that the Colorado Division of Securities is implementing 90 pages of new rules to clarify […]

PODCAST: Leveraging cloud services doesn’t absolve companies of security responsibilities

By Byron Acohido When Globalscape got started more than 20 years ago, the internet was in its infancy and the obstacles to making it reliable for commerce were obvious and comparatively simple. Back then, organizations needed a way to securely transfer files up into this thing called the World Wide Web. So Globalscape pioneered a […]

The case for improved ‘identity access managment’ (IAM)

By Byron V. Acohido Savvy companies are fighting back against cyber criminals by improving their identity and access management programs. Taking stock of and instituting best practices policies for IAM, as it’s referred to in security circles, can lead to major improvements of network security. So says Citrix, the software giant that provides server, application […]

Insurance giant Zurich NA partners with consultancy giant Deloitte’s cyberscurity arm

In February, Deloitte’s cybersecurity practice group inked an agreement with Zurich North America to deliver cybersecurity consulting services to Zurich’s customers. Businesses carrying Zurich’s Security & Privacy insurance coverage can now directly access pre-breach cyber risk assessment and management services supplied by Deloitte. The nonexclusive partnership is between the firms’ operations in the United States […]

PODCAST: Making the case for ‘people-centric’ network security

By Byron V. Acohido I first met Matt Moynahan in 2009 just after he left Symantec to become CEO of application security firm Veracode. We met again, most recently, at RSA 2017, just after Moynahan was named CEO of Forcepoint, a joint venture of Raytheon Co. and Vista Equity Partners. Forcepoint is something of a […]