Steps forward

 

Video: cyber insurance can offset data breach risk

By Byron Acohido More organizations than ever, especially small and medium-size ones, will seek to account for the fast-rising risk of suffering a cyber attack in 2017 by buying a cyber liability policy. The general state of security of U.S. business networks remains anemic when compared to the vast and growing capabilities of hackers with […]

Video: NY holds companies accountable for cybersecurity

By Byron Acohido Banks and other financial services companies wishing to do business in the state of New York will soon have to prove they are using first-class cybersecurity policies and practices. Officials at the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) were so concerned that a catastrophic network hack in the financial sector […]

Machine learning shows promise for improving cyber defenses

By Byron Acohido LAS VEGAS — The cyber security sector  generates mountains of data. Security Information & Event Management, or SIEM, systems, like Splunk, generate logs of all network traffic. Threat data pours in from next generation firewalls, endpoint security systems, intrusion prevention and  detection systems and vulnerability management systems. A growing crop of threat […]

Pulitzer Centennial highlights role of journalism

By Byron Acohido Standing on the floor of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., last week, in a crush of hundreds of past recipients of The Pulitzer Prize, was thrilling and humbling. We were assembled for a group photo as part of the yearlong celebration of the Pulitzer’s centennial. It was a chance to reconnect with […]

Microsoft comes to aid of SMBs reliant on Windows XP

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. –  Microsoft should be applauded for reversing its policy , and broadly issuing a  security patch for a profound new security hold recently discovered in  Windows XP.  This is a major benefit to thousands of small and medium sized businesses reliant on XP. SMBs already have their hands […]

Why $3.6 million to prevent next Heartbleed isn’t enough

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog A dozen tech behemoths — led by Microsoft, IBM, Google, Intel and Cisco — have stepped forward with cold, hard cash to prevent the next Heartbleed. Each has pledged $100,000 annually for the next three years to a war chest earmarked to fund improvements of open source technology. That’s a […]

Heartbleed remediated on thousands of enterprise apps, dozens still vunerable

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. – Netskope, a new cloud app analytics company, has come up with a unique metric illustrating the scramble to patch Heartbleed vulnerabilities in widely deployed business apps. Netskope’s technology enables granular scoping for specific behaviors within the most popular apps used by companies and workers. It currently tracks […]