A Movement Is Needed To Improve Cyber Security For Medical Devices

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At the 2011 Black Hat cyber security conference, a diabetic man named Jerome Radcliffe showed how someone could hack into a wireless insulin pump. Medical devices are just the latest in a growing list of Internet of Things that are at risk for potential hacks. On the surface, it may seem almost foolish to worry that some stranger will want to control a person’s insulin dosage or shut off a pacemaker or manipulate health data, but we also wondered why anyone would want to hack into cloud storage to steal compromising photos of actresses or someone would stage a major attack on an entertainment company in retaliation for a movie. If something can be hacked, it will be hacked. If for no other … Read more

9 Cyber Security Buzzwords And Jargon Definitions We Can All Understand

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Hybrid cloud. BYOD. Big Data. Internet of Things. These are terms that have become part of the daily lexicon, not only within the information technology (IT) and cyber security world but also in the main stream. Jargon is integral to IT. They make complicated terms more accessible to the non-technical person, even if they aren’t easier to understand. Buzzwords are commonplace in IT security, as well, but are they truly understood? As Frank Ohlhorst writes in Tech Republic, “it seems that IT security managers are giving too much power to terms and buzzwords, letting them dictate security best practices.” Ohlhorst goes on to point out that while BYOD is just an acronym that means, simply, Brin … Read more

Digital Transformation Delays Stall Business Growth

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A digital transformation is underway. It is revolutionizing the way companies conduct business through every stage of a customer interaction, as well as every business unit and associated process in an organization. This digital transformation is “the realignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital customers at every touchpoint in the customer experience lifecycle,” says the Altimeter Group. This is, of course, a broad definition that encompasses an extensive swath of organizational processes. It’s about fundamentally restructuring an organization based on new and emerging technologies – especially cloud technologies. Delays to Digita … Read more

Are You Prepared To Cope With Tougher PCI Compliance Standards?

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On January 1, 2015, version 3.0 of the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Data Security Standards replaced version 2.0 as the standard. In other words, what some financial institutions, merchants, and other credit card payments industry members already saw as an onerous process—complying with PCI standards and possibly being audited—is about to get even harder. While I can’t take the blood, sweat and tears out of PCI compliance, as an experienced Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) I can give you some context for why PCI is issuing a new version of its standards, and why 3.0 is a good thing for your business in the end. Why PCI 3.0? So, why is PCI issuing new standards? PCI’s self-stated mission i … Read more

Cyber Security Professionals Forecast Concerns For 2015

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As the year winds down, it is fun to look forward to the year ahead and see if we can predict what may happen over the next twelve months. At the same time, predictions can prove to be very useful for businesses that are planning budgets and spending. So every December, security experts begin to make their predictions on the future of information and network security. “While no one can totally reliably predict the future, there are often good indications in what we see that provide likely directions for the coming year,” said Geoff Webb, senior director, security strategy with NetIQ. “For example, it was pretty clear at the end of last year, after the details of the Target breach become pub … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 1-2-15

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Whether you’re ready or not, the New Year is upon us and it brings New Year resolutions. Are you one of the hopefuls to grab a gym membership in 2015? Or maybe you’re one to cut out sweets! Nevertheless, businesses have resolutions just like everyone else, especially those businesses in IT. Let’s take a look at what IT businesses should be adding to their New Year’s resolutions! Resolution #1: Jump On The Cloud Bandwagon …and here’s why: the cloud has matured over the past few years, with many key selling-points focused on cost-cutting benefits due to the lagging economy. However, now there’s another, even more important advantage, and that’s employee retainment. “Valuable employees stuck … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 12-24-14

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As we near the holidays and the New Year, we’re reminded of 2014’s glorious turnout when it comes to IT. From groundbreaking innovations, high-profile hacks and more, 2014 was a year for the books. But as this year moves behind us, it’s time to look forward! Let’s preview what 2015 has in store for the IT world… Is The Cloud On Your Wishlist? If it’s not, it should be! David Deans of cloudtech is giving us a quick reality check before we all checkout for the holidays: cloud adoption is, above all, driven by strategic business decisions, like the desire to remain competitive in a fast-evolving market. And guess what? The statistics will only jump higher in the next year. “As more workloads m … Read more

The 4 Most Difficult Changes To Make In Information Technology (IT)

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As an information technology (IT) leader dealing with the intricacies and complexities of enterprise technology every day, I can tell you this: it’s not the technology that is the toughest thing to change in IT. It’s the people. Here’s my personal take on 4 of the hardest IT transformations to implement – and how people make or break those changes. 1. Going global There’s no question that transforming your company from regional-based systems to global systems is a big job. Global applications, global processes, global networks … that takes tech expertise to the nth degree. You need to talk with the regions, departments, and teams to ensure that you have all the business requirements clear … Read more