Cyber Security Institute

Monday, September 17, 2007

Cisco keeps up the NAC beat

Cisco is persisting with the concept of Network Admission Control.  This week saw Cisco announce logical new capabilities for its security product line, both designed to enhance the network’s value in managing security.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Gartner: Antivirus is biggest security expense

Spending on security software across Europe is expected to top 2.4 billion euros ($3.3 billion) this year, with antivirus software continuing to form the largest slice of the pie.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Data Disconnect: Do You Know Where Your Mobile Devices Are Tonight?

The results from a recent study by the Ponemon Institute show that the majority of businesses don’t manage the protection of these devices very well.  One example: On August 7, financial services firm Merrill Lynch reported the theft of a laptop computer from its New Jersey corporate office—a laptop containing sensitive personal and financial information, including Social Security numbers, for 33,000 of its employees.  Such breaches of confidential information have become routine news for one simple reason: even companies with large budgets to guard the security of their networks often fail to protect data on devices that are disconnected from the network.  According to a Ponemon study, 73 percent of corporations surveyed experienced the loss or theft of a data-bearing asset in the last 24 months, yet those same organizations report limited efforts to manage this vulnerability.

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Insider Threats Increase, But Damage Is Minimal

Annual Computer Security Institute study says employees are the source of most incidents – but not the biggest cost

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Email Encryption Gets Easier

But are these new methods enough to convince enterprises to secure their messages with in-house systems – or that they even need to?x

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Friday, September 07, 2007

CA Data Protection Rule Moves Forward

Bill would force retailers to provide notice to consumers, telling them which firm lost their credit or debit card information and when it was lost.  The California Senate has passed a bill to protect consumer data.  The bill, AB 779, goes back to the California State Assembly for ratification. The Assembly approved Assemblyman David Jones’ bill in June by a 55-2 vote. The Senate approved the Consumer Data Protection Act, with 30 votes in favor and six against.

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