Tag: cloud computing

Beyond building houses, homebuilders faced with IT security challenges too

Just as home builders across the country install state of the art security and anti-theft devices in many of the beautiful new homes they build, this consideration must extend to the personal and financial information of its homeowner customers stored on its or its subsidiaries servers. Because pre-loan and mortgage applications loan digs deeper into a person’s financial life than any other commercial form, it holds a treasure trove of information for hackers. Top 10 builder D.R. Horton found this out first hand last year.

What retailer BCBGMAXAZRIA learned about cloud security, SIEM

The following is an excerpt of the recently released case study on how a major retailer, BCBG, migrated to a cloud security platform and discovered how SIEM and Log Management capabilities enhanced their abilities for enterprise security. For the entire case study, you may download a PDF version here. There was a time the only security issues retailers needed to be concerned with was theft. Put a guard in the store and a couple of video cameras and prevent as much loss as possible. Those

Law firms in the security cross-hairs: how cloud security can level the playing field.

“Law firms are a back door to clients’ confidential information,” Business Week. As corporations have become more aware of threats to data, hackers and other fraudsters are quickly discovering a new, softer target to attack and siphon highly confidential corporate details, proprietary personal information, and trade secrets. Even as stewards of trust for their corporate and private clients, law firms have traditionally been slow to embrace new technologies. Cloud computing has been no exception because many mistakenly believe the cloud is less secure than traditional

7 Causes of Security Paralysis & Cloud-based Cures

Over and over again the team at CloudAccess are pummeled with statistics on how risk is growing in disproportion to security readiness. -91% of companies have experienced at least one IT security event from an external source. -90% of all cyber crime costs are those caused by web attacks, malicious code and malicious insiders. -40% reported rogue cloud issues (shadow IT) experienced the exposure of confidential information as a result -34% share passwords with their co-workers for applications like FedEx, Twitter, Staples, LinkedIn. These are

When the security bill comes due

I love sushi. I love big fat burritos. I love tikka masala. So now that my taste buds are salivating, what do my epicurean preferences have to do with cloud security? They all come from restaurants I frequent, and 9 time out of ten I pay for these delights with my credit card. I never thought  twice about it, until I read Tracy Kitten’s article for BankInfoSecurity here: It details how many restaurants are falling victim to attacks that put their customer’s credit card information at

Can your company afford to lose $400 million?

Of course not. But that’s the dollar figure companies stand to lose in terms of consumer trust when security protocols are breached according to a new study by the research firm Ponemon. In terms of dollars and cents on a risk analysis spreadsheet, it is easier to put a value on a particular asset than the potential recurring value of a client, customer or even partner. Beyond lawsuits and capital and operational expenses to repair a mea culpa, weak cryptography, hack defenses or shoring an

Avoiding the fate of Erasmus Wilson and others who ignore progress (cloud)

OR WHY THE CLOUD WILL SUPPLANT ON-PREMISE FOR SECURITY INITIATIVES Erasmus Wilson, the celebrated Oxford professor once proclaimed, “When the Paris Exhibition [of 1878] closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it.” History is littered with those who refused to embrace the obviousness of the future. Didn’t Digital founder Ken Olsen prognosticate “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home,” in 1977. (His company was broken up for parts after its acquisition by Compaq

Supporting CIO strategies and priorities from the cloud-Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part article entitled Supporting CIO Strategies and Priorities from the Cloud. In case you have not done so, READ PART 1. However, to briefly recap: in support of a recent Gartner study that basically states that the function of the modern CIO is in flux and that his or her future focus must incorporate digital assets (aka cloud-based data and applications) to remain relevant, I have taken their listed priorities and illustrated how they could securely work in

Supporting CIO strategies and priorities from the cloud-Part 1

The biggest eye-opener in Gartner’s recently-published study on the current agenda regarding the digital landscape for Chief Information Officers is that CIO’s recognize that cloud computing will not only be a significant part of the future, but that their own roles and behavior need to be updated to survive in the modern enterprise. “CIOs will have to develop new IT strategies and plans that go beyond the usual day-to-day maintenance of an enterprise IT infrastructure…. technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if

Sailing the 7 C’s of security monitoring

What is it your mom used to say? “A watched pot never boils.” This might be true, but a watched pot also never spills; it never allows your younger sister to stick her hand in the hot water; prevents Uncle Jack from tasting before dinner is ready; and if something unforeseen happens, there is time to mitigate the problems. One of the established best practices in InfoSec is monitoring. People, products and companies get paid a great deal of money and expend a great deal