Reporting Matters
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Reporting Matters

Unfortunately, reporting is often the last thing that software developers think about when creating their solutions. In most instances, the development effort focuses on addressing a known industry problem, and reports are added...

Fine-tuning Security Metrics to Drive Action
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Fine-tuning Security Metrics to Drive Action

Having security metrics in place is an instrumental step towards building a solid foundation for sustainable success. However, organizations need to continually focus on building upon the foundation, which often requires...

Using Metrics to Improve Your Process
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Using Metrics to Improve Your Process

Metrics are mere curiosities unless they tell a story that supports or encourages change or improvement. When you're looking at producing metrics for your security program, you'll almost always be trying to measure whether...

Challenges of Managing Security for Virtual and Cloud Environments
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Challenges of Managing Security for Virtual and Cloud Environments

Server virtualization and cloud services offer compelling benefits, including hardware consolidation, rapid provisioning and reduced infrastructure complexity. But virtualization and cloud technologies also introduce security and...

Which security metrics matter most?
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Which security metrics matter most?

Today’s powerful security vulnerability tools provide organizations with the ability to monitor an almost unlimited number of metrics. However, few organizations have the time or resources to give their full attention to all...

Real-Time Situational Awareness: Never Say “I Don’t Know”
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Real-Time Situational Awareness: Never Say “I Don’t Know”

It’s 2:00 p.m. on a Tuesday. As you round the corner, you (literally!) run into your CISO. He’s been with the CIO preparing for the quarterly board meeting, and they need your help. The high profile-breaches that have occurred in...

System Misconfigurations Can Put Your Data at Risk
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System Misconfigurations Can Put Your Data at Risk

While many organizations focus on their vulnerability management programs to find critical vulnerabilities like the highly-publicized Shellshock, Poodle and Ghost, it’s equally important to validate system build and configuration...

Getting Users to Take Security Threats Seriously
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Getting Users to Take Security Threats Seriously

Many security professionals believe that end users are the weakest links when it comes to data security. In many ways, that’s true. In the course of a normal day, employees using company-issued or their own devices will come and...

What distinguishes vulnerability management solutions?
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What distinguishes vulnerability management solutions?

When looking for a vulnerability management solution, organizations understandably have quite a few choices and many of those choices have been available for some time. However, vulnerability management is changing. While much of...

Getting Started With Security Metrics
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Getting Started With Security Metrics

A common question about security metrics is: “What are the top metrics that I should keep?” That’s usually asked in the context of someone who is thinking about getting started with a metrics program. And—spoiler alert—I’m not...

Putting the Cloud to Work in Vulnerability Management
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Putting the Cloud to Work in Vulnerability Management

Achieving cost efficiencies often plays a key role in helping an organization decide to go with a cloud-based solution rather than an on-premises one. However, when it comes to potential benefits for a cloud-based vulnerability...

Three Best Practices for Securing Your Cloud
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Three Best Practices for Securing Your Cloud

If your organization is like most, you’re likely using or considering cloud-hosted applications and infrastructure. Security in the cloud is just as important as security in on-premises IT environments, though it’s different in...

Is Your Vulnerability Management Scalable?
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Is Your Vulnerability Management Scalable?

Is Your Vulnerability Management Scalable? Few businesses remain stagnant. If your business is in the fortunate situation to be growing, your IT infrastructure has to grow to support it. Growth can bring new challenges to your...

The Average CISO Tenure is 17 Months – Don’t be a Statistic!
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The Average CISO Tenure is 17 Months – Don’t be a Statistic!

Cyber breaches are causing business executives all across organizations to take note. CISOs are getting questions from senior management, the Board of Directors, auditors, regulators, business leaders, and IT personnel. Responding...

Identifying vulnerable entry points
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Identifying vulnerable entry points

The digital transformation is definitely changing how businesses operate. And, as businesses continuously gravitate towards cloud, mobile and even the Internet of Things, how organizations ultimately define – and ultimately...

Aligning Operations: IT – Business – Security
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Aligning Operations: IT – Business – Security

In every organization, separate operational groups exist in IT, business and security. These groups often have different priorities, which can lead to conflict. Successful security leaders align the three operational groups to...

Using Security Metrics to Drive Action
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Using Security Metrics to Drive Action

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Unfortunately, no amount spent on prevention can guarantee 100% protection. Successful CISOs must make pragmatic decisions that balance risk and...

Cloud vs. On-Premises Security Solutions
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Cloud vs. On-Premises Security Solutions

The decision is often a balance between organizational needs and CISO preferences.

Overcoming IT Budget Planning Obstacles for Risk-minded CIOs
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Overcoming IT Budget Planning Obstacles for Risk-minded CIOs

Simply asking for money rarely yields meaningful results.

Risks vs. Benefits of Security Investments
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Risks vs. Benefits of Security Investments

Demonstrating that benefits outweigh the costs starts with spotlighting the risks.

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