Cyber Threat

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Security threats to watch have become real

Android malware highlights problems

Being right so soon can be bittersweet! For those of you who missed my January webinar, I highlighted 5 security threats to watch out for in 2011 - malware, advance persistent threats (APT), fraud and insiders, mobile devices and cyberthreat/cybercrime....

Tags: android, arcsight, blackberry, security

Building national and international cyber security frameworks

The Internet, like the sea and airspace, must be subjected to regulation and structure

POLCYB, the Society for the Policing Cyber Space, describes itself as a non-profit organisation focusing on “international partnerships among public and private professionals to prevent and combat crimes in cyberspace.” Established in 1999 and based in Canada, it brings together...

Tags: arcsight, cyberspace, internet, malware, polcyb, security, society for the policing cyber space, web

The top 5 security threats to watch

Will all the media talk bring real action

With the RSA Conference just behind us and the Infosecurity Europe conference in London coming up, it is worth taking a look at the top five cyber security threats that will be on the minds of the event attendees and...

Tags: advanced persistent threat, apt, arcsight, hactivism, malware, mobile, risk, security

Time to tear down cyber walls

A purely national approach to fighting cyber attacks will fail

In a blog post back in November, I commented about dealing with cyber threats and the progress we are seeing at the national level, especially here in the UK. The UK government elevated cyber to a Tier One threat, promised...

Tags: arcsight, govenment, office of cyber security and information assurance, public sector, security

A suitable response to cybersecurity

The government gets it right

With the recent publication of the strategic defence review, “Securing Britain in an Age of Uncertainty: The Strategic Defence and Security Review,” the UK in many ways is taking the lead in Europe when it comes to cybersecurity by recognising...

Tags: arcsight, govenment, office of cyber security and information assurance, public sector, security

Information systems security - a career path worth considering

Mounting security threats combined with skill shortages mean job opportunities

I recently returned from ArcSight Protect ‘10, our annual user conference in Washington D.C. With over 1000 people in attendance over 3 days, I had plenty of time to meet with security practitioners - from CISOs to security specialists. The...

Tags: arcsight, ciso, cissp, isc2, sans, security

Steps in the right direction

Better disclosure laws and bigger fines will drive organisational behaviour

In my last blog, “Working Together? Not Yet,” I commented on the need for more transparency in the reporting of compromised customer data. The catalyst for that blog was the cybertheft of funds from 3000 UK online bank accounts. The...

Tags: breach disclosure, data protection, financial services authority, security

Working together? Not yet.

Time for breach disclosure legislation in the UK?

Reading recent reports a couple of weeks ago on the compromise and illegal funds transfer from 3000 UK bank accounts, my first reaction I’m afraid was “so what”; after all, this is nothing new. Whether here or abroad, it seems...

Tags: arcsight, breach disclosure, fraud, security

Counting the cost of insider crime

The recent high-profile coverage of data loss, such as the publication of classified army documents on the WikiLeaks site, has highlighted the issue of the insider threat once again. And a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of...

Tags: security

Military Intelligence and IT security

I served in the US Army – specifically, in the Military Intelligence branch. When I share that fact with new acquaintances, some are impressed, some remind me that “Military Intelligence” is an oxymoron, but most believe that the work...

Tags: security