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April 24, 2018 | Security Policies and Strategy
By Aaron Turner, IANS Faculty

 Set Optimal Policies for Securing NLP Devices

Consumer digital assistants (CDAs) that use natural language processing (NLP) are proliferating, but are Alexa and Siri safe for the enterprise? In this Ask-an-Expert written response, IANS Faculty Aaron Turner details why CDAs are not enterprise-ready and should not be allowed on corporate networks, but he does offer some rules of thumb for creating enterprise-ready NLP solutions. 

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April 24, 2018 | Key Technologies

 More Organizations Are Using Private Clouds

The use of on-premises and hosted private cloud infrastructure is growing, according to Cisco, though the largest portion of private cloud users (52 percent) still host networks on-premises, while 27 percent use off-premises private clouds.

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April 23, 2018 | Threats & Incidents

 Top Reasons Why Organizations Don’t Have Cyber Insurance

More than one quarter of risk professionals say that inadequate coverage and lack of buy-in are their top reasons for not purchasing cyber insurance. Only 12 percent said cyber coverage is included in another policy, while 18 percent said insufficient budget was the main reason they don’t purchase cyber insurance.

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April 23, 2018 | Leadership Skills

 Top Cybersecurity Skills Organizations Seek in 2018

The highest security skills in demand in 2018 include security analysis and investigation, secure applications development, and communication skills. Emerging technology areas such as cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) also made the list.

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April 23, 2018 | Endpoints
By Bill Dean, IANS Faculty

 Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR): A Market Overview

With more than 60 options to choose from, determining the best EDR solution for your environment can become overwhelming fast. In this Ask-an-Expert written response, IANS Faculty Bill Dean details the decision factors and suggests considering offerings in both the "security trinity" and standalone categories. 

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April 23, 2018 | Budgeting, Sizing

 64% of Organizations Plan to Invest More in Cyber Risk Management

Nearly two-thirds of respondents said their organization will increase spending on cyber risk management practices, including risk mitigation and risk transfer. At the other end of the spectrum, fewer than 1 percent of respondents said they planned to increase their level of investment in cyber risk management.

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April 23, 2018 | Leadership Skills

 Most Organizations Rank Cybersecurity Among Top 5 Risk Priorities

Nearly two-thirds of global risk professionals say that cyber risk is among their organization’s top five risk management priorities, double the number from 2016. A total of 6 percent said cyber risk ranked as the top organizational risk management priority, while 5 percent called cyber risk a low priority.

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April 22, 2018 | Threats & Incidents

 Health Care: Overview of Data Breach Causes in Q4 2017

Health care breaches were most often caused by accidental disclosures (34%) in the fourth quarter of 2017, followed by hacking or malware (22%) and insiders (19%). Social engineering was one of the least common causes of health care data breaches during that time period, at 3 percent.

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April 20, 2018 | Key Technologies

 Security, Scalability, Ease of Use are Top Cloud Benefits

Security is the most commonly cited benefit of hosting networks in the cloud, according to security professionals. More than half (57 percent) said they host networks in the cloud because of better data security; 48 percent because of scalability; and 46 percent because of ease of use.

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April 20, 2018 | Insider Threats

 SunTrust Banks Discloses Insider Theft of Customers’ Personal Data

On April 20, 2018, SunTrust Banks Inc., announced that it is investigating a former employee who is alleged to have printed out the personal data of 1.5 million customers and potentially tried to share it with a “criminal third party." SunTrust, the 12th largest U.S. commercial bank by assets, stated that the potentially compromised information includes the names, addresses, account balances and phone numbers of customers. Affected customers have been notified and the alleged theft did not appear to include user IDs, passwords or Social Security numbers.

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