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October 15, 2017 | Mobile Access and Device Management
By Kevin Beaver, IANS Faculty

 Beaver: Learning the Right Lessons from ExpensiveWall Android Malware

If you're in charge of information security, you may not be able to control every user and every device in your environment, but you can shore up the gaps that do exist right now. If a security incident still surfaces, at least you’ll know in good conscience that you’ve done what needed to be done in order to minimize its impact.

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August 7, 2017 | Certifications and Training
By Kevin Beaver, IANS Faculty

 Beaver: Establishing Credibility Key to Infosec Success

One thing I've discovered over the years is that security has a credibility problem. It's nothing personal. It's just that other people aren't buying what we're selling until they’re convinced we are worth listening to. So, the question becomes: what are you doing to make sure that happens?

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April 20, 2017 | Security Policies and Strategy
By Kevin Beaver, IANS Faculty

 Beaver: Policies Don't Get Hacked, So Why Do They Get All the Attention?

What's the first thing everyone seems to talk about when information security is brought up? Policies. But as security professionals, we need to stop relying on words and let our actions do the talking. Technical controls have to be in place in order for policies to be enforced in most situations, and where that’s not possible or feasible, do something else – whatever it takes.

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March 20, 2017 | Vendor and Partner Management
By Kevin Beaver, IANS Faculty

 Beaver: Taking Responsibility for Vendor Product Security

At the end of the day, you can't blame poor security and the subsequent incidents and breaches on someone else. Rather than more finger-pointing, regulation and red tape, let's have the discipline to do what's right and take the proper steps to reasonably lock things down – even if it's someone else's product.

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February 21, 2017 | Embedded Systems and Internet of Things
By Kevin Beaver, IANS Faculty

 Beaver: IoT at RSA Brings a New Focus on Old Problems

Well, another RSA Conference has come and gone. While "artificial intelligence" was one of the big buzzwords, what stood out to me the most was the focus being put on IoT security. There’s no doubt IoT is that next wave of systems that we are going to be responsible for locking down, not unlike wireless networks and mobile devices in recent years.

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