Senator Pushes for Federal Cyber Security Progress

March 11, 2011 Added by:Headlines

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is turning up the heat on the Obama administration to follow through on a comprehensive federal cyber security overhaul. During a Senate hearing this week, Whitehouse pressed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for updates on the administration's position...

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The Psychology of 'Secure Code': A Tale of 2 Dev Shops

March 10, 2011 Added by:Rafal Los

Security generally slows down development, adds cost, and increases test time, so it is not seen as a general practice. In fact, the dedicated dev house has an incentive not to have security as a core requirement. Why? Simple - they want to churn out code/projects faster...

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ISA Endorses Civil Liberties Cybersecurity Document

March 07, 2011 Added by:Marjorie Morgan

"When it comes to enhancing our nation’s cyber security we understand that the devil is in the details. That’s why we have worked over the past six months to hammer out very specific policy positions... in a way that protects our national security, our economy and our civil liberties..."

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Information Security Policies and Procedures Part 1

March 04, 2011 Added by:Alex Hamerstone

It is important to note that certain policies may be confidential according to an asset classification program. A Network Security Policy delineating requirements for protections such as connection restrictions or intrusion protection and detection may be valuable for an attacker...

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Developer Psychology - The Infinite Feedback Loop

March 02, 2011 Added by:Rafal Los

Developers are having issues understanding us as Infosec people. We need to be less alarmist, and more sensitive to their time lines and goals, and we also need to be able to speak "developer", which means not sending over huge reports with thousands of pages of vulnerabilities...

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Building Out a Security Skills Matrix

February 24, 2011 Added by:Brad Bemis

As the manager of a security operations team, I needed a way to track the current skills/knowledge levels of my team, and its progress over time. That’s what this matrix did for me – and it could do the same for you to – IF you’re willing to take the time to build one that is...

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Changing Infosec Perceptions by Being 'Nice'

February 22, 2011 Added by:Brad Bemis

Pardon my language, but in my experience you don’t have to be a prick to be an effective security professional – in fact, being a prick is counterproductive in almost every way imaginable. Being nice however, will serve you in ways that I can’t even begin to explain...

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Digital Forensics and E-Discovery on OpenVMS

February 21, 2011 Added by:Robert Gezelter

OpenVMS system managers need to develop the plans, processes, and procedures to respond to legal process requests. Correctly dealing with these requests minimizes the impact on production systems. Failure to address these situations can expose the organization to significant liability...

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Shoring Up National Cyber Security Infrastructure

February 21, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Corporations and government agencies are legally required to secure their systems. But no such standards exist for the consumer. No laws require you to take a single step for the sake of your own security. Software vendors should certainly be held accountable if their products aren’t secure...

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Managing the Infosec Investigative Function

February 13, 2011 Added by:Kurt Aubuchon

Conducting effective investigations requires specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is not necessarily the case that the Infosec analyst who can manage a tight network perimeter can also conduct a good investigation. Investigations are risky and politically sensitive affairs...

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Security Risks: Betting With Other People's Money

February 11, 2011 Added by:Rafal Los

The company made a conscious decision, at the board level to stick its head in the sand. After doing some complex mathematical calculations and figuring out what a full-scale Software Security Assurance program would cost versus what it costs to pay fines and lawyers, they've decided on the latter...

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Policies: What I Learned From Being a “Dummy”

February 10, 2011 Added by:Brad Bemis

I wonder what the world would be like if we wrote our policies and supporting documentation in a for-dummies-like format. Why? Because right now the common security policy fits the same bill that all those stuffy, confusing, technical references once did – and they simply don’t work...

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Colliding Worlds: Pervasive Connectivity and Social Media

February 10, 2011 Added by:Robert Gezelter

The societal landscape has been altered by pervasive connectivity and the availability of information. Our practices must be revised to reflect this new landscape. The pervasiveness of wireless communications has reached the threshold where the integrity of jury trials is at risk...

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Senator Proposes New Cybersecurity Legislation

February 10, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"Cyber-threats are not on the horizon, they are upon us. Businesses and investors must trust that their investments are secure. We cannot allow security breaches to undermine our trust in the U.S. economy," said Senator Menendez...

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Employee Privacy Enjoys Gains in the U.S.

January 22, 2011 Added by:David Navetta

2010 arguably was a breakout year for consumer privacy, but the year also brought about significant changes to employee privacy. Federal and state court decisions, state legislation and agency actions suggest that the U.S. may be moving towards a greater level of privacy protection for employees...

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Tips for Taking Charge of a SysAdmin Team

January 16, 2011 Added by:Jamie Adams

When I enter the organization, I don't immediately request access to the systems but rather I begin going over architectural diagrams, operational procedures, and peering over the shoulders of the system administrators. If the aforementioned documents are not present, then we have a problem...

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