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Public Sector Faces Insider Threats Too

Posted November 14, 2011    Peter McCalister

Good people do bad things in the public as well as the private sector. It doesn’t matter the type or industry of an organization when sensitive information networks are breached.

I was perusing recently and came upon an inset graph titled “By The Numbers” that stated “Accidental acts by employees and malicious software caused the greatest number of internal breaches with state organizations and more than 20 percent of state CIOs say they have had no internal breaches.” (based on a 2010 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study).

As you can see, 55% of the state CIOs have experienced “Accident Prone Annie” type breaches while 36%+ have seen “Disgruntled Dave” type breaches. What scares me (and my tax dollars at work) are the 21% who believe they have no internal breaches at all. Are they serious?

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Answering the age-old question, ‘What’s plugged into my network?’

Posted October 9, 2015    Alejandro DaCosta

“What’s plugged into my network?” is a question I hear frequently from security administrators. And, really, it’s no surprise why. No longer do we have to account just for the physical servers in our datacenters, workstations and a few network devices. Now we need to keep track of roaming laptops, dynamic virtual systems, off-site cloud deployments and BYOD.


Closing the Vulnerability Gap

Posted October 7, 2015    Brian Chappell

Managing vulnerabilities is a significant challenge for many organizations. The main difficulties with managing this manifest in two key areas. The first is that the list isn’t static. The second is priority.


Scottrade Breach: Identified by Federal Officials

Posted October 5, 2015    Morey Haber

Late afternoon on October 2nd, news leaked out of another large security breach, now at Scottrade. The identity count of records, in the millions again (4.6 million is the latest). This breach comes on the second day of national CyberSecurity month, the first being Experian/T-Mobile breach.