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Network Breached? Ask Yourself these Key Questions within the First 48 Hours

In an article for, Peter Cheney, the director of cybersecurity at independent global risk and strategic consulting firm Control Risks, has identified three essential questions that he believes enterprises must ask within the first 48 hours after a network breach:

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Cybersecurity’s Weakest Link? Employees

About 15 years ago, a game show took public humiliation to new heights (or depths, depending on one’s perspective) by branding unsuccessful contestants as the weakest link in the group. They were then ushered offstage to the tune of the most soul-crushing “goodbye” in television history by the host.

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Cyber Attacks Beating 54% of Organizations Says Survey

A survey of 500 IT decision-makers in UK enterprises (250+ employees) has revealed that 54% lack the knowledge and capacity required to thwart sophisticated cyber attacks.

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Malware Slips by Prevention-Based Security Software

An automated and independent malware testing service has taken a quick break from analyzing malware such as worms, information stealers, and rootkits so that it can crunch some numbers — and the news isn’t good for enterprises that rely exclusively on prevention-based security software packages.

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Cyber Security Staff Salaries are Booming

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, salaries for mid-level software engineers capable of helping enterprises thwart advanced malware and prevent data leaks are booming. Add the fact that many CSOs tasked with on-boarding new talent are hindered by strict salary caps, and the problem of recruiting and retaining cyber security staff has become even more intractable.

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Machine Learning: The Revolution of Possibilities

Data scientists, CISOs, entrepreneurs, and everyone else who wants a snapshot of the promise and potential of machine learning should check out the stirring talk delivered by Jeremy Howard at TEDxBrussels.

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Cyber Security Skills Shortage Growing: Schools Rush to Fill Massive Gap

As reported by The Tampa Tribune, colleges across Florida are racing to create the next generation of cyber security professionals who have the required knowledge to fight back against today’s increasingly sophisticated and well-funded bad actors. For example:

  -The University of South Florida has launched the Florida Cybersecurity Center, which functions as a hub to share knowledge, resources, and training among the state’s dozen public universities.

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Data Breach Costs Rise 23%

The Ponemon Institute’s new “2014 Global Report on the Cost of Cyber Crime” is confirming what many CISOs and other network security professionals have been saying for months: data breach costs are on the rise.

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SECURITY INFOGRAPHIC: Why the US Needs More Cyber Security Professionals

In a blog post published in back in May, my colleague Doug McLean wrote that an enterprise’s attempt to find experienced, knowledgeable, and (reasonably) affordable Security Analysts these days is no longer a traditional human resource effort, but more like “searching for unicorns”.

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