The Business of Security

More and more devices are being Internet-enabled daily. To securely drive an organization’s digital strategy, CISOs need to better understand business and new technologies across groups within the enterprise. It is critical to learn how to create value from their data, and understand technical capabilities for the whole business, not just in the IT domain,…

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Security: It’s Not the Speed that Kills

My friend Randy Marchany tweeted a link to an article “Millennials Value Speed Over Security, Says Survey”  that started me thinking about the apparent conflict between speed and security.  If you google “Agile software development,” you will see a Wikipedia page, which extensively covers the topic. “Agile software development is a set of principles for software development in…

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It’s the Data, Stupid

I was looking at Facebook the other day (yes, I know – a security guy that uses Facebook – just wait until you have grandkids and a scary message appeared at the top of the page. It was the 39 year anniversary of my employment at Columbia University. I have been working in IT for 39…

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“The Internet of Cows”

Glenn Fink, a security researcher at Pacific Northwest Labs, did a presentation called the “Internet of Cows” at a recent IEEE conference where he showed how dairy farming has become an automated, internet accessible business process. He took the discussion one step further by saying that cows make great human surrogates in the privacy debates surrounding IoT. He…

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Behavioral Authentication: Your New Best Friend

Who knows you better than your smart phone? Your family? Maybe. Your colleagues? Perhaps. Your dog? Almost certainly—but that could change very soon. For many of us, our phones and other devices—smart watches, tablets, laptops—are privy to our deepest secrets. Our devices may know, via the alarm we set, when we get up in the…

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