5 tips to protect your business against cyber crime

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With 30,000 companies hacked every day, it’s no wonder cyber crime is ranked one of the top five risks facing businesses this year, according to the 2015 Allianz Risk Barometer report. It’s also the top emerging risk for the next five years. (See more about the other top risks facing…


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Email security and spear phishing secrets of an ex-hacker

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The role of the chief information security officer (CISO) is evolving and expanding every day. What was once considered a side role of the CIO or the admin-focused CSO (who babysat firewalls and such), the CISO today has a much larger responsibility to ensure two key things take place in…


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Visa and FireEye Join Forces to Help Merchants, Financial Institutions Defend Against Targeted Attacks on Consumer Payment Data

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Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) and FireEye, Inc. (FEYE) today announced their intention to co-develop tools and services to help merchants and issuers protect against advanced cyber attacks targeting payment data. The first of its kind Visa and FireEye Community Threat Intelligence (CTI) offering will bring together threat information from both companies,…


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Career Spotlight: What I Do as an “Ethical Hacker”

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You occasionally hear about major security vulnerabilities being discovered before they’re exploited, like the notorious Heartbleed bug last year. Security researchers work hard to weed out those dangerous flaws before they’re found by hackers of more malicious intent. This breed of preemptive hacking is sometimes referred to as white hat,…


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International President: War of the words

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Body: Baseball. Sunshine. Welcome. Do those words ring a bell? They might, if you are among those using lazy passwords to protect yourself online. In October 2012 SplashData, which produces password-management apps, released its annual “Worst Passwords” list, a compilation of the (ostensibly) secret words most commonly cracked by hackers….


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BYOD: The march of consumerization

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Body: Consumerize (v): to make (goods or a product) suitable or available for mass consumption; to encourage or foster the widespread consumption of (goods or a product). The inexorable—and accelerating—march of computing in the business environment; from enterprise-class mainframes to low-cost PCs and servers to the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement; threatens…


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Milestone CISA

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Body: As ISACA celebrates the 35th anniversary of the CISA certification this year, we congratulate each and every professional who has achieved this distinction. And as ISACA recently certified the 100,000th CISA since the designation’s inception in 1978, we take this moment to profile one of the newest to achieve…


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Meet Your Board Members: Ramsés Gallego

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Body: Today’s ISACA Now post profiles ISACA International Vice President Ramsés Gallego, CISM, CGEIT, CISSP, SCPM, Six Sigma Black Belt, who in 2012 was named security strategist and evangelist for Quest Software, a Dell company. Ramsés has served on ISACA’s Guidance and Practices Committee, and the CISM and CGEIT Certification…


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CISA at 35—A recruiter’s perspective

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Body: I have been recruiting exclusively in the IT/audit world for about 20 years, and I have watched the evolution of the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification with great interest. I believe there were about 25,000 CISAs in 2001—the fact that it has quadrupled in just over a decade…


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Case study on using COBIT 5 for strategy implementation

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Body: On a couple of previous occasions I have written about the fact that ISACA is using COBIT 5 and COBIT 5 Implementation to formalize and guide implementation of Strategy 2022 (S22). It has been enlightening to use COBIT’s business-oriented principles to govern and manage a non-IT project. Certainly, some…


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Meet Your Board Members: Krysten McCabe

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Body: Today’s ISACA Now post profiles Krysten McCabe, CISA, a director on ISACA’s board. Krysten is also a senior manager in the Assurance and Advisory Management Program at The Home Depot and a member of ISACA’s Audit and Finance Committees. ISACA: Describe your professional background. Krysten: I was an IT…


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Advanced, persistent and tough—the new world of threats

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Body: Advanced persistent threats—commonly known as APTs—are a new class of threats that concern security professionals around the world due to their unique properties. Unlike website defacement for communicating a message or identity theft for financial gain, APTs are designed to “fly under the radar” and exfiltrate information for as…


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The art of the snake-oil salesman

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Body: If you are an information security professional who is anything like me, you are probably happiest sitting at your desk writing policies, evaluating controls and studying for the next exam. However, as the world changes, we must adapt and change with it. And part of that change includes increased…


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International President: Our industry shining in the spotlight

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Body: Have you seen the news lately? Our industry has been in the spotlight recently, and the messages—for IT professionals, at least—have been good ones. This from the 1 February Chicago Tribune: “The [US] Federal Trade Commission called on the fast-growing mobile device marketplace to do a better job of…


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Cut through the fog of cloud computing

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Body: Is cloud computing marketing hype, a reality or a bit of both? More than 40 years after singer Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” was written, the lyrics “It’s cloud illusions I recall, I really don’t know clouds at all” aptly capture a lot of the confusion about cloud computing…


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How auditors can prepare for PS Prep certification

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Body: PS Prep Certification is an outcome of US legislation enacted to increase the preparedness of the private sector. It is a partnership between the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the private sector, and enables private entities to receive emergency preparedness…


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With a little help from my friends

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Body: I recently came across a notice that an Israeli-based immigration agency had published an Internet vilification on their customer-directed wall. The agency listed all the materials they possessed in an effort to show that this attack was triggered by a competitive agency. Their evidence included court protocols, apology letters…


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Shallow questions or deep pools? Thoughts on the new hiring process

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Body: We are all familiar with the job-change process, either as a candidate or a hiring manager. Most companies still use traditional methods of creating candidate pools. The position is posted on the organization’s career site and on job boards. The human-resources department sources potential candidates, searches job boards and…


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10 privacy resolutions for 2013

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Body: With the rise of big data come big challenges, including how to deal with increasingly challenging privacy issues. To help protect information, which has become the currency of the 21st century, here are10 resolutions for your enterprise to adopt in 2013: 1.     Assign someone to be responsible for your…


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The global implications of a breach in South Carolina

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Body: Late last year, data thieves stole millions of South Carolinians’ Social Security numbers from the state’s Department of Revenue. The crime generated massive media coverage and prompted discussions among experts in the world of information security. One such expert, ISACA International Vice President Ramsés Gallego, discussed the incident and…


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