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One of the dirty little secrets about security: there is simply no way to make your company impervious to a data breach. It's almost a statistical certainty that you will, at some point or another, be hit with a security scenario that you're not prepared for. That's why security today is as much about damage control as it is about breach avoidance. Consider the following: Most breaches aren't that hard to execute Attacks on corporate networks and data occur at alarming frequency. You might think that's because attackers have become more sophisticated, but that's not necessarily the case. In fact, the most recent Verizon Security Breach study suggests a hacker with fairly rudimentary skills could've pulled off the majority of attacks in 2012. And these attacks aren't isolated to large banks and government entities - they're pervasive across all industries. The bottom... (more)

Ten Songs that Should've Been Encrypted...

The Austin City Limits Music Festival kicks off this afternoon, featuring great bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Roots and Black Keys. Our offices are only a few blocks north of the festival, so I'm heading down to the park as soon as I wrap up for the day. While most of the bands playing in Austin this weekend are at the top of their respective games, there are plenty of artists that have released some songs that I'm sure they'd like to take back. In fact, I bet if they could delete these songs from their collective memories, and ours, they'd do it in a sec... (more)

An Open Letter to President Obama about Securing Healthcare.gov

The following letter was sent to President Obama today by Gazzang CEO Larry Warnock: Dear Mr. President, My name is Larry Warnock, and I'm the CEO of Gazzang, a data security software company based in Austin, Texas. Our headquarters are actually right across the street from the Capital Factory which you visited this past May. I recognize that the healthcare.gov launch hasn't exactly met expectations, and yesterday's news about potential security flaws doesn't make rolling this out to the American people any easier. But what struck me is that the choices you and the Department of... (more)

The NSA Can't Stifle Cloud Momentum

InfoWorld's been doing a bang-up job covering the NSA spying scandal from the get go, and this blog from David Linthicum titled, “Let the NSA spy on us - We’re still moving to the cloud,” continues the trend. The Cliff's notes: In an IDG News survey, high-ranking IT executives in North America and Europe were asked about the effect the NSA snooping practices have had on their cloud computing strategy. Despite the furor over the NSA, these leaders are still committed to the cloud. Linthicum talks about the dollars and cents, that efficiency and agility benefits that the cloud pro... (more)

Layered Security Is Key to Avoiding Heartbleed

While organizations spend the next few days and weeks patching OpenSSL vulnerabilities, the realization is setting in that we may never know the full extent of the damage caused by Heartbleed. Although Heartbleed was only announced in early April, it has actually been present in OpenSSL versions dating back to March 2012. This means hackers have had ample time to steal certificates and other sensitive information. Making matters worse, it's nearly impossible for companies to know whether their web communications have indeed been compromised. What exactly is being exposed? When e... (more)