Breach Detection, Sony Entertainment and Vectra Networks…

Breach Detection, Sony Entertainment and Vectra Networks…

Working in information security for the past 20 years, I have seen a lot. Though there have been many multi-million dollar impact breaches, the recent Sony Pictures hack and subsequent data exposure and extortion is probably the most impactful to a company out of the previous breaches this year. Recent articles revealed that some employees thought that the hack was, “a long time coming,”[1] and stolen information that was released indicated “passwords were easy to find.”[2] There are other articles disclosing various technology issues and outages shortly before the information was released. Though blamed on employee carelessness and technology failure, these ...

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Allgress Insight Risk Management Suite Brings Flexibility and Functionality to IT-GRC

Allgress Insight Risk Management Suite Brings Flexibility and Functionality to IT-GRC

When I started out in security, only very large organizations with a mature set of business processes dared to talk about implementing some form of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) or enterprise program (e-GRC). They generally did it in an attempt to get ISO or similar certification, or to “move their programs to the next level,” and some, I think, attempted it just to prove they did it. Many of those efforts were monumental, costing millions of dollars and taking years to complete. However, a significant number seemed to end in compromise, yielding a smaller end result or totally failing ...

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Service Automation: Key for Maximizing IT and Business Efficiency

Service Automation: Key for Maximizing IT and Business Efficiency

The dual revolutions of consumerization and cloud have certainly caused much disruption within and around IT. And universally they have also increased the expectations of IT end users. IT-enabled workers and the lines of business they represent are looking for a fast response to new technology needs combined with high levels of service quality—all at a minimum cost. How is it possible for IT to accommodate such demands? Two themes that emerge from both EMA research and practitioner dialogue are “automation” and “service awareness.” Taking a service-centric approach to automation allows the IT organization to both accelerate delivery and improve the ...

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posted by John Myers   | February 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

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As Big Data initiatives mature into enterprise data sources supported by NoSQL products for analytics and operational systems, a clash of cultures is on the horizon (if not here already). Traditional IT implementations teams and their top-down programs rarely see eye to eye with the grass roots culture of NoSQL platform operators. But this divide...

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posted by    | February 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
“Too many tools!” That’s how IT managers feel. The systems needed just to run IT can cost millions to acquire and operate. Yet without appropriate tools, how can you run a service desk, IT operations center, or a project management office? Undoubtedly, it’s critical that your IT management tools approach be well thought out. You...

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One of the major themes that will stand out at RSA next week revolves around the trend I’ve been following closely over the last several months: the evolution of security centered on a data-driven approach.  There will be many opportunities for you to learn and benefit from this trend that is having an impact on...

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posted by John Myers   | February 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Informatica Goal: Maximize Return on Data The theme of last week’s Informatica Analyst Conference was utilizing the “secular megatrends” of information technology to energize data integration across organizations at an enterprise scale.  These megatrends, described as trends we can all agree upon, are the following: Cloud Computing Social Media Mobile Big Data Informatica’s message is...

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A combination of escalating healthcare costs and the desire to improve healthcare quality is driving both healthcare providers and payers to seek more innovative remedies to attack the problem.  Meanwhile, technological advances in natural language processing (NLP) and predictive analytics now offer relief to caregivers and administrators who have enormous amounts of potentially lifesaving patient...

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posted by Scott Crawford   | February 14, 2012 | 0 Comments
Happy Valentine’s Day, etc.  But enough chitchat. Herewith a short compendium of some of the articles and blogs about data-driven security I’ve been mentioning or have otherwise referenced recently – thought it would be worthwhile to pull these together into a single post. I’ll add to this list in future updates. We’ll begin with the...

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See Torsten’s guest blog at Parallels. Torsten will be attending Parallels Summit 2012 (February 14th-16th) in Orlando,...

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posted by John Myers   | February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

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If you look at the history of Big Data requirements (volume, velocity and variety), and the NoSQL platforms supporting those requirements, you see a history of organizations and development teams breaking the mold of traditional information technology (IT) programs. Instead of following the traditional IT methodologies to solve the Big Data issues, these teams pushed...

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posted by    | February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Here is my yearly prediction column, a bit delayed. Topic of the day is next generation IT management. (Not next generation IT; plenty of folks are covering that!) The tools market for IT service management is glutted. My friend Jan van Bon has been curating a list.ly list of “ITIL tools” that is now up...

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posted by Dennis Drogseth   | February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
On the one hand, many in the industry have begun todismiss the CMDB as well past its prime, at least in terms of industry hype and attention. For this rather significant population, the CMDB has evolved into a complex and demanding data store with tangible but difficult-to-justify benefits, with questionable relationships to cloud computing and...

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