Reading between the lines of the US Homeland Security data breach

In January 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a data breach involving the personally identifiable information (PII) of 246,147 current and former DHS employees. The information included social security numbers, names, dates of birth, positions, pay grades, and work locations. Basically, a database of confidential human resources information. A former DHS employee […]

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Organisations must reconsider how they protect data

By Ted Pretty A new IDC Perspective entitled Is Data the New Endpoint(1) proposes that organisations need to change how they think, and instead view data itself as an endpoint to improve how it can be secured. The report states that: “Data is an asset that is increasing in value, created and stored in an […]

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Perimeter Security – A Cycle of Failure

The manner in which enterprises conduct business has changed drastically over the past two decades, but approaches to security have not. During the advent of e-commerce, businesses focused on network firewalls, system hardening and network intrusion detection systems to protect web servers from compromises or denial of service attacks. As businesses made this environment more […]

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We are all OPM: Securing Sensitive HR Data

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) “manages the civil service of the federal government, coordinates recruiting of new government employees, and manages their health insurance and retirement benefits programs.” They are effectively the world’s largest Human Resources department looking after some of the most sensitive personnel data. In June 2015, the OPM discovered the first […]

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