ProCircular Information Security Experts Corner

Cybersecurity: Real vs. Checking the Box

Posted by Brandon Blankenship on Feb 28, 2019 3:38:00 PM

The reason we wear our seat belts is not to avoid getting a ticket from the police, but rather to avoid a potential injury in a car accident. This analogy is an easy way to describe the difference between box-checking security and real security, and it's instantly understood regardless of technical knowledge. This message resonates with executives, because they typically prefer to “get to the point” and correctly protecting their data is “the point” of cybersecurity.

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Topics: HIPAA, Information Security, consumer security, Data Security, Data Protection, Vulnerability Assessment, it risk assessment, DFARS, cybersecurity plan, NIST

Let your Risk Register be your Guide

Posted by Brandon Blankenship on Jan 30, 2019 12:46:00 PM

“What are the top 7 things you can do to protect your business from hackers?”  Have you ever read a list like that on the internet? In the cybersecurity realm, they’re everywhere. I’ve even assembled and presented one of those lists to a group of business owners myself. They tend to point out things like user awareness training, patching and passwords.  All noble things to get your arms around, of course, but are they useful to a client?  Sometimes I feel as though those lists, as true as they are, are about as useful as telling a football team to “score touchdowns”, or “guard the quarterback.” Yeah, I know that scoring touchdowns is good… but how? 

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Topics: Cybersecurity, HIPAA, DDOS, it risk assessment, cybersecurity plan, NIST

WannaCry: Solutions to the Latest Ransomware Challenge

Posted by Aaron R. Warner on May 15, 2017 7:56:20 AM

 

The WannaCry (aka wCry or WannaCrypt) ransomware is making its way across the world, and there are several variants on their way to the united states. The original version of the ransomware behaves much like the Locky or other mainstay threats – it encrypts your data with military-grade encryption tech, starts a timer, and provides you with a place that you can pay to get a key which allows you to decrypt your valuable data.
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Topics: Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Incident Rsponse, Incident Response, it risk assessment, healthcare

Cybersecurity Insurance for C-Level Executives

Posted by Solomon Smith on Apr 10, 2017 11:54:55 AM

For any business leader or CIO, navigating the world of cybersecurity insurance can be very complicated. It seems as if there are often more questions than answers, it can be difficult to know who you need to speak to in order to get what you need. This article will attempt to provide some direction, point out a few of the pitfalls, and help you to ask the right questions within your organization.


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Topics: Cybersecurity, cybersecurity insurance, insurance, it risk assessment

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