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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

DFARS Made Easy

Posted by Brandon Blankenship on Nov 29, 2018 1:29:22 PM

The hot topic for contractors in the DoD supply chain these days is DFARS compliance. DFARS regulations increase our cybersecurity maturity as a country, to better protect ourselves from threats that can disrupt the DoD supply chain.

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Topics: DFARS, NIST

New NIST Framework for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Posted by Patrick Quinn on Aug 29, 2018 1:05:00 PM

Earlier this month, the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Small Business Cybersecurity Act became law. There are a few important things you should know about these new guidelines.

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Topics: cybersecurity plan, NIST, Small Business Cybersecurity Act

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