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  • Network security needs big data

    There are two types of organization now: those that have been breached, and those that just don't know it yet.

  • Getting your board's buy-in on cybersecurity

    High-profile data breaches continue to make news, and you can bet that your board of directors has noticed. Breaches can result in huge remediation costs, litigation and lost revenues resulting from a damaged reputation. Board members pay attention to those things.

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    Google's takedown policy: Celebrity nudes today, your right to know tomorrow?

    Google last week did something that is really hard to find objectionable: It said it deleted quite a few ("tens of thousands") nude pictures stolen from celebrities. But as with anything that involves such an influential company as Google, this move creates a precedent, and it's a dangerous one.

  • Three critical changes to PCI DSS 3.0 that every merchant should know

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • Restoring user freedom in the security-first enterprise

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • In iOS 8, Medical ID could be a life-saver

    Of all the new features in iOS 8, one hasn't gotten a lot of attention -- and it's the one feature that all iOS 8 users should at least consider.

  • ‘Can everyone hear me now?'

    Mobile threats have been with us for some time. Most organizations have done a fair job of protecting their important proprietary information, securing emails, encrypting on-board data and using mobile management tools to suppress data loss. All that has made a safer mobile world for many organizations, but certainly not foolproof.

  • Encrypted data in the cloud? Be sure to control your own keys

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  • The Fappening: iCloud users, beware!

    The event dubbed by the internet as "the Fappening" is the largest celebrity nude photo leak in history. Although information is still emerging as to how, why and who is at fault, don't blame Apple for this latest security disaster. Celebrity nudes are not new; I am sure that everyone remembers the controversy surrounding Paris Hilton -- and Pamela Anderson before her. What makes this different is how these photos were taken. The celebrities involved were quick to respond to the news in a variety of intriguing ways, including the following tweet from Mary E. Winstead:

  • How to avoid 10 common Active Directory mistakes

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • Evan Schuman: Google eyes the preteen set

    Kids say the darndest things -- and Google wants to know about and memorize each and every one of them. And not just what they say, but the sites they visit, the things they buy, the things they don't buy, the browsers they use and anything else it can suck up relating to the kids' computers, phones, networks and geolocation. Google just loves kids -- especially the part about how much retailers will pay for all of that information.

  • The trouble with trolls (and how to beat them)

    A vulnerable person. A sociopath or two on social media tormenting that person without consequence. That's trolling in a nutshell.

  • Security Manager's Journal: Peering behind the firewall

    The corporate firewall is like a dike keeping out a raging sea of malware. Where does it all come from?

  • OkCupid -- it's not me, its you

    Remember the controversy over Facebook's social experimentation, which showed how people's emotions could be toyed with by changing what they see online? Well, Facebook wasn't the only site playing with your heart. Dating site OkCupid has now acknowledged doing much the same thing. The mostly free dating service is being very open about how it manipulated members' online dating lives and offers a detailed explanation that amounts to a version of "Hey, everybody's doing it."

  • Career advice: A plan for battling organizational politics

    Premier 100 IT Leader Karen Sullivan also answers questions on the value of undergraduate degrees and MBAs.

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    Security Manager's Journal: A ransomware flop, thanks to security awareness

    People like to ask the security manager, "What keeps you up at night?" My usual answer: "Employees." And there's good reason. About 95% of the security incidents my department responds to are a result of an employee doing the wrong thing, whether it's clicking on an evil link within an email, installing a malicious program or sending a sensitive document outside the company.

  • Evan Schuman: The data dangers of free public Wi-Fi

    New York's plan to turn pay phones into free Wi-Fi stations could be a template for other cities, and bad news for IT departments trying to protect corporate data and intellectual property.

  • What to know after the latest patent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

    The Alice ruling clarifies patent-eligible software processes.

  • The hidden dangers of "good enough" authentication

    This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

  • Solidifying Microsoft Azure Security for SharePoint and SQL in the Cloud

    More and more organizations are moving SharePoint and SQL workloads into Microsoft Azure in the cloud because of the simplicity of spinning up servers in the cloud, adding more capacity, decreasing capacity without having to BUY servers on-premise. What used to cost organizations $20,000, $50,000, or more in purchasing servers, storage, network bandwidth, replica disaster recovery sites, etc and delay SharePoint and SQL rollouts by weeks or month is now completely managed by spinning up virtual machines up in Azure and customizing and configuring systems in the Cloud.