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Last month the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) shared an opinion on the viability and security of cloud computing. In the four-page statement, the interagency body empowered to prescribe uniform principles, standards, stated that cloud computing is “another form of outsourcing with the same basic risk characteristics and risk management requirements as traditional forms of outsourcing.” What they are offering is a back-handed endorsement of cloud computing with the caveat that if you perform your due diligence and the solution passes the security smell test, there is no reason why a financial institution cannot enjoy the full scope of cloud based benefits. Like most other industries on the planet, banks, credit unions, investment brokerages, hedge funds, title and mortgage companies, credit card enterprises outsource certain parts of thei... (more)

Do You Want to Know What You Don’t Know?

In my experience there are two types of enterprise IT departments: those that maintain the status quo and those looking to continuously explore and improve. It is truly unfortunate how many fall into the former category.  But the problem with IT security is that it's an ever-evolving and moving target. So the decision to not dip your toe in the water and understand all available options could mean the difference between a panicked 3am call regarding a breach alert or a good night’s sleep. I realize this is an over generalization, and oftentimes the decision to “stay the course”... (more)

REACT to the Cloud: A Tale of Horror and Unified Security

Today's is a cautionary tale. One that you've probably heard before, but I promise a new spin on making sure it won't happen again. It's a true story. It recently happened to a colleague's friend's business. But it is not an isolated incident. Because the information is sensitive and the wounds still raw, I have changed the names to protect the innocent and the not-so-innocent. It was a dark and stormy night... Dan is the  CEO and CTO of a privately owned business that develops software tools to manage lease lifecycles and other financial information. His primary customer is com... (more)

Supporting CIO Strategies and Priorities from the Cloud

The biggest eye-opener in Gartner's recently-published study on the current agenda regarding the digital landscape for Chief Information Officers is that CIO’s recognize that cloud computing will not only be a significant part of the future, but that their own roles and behavior need to be updated to survive in the modern enterprise. “CIOs will have to develop new IT strategies and plans that go beyond the usual day-to-day maintenance of an enterprise IT infrastructure…. technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if CIOs adopt new roles and behaviors to find di... (more)

How Do You Eat a Network Security Elephant?

One byte at a time. Now before you roll your eyes at my stupid pun, consider the deeper wisdom to this IT twist on an very old adage. Security is big. It encompasses a great many definitions, confronts a great many issues and is addressed through a great many solutions using a great many formats. For many organizations, it can be an overwhelming proposition. Beyond the issues of data defense, regulatory compliance, traffic management, identity regulation, archiving, reporting, access control, intrusion detection, encryption, app administration, help desk assistance, there is the ... (more)