An analysis of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's understanding of cybersecurity leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, the U.S. federal government gets its first chief information security officer.
The first 100 days on the job can be daunting for security leaders as they work toward understanding the organization's posture, while at the same time defending it around the clock. Gartner's Tom Scholtz shares insights on meeting key milestones.
President Obama has named Gregory Touhill, a retired Air Force brigadier general, as the U.S. federal government's first CISO. But his tenure could be brief because the next president could replace him or do away with the new position.
The way the U.S. federal government funds information technology served as a major contributor to last year's breach of computers at the Office of Personnel Management that exposed 21.5 million records, says Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott.
Many organizations take months or years to discover they've been victimized by breaches because they lack experienced cybersecurity personnel, says employment researcher David Foote. The "maturing of the workforce" will take considerable time, he says in an interview.
Sam Lodhi, director at niche services firm IBRS, speaks about adapting biological cybernetics to help management understand information security risk better and how cybernetics can be applied to other verticals.
SWIFT screwed up. That's the takeaway from a new report into the Brussels-based cooperative, which alleges that the organization overlooked serious concerns relating to smaller banks' security and the risks they posed to the health of its entire network.
Vikrant Arora, CISO of NYC Health & Hospitals, offers the four most important questions a board must ask the CISO to get a good understanding of how the organization is addressing top cybersecurity concerns.
To facilitate faster decision-making, better cost control and increased transparency, many organizations now task a single executive to oversee all security, privacy and risk functions, says ADP's Roland Cloutier.
A new survey shows 82 percent of organizations around the world are struggling with a shortage of staff with cybersecurity skills. Training expert Simone Petrella analyzes the survey results and spotlights the skills needed now to fight emerging cyber threats.
CISOs face the continuing challenge of how to clearly communicate information security risk to the board and senior management. But now they can take advantage of a free metrics framework designed to help evaluate an organization's cybersecurity readiness. Phil Cracknell of ClubCISO describes the effort.
CISOs must be empowered to define the security architecture for smart cities. How? By securing endpoints of known and unknown device categories in the network, says David Dufour, head of security architecture for smart cities at Webroot.
The Asian security landscape continues to change dramatically, and ransomware and cyber extortion are among the emerging trends increasing in frequency and volume. Kaspersky Lab's Vitaly Kamluk shares insights and advice.
The release this week by the PCI Security Standards Council of a new PCI compliance resource for small merchants is being lauded by the banking and payments community. But how effective will the resource be at actually convincing merchants to move forward with PCI compliance?
The need for PCI-DSS compliance is being embraced in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, with adoption of PCI standards increasing dramatically over the last five years, says Dharshan Shanthamurthy, CEO of SISA Information Security, who shares insights about why PCI adoption is likely to continue to grow.