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Cyber Security Trend Week in Review: Wi-Fi Bans, Avoiding Hazards, Detecting APTs

April 23, 2016

The Cyber Security Trend Community had some interesting insights and advice this past week that should more than peak reader interest.  In fact, we were fortunate to have several recognized security professionals share their perspectives on the present and future of detecting and preventing cyber attacks of all types. They provide plenty of food for thought.

We happen to be in the middle of report season and one of the more interesting ones came from iPass, one of the world’s largest providers of access to trusted Wi-Fi. It examines the vulnerabilities of connecting to free public Wi-Fi hotspots, and why most organizations are so concerned about the threats unprotected remote worker access to them has resulted in them being banned for corporate use.  Indeed, the reasons laid out should serve to a warning to us all in our personal modes that precautions need to be taken when we are out an about because a heavy price could be paid for using free Wi-Fi. 

Special guest contributor Guy Guzner, founder and CEO of cyber security provider Fireglass, has a fascinating piece, The Good, The Bad and Why Deciphering Between the Two Doesn't Really Matter, which says we move away from the good vs. bad security solutions paradigm and move toward an isolation strategy.

Even if you are not a golfer, and were not interested in the recently concluded Masters Tournament, the first of the four “majors,” the advice from special guest contributor Gerry Grealish, Product and Marketing Executive, Blue Coat Systems, should resonate.  Grealish provides nine-point list of hazards that IT security professionals should consider. Most may strike readers as common sense, but as numerous studies have shown, many are not implemented yet need to be to improve any organization’s security posture.  

 The last item is comes also from a special guest contributor, Guy Caspi, CEO, Deep Instinct in his piece,  Combating Evolving Cyber Threats with an Artificial Brain. For those unfamiliar, deep learning is an emerging branch of artificial intelligence that is inspired by the brain’s ability to learn to identify an object, turning its identification into second nature.  Like our brain deep learning feeds raw data through a deep neural network that enables the technology learning on its own to identify the object on which it is trained. In short, as Caspi believes, it is the next logical step to detecting and ultimately preventing a host of cyber attacks early and often.

Weekend Reading

If you have time this weekend, the Cyber Security Trend home page has links to valuable resources. This includes white papers and profiles for of certifications that can help you keep up with the bad guys and advance your career.  Two resources I recommend are, Creating a Culture of Security Whitepaper and The Rise of the Cloud Security Professional Whitepaper

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