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What Is Your Security Canary?

At the turn of the 20th century, coal miners were in a tough spot – their livelihoods and the continued operation of their respective employers required work in dangerous conditions and where exposure to invisible toxic gasses killed large numbers of miners every year. Then, Scottish physiologist John Scott Haldane proposed the use of sentinel […]

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Ask a Security Pro: Encryption Explained

Over the last year I’ve led a multitude of security workshops aimed to educate entry-level WordPress users about website security. Some of the questions I regularly field in these workshops are related to the mechanics of SSL certificates, and their role in protecting website data from prying eyes. As you may know, the installation of […]

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Plugging the Gaps in Your Incident Response

‘It’s not the problem that matters: it’s how you deal with it’as the old saying goes.  So how well-prepared is your organization to respond to a cybersecurity incident such as an attack, data breach or unexpected outage? According to the 2016 SANS Incident Response Survey, 87% of organizations said they responded to at least once […]

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Dealer’s Choice… the value of a partner.

When most people hear or use the phrase “dealer’s choice,” they interpret it to mean that the person saying it is deferring entirely to the whims of the person to whom it’s being addressed. For example, two friends decide to go out for lunch. One asks where the other wishes to go. The deferred-to party replies “dealer’s choice,” relinquishing all decision-making power (without reservation or consequence) to the asker. It’s a simple English phrase … and it’s often misinterpreted.

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Isolation Technology

Imagine, just for a moment, that you ran a bank that every criminal in town desperately wanted to rob. How safe would you feel if your security guards’ strategy for stopping bank robbers was to try and recognize their faces after the bad guys were already inside the lobby and were standing next to the open vault door? At strategies go, it’s a pretty darned risky one … If you fail to spot a robber before he or she makes their move, then you’re in for some unpleasant drama.

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