“The firewall is dead”, “Data is the new perimeter”, “Cloud will make the firewall obsolete” – these are just some of the quotes you hear now and again within the information security community. But I would like to counter them with a quote adapted from (renowned cybersecurity expert) Mark Twain – “The reports of the…Read More
Last week brought me and 40,000 of my best friends together for the annual RSA Conference. As always, RSAC is a good barometer of what’s going on in the security industry. Here are some of my key takeaways. Cybersecurity Talent Shortage Makes the Keynote – I have been talking and writing a lot about the…Read More
Moving security operations away from your security team? This may sound counterintuitive, but it’s something that we see happening more and more. Escalating security requirements, the growing risks of breaches and outages, and the shortage of skilled and experienced security staff is forcing businesses to find new ways to make more efficient use of their…Read More
By now, you have probably heard about the malicious code that was discovered in Juniper’s Netscreen ScreenOS. This serious vulnerability which could enable attackers to take complete control of Juniper NetScreen firewalls running the affected software made headline news, and for good reason. Naturally, the first thing you should do is check to see if…Read More
I was talking recently with one of our sales engineers, and he mentioned that customers often tell him about the security management pain points they experience, which they are seeking to cure. But when they actually describe those pain points in detail – such as ‘I have too many firewall rules,’ or ‘I failed an…Read More
Despite the media hype, the biggest threats to your enterprise data assets are actually from the same old threats that we were worried about last year, five years ago, and in many cases even a decade ago. Only a handful of attacks truly use sophisticated “Mission Impossible” techniques, so the shiny new tools may do more harm than good at protecting your organization. So before investing in new tools, here are 10 security best practices to help protect your organization with the techniques and technologies you likely already have in place. These best practices should be common knowledge, but unfortunately they are hardly common practice.
No matter how you slice it, creating a security professional with 10 years of experience takes, well, 10 years. Here are six suggestions for doing more with less.
In this post we’ll cover the worst practice of “Uncoordinated Policy Management” which Gartner also nicely referred to as “firewall roach motel — rules go in, but they don’t come out“. Helping organizations improve security policy management is obviously at the heart of what we do here at AlgoSec.
While you’re standing on the ramparts of your enterprise perimeter, scanning for bad guys, there may well be a threat right in your blind spot: Insiders. Maybe it’s someone truly malicious, like a spy. Maybe it’s someone pilfering for profit, the modern equivalent of someone stealing office supplies. Either way, the threat from trusted insiders…Read More
I am a big advocate of examining solutions from both a processes and a tools perspective. Although AlgoSec is a software provider, I am the first to acknowledge that a good tool will not fix a bad process. On the flip side, a good process which can’t be enforced will not go very far either. This blog post examines what you can do from a process perspective to address organizational misalignment.
Welcome to the fourth blog in our special series, Mitigating Gartner’s Network Security Worst Practices. In this post we’ll cover the worst practice of “Insufficient Focus on Users and Business Requirements” which Gartner also fondly calls “That’s what our policy says”. According to research, “Security projects that are owned exclusively within the security team face…Read More
In this blog we’ll cover “The Culture of No”. According to research by Gartner, “Many Gartner clients make statements along the lines of “those IT folks prevent us from doing our jobs.” They specifically cite that security departments implement policy and controls without regard for business function.” Does this sound familiar?