Cybersecurity Poverty Index

Hackers Hunt for Healthcare Records

What’s the difference between data theft from a bank account versus a healthcare record? For starters, think of theft from a bank account as the equivalent of a single withdrawal; one and done. Sooner than later it’s discovered, a new account number is issued and, as a hacker, you’re effectively cut off. When it comes…

Cybersecurity’s Poverty Gap

As we pass the halfway point of 2016, the United States Presidential election process is in full swing. Candidates continue to make the case for why their worldview is in the best interests of the nation. Perhaps no other topic polarizes the candidates and receives more prominence in this context than wealth inequality. Within cybersecurity,…

Beginning the Journey to Cybersecurity Maturity

RSA just released results of our second annual RSA Cybersecurity Poverty Index. We’re really excited about the results, but it may not be for the reasons you think. We’re excited because of the number of respondents (more than double the 2015 Index), the breadth of industries and governments represented, and the amount of time organizations…

Is Canada really better at Cyber?

The 2016 Cyber Readiness Study of Canadian Organizations was published today by Scalar Decisions, a solution provider based in Toronto, and RSA partner.  Scalar was recently rated #1 for Security among Information Communications and Technology companies in Canada by The Branham Group. When we compare the results of the second annual Scalar Security Study with…

How Security Poor Are We?

We at RSA recently released the results of our NIST CSF inspired Cybersecurity Poverty Index. In some ways the results weren’t surprising and in other ways they were. What wasn’t surprising, although certainly depressing, was the overall result that nearly 75% of survey respondents reported that their organizations lacked the level of maturity (using the…

The On-going Threat of Social Engineering

I spoke recently at a meeting of the Dublin, Ireland chapter of ISACA about the continued (and increasing) use of social engineering in cyberattacks discussed in several recent reports, including the joint report by ISACA and RSA that documents the results of a survey of cybersecurity professionals, conducted in the first quarter of 2015. Those…

RSA’s Cybersecurity Poverty Index Indicates Organizations Worldwide Need a ‘New Deal’ for IT Security

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word ‘Cybersecurity’ was first used in 1989. For the past 26 years, cybersecurity teams in governments, and organizations of all kinds in the private sector, have been engaged against determined adversaries. As the war drags on, one clear trend is emerging: we’re losing many battles for lack of…