RSA set the tone for its Singapore conference with President Rohit Ghai establishing the importance of precision advantage in the context of the escalating threat landscape. However, the key question is: Are security practitioners resonating with the idea of learning the lessons to bring the change?
Security practitioners need to look at security from a business risk perspective and protect what matters most to the organization, says Rajnish Gupta, RSA's country head, India and SAARC, who explains how business-driven security works.
The source code for the Mirai botnet has been updated to launch DDoS amplification/reflection attacks, although so far that capability hasn't been used, says Gary at Arbor Networks. Even so, DDoS defense planning remains essential.
When it comes to massive DDoS attacks powered by the likes of a Mirai botnet, "the sky is not falling," says ESET security researcher Cameron Camp. But organizations do need to prepare - and here's where to start.
To meet the increasing customer demands for effective solutions, security vendors must ensure their products work together well, says Dr. Mike Lloyd of RedSeal. This is particularly essential to achieving "digital resilience," the ability to promptly detect and respond to network intrusions, he says.
With Verizon's data breach investigations team finding that 90 percent of breaches trace to a phishing or other social engineering attack, lead investigator Chris Novak says that using multifactor authentication should be a no-brainer for all organizations.
When trying to detect which security events are malicious, analysts have long battled signal-to-noise problems. LogRhythm's James Carder describes how behavioral analytics, case management, security automation and threat intelligence can help.
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which will be enforced beginning in May 2018, will affect organizations throughout the world because it applies to any company that handles Europeans' personal data, says Fred Kost of HyTrust.
Déjà vu "smart toy" information security fail: Spiral Toys, maker of internet-connected CloudPets, is under fire for exposing 821,000 user records online - now being ransomed - as well as links to 2.2 million parents' and children's voice recordings.
Paid breach notification site LeakedSource has disappeared. Given the site's business model - selling access to stolen credentials to any potential buyer - breach notification expert Troy Hunt says the site's demise is no surprise.