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5/15/2014
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Retail Breaches Bolster Interest In NIST Cyber Security Advice

Target data breach highlighted risks in corporate supply chains, and companies are looking to government guidelines for ways to shore up cyber defense, says White House.

White House National Security Council Advisor Ari Schwartz and US Deputy CIO Lisa Schlosser at FOSE conference
White House National Security Council Advisor Ari Schwartz and US Deputy CIO Lisa Schlosser at FOSE conference

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asksqn
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asksqn,
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6/10/2014 | 5:00:11 AM
Security isn't brain surgery
Curiously enough, NIST doesn't actually specify obvious practices, like say, oh, hiring an Information Security Officer. Following are some pertinent numbers (excerpted from Krebs on Security) of the Target breach that have nothing whatsoever to do with having to read about it in NIST.

If the US had a government that paid any kind of attention to consumer data breaches instead of enabling industry to get away with shoddy/non-existent security practices, we wouldn't need a NIST bulletin to drop an anvil on the heads of executive bobbleheads too cheap to pay a head IS employee. 

<excerpt Target Breach by the Numbers>

0 – The number of customer cards that Chip-and-PIN-enabled terminals would have been able to stop the bad guys from stealing had Target put the technology in place prior to the breach (without end-to-end encryption of card data, the card numbers and expiration dates can still be stolen and used in online transactions).

0 - The number of people in Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or Chief Security Officer (CSO) jobs at Target (according to the AP).
pfretty
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5/24/2014 | 8:34:19 AM
Not the answer
Government guidelines may help with some consistency, but that is not the answer.  Hack sophistication is on the rise as demonstrated in the HP Ponemon Cost of Cyber Crime report.  The only way to buck the trend is to increase awareness, invest in governance and get involved at a level beyond just the government and security division.  

Peter Fretty
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JaCa,
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5/19/2014 | 12:19:43 PM
http://bit.ly/1c0f35M
Interesting article. The threat from hackers are ever increasing and its good to learn that the government has made recommendations to put in place a security framework that will help reduce security breaches and data loss.I work for McGladrey and there's a whitepaper on our website that offers good information on the above topic that readers will find interesting @  http://bit.ly/1c0f35M
WKash
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5/15/2014 | 6:25:27 PM
Next niche
White House cybersecurity adviser Ari Schwartz is a straight shooter, but he does work for the White House, so when he shared that companies are rolling out products to help companies implement some of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework practices, I was a little skeptical -- until I got my first pitch this week from for big consulting company offering to interview their folks about their newest product/consulting offering: aimed at helping companies incorporate the NIST Cyber framework into their operations.  A new niche is born.

 
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