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Whitepaper: Best Practices in Creating High Level Application Security

by SafeNetJan 01, 2008

According to the Second Annual Business Software Alliance (BSA) and IDC Global Software Piracy Study, thirty-five percent of the software installed on personal computers worldwide was pirated, representing a loss of nearly $33 billion in 2004. Software piracy continues to be a growing epidemic. This paper from SafeNet examines prevalent hacking tactics and the means for effectively battling them. The paper also addresses best practices for implementing security to realize the full potential of available solutions.


Whitepaper: A Strategic Approach to Enterprise Key Management

by SafeNetJul 22, 2008

As enterprises continue to invest in data protection technologies and processes, it is evident that managing all of the keys and policies associated with sensitive information is becoming more onerous. Data encryption for the purpose of protecting information is being used in addition to traditional transport security technologies. Legislative and compliance requirements also continue to shape the way that customer and employee information is managed. Learn more about the business drivers for enterprise encryption and key management, as well as data protection best practices and approaches that can be employed.


Whitepaper: A Strategic Approach to Enterprise Key Management

by SafeNetJul 22, 2008

As enterprises continue to invest in data protection technologies and processes, it is evident that managing all of the keys and policies associated with sensitive information is becoming more onerous. Data encryption for the purpose of protecting information is being used in addition to traditional transport security technologies. Legislative and compliance requirements also continue to shape the way that customer and employee information is managed. FInd out the business drivers for enterprise encryption and key management, plus data protection best practices and approaches that can be employed.


Whitepaper: Understanding Man in the Browser Attacks and Addressing the Problem

by SafeNetMay 20, 2010

�The losses attributed to financial fraud are alarming. The financial services industry has become a primary target of cyber attacks on a global scale and, in 2009 alone, suffered losses totaling $54 billion - an increase from $48 billion in 2008. Of equally grave concern to financial services institutions is the damage cybercrime can cause to reputation, along with customer churn, both of which can have a significant impact, and possibly devastating, effect to revenue.

While all types of cybercrime have been on the rise, there has been a sharp increase in financial fraud resulting from computers infected with malware. Malware typically targets desktop computers and relies on social engineering to induce unsuspecting home users to download and install malicious code on their computers.

One of the most dangerous types of malware for online banking and financial services are Man-in-the-Browser attacks. A Man-in-the- Browser attack occurs when malicious code infects an Internet browser. The code modifies actions performed by the computer user and, in some cases, is able to initiate actions independently of the user. When a user logs onto their bank account, using an infected Internet browser is enough to trigger illicit transactions that result in online theft.

This paper reviews Man-in-the-Browser attacks and discusses which security measures should be employed to prevent them.


Whitepaper: Charting Your Path to Enterprise Key Management

by SafeNetAug 10, 2010

Steps to Take Today for a More Efficient, Secure Key Infrastructure

The increasingly prevalent use of data protection mechanisms in today�s enterprises has posed significant implications. Enterprises today need to balance several equally critical business mandates:

Strengthen security. Businesses need to enhance data security to minimize the risk of loss or breach of sensitive, personally identifiable information of patients, customers, or employees. Companies must also protect intellectual property, such as legal records, files and correspondence associated with mergers and acquisitions, trademarked digital media, and much more.

Ensure regulatory compliance. It is incumbent upon organizations to comply with all relevant regulations, whether that means organizations following regional privacy and breach notification rules, including U.S. state laws and the E.U. data protection directive; retailers adhering to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS); financial organizations complying with Sarbanes- Oxley; or healthcare organizations meeting standards set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Manage costs and leverage investments. In an uncertain, tough economic climate, costs need to be managed closely, and businesses need to wring maximum value out of their investments. Protecting, managing, and leveraging a heterogeneous environment requires a combination of integration flexibility and interoperability through open standards.

This paper looks at the past, present, and future of key management, revealing how emerging trends and approaches will ultimately enable enterprises to optimize both efficiency and security in the management of key materials.


Whitepaper: Reducing PCI Compliance Costs and Effort with SafeNet Transparent Tokenization

by SafeNetAug 10, 2010

�How good is good enough? For companies regulated by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS), the question remains, even after a successfully completed audit. The very next day a new system may be installed, a new threat discovered, a new user added, a new patch released. If an audit is passed and a breach occurs, the impact would still potentially be devastating.

Business and security leaders must constantly strive to find a balance, weighing budget allocations, staffing, new investments, and ongoing costs vs. security objectives. Given that, it is incumbent upon security teams to refine their approaches in order to maximize efficiency while they maximize security. That�s why many organizations have looked to tokenization.

Tokenization is gaining increased adoption in a range of organizations and industries. By effectively taking PCI data out of scope, tokenization presents a host of benefits, helping organizations both boost security and reduce PCI compliance efforts and costs.

This paper offers a detailed look at tokenization and how it can support organizations� PCI compliance efforts. The paper compares tokenization to encryption and other approaches, including some of the factors to consider in choosing which approach is best for a given deployment scenario. In addition, the paper describes an approach from SafeNet, transparent tokenization, and it reveals some of the specific advantages and benefits this solution offers to organizations looking to safeguard sensitive data in the most effective and efficient manner possible.


Whitepaper: Maximizing Opportunities by Mitigating Risks

by SafeNetOct 15, 2013

The use of PINs in financial services has been around for decades. Over this time, the payments industry has evolved quite dramatically, but in some respects, not much has changed. This is particularly true for PIN issuance, where the same paper-based processes used decades ago are still the standard. This paper examines the current options for PIN issuance, and it offers insights for implementing PIN issuance processes that offer the best combination of convenience, cost efficiency, and security.


Whitepaper: Delivering High-Assurance Payment Applications that are Compliant with the Point-to-Point Encryption Standard

by SafeNetOct 15, 2013

Payment Card Industry Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) standards provide detailed guidelines for building payment processing solutions that safeguard payment data at all times. In establishing the security mechanisms required to comply with P2PE, hardware security modules (HSMs) play a critical role. This paper presents service providers with detailed insights for finding an HSM that offers optimal support for their P2PE compliance and business objectives.


Whitepaper: Guidelines for Choosing an Advanced Authentication Solution for Accessing Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Services

by SafeNetOct 15, 2013

For law enforcement agencies, timely information sharing is critical for stopping and reducing crime. Criminal Justice Information (CJI) is shared at all levels starting at the federal level through state and even municipal local agencies. With the crucial need to share CJI comes the need to protect this sensitive information, the leakage of which can affect the effectiveness of ongoing crime fighting operations.
The Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy defines the requirements of timely availability of shared information on one hand and data confidentiality on the other. This security policy contains a set of controls, requirements, and best practices, and it must be adhered to by any organization that exchanges criminal records.
One of the most demanding requirements in the CJIS Security Policy is the requirement for advanced authentication mechanisms. As of September 30, 2014, law enforcement agencies that do not employ an advanced authentication solution will not be able to access the FBI's CJIS information network.
But, advanced authentication is not clearly defined in the CJIS security policy. So, what exactly does advanced authentication mean? Furthermore, how do you comply with a mandate that has no clear guidelines?
Download this white paper to learn how to choose the right CJIS-compliant authentication method that best fits your organization?s needs:
� Benefits and drawbacks of hardware-based, software-based, out-of-band, and pattern matching solutions
� Top decision factors to examine when choosing an advanced authentication solution
� User experience considerations
� Path for growth


Whitepaper: The Failure of Cloud Information Governance: A Global Data Security Study

by SafeNetApr 23, 2015

As technology evolves, more and more organizations are moving applications and data to the cloud. Although cloud solutions can save money and improve accessibility for remote users, it can also leave your sensitive data vulnerable to new security threats. With the lack of governance policies and security practices for the transition to cloud computing, it is important to consider how this move can affect your organization’s security. Ponemon Institute conducted a survey sponsored by SafeNet, to highlight how organizations are putting confidential information at risk in the cloud due to this lack of appropriate security practices and governance policies.