Who's really responsible for IT security in the cloud?

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 26, 2016 9:33:53 AM

The typical public cloud service provider employs a bifurcated approach to IT security in the cloud. They'll take responsibility for securing the infrastructure services they provide, but any software running on top of those infrastructure services is the responsibility of the developer or the IT organization that put it there.

A new survey of 100 IT decision makers conducted by the market research firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) on behalf of iland, a provider of cloud hosting services, finds that when it comes to securing application workloads nearly half (48 percent) of IT organizations are spending more on security technologies than they ever did when they only ran application workloads on premise.

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Topics: IT Security

Cloud security concerns drive IT organizations into the arms of MSPs

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 19, 2016 9:52:28 AM

Given the rate of growth of public cloud services, it’s hard to argue that security concerns are an impediment to adoption. Nevertheless, it’s also clear that cloud security is still a major issue inside most IT organizations.

A new survey of 2,200 IT security professionals, which was conducted by CloudPassage and LinkedIn and released this week, drives this point home. A full 53 percent cite security as a barrier to cloud adoption, followed by compliance (42 percent) and data loss and leakage (40 percent).

Those results might not come as a surprise to most IT service providers, but the way that those organizations intend to solve those problems just might. 

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Class action lawsuit against Wendy's to fuel point-of-sale upgrades

Posted by Mike Vizard on May 5, 2016 12:00:00 PM

With mixed success, the Smart Card Alliance—a consortium of credit card issuers—has been badgering retailers into upgrading their point-of-sale (PoS) systems in order to support smart cards, which incorporate a processor designed to cut down on the number of fraudulent transactions being generated using older credit cards that relied on magnetic strips.

Many retailers, however, balked at adding support for these chip-enabled cards because of the cost of upgrading the PoS systems. The Smart Card Alliance warned retailers that banks would hold them liable for any fraudulent transactions that occurred after the October deadline. Now that shoe has finally dropped in the form of a class action lawsuit being opened against the fast-food chain Wendy’s by First Choice Credit Union.

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Tapping into managed security services remains a challenge

Posted by Mike Vizard on Apr 26, 2016 9:02:40 AM

Managed_Security_Services.jpgThanks to a rash of high-profile security breaches, awareness of IT security issues has never been higher. However, securing an IT environment gets more complex with each passing day.  Given those two factors, demand for managed security services should be escalating.

But a new survey from CompTIA suggests that solution providers across the channel are not tapping into that opportunity. In fact, the survey finds that only one in 10 of those surveyed are leading with their own security services brand rather than the brand of the security vendor. That doesn’t mean that channel partners are not offering security services. For example, a full 67 percent report offering risk management services, and another 61 percent say they have a mobile security service.

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Cybersecurity attacks against IT service providers get more advanced

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 2, 2016 10:23:58 AM

Like any pirate, most cybercriminals prefer easy targets. So, while the number of attacks continues to increase, the majority of them are looking to exploit vulnerabilities that are easily defended. A new report from Arbor Networks suggests that the number of sophisticated cybersecurity attacks being launched is on the rise, though.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Security

IT security spending to top $36B in 2016

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 17, 2015 10:27:13 AM

A new report from the market research firm Ovum predicts that global spending on IT security will exceed $36 billion in 2016. But, where and how those dollars are going to be allocated will likely be very different indeed.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Security

IoT security concerns start to raise their head

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 5, 2015 12:52:39 PM

Despite all the enthusiasm there seems to be for the Internet of Things (IoT) these days, security issues may soon prove to be the undoing of many IoT applications. In fact, a new study reports that not only are consumers concerned about IoT security issues, but a full 90 percent of developers don’t think these applications have the appropriate level of security in place.

For that reason, IT service providers would be well advised to take both a short and long view of IoT opportunities. There are plenty of scenarios where IoT projects on a limited scale can add significant value, but the bigger the IoT project becomes, the greater the attack surface that needs to be defended. Given how poorly well most organizations are doing in terms of securing their existing IT environments, much care needs to be applied to securely manage IoT environments at scale.

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Topics: IT Security, IoT

Calls for increased retail security start to mount

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 20, 2015 10:35:32 AM

Despite numerous high-profile breaches, it’s not uncommon to visit a retailer and discover they are still running a point of sale (PoS) system based on Windows XP. But a new survey released this week by the American Bankers Association (ABA) suggests pressure is building to improve security in retail IT environments.

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Takedown of Darkode is only the tip of the IT security iceberg

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 21, 2015 12:00:00 PM

For all the back slapping and high fiving that no doubt occurred this past week with the FBI's takedown of the online marketplace for hackers known as Darkode, the troubling news is that there are at least 800 more of these marketplaces out there, and that’s just the ones law enforcement officials know about.

Darkode: In the business of selling malware  

Darkode was clearly one of the larger of these online marketplaces. As part of Operation Shrouded Horizon, law enforcement officials around the globe have arrested more than 70 people, including a 27-year old alleged kingpin of malware living in Sweden.

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5 Reasons selling Password Management as a Service makes sense

Posted by Colin Knox on Jul 15, 2015 12:32:31 PM

Speaking with partners day in and day out, I’ve heard all sorts of horror stories about how they used to store, share, and manage passwords for their client IT systems. By now, most MSPs and IT solution providers have realized and accepted that Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, or even storing passwords in their PSA are not adequate ways to protect this sensitive data. But many of them have stopped at implementing a solution for their own business and never considered the situation their clients are faced with.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Security

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