At a recent technology breakfast, I heard an attendee ask a speaker about an approach to modernize security. The question reminded me of a thought I’ve had often: You can’t build without a foundation. Modernizing security sounds like a great goal, but the reality is, most organizations are still struggling with the basic elements of securing information and information assets. New tools and technologies can make a big difference, but organizations must first deploy sound policies and processes to protect data and information assets. More...

Across business and technology media alike, I’ve seen frequent coverage of the hundreds of thousands of cybersecurity and IT security job openings that are not getting filled. By 2022, the cyber talent gap is estimated to exceed 1.8 million jobs. In all industry verticals we continue to hear about more companies and government agencies suffering from cyber-related breaches and ransomware attacks. There is no question that supply is low, demand is high, and that the demand is not abating. More...

The cyber times they are a-changing There was a time when companies sought to avoid a security breach because of the impact it would have on their reputation. Executives often would rely on the security organization to keep the firm “off the front page.” However, as attack vectors have evolved, corporations are now recognizing that the financial impact of cyber breaches are not just the potential lost revenue from reputational damage, but also the lower share prices and market valuations. More...

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