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    Can An Oops Data Breach Make You Scramble?

    Encrypt files when you create them to stop a data breachMost of the data breaches you hear about in the news are from external hackers infiltrating a network and stealing credit cards, personal data or intellectual property.  You don’t always hear about the oops or mistake that caused the same problem from a trusted insider.  This past week Heathrow Airport and London’s Metropolitan Police were scrambling to find out how security plans for the airport that included those related to Queen Elizabeth wound up on a USB stick found on a London street.

    The USB memory stick had about 2.5 GB of unencrypted data, including details of the route used to convey Queen Elizabeth to the airport, details of every type of identification required to access restricted areas, a timetable of patrols around the airport perimeter and a map of CCTV cameras, tunnels and escape shafts.  Heathrow and the London Metropolitan Police launched an investigation to discover how this information ended up on a street.

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    Fasoo Shows Wrapsody Productivity and Security Platform at Gartner Symposium 2017

    Fasoo Shows Wrapsody Productivity and Security Platform at Gartner Symposium 2017Fasoo demonstrated the latest version of the Wrapsody productivity and security platform at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 from October 2 – 5, 2017 in Orlando, FL.  There was a lot of interest from CIOs, other executives and security professionals as many are struggling with how to secure sensitive information while also providing enhanced productivity for documents or unstructured data.

    This year’s Symposium continued Gartner’s focus on helping organizations transform into digital businesses, which is far more than just automating processes.  It includes a holistic change of thinking, where data is the driver of growth and secure business processes are a given.  Since documents make up about 80% of the information that drives business processes, simplifying secure collaboration with documents while enhancing governance and compliance are key components of digital business.

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    Is Encryption Really That Hard?

    Is Encryption Really That Hard?The problem today is sensitive information is leaking from organizations like a dripping faucet.  The recent Equifax data breach is just the latest example of a constant barrage of leaks in the news.  All the experts say the best way to stop data leaks is by encrypting sensitive data.

    So why isn’t everyone doing it?   What’s the problem?  New regulations are now in place that mandate encrypting sensitive data, NYDFS part 500 and GDPR being two of the most visible.

    It’s not like using an Enigma machine to manually encrypt a message.  Today’s encryption mechanisms are easy to use and fit into the daily work of employees everywhere.

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    You Need Data-Aware Protection Mechanisms

    You Need Data-Aware Protection MechanismsData breaches pose one of the greatest threats to business and government.  With the recent data breach at Equifax magnifying the problem of data loss in businesses and the public sector, it’s time for organizations to think hard about using data-aware protection to safeguard sensitive information.

    The ever-changing cybersecurity landscape requires organizations to evolve beyond merely protecting the network perimeter and end-points to implementing protections on the data.  When data breaches are successful, the costs can be staggering.  How much will it cost Equifax to offer credit monitoring to millions of people?  What makes these data breaches so disheartening is that many could be avoided or mitigated by modernizing legacy IT systems and protecting information at the data or document level.

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    Can Updated FFIEC Cyber Assessment Tool Help With Other Regulations?

    Use the FFIEC Cyber Assessment Tool to help comply with NYDFS 23 NYCRR Part 500The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released an update to its Cybersecurity Assessment Tool to help financial institutions establish a better baseline to identify their risks and determine their cybersecurity preparedness. The original intent of the Assessment was to provide a repeatable and measurable process for financial institutions to measure their cybersecurity preparedness over time.

    The updates are a response to criticism since its release in June 2015 for its vagueness and diversion from other well-established cybersecurity assessment frameworks, such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.  While there are similarities between these tools, the FFIEC is trying to provide guidance to its constituency where the NIST framework is general for all organizations.

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