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Taking the Ethical out of Hacker

Security Review Site Really a Front for a Security Consulting Company? The security space is a very interesting arena. For the customer, it's often very difficult to separate fact from fiction in many aspects. There are security companies that sell…

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Vendor Management: are your vendors secure?

If you ask the 50 banks that recently had customer data exposed when their accounting firm lost a number of their audit laptops to theft, the answer is no. Incredibly, the accounting firm’s lost laptops apparently did not utilize data encryption even though they contained sensitive customer information. This left the banks in the un-welcomed position of having to notify customers of a data breach.


Anecdotally, our experience doing security audits across many industries indicates that much (maybe even most) of the risk of sensitive data loss in an enterprise is associated with their vendor’s lack of adequate security controls.


Ironically, when a company outsources a service they are also outsourcing much of the security risk. For example,

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