Exploring the Cybersphere – February 2017

This week in our blog, we offer a snapshot of cybersecurity, privacy and data security news of interest to the executive suite. Periodically, we’ll recap insights from the growing cadre of voices in this space as well as lend our own views on the issues that impact executive governance of cyber risk and response.

For many, February is a month whose primary virtue is that in most years it lasts only 28 days. I suspect, if put to a vote, the overwhelming majority of people in the Northern hemisphere would rather tack the extra day bequeathed to February every four years onto another month, say June, for instance. But February does have some peculiar attractions. For example, on the last Saturday of the month it hosts Open That Bottle Night, started by a husband and wife team of wine critics who wrote an excellent column titled “Tastings” for the Wall Street Journal. A good bottle of wine is useful in putting February in a far better light. Let’s add some music as we look at the stories that made news in the cyber world during the month of February 2017.

Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

Shipping industry vulnerable to cyber attacks and GPS jamming

CNBC

The shipping industry is increasingly at risk from cybersecurity attacks and a gap in insurance policies is leaving them vulnerable, industry experts …

Another One Bites The Dust

TalkTalk boss Dido Harding quits 18 months after huge cyber attack

Evening Standard

The boss of TalkTalk is leaving less than 18 months after the broadband giant was hit by one of the most devastating cyberattacks in British corporate …

Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On

Attention to cyber-security is becoming daily routine in the C-suite

SC Magazine

“Attackers aren’t bound by borders or country,” he says adding that the key point in fostering better cooperation on cyber-security is this: How do you …

Firms split on who handles aftermath of cyber-attacks

Bbc.com

Large companies are confused about who should be in charge of dealing with the aftermath of cyber-attacks, according to new research.The study by BAE Systems suggests senior managers expect IT staff to deal with data breaches, but technology bosses feel it should be board members. The confusion could make firms more vulnerable to attacks, said BAE. Both camps also had widely different estimates of how much a breach could cost, according to the research. “Both sides seem to think that it’s the other’s responsibility when it comes to a successful breach and that reflects a gap in understanding,” said Dr Adrian Nish, head of the cyber-threat intelligence unit at BAE Systems. The research had responses from 984 IT managers and 221 executives from Fortune 500 companies across the world.

It’s All In The Game

Experts as RSA offer up their best cybersecurity advice

Computerworld.com

Come to the RSA show, and you’ll find plenty of cybersecurity technology. The top vendors from across the industry are here, showing products for fighting ransomware, preventing data breaches and more. But even the best security software is useless if users and businesses aren’t taking the right steps to protect themselves. So we asked experts at the show for their best cybersecurity tips.

Winners and Losers at RSA’s Cyber-Security Extravaganza

Fortune

Five go-go days and nights at the RSA conference in San Francisco showed why cyber-security is the biggest story in tech right now as businesses …

By Tom Davis, SDI Cyber Risk Practice

February 28, 2017

 

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