IEX Bolsters Information Security With Top Hire From BlackRock
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User Rank: Author
1/6/2015 | 11:46:50 AM
Re: A Good Move for Information Security for Many Reasons
Jack, these are all important steps for companies to take. I think the emphasis you are placing on training employees on cyber security is very important since many breaches occur because employees inadventently click on malware.  But, as IEX's Ben Smith points out, new technologies are also going to be needed to stop the hackers from permeating networks and firewalls. But as we saw with Morgan Stanley's data breach, inside threats are also part of the problem.
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1/6/2015 | 9:25:54 AM
A Good Move for Information Security for Many Reasons
This is just the beginning of many notable hires that will start occuring in the world of information security as businesses finally get serious about today's growing cyber security threats. Breaches will continue to happen so long as companies are lax about information security, and that's unfortunate.  What's needed for helping ensure the safety and security of one's I.T. environment are the following three (3) mandates: (1). Well-written information security policies and procedures – those that are actually followed! (2). Annual security awareness training for employees – structured training protocol that effectively discussed leading I.T. security threats and challenges, along with best practices. (3). Proper provisioning and hardening of information systems – such as removing default accounts an insecure and unnecessary services and protocols.  The very best defense any company can have for ensuring the safety and security of organizational assets are employees who actually care about the organization and are highly trained in regards to identifying threats or concerns to the company as a whole.

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