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Complacency Isn’t Affecting Election Security Progress, Unknowns Are

Recent news articles have focused on the unused HAVA funds that the Federal government has allocated for election security, and the implication is that this inaction is the result of a lack of urgency or a sense of complacency. Those of us on the frontlines of the election security challenge know that the issue is…

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Pursuing Quality Threat Intelligence Insight

Attaining the “correct” Threat Insight By definition, “threat insight” provides an understanding of threats in the context of your company. Insight of any kind is interesting and potentially useful but the most key and critical insight is the insight specifically related to you. In this case, your company and the threats: the known knowns, the…

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The One Thing That Makes Election Security Assessments Actionable

Whether your cybersecurity program is advanced or in its beginning phases, an election security assessment is a significant part of improving your cybersecurity stance. However, an assessment is only one step in strengthening your defenses against cybercrime. The actions and decisions that follow an assessment are the true determining factor of success. The methodologies and…

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Metrics and Threat Intelligence: Why and How to Apply Them

In the maturity process of any organization, at some point metrics enter the equation. For many, this is a cringe-worthy event that ranks up at the top of the worst job-defining moments. It usually starts innocently. Someone asks a question. It could be a simple question, such as “How much money are we spending and…

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What Is Digital Forensics?

Cybersecurity includes a vast number of different components, aspects, techniques and disciplines. From cyber intelligence to continuous threat monitoring and risk assessments, the full spectrum of cybersecurity activities spans an extensive range. One discipline within this range is digital forensics, and like all of the other activities in the security world, fully understanding what it…

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Securing the Cloud

The freedom of access – to anything, anytime and anywhere – is the strength and peril of the cloud.  While the cloud empowers accessibility, its ubiquitous nature can also undermine security.  The same avenues that give us access to information we want and need also open ways for hackers and malicious actors to reach us.…

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Legislation Alone Won’t Secure Elections. Action and Best Practices Will.

In recent weeks the federal and state governments have been pushing legislation forward in efforts to protect elections from cyberattack. For instance, bill US HR1, For the People Act of 2019, passed in the United States House of Representatives in March and is now being considered by the Senate. The bill includes the Election Security…

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Training Can Have a Powerful Impact on Election Security

Cybersecurity attackers work pretty much like we all do – finding the easiest way to get the job done. You can have the most sophisticated security measures in place and use the most sophisticated technology, configured correctly and adherent to all regulations and policies, but if your team is not security-savvy, attackers will easily find…

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Cybersecurity tactics to defend against cyberattack

Cybersecurity Tactics to Defend Against Cyberattack

Cybercrime continues to plague organizations resulting in compromised information, damaged reputations and expensive reparations. As cyberattacks grow in complexity, they are capable of attacking various forms of infrastructure using a wide range of tactics. In short, our dependence on technology makes cybersecurity a concern for all of us. Most of us, for personal or professional…

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Factor in AI when working with SIEM.

Artificial Intelligence Is Only As Good As Our Input

Much of the intelligence and SIEM tools cybersecurity and IT pros use day in and day out have a machine learning component that falls into the category of Artificial Intelligence (AI). For example, it could be argued that the AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) product, with SIEM capabilities, operates with some AI characteristics and capabilities.…

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