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Lessons Learned in Data Science

Earlier this month at the New Jersey Technology Council’s Annual Tech Day, Rosario Mastrogiacomo, our Director of Architecture and Design, discussed how there is a divide between cybersecurity and the basic tenets of data analysis, especially big data, predictive analysis and data mining. Today, data analysis is at the core of most jobs, and organizations are seeing the value in …
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Don’t Let the Ball Drop on Your Compliance

In New York’s iconic Times Square, millions of people gather every year on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop.  For the people who come, and the millions of others who watch the event on TV, it’s a time to cast off the old year, and remember the good, while ringing in the New Year, and hoping for continued …
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Can we be Frank?

We wish we were talking Sinatra, but we’re not. Dodd-Frank has been around for many years and has over 240 rules, and it’s not just about financial stability.  There are numerous rules which cover the areas of data that SPHERE specializes in. It’s all about understanding what is going on inside your company.  Can you report on what data you …
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How Secure Are You?

It started on a Monday with a single exclusive story published on the Reuters website, where user information for over 200 million stolen email accounts encompassing mail.ru, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft landed in the hands of hackers. (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-passwords-idUSKCN0XV1I6) Fast forward to Friday, and the Internet was dominated with news stories on large institutions and how their data and information either fell into …
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Keep it Under Your Hat!

Pssst…keep this under your hat. You know the phrase, means that what I’m telling you is secret and you shouldn’t tell anyone…guess this didn’t work if you were wearing a “Panama Hat.” Seems that a few documents got out…not that anyone noticed.  They’ve just been under review for about a year by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the German …
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Are You the Trash Can in the Door?

Got the latest in high tech security. Check. Everyone scan their fingerprints. Check. System up and running. Check. But a simple trash can is undermining all of these efforts and despite all of the best intentions, all of this security was simply brushed aside and your business is no more secure than it was before you implemented the system. The same …
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Active Directory – Is it time to clear the brush?

It’s been about 15 years since the introduction of Active Directory. When is the last time that you did a health check of your environment? How do you ensure the data in Active Directory is accurate? Have you had a merger or acquisition? Was the integration easy and seamless? Does it take too long to: add a new employee, remove …
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Is Your Head in the Sand?

“Not going to happen to us”…”we only hire faithful people”…”that’s not our culture”…”we don’t know for sure that there is sensitive data there” If this is the way that your company is addressing its governance and security, wait for it…you are already in trouble. Too many people kinda know that they have issues, but they don’t want to address them …
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5 Questions You Should be Able to Answer for Proper Governance

Here are questions you should be able to answer to insure that you have proper controls over the data and systems within your corporate environment. How many can you easily answer? What do I have? Sounds simple, right? But, do you really know what you have? How many file shares, Public Folders, SharePoint sites, etc. How many servers, endpoints, BYODs …
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I Think Therefore IAM

Descartes probably didn’t have Identity and Access Management in mind as a 17th century philosopher, but for security professionals that’s not a philosophical statement – it should be a way of life. IAM is defined as “the security discipline that enables the right individuals to access the right resources at the right times for the right reasons.” by Gartner. As …
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