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Last week, the Army’s Deputy of Cybersecurity admitted a known security failure could allow unauthorized access to its computer files. As BuzzFeed reports, instead of fixing the flaw, the Army is telling its soldiers just “to be more careful.” Unfortunately, and the Army is certainly not the only organization slow to react to potential breeches, this flaw has been known for at least two years.
As people continue moving away from PCs to mobile devices, cybersecurity policies are shifting, too. Chief among these changes is the need to secure data, not devices. As we’ve discussed in the past, cybersecurity a two decades ago involved installing anti-virus software. Today, we’ve added a slew of hardware, software, and policy improvements to protect data. Read Information Week’s take on why you should be investing in data protection, not just device.
The demands for stricter cybersecurity guidelines made in February by President Obama are about to be realized. NIST recently released a preliminary cybersecurity draft framework ahead of a planned discussion next week. Amidst a flurry of expected comments and critiques, NIST has pointed out that their guidelines are only meant to complement an agency’s existing cybersecurity policy, not replace it. FCW has a full summary.
Last week, Red Had revealed a number of new offerings at VMworld 2013. Among those announcements were CloudForms 2.1, a new certification program for OpenStack, and the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Promotional Offering. About open clouds, Bryan Che, general manager of Red Hat’s Cloud Business Unit had this to say: “… we do not buy the premise that a private or hybrid platform based on one vendor’s technologies and products is the answer…” CIO has the full scoop.
During times like these when organizations are in a panic, it always feels safer to revert back to what you know. In this case, when agencies are getting hacked daily, the first thought may be to turn to companies you’ve trusted for years. However, recent eight-figure investments in emerging companies focused on cybersecurity hints at a different future. This future allows for newer, more agile companies whose only concentration is IT security. Read about some of them on USA Today.