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Resistance is Futile; You Must Comply

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No threat actor ever avoided attacking your system because you marked a control as compliant. Yet organizations today are spending ever increasing resources to remain compliant with a myriad of frameworks, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF), International Standards Organization (ISO) frameworks, such as ISO 27001, and ISACA’s Control Objectives for Information and ...

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Hacking the Heartland (Part 2): Farming Intellectual Property

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Having your trade secrets hacked is never a good thing, but there are certain areas within the U.S. economy where a hacked trade secret could lead way to an absolute disaster. One of those industries that many people don’t typically associate with highly sophisticated technology: agriculture. Nonetheless, the ag industry is currently a top concern in international cyber defense. Cyber ...

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What the New Cyber Incident Policy Directive Means for Your Organization

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What exactly is the difference between a run-of-the-mill cyber incident and a “significant” cyber incident? Your organization may or may not have had to ponder this question in the past, but the federal government certainly has — and it’s an important question to boot. The distinction among severity levels will weigh heavily in the government’s response to cyber threats, and ...

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Assessing the Usefulness of the NIST 800-53 Appendix J Privacy Controls

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Contractors to the federal government and information security professionals are no doubt familiar with NIST Special Publication 800-53. Provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the 800-53 is a set of controls intended to protect federal information systems from “hostile cyber attacks, natural disasters, structural failures, and human error.” Since their inception, these controls have gone through ...

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