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8Mar/110

Et tu, brute?

It’s evident throughout history – inside jobs. Aside from nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction, cyber attacks pose the single greatest threat to US security – and they are growing more and more difficult to prevent. One clear indicator of the threat is the sheer volume of breaches. Cyber attacks on federal computer systems have increased more than 250% over the last two years, according to the Homeland Security Department. Federal computing resources are under constant threats -- not only from the outside, but also from trusted partners and internal users. Cyber attacks are a clear and present danger and the potential for both accidental and deliberate breaches of sensitive information is a growing concern. Innocent but careless employee actions can set the table for attacks by more malicious parties. In many cases, the threats are inadvertent, with users unwittingly introducing harmful viruses to your agency or allowing sensitive data to be leaked.  But whether or not there’s malice, the damage from breaches can be great.

Join me for a discussion on Monday, March 14 @ 1:30 pm ET on ways to protect your environment from the inside threat.  We’ll talk about how you can not only improve your security posture, but also meet regulatory and statutory guidelines during audits and reviews.  Plus, you’ll also learn about forensics and tools you’ll need when a breach does occur to minimize the losses and downtime.

You can register here. I’m looking forward to hearty discussion.

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