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National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Closing Thoughts (All Treats, No Tricks)

…n of ‘Trick or Treat?’  How fitting to sum up a month of thought-provoking posts regarding National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NSCAM) whereby our ‘interconnectedness’ requires each of us to be more vigilant than ever. Every time we knock on one of the Internet’s doors, what we receive in return may not be what we’re expecting. Goblins and other nefarious creatures continue to lurk in dark spaces as well as the bright…

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Cyber Trick or Treat?

Today is Halloween with fun costumes and trick or treat in our communities and also the last day of National Cybersecurity Awareness month. I love the Internet and all the great social and professional tools available in my life, to do my job, and keep in touch with friends and family around the world.  But, we need to be careful since each email or web link represents a potential threat in the cyber world.  Forget the ghosts and goblins of Hal…

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Data Security Challenges in the All Too Public and Not So Private Sectors

…ce regarding behavior on the Internet and this is done 12 months out of the year and not just in October during Cyber Security Awareness Month. Collaborate: Something we don’t do well in IT. Talk to each other—other businesses, agencies, schools…The hacking community talks to each other all day long. A concept we need to embrace. Prepare: Prepare for that eventuality when you give up data because it will happen, it’s what you do in the first few…

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Cyber Defense. The New Battlefield.

This will be my last blog of the month in regard to our Nations Cyber Security Awareness Month. I was able to attend a webinar, “Defending Cyber Borders – Beyond the Virtual Maginot Line” October 25th, in which a panel discussed what CIOs, CEOs, and those who work in the virtual realm; pretty much all of us, need to focus on in regard to defending our virtual borders. The panelists were as follows: Rick Holland, Senior Analyst, Forrester:…

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Cisco Security and the Layered Defense Approach

Over the past month, many of the Cisco Security Blog contributors have provided their view on Cybersecurity and its implications for customer network designs, architectures, protections, and services. These, in aggregate, stress what we all know: security is best achieved using a layered defense that includes securing endpoints, hosts, and network and services infrastructures. Cisco adds some unique layers to this defense, which stems from our e…

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