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September 2015

Data security in a cyberthreat landscape

Sponsored by SearchCIO.com

President Obama couldn't have put the current state of cybersecurity better: "Whether it's phishing or botnets, spyware or malware, and now ransomware, these attacks are getting more and more sophisticated every day," he said at a summit at Stanford University earlier this year. And yet, many enterprises remain complacent in the face of these grave threats. In fact, in a study cited by SearchCIO expert Harvey Koeppel, a measly 9% of executives at companies that have experienced a breach run ongoing security tests. "What's the deal here? If this bad stuff has been going on for more than 30 years, why can't we get it under control?" Koeppel asks.

In this SearchCIO handbook, Koeppel attempts to answer that question for CIOs: He provides a checklist for IT leaders on how to manage data security in a landscape riddled with evolving cyberthreats. In our second piece, CTO Niel Nickolaisen offers three security processes that can help mitigate the one constant in the midst of ever-evolving cyber-risks: human error. Lastly, writer Mary K. Pratt talks to top security experts about what companies need to do to make their security systems less "brittle" and more resilient.

Table Of Contents

  • A cybersecurity checklist for CIOs
  • The constant cyberthreat of human error
  • Overhauling 'brittle' security