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Enough with the locking-and-blocking security approach

Our weekly roundup of what’s worth reading online includes stories about NGFWs, IT budget cuts, mobile ransomware and more

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Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in network, cloud and data security:

“Locking-and-Blocking” security no more: According to a CSO piece, today’s IT security pros need to move past traditional “legacy mindset of locking and blocking” when it comes to securing the network.  “Cloud is a moving target, and more and more of enterprises’ critical data is sitting outside of their network,” according to one expert, and the article offers that next-generation firewalls (NGFWs), and an overall open-minded proactive approach to security, is perhaps the order of the day.

Making Cloud Work in your network app environment: A recent CIO Magazine special report delves into how “cloud computing is starting a revolution in applications.” The piece notes that despite the hype around cloud adoption, the growth of the infrastructure capabilities of cloud environments along with the rise of next-gen application needs means that companies should consider better understanding the new reality around resource allocation, cost and development.

Your users? They just might be the weakest link: As a recent CSO Security and Risk blog notes, some of the major network security events and data breaches within recent years can often be traced to “patient zero,” or human error around improper security practices. This includes risky user activities such as “load(ing) files to consumer-oriented services like Dropbox so they can continue working on them from home.” The article goes on to cite a recent Osterman Research study that reveals how today’s IT admins are concerned about the potential threat directly introduced by user behaviour.

Reasons for CIOs to trim the IT budget, even in a spendthrift organization: The IT World Canada blog looks at the precarious situation many CIOs and technology decision makers find themselves in, where “business departments want more service than the budget-constrained IS department can possibly deliver.” The post goes on to note that savvy technology decision makers should think about “defining a process for engagement between the IS department and the various business departments.” Read more over at the IT World Canada blog.

Mobile ransomware, cybercrime on the rise in 2014, according to McAfee:  As Canadian Security recently reported, the McAfee Labs recent 2014 Threat Predictions report forecasts that “mobile malware will be the driver of growth in both technical innovation and the volume of attacks in the overall malware ‘market’ in 2014.” In addition, the evolving threat landscape — including the rise of cybercrime and cyber warfare — should dictate the adoption of big data security analytics to meet detection and performance requirements, the report notes. Canadian Security has more.

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