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SEC Rates Brokers on Cybersecurity

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is in the business of regulating the securities markets. They’ve been given the responsibility for the basic integrity of market operations—keeping the stock and bond exchanges going and ensuring that investors have the latest information. It’s in their role as market guardians that SEC decision makers have started…

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‘Varonis Track’ at InfoSecurity Europe

This is getting to be a regular feature. Another conference, and another request from our readers to put together a Varonis Track. The conference this time is InfoSecurity Europe, which will touchdown in London June 2 – June 4. If you’re at InfoSecurity Europe, stop by to chat with the Varonis crew. We’ll be at…

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Let’s Go to the RSA Videos!

For your viewing pleasure, the RSA folks have generously released the video recordings of most of the presentations from last month’s conference. So I bought popcorn, got an aisle seat, and spent an afternoon at the data security movies. My goal was to find themes in the hacker and malware-oriented talks. Like a Hollywood script,…

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The Metadata Era Data Analysis Contest

Courtesy of Dato’s co-founder Danny Bickson, we’ve come into possession of a three tickets for the Data Science Summit & Dato Conference being held in San Francisco July 20 -21. Thanks Danny! Researchers from Microsoft, Google, Cloudera, Carnegie-Mellon, and Stanford will be on hand to talk data. The Summit, by the way, has been organized by O’Reilly Media’s Chief Data Scientist, Dr. Ben Lorica.

Verizon DBIR 2015: Data Science Takes on Insiders

The 2015 edition of Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report, this blog’s favorite source of hacking stats, was published recently. As always, there’s great information included, and we can’t possibly cover all the interesting nuggets — breach costs, secondary victims — in a single post. Hint: there’ll be more on DBIR 2015 in future posts. This…

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SSL and TLS 1.0 No Longer Acceptable for PCI Compliance

Last month, the PCI Council released version 3.1 of their Data Security Standard (DSS). While most of the changes in this minor release are clarifications, there is at least one significant update involving secure communication protocols. The Council has decided that SSL and TLS 1.0 can no longer be used after June 30, 2016. The…

More Work to Be Done in Preparation for the New EU Data Protection Regulation [SURVEY]

In March 2015 at CeBIT, Varonis asked show attendees about their general understanding of the upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation. The new rules reform the EU’s existing 1996 Data Protection Directive and are expected to go into effect later this year or next. Here’s a snapshot of some of the more important considerations in the…

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Can We Trust Autopsy Results in Canada (or Anywhere)?

As if we didn’t have enough bad news about evidence used in the court room, now comes a story out of Canada about the security of court records. In testimony given at a trial in Alberta, Dr. Anny Sauvageau, the province’s former chief medical examiner, said that the government’s court IT system had little or…

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The ‘Varonis Track’ at EMC World 2015

Attending EMC World next month? Just as we did for RSA, we’ve come through again with our own ‘Varonis Track’—a special subset of sessions that we think will be of interest to Varonis customers, current and future. Security, Governance IT generalists and data security experts need to work together in the new cyberthreat environment. Partners…

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Seven Free Data Wrangling Tools

Reformatting, de-duping, merging, and filtering are just some of the functions that go under the broad category of data wrangling. It’s all the scrubbing and cleaning that data scientists apply to raw data before it’s ready for real analysis. Even The New York Times ran an article about this less glamorous side of Big Data,…