Using Varonis: Implementing Automatic Rules

(This is one entry in a series of posts about the Varonis Operational Plan – a clear path to data governance.  You can find the whole series here.) What good are rules if nobody follows them, right? If we put a business policy in place which dictates that only a select few users should ever have…

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Identify Theft Is Still the Number One Consumer Complaint

Each year the Federal Trade Commission releases a report based on data from its Consumer Sentinel Network. Sentinel is a massive database of consumer complaints received directly by the FTC, as well as sent from state law enforcement organizations and the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. Unfortunately 2012 was a good year: the FTC saw a…

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A Checklist to Help Your Family Improve Their Online Security

Rich Armstrong of Fog Creek Software, makers of the excellent productivity app Trello, created a handy checklist with sound advice that you can send to friends and family to help them avoid identity theft, malware, or a hijacked PayPal account (which Rich’s wife recently fell victim to). You’ll find the full checklist here.  Simply click…

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Bring Your Own Demise [INFOGRAPHIC]

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is certainly not new, but its effects on security and employee behavior are still largely undetermined.  To quantify the impact of personal devices in corporate settings, Varonis conducted a short survey and compiled the results in a new research report. The results may surprise you — more than half of…

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The Fallacy of the Security No-Man’s Land

Mike Rothman of Dark Reading wrote an interesting piece, which Bruce Schneier echoed last week, arguing that security vendors are focused on the top 1,000 enterprises, leaving the meager mid-sized businesses that live beneath the Security Poverty Line to fend for themselves.  Rothman: “These folks have a couple hundred to a couple thousand employees. That’s…

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Start Sweating the Small Stuff

In his recent New York Times article, “That Daily Shower Can Be a Killer,” renowned geographer Jared Diamond observes how Americans tend to greatly exaggerate risks that are sensational and beyond our control—like plane crashes and nuclear radiation—yet underestimate the mundane, but more common risks that we can control—like slipping in the shower or falling…

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PCI-DSS: New Mobile Security Guidelines Released

Last week the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI  SSC) released an important document on best-practices for mobile payment security. Merchants have been rapidly adopting mobile devices—tablets, smartphones, notebooks, and other consumer gadgetry—as point-of-sale (POS) systems instead of using proprietary solutions. The trend will continue with experts predicting a $1 trillion mobile payment market…

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Email: The Bane and Boon of Modern Communication

Recently, we conducted a survey on digital work habits, specifically around email and its ubiquitous (and overwhelming) role in business communication. The survey results were eye-opening to stay the least. We found that a constantly increasing volume of emails are forcing knowledge workers to allocate significant time and effort to managing their inboxes. Moreover, we…

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Data Stewardship in 13 Minutes a Week

Andrew White, Research VP at Gartner, has a great thesis on data stewardship: “13 minutes a week – that is how much work your data stewards should be doing.” That is, in order for data stewardship (or data ownership) to be truly adopted by the business—marketing, HR, finance—the work we require them to do should…

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Using Varonis: Involving Data Owners – Part II

(This is one entry in a series of posts about the Varonis Operational Plan – a clear path to data governance.  You can find the whole series here.) If your doctor said “Your blood pressure is 120/95” would that mean anything to you?  Even if you could interpret that data as symptomatic of stage 1 high…

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