Author: Steve Durbin

Steve Durbin is Managing Director of the Information Security Forum (ISF). His main areas of focus include the emerging security threat landscape, cyber security, BYOD, the cloud, and social media across both the corporate and personal environments. Previously, he was senior vice president at Gartner.

The digital and physical worlds are on an irreversible collision course. By 2022, organizations will be plunged into crisis as ruthless attackers exploit weaknesses in immature technologies and take advantage of an unprepared workforce. At the same time, natural forces will ravage infrastructure. Over the coming years organizations will experience growing disruption as threats from the digital world have an impact on the physical. Invasive technologies will be adopted across both industrial and consumer markets, creating an increasingly turbulent and unpredictable security environment. The requirement for a flexible approach to security and resilience will be crucial as a hybrid threat…

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The rise in business processes supported by cloud services has been well evidenced by organizations using cloud services store confidential data in the cloud environment. But when using cloud services, organizations are still unsure whether to entrust cloud service providers (CSPs) with their data. CSPs generally provide a certain level of security as substantiated by multiple surveys, but cloud-related security incidents do occur. CSPs cannot be solely responsible for the security of their customers’ critical information assets. Cloud security relies equally on the customer’s ability to implement the right level of information security controls. Nevertheless, the cloud environment is complex…

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It’s that time of year again. Time for every one of us to reminisce on the past year and make resolutions for how we can do better in the year ahead–particularly in the area of cybersecurity. Right up to the end of the year, massive cyber-attacks and high-profile data breaches made headlines in 2019. In the year ahead, organizations must prepare for the unknown, so they have the flexibility to endure unexpected and high impact security events. To take advantage of emerging trends in both technology and cyberspace, businesses need to manage risks in ways beyond those traditionally handled by…

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It’s that time of year again when we all reminisce on the past year and make resolutions for how we can do better in the year ahead—especially when it comes to cybersecurity. Right up to the end of the year, massive cyber-attacks made immense waves in 2017. In the year ahead, organizations must prepare for the unknown, so they have the flexibility to endure unexpected and high impact security events. To take advantage of emerging trends in both technology and cyberspace, businesses need to manage risks in ways beyond those traditionally handled by the information security function, since innovative attacks…

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Cyberspace has become an increasingly attractive hunting ground for criminals, activists and terrorists. The technical capabilities and influence of cybercriminals are now equal to those of many governments and organizations. In the next few years, these capabilities will extend far beyond those of their victims. As a result, the ability of current control mechanisms to protect organizations is likely to diminish, exposing them to greater impact. Cybercrime, along with the increase in hacktivism, the increase in cost of compliance to deal with the uptick in regulatory requirements coupled with the relentless advances in technology against a backdrop of under investment…

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