Insider threat remains high on the list of issues keeping CISOs awake at night, and for good reason. Unlike external actors, insiders are already within the network perimeter, often with privileged access to the company’s critical data, systems, and applications. They are a trusted part of the company ecosystem, and their actions are therefore typically more difficult to detect and contain. A malicious insider breach is also one of the most financially ruinous types of data breaches. According to research from the Ponemon Institute, the average annualised cost of criminal insider threat to an organisation was £2.3million in 2018.The motivations of a malicious insider are similar to those of external threat actors - with financial gain generally top of the list. However, detecting, investigating, and mitigating an insider threat is very different from responding to outside attacks. Company employees have privileged network access rights, but they have employment rights too. … [Read more...] about Best practices for building an insider threat programme
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The last two weeks have been good ones for those interested in seeing governments take stronger action to regulate the content moderation practices of digital platforms.The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK Parliament released its Final Report on Disinformation and 'fake news,' calling for an independent regulator to supervise a new requirement that digital platforms take action against illegal or harmful speech. The German Marshall Fund launched its Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative aimed, among other things, to address disinformation campaigns on social media platforms with solutions that support democratic values. A new Transatlantic Working Group on Content Moderation Online and Freedom of Expression was formed, supported by the Annenberg Foundation, the Institute for Information Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch embassy in Washington, D.C. The UK Parliament Committee has proposed a … [Read more...] about The drum beat continues for regulating the content moderation practices of digital platforms
Attracting staff is one thing, keeping them happy is another thing altogether. While career promotions and wage increases can go a long way to ensuring your workers stay motivated, IT professionals will quickly become bored if their roles aren't fulfilling. With demand for skilled technology workers higher than ever before, businesses must work hard to ensure they retain their top talent. High turnover of staff is expensive, can rob projects of expertise just when they need it, and can hurt morale. So, how can CIOs keep their workers happy and eager? ZDNet speak to the experts and finds out their best-practice tips for keeping staff motivated. 1. Talk about the benefits of changeJulie Dodd, director of digital transformation and communication at Parkinson's UK, admits she wishes she had the "magic answer" to the question of how to keep people motivated. "It's a challenge — especially for charities, where financial reward isn't going to be the answer," she says.Dodd says running … [Read more...] about IT strategy: How to keep your best staff happy and motivated
Historically, high availability has revolved around various redundancy and failover options to ensure business continuity in the event of workload spikes, planned maintenance, and unplanned downtime. As is expected with modern technology, intelligence has been added and yesterday’s high availability is being replaced with what many are referring to as “Smart Availability.” Today’s Smart Availability options promise intelligent workload routing automation, in which data and their processing are consistently directed to the proper place at the right time. Smart Availability partially stems from the distributed realities of the modern data landscape, in which information assets are disbursed on premises, in the cloud, and at the cloud’s edge.Consequently, regulatory compliance has emerged as much a driver for Smart Availability as has performance. With increasing regulations and penalties (such as those for the European Union’s General Data … [Read more...] about Ensuring data governance and regulatory compliance with the next step in high availability
Tanza Loudenback, provided by Published 10:44 am PST, Monday, January 14, 2019 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. The IRS will issue refunds to taxpayers even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the filing season, a decision that may reduce political pressure on Congress and President Donald Trump to reach a deal to reopen the federal government. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg less The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. The IRS will issue refunds to taxpayers even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the filing ... more Photo: Andrew Harrer, Bloomberg Photo: Andrew Harrer, Bloomberg Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about The IRS will still accept tax returns during the partial government shutdown. Here’s how you can file for free online.