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Data Security in the SaaS Age: Rethinking Data Security

By Mike Rothman
Securosis has a long history of following and publishing on data security. Rich was the lead analyst on DLP about a zillion years ago during his time with Gartner. And when Securosis first got going (even before Mike joined), it was on the back of data security advisory and research. Then we got distracted by this cloud thing, and we haven’t gone back to refresh our research, given some minor shifts in how data is used and stored with SaaS driving the front office and IaaS/PaaS upending the data center (yes that was sarcasm). We described a lot

Insight 5/27/2020: Samson

By Mike Rothman
Do you ever play those wacky question games with your friends? You know, where the questions try to embarrass you and make you say silly things? I was never much of a game player, but sometimes it’s fun. At some point in every game, a question about your favorite physical feature comes up. A lot of people say their eyes. Or their legs. Or maybe some other (less obvious) feature. It would also be interesting to ask your significant other or friends what they thought. I shudder to think about that. But if you ask me, the answer is

Insight 5/14/2020: Hugs

By Mike Rothman
The pandemic is hard on everyone. (says the Master of the Obvious) It’s a combination of things. There are layers of fear — both from the standpoint of the health impact, as well as the financial challenges facing so many. We cannot underestimate the human toll, and unfortunately, the US has never prioritized mental health. As I mentioned last week in my inaugural new Insight, I’m not scared for myself, although too many people I care about are in vulnerable demographics. I’m lucky that (at least for now) the business is OK. I work in an industry that

Insight 5/4/2020: Confessions

By Mike Rothman
It’s a sunny late spring day. Mike steps into the dank building and can smell the must. It feels old but familiar. Strangely familiar. The building looks the same, but he knows it’s different. Too much time has passed. He steps into the confessional and starts to talk. Mike: Forgive me. It’s been almost 3 and a half years since I’ve been here. I’d say it was because I have been busy, which I have. But it’s not that. I spent close to 13 years here, and I had gone through a pretty significant personal transformation.

The TWELFTH Annual Disaster Recovery Breakfast: (IM)MATURITY

By Mike Rothman
For Rich and me, it seems like forever that we’ve been doing this cloud thing. We previewed the first CCSK class back at RSAC 2011, so we’re closing in on 10 years of hands-on, in the weeds cloud stuff. It’s fundamentally changed Securosis, and we ended up as founders of DisruptOps as well. Yet as the cloud giveth, it also taketh away. Adrian’s unique perspective on application and cloud security made him a great candidate to join Bank of America, so he did. It’s a great opportunity, but we’ll certainly miss having him around during RSAC

Selecting Enterprise Email Security: the Buying Process

By Mike Rothman
To wrap up this series we will bring you through a process of narrowing down the shortlist and then testing products and/or services in play. With email it’s less subjective because malicious email is… well, malicious. But given the challenges of policy management at scale (discussed in our last post), you’ll want to ensure a capable UX and sufficient reporting capabilities as well. Let’s start with the first rule of buying anything: you drive the process. You’ll have vendors who want you to use their process, their RFP/RFP language, their PoC guide, and their

Selecting Enterprise Email Security: Scaling to the Enterprise

By Mike Rothman
As we continue down the road of Selecting Enterprise Email Security, let’s hone in on the ‘E’ word: Enterprise. Email is a universal application, and scaling up protection to the enterprise level is all about managing email security in a consistent way. So this post will dig into selecting the security platform, integrating with other enterprise security controls, and finally some adjacent services which can improve the security of your email and so should be considered as part of broad protection. Platform The first choice is which platform you will build your email security on. Before you can compare

Selecting Enterprise Email Security: Detection Matters

By Mike Rothman
As we covered in the introduction to our Selecting Enterprise Email Security series, even after over a decade of trying to address the issue, email-borne attacks are still a scourge on pretty much every enterprise. That doesn’t mean the industry hasn’t made progress – it’s just that between new attacker tactics and the eternal fallibility of humans clicking on things, we’re arguably in about the same place we’ve been all along. As you are considering upgrading technologies to address these email threats, let’s focus on detection – the cornerstone of any email security strategy. To improve

Selecting Enterprise Email Security: Introduction

By Mike Rothman
It’s 2019, and we’re revisiting email security. Wait; what? Did we step out of a time machine and end up in 2006? Don’t worry – you didn’t lose the past 13 years in a cloud of malware (see what we did there?). But before we discuss the current state of email security, we thought we should revisit what we wrote in our 2012 RSA Guide about email security. We thought we were long past the anti-spam discussion, isn’t that problem solved already? Apparently not. Spam still exists, that’s for sure, but any given vendor’s efficiency varies from 98% to 99.9%

DisruptOps: Cloud Security CoE Organizational Models

By Mike Rothman
Cloud Security CoE Organizational Models In the first post of our Cloud Security Center of Excellence series we covered the two critical aspects of being successful at cloud security: accountability and empowerment. Without accepting accountability to secure all the organization’s cloud assets, and being empowered to make changes to the environment in the name of improved security, it’s hard to enforce a consistent baseline of security practices that can dramatically reduce an organization’s attack surface. Read the full post at DisruptOps
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