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How much does a data breach cost your company? That's one of the toughest questions an IT security professional can be asked. The effects of a data breach are potentially catastrophic for a company, but it's a difficult task to quantify the risk.
That's why IBM has sponsored the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Study on the Cost of Data Breaches. This far reaching study is based on 1690 interviews across 10 countries and 16 sectors and is based on actual experiences of companies instead of could-have-happened theoretical discussions.
The Ponemon Institute has released both a global report and 10 country specific reports:
One of the most eye-popping charts in the report analyzes the reported data to show the clear relationship between the size of the breach and its cost: Keep in mind that this is not some hypothetical computer model. This is a regression based on the actual interviews and their reported data.
The 2014 Ponemon Cost Of Data Breach study is must reading for anyone needing to build a business case for protecting against data breaches.
Nikunj Panchal and Subramanian Krishnan have recently published an article on developerWorks showing how to integrate your PGP-based public key infrastructure with WebSphere Cast iron's built in support for data encryption so that you can acheive true-end-to-end data protection for all your enterprise orchestrations based on Cast Iron
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Because IBM has a team of people whose job is specifically to monitor security vulnerability announcements and make sure the affected IBM products are made aware and to make sure patches get rolled out. They are the IBM
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IBM has published a new white paper on encrypting data at enterprise scale. Learn about encrypting mission critical data with confidence and reduce security risks across the enterprise and beyond.
Many IBM products use the IBM Global Security Kit component for SSL and other encryption tasks. Oktawian Powązka has just published a new white paper at the security on developerWorks community that goes into detail about what you can and can't do with GSKit for FIPS and Suie B compliance. This white paper is a must read for anyone who has to worry about compliance to these stan
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IBM published a new white paper on encrypting data at enterprise scale. Learn about encrypting mission critical data with confidence and reduce security risks across the enterprise and beyond. Download "Encrypting Data With Confidence."
Sean Foley and Azadeh Ahadian have published part
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The growing number of relational databases on the cloud accentuates the need for data protection and auditing. IBM InfoSphere® Guardium® offers real time database security and monitoring, fine-grained database auditing, automated compliance reporting, data-level access control, database vulnerability management, and auto-discovery of sensitive data in the cloud. With the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) you can create and use your own database instances in the cloud and build your own applications around them. This two-part series explores how to use Guardium to protect database information in the cloud. This article describes how to use Guardium's discovery and vulnerability assessment with Amazon RDS database instances.
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Tim Jones has just published "Had
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One such tool to help organize this new security paradigm is the open source Apache UIMA project; Unstructured Information Management applications are software systems that analyze large volumes of unstructured information in order to discover knowledge that is relevant to the user. IBM developed UIMA to help make its Watson artificial intelligence platform a reality.
Another IBM tool that helps determine what data is relevant for a fraud investigation is the Intelligent Investigation Manager, a bundle of techniques that optimizes fraud investigation and analysis by dynamically coordinating and reporting on cases and analyzing and visualizing fraud within structured and unstructured data across silos. The component that bridges the gap between structured and unstructured data is Content Analytics with Enterprise Search:
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See below for an announcement from Kathryn Zeidenstein about some new video tutorials on InfoSphere Guardium policies
Hi community members
Back in 2011 or so the lab services team had done a LotusLive education session on policies that was very well received. I have taken the first of these presentations and broken it into 4 modules that are now hosted on the InfoSphere Guardium YouTube channel.
You can find links to all 4 of the modules on this new page on the InfoSphere Guardium community wiki. http
Here are the direct links:
Break out the popcorn!!
Have a great weekend.