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What Do Ski Helmets, Seat Belts, and Encryption Have in Common? By Charles Goldberg Ski helmets, seat belts, and encryption. What comes to your mind when you read these words? You may immediately think “safety,” and you’d be right, but how about “speed enablers”? At first blush, that may not be the first concept that comes to mind, but there’s a pretty compelling case to be made for this as another common theme. Let me give you a couple fun examples, starting with ski helmets. During the winter of 2002/2003 researchers studied different factors, and how they affect skier and snow boarder speed. One of the variables examined was “use or not of helmet”. The authors measured the speed of 650 individuals at three different US ski resorts and found the average speed for helmet users (28.4 MPH) was significantly higher than those not using a helmet (25.4 MPH). In my blo... (more)

Putting the Year of the Data Breach to Rest By @Vormetric | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Tis’ the season – the season where I look back at predictions I made last year, the season where I evaluate and take a deep dive into the breach landscape and the season where I look into where 2015 is headed. In a March 2014 blog post, I discussed how the sheer amount of data breaches (i.e. Target, Adobe, Korea Credit Bureau, Neiman Marcus) is a clear sign cybercrime will continue to rise. We will dive into those predictions, stepping through where we stand today. But before we do so, we’ll provide a quick review on where we stand within the data breach landscape. 2014 Data Bre... (more)

It’s All ‘Bout That Access, ‘Bout That Access By @Vormetric [#Cloud]

It's all ‘Bout That Access, ‘Bout That Access, ‘Bout That Access - 2015 Insider Threat Report Takeaways While a year ago the big breach of the day involved likes of Target, now the breach landscape – which was once about financial gain – has exploded. It’s exploded to a world of state-sponsored attacks, of hackers getting more intelligent and of political organizations cyber-attacking alongside using physical force. Today we issued our 2015 Vormetric Insider Threat report. Coming off of the Sony breach and Obama’s State of the Union address, we can’t think of a better time to d... (more)

The Anthem Data Breach By @Vormetric | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The Anthem Data Breach-Assumptions and Allegations Abound By Charles Goldberg I’m writing this blog on Monday, February 9th, late afternoon with a very full stomach. Last week we launched Vormetric Tokenization with Dynamic Data Masking and today we took the engineers out for a big lunch to celebrate. Now feeling full and contemplative, I thought I’d join the club and write about the big industry news: Anthem’s massive loss of customer and employee data. A lot’s happened since February 4, when Anthem announced the breach. Here are just a few groups that have been keeping busy: S... (more)

AWSome Perspectives on AWS re:Invent

Last week I had the pleasure of attending AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services’ global customer and partner conference in Las Vegas. Overall the conference was characterized by a very entrepreneurial spirit, full of inventive individuals. With nearly 20,000 cloud fans in Vegas, it was bound to be a good time. ClickToTweet: 3 AWSome Takeaways from #reinvent @Wayne42675 http://bit.ly/1LclGQE pic.twitter.com/YYYtYgj9LZ As someone who has attended a fair share of trade shows, it was refreshing to see attendees express a genuine interest in the conference. I was encouraged to see so m... (more)