October 2, 2018 •
There’s a lot of buzz in the marketplace these days around SIEM, which is Security Information and Event Management. I’ve had people tell me that their SIEM technology isn’t of much use, and others tell me that it’s critical to their business’s everyday security posture. The vast difference between those two is usually the same thing, which is how the related tools are deployed, and what the staff around them looks like.In a mature security posture, SIEM is only one component of a much broader acronym. While we do employ SIEM for many of our customers, it’s actually a small piece of a term called Managed Detection and Response (MDR). Our team of security analysts provides these real-time MDR services to our customers. But, little known to most, they actually provide MDR for our own organization as well. We call it “eating our own dogfood.”
Active Monitoring • MDR • SIEM
August 16, 2018 •
In the business world, compliance audits are a fact of life. Standards must be followed, and each governing body must receive its assurances. We’ve identified the number one reason businesses fail their PCI QSA audit, and it’s not what you may think.
August 13, 2018 •
I’ve found myself in this conversation a few times recently, about what determines that a device on the network is “unapproved.” The fact is, the only unapproved devices on your network are those that defeated your security measures to get on it. If you build the network correctly, then you have lists of monitored and unmonitored devices, but not unapproved.The issue at hand is how to identify and account for your monitored and unmonitored devices. With that accomplished, it’s much easier to spot an anomaly that could lead to a breach.
August 6, 2018 •
I hate to say it, but what we all hear way too often is true: Nothing will focus you on your business’ cybersecurity like a data breach. Dealing with the aftermath of a breach is also much more expensive than proactively implementing the necessary security tools. If you’re a small business, a breach of your […]
Access Control • Endpoint Security
July 27, 2018 •
A PCI DSS readiness assessment (also known as a gap analysis) is an effective method for finding and fixing compliance holes efficiently and economically. Read this post to learn if your business can benefit from a readiness assessment.
Compliance • PCI Compliance • Security Assessments
July 16, 2018 •
Merchant service providers implement PCI compliance programs to lessen the likelihood of a data breach happening among the merchants within their portfolios. These programs help raise awareness of, and compliance with, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).But compliance is no small task, and applying the PCI DSS principals across a portfolio of tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of merchants can be daunting. That’s why I’m here at ControlScan: It’s my job to ensure our partners achieve measurable PCI compliance program success.
Payment Security • PCI Compliance
June 25, 2018 •
How do you find the best PCI QSA for your company? Here are the 6 criteria you should apply when searching for your next Qualified Security Assessor.
Compliance • Security Assessments
April 13, 2018 •
As a security consultant, I’ve been in a lot of hospitals, clinics and practices—and I’ve seen a lot of “worry” over the cybersecurity threat landscape. I’d like to see more of this worry translate into action, because it’s just not happening.Other than worry, what can healthcare institutions and their IT/IS leaders do to protect electronic personal health information (ePHI)? I have been part of three major healthcare breaches and post-breach forensics revealed that two of them could have been limited in scope if they had been actively monitoring and alerting to changes inside their IT networks.
Active Monitoring • Compliance • MDR
March 29, 2018 •
Outpacing cybercriminals’ tools and techniques is tough work, and that’s why the payments industry is embracing payment security innovation. ControlScan Executive Chairman Tom Wimsett recently sat down with Jason Oxman, CEO of the ETA, to discuss the challenges facing acquirers, ISOs, processors and payment facilitators as they work to assist merchants with security and compliance.
Point of Sale
January 26, 2018 •
This morning I read that Apple is letting you keep your medical records on your iPhone or Apple Watch and it got me thinking: How secure will this data be? How well will people work to protect their personal health data? I am a cybersecurity guy and I am a skeptic, so let me give you some facts and then some things to think about.
Mobile Security • Security Awareness