Category: PCI DSS

  • Encryption, a buzzword, not a silver bullet

    Encryption,  buzzword, not a silver bullet for protecting data on your servers. In order to determine how encryption fits into server data protection, consider 4 encryption components on the server side: passwords, tables, partitions and  inter-tier socket communications. In these 4 components of a application / database server encryption policy, note that some countermeasures are […]

  • Disaster recovery planning

    This article describes a plan and implementation process for disaster recovery planning. The secret to success in our experience is to involve the local response team from the outset of the project. Copyright 2006 D.Lieberman. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License The disaster recovery plan is designed to assist companies in […]

  • DRM versus DLP

    A common question for a large company that needs to protect intellectual property from theft and abuse is choosing the right balance of technology, process and procedure. It has  been said that the Americans are very rules-based in their approach to security and compliance where the the Europeans are more principles-based. This article presents a […]

  • Using DLP to prevent credit card breaches

    I think that Data Loss Prevention is great way to detect and prevent payment card and PII data breaches. Certainly, all the DLP vendors think so.  Only problem is, the PCI DSS Council doesn’t even have DLP in their standard which pretty much guarantees zero regulatory tail wind for DLP sales to payment card industry […]

  • The psychology of data security

    Over 6 years after the introduction of the first data loss prevention products, DLP technology has not mainstreamed into general acceptance like firewalls. The cultural phenomenon of companies getting hit by data breaches but not adopting technology countermeasures to mitigate the threat requires deeper investigation but today, I’d like to examine the psychology of data security […]

  • Data discovery and DLP

    A number of DLP vendors like Symantec and Websense have been touting the advantages of data discovery – data at rest and data  in motion. Discovery of data in motion is an important part of continuous improvement of data security policies.  However – there are downsides to data discovery. Discovery is a form of voyeurism […]

  • Data security and compliance – Best practices

    Compliance is about enforcing business process – for example, PCI DSS is about getting the transaction authorized without getting the data stolen. SOX is about sufficiency of internal controls for financial reporting and HIPAA is about being able to disclose PHI to patients without leaks to unauthorized parties. So where and how does DLP fit into the compliance […]

  • The role of user accountability and training in data security

    In this article I will show that DLP technology such as Fidelis XPS, Mcafee DLP, Verdasys Digital Guardian, Websense Data Security Suite and Symantec Data Loss Prevention 9 – is a necessary but not sufficient condition for effective data security. I submit that effective data security is a three-legged stool of: Monitoring – using DLP […]

  • A great year for data thieves

    The Verizon Business Report on data breaches 2009 was released – the data breach investigations report headlines with 285 million data records breached in 2008: 91% of attackers were organized crime 74% of attacks by malicious outsiders 67% of vulnerabilities due to system defects 32% implicated business partners The report must be particularly disturbing to […]

  • Myths, Bugs, and Ephemeral Limitations

    Pop quiz – what is the limit on a HTTP GET request or HTTP PUT request?  Does it have to do with the server/browser or  RFC2086? Check this Tell your friends and colleagues about us. Thanks!Share this Follow