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  • The Secure Domain Foundation, which has buy-in from prominent Internet firms, takes a multipronged approach to fighting criminal abuse in the domain industry.

  • With fraud incidents posing significant threats to organizations, a growing number of executives are realizing that big data can greatly help to improve their detection and prevention efforts. However, relatively few companies are effectively deploying what are called forensic data analytics (FDA) technology tools, according to a recent survey from EY (formerly known as Ernst and Young). In conducting assessments of potential fiscal misappropriation, FDA is delivering notable ROI with respect to reducing and/or eliminating losses, according to the accompanying report, titled "Big Risks Require Big Data Thinking." Still, a number of barriers stand in the way of adoption, including leadership's lack of awareness about the tangible benefits. "By combining multiple data sources and leveraging advanced FDA tools, companies are now able to gain new and important insights from their business data," says David Remnitz, leader of global forensic technology and discovery services operations under EY's Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services practice. "Given that companies are likely generating substantial data volumes, it would be prudent for board members and other stakeholders to encourage management to accelerate their efforts to glean as much insight as possible from their big data. Better risk assessments and more effective compliance, among other benefits, are likely to follow." More than 450 global executives took part in the research.

  • A new wave of ransomware presents serious security risks to business and demonstrates growing sophistication among organized crime syndicates on the Internet.

  • Considering the attention the NSA surveillance scandal has received, it's not surprising that many companies are reluctant to store sensitive data in the cloud.

  • These days, it's nearly impossible to open a newspaper or peruse a business or technology Website without reading about a serious security breach at a company, university or government agency. According to a new survey report from Turnkey Consulting, "A Risk Perspective on 2014" (see slides below), fraud and data loss are growing more prevalent. Unfortunately, a significant number of IT executives aren't responding to these threats with a focused and cohesive strategy. What's more, in many cases, there's a lack of automation and integration across infrastructure and databases. According to Turnkey, organizations must re-examine the way they view and approach digital security. They must revamp business processes and technology in order to minimize the risk of a serious breach, along with the fines, financial loss and reputational damage that comes with it. "Despite the increase in risk, the role of IT security in reducing it does not appear to be well-understood," says Richard Hunt, managing director of Turnkey Consulting. "Making IT security a priority on a day-to-day basis should be regarded as good business practice. … This enables organizations to move away from the traditional method of operating several disparate systems to manage risk … and instead adopt an end-to-end approach."

  • I'm about as techy as you can get, but I'm about ready to unplug everything and disconnect from the grid, thanks to the recent news about the Heartbleed bug.

  • What's the best way to ensure security and governance in a world where the impact of big data is not yet fully understood? Begin by asking the right questions.