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Posted: 1/16/2020 12:26:00 PM | Category: ISACA | Permalink | Email this post

Alison LevineEditor’s note: Alison Levine, First American Women's Everest Expedition Team Captain and a New York Times bestselling author of “On the Edge,” will be the opening keynote speaker at ISACA’s 2020 North America CACS conference, to take place 12-14 May in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Levine draws upon her background in extreme adventuring to convey insights on leadership and overcoming difficult challenges. She recently visited with ISACA Now to provide her perspective on navigating fear and professional challenges. The following is a transcript, edited for length and clarity:


Another Buzzword Demystified: Zero-Trust Architecture

Bhanu Jagasia, PMP, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, CCSFP, CHQP, C|EH, C|BP, AWS CSAA, AWS CDA, AWS CSS, 3PAO Director of Commercial Sector and Practice Manager, Bachelor of Science (B.S) - Information Systems, George Mason University
Posted: 1/14/2020 3:47:00 PM | Category: Security | Permalink | Email this post

Bhanu JagasiaI recently attended a security conference with multiple speakers covering a wide variety of topics – one of the topics, “Zero-Trust Architecture” (ZTA), was being addressed by one of the vendors, and I decided to sit-in to listen. A few minutes into the session, two facts became blaringly apparent – the speaker, who shall remain nameless, 1) did not actually understand what Zero-Trust Architecture is and what it means to implement Zero-Trust, and 2) this was a sales pitch disguised as an educational seminar.

Unfortunately, presentations on this and other topics often are heavy on buzzwords that don’t actually contribute value or advance understanding. As the aforementioned session came to a close, the session transitioned into the Q&A portion – which subsequently happened to be the same time I lost more hope for our fellow cybersecurity aficionados after hearing some of the questions asked. Below are just a few of them:


Storing for the Future: How Data Centers Will Advance in 2020

Marty Puranik, CEO, Atlantic.Net
Posted: 1/10/2020 11:31:00 AM | Category: Cloud Computing | Permalink | Email this post

Marty PuranikThe idea that data is an incredibly valuable resource in the modern business landscape isn’t new—but best practices for managing that data seem to change almost by the year. More than ever, enterprises leverage data centers to do their work, and savvy executives will be looking ahead in 2020 and beyond to learn how data can be managed more effectively.

Let’s consider three key questions here.

How will the advancement of AI improve the efficiency of data center technology?
Increasingly, artificial intelligence is being “baked in” to products from the get-go. A popular example of this concept would be IoT appliances—think a refrigerator that’s able to identify the items on its shelves, automatically facilitate restock orders and report on its own functioning and maintenance needs. Data center hardware can similarly benefit from AI:


In the New Year, Don’t Fall Back Into the Same Bad Cybersecurity Habits

Amy Diestler, CISA, Governance, Risk, and Compliance Analyst
Posted: 1/7/2020 2:59:00 PM | Category: Security | Permalink | Email this post

Amy DiestlerAround this time each year, many people aim to follow through on their New Year’s resolutions with the hope of finally being able to break that bad habit, which can prove trickier than we would like. Unfortunately, the same often holds true in our approach to cybersecurity. Despite repetitive cybersecurity reminders, time and time again, we fall back into old habits. However, the new year seems like the perfect time to try to convince you that those bad cybersecurity habits might not be so hard to break after all. Below are several patterns to break that can make a big difference.


Who Will Harness AI More Effectively in the New Decade: Cybercriminals or Cybersecurity Professionals?

Chris K. Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, board director, 2015-2017 board chair of ISACA, and Group Chief Services and Delivery Officer at INTRALOT
Posted: 1/3/2020 7:49:00 AM | Category: Security | Permalink | Email this post

Chris K. DimitriadisWe know artificial intelligence will loom large in the new decade, and we know cybersecurity will be critically important as well. How those two forces intersect sets up as one of the most fascinating – and consequential – dynamics that will shape society’s well-being in the 2020s.

According to ISACA’s new Next Decade of Tech: Envisioning the 2020s research, cybersecurity is the area in which AI has the potential to have the most positive societal impact in the new decade, with areas such as healthcare, scientific research, customer service and manufacturing also among the top responses offered by the 5,000-plus global survey respondents. If that proves to the case, it will represent a giant step forward for security practitioners and the enterprises that they help to protect. The threat landscape has become too expansive and too sophisticated for most organizations to handle relying exclusively upon traditional approaches. There is no shortage of ways in which tapping AI can enhance enterprises’ security capabilities, and the applications are particularly promising when it comes to putting the vast security insights available from big data to good use. Leveraging these insights will prove vitally important across the spectrum of security teams’ responsibilities, allowing them to better identify threats and pinpoint anomalies that might otherwise have escaped human practitioners’ notice.

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