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Identity Protection for Those Affected by the OPM Data Breach

Layer 8 Security specializes in improving the cybersecurity posture of companies big and small, but we also strive to protect individuals as well. In keeping with our "sheepdog" mentality, I want to broadcast some important information to individuals affected by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach. If you were not one of the 21.5 million individuals targeted in the widely publicized OPM data breach announced this past June, there is a high chance that you are related to or [...]

Today’s SDLC and Cybersecurity – Coding, SMEs, and Spaghetti

One of our friends in the insurance world sent us an email with an interesting article about the nature of "secure programming" (see here for the article) and how it has influenced some of the information security challenges the market is facing. I initially shared my insights (below) to the email, but I figured it was worth posting. Enjoy! -- -- Over 30 years ago, one of my personal heroes (Ken Thompson, coder-extraordinaire and inventor of the B and Go programming languages) said something [...]

A Reminder On The Danger Of An Inside Job

If you haven't heard this before, then get ready to hear it a lot more now. While outsider threats can be and are a big deal, and obviously a major concern, one of the biggest areas of risk for ANY company is and will be it's internal resources. Put another way, you have to be as careful about those who you give access to, as you are with those who don't have access to your network and corporate resources. Just [...]

IT and Security: One Team or Two?

Stop me if you've heard this request before..."we need project X delivered, as soon as possible."  To the requester, there is no corner not worth cutting. Whether they know it or not, they have a disregard for the processes that are usually in place to make sure things are done by the book. Put plainly, in an IT department, speed has a troubling tendency to trump security or general processes, most especially when the security arm for your firm is [...]

Another High Profile Healthcare Breach

The NY Times recently published a story that yet another major health insurance provider-this time CareFirst, serving the Washington, DC area-had been breached. The attack exposes possibly as many as 1.1 million patients, though the company offers up that things like Social Security numbers and other sensitive financial data did not appear to be grabbed during the attack. That fact may be little comfort to someone who did have their name, e-mail and birthday compromised-it's enough to be annoying, that's [...]