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It’s hard for me to get enthusiastic about predictions. Let’s face it, anyone at the end of 2014 could have predicted that in 2015 that there would have been mega data breaches, such as those that hit the Office of Personnel Management and Ashley Madison. And in the year ahead, there will be a number of major breaches, shocking vulnerabilities, and surprising gaffes at the hand of the IT department at a number of enterprises and government agencies.
That said, it’s important that security teams always keep an eye on the major trends in the industry so that they can adjust their programs accordingly. With that in mind, here are a handful of key things we can expect to see in 2016 and likely beyond:Citizen developers increase enterprise data risks
If enterprise application security teams think that they have a challenge now regarding keeping applications secure as they’re developed, deployed, and maintained in production,... read more >
Tips for writing a request for proposal for managed security services
Here at Solutionary, I work on Request for Proposals (RFPs). I respond to hundreds of RFPs that other organizations, who are looking for a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), send us. Throughout the past couple of years, I’ve noticed how some proposals are really getting good, concise content back, while others (based on the template they’ve provided us) get a huge document back – which I am sure either takes forever to go through, or they don’t even read.
To avoid sending one of the ‘huge’ RFP templates, and getting back a hundred page document, I’ve provided some tips for RFP writing. The below will not only help organizations looking for a MSSP get a relevant response with good content back, but also makes it so those responding aren’t putting together a needlessly huge document (that no one will read!).
Many organizations... read more >
Why Organizations are Failing to Secure Their Data
Solutionary, as a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), not only has insight into the types of events that occur in our clients' environments, but also sees how the CSOs, CISOs, and CIOs responsible for protecting those assets respond. From our unique position, we are able to evaluate what works for different organizations and what doesn’t.
We are able to observe how these leaders approach data and asset protection from a very operational perspective. Seeing these different approaches on a day-to-day basis gives us a unique understanding of what technologies and roadmaps actually work and, just as importantly, which do not.
One consistent observation is clear, “if you do not plan it, it will not happen, or it will not happen with great success.”
What do I mean?
One of the greatest failures we see is that organizations do not realize that securing their data requires both tactical... read more >
Around the holidays, fellow Solutionary Minds blogger Rob Kraus and I like to have little fun with our blogs. Last year, we came up with “The Top Eight Holiday Songs of IT Security.”
This year, we’re sticking with the holiday song theme, but came up with our take on the holiday classic “12 Days of Christmas” called The MSSP 12 Days of Christmas.
On the first day of Christmas, a malicious actor gave to me Heartbleed exploit code.
On the second day of Christmas, a malicious actor gave to me 2 DOS attacks.
On the third day of Christmas, a malicious actor gave to me 3 pastebin dumps.
On the fourth day of Christmas, a malicious actor gave to me 4... read more >
In in a recently-released report, a leading technology research and advisory firm recognized Solutionary as a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) leader in North America.
Analyst reports like this are extremely useful for enterprises that are considering vendors to provide a service, giving them advice and perspective on a range of potential vendors.
For this research, the firm chose participants based on their ability to deliver enterprise managed security services to clients in North America. Participating companies were evaluated based on 26 criteria grouped into the following three categories:
- Current offering
- Market presence
To learn more about the MSSP market and how Solutionary was evaluated, download the full report... read more >