Organizations are increasingly investing in encryption capabilities. One form of encryption that is seeing increased deployment is end-user managed encryption; however, such deployments present many challenges for the enterprise. Such tools typically lack centralized management and control capabilities, either forcing or allowing users to make security decisions on their own. This makes monitoring and enforcement of proper usage difficult and leaves doubts over whether users are using encryption properly, if at all. In addition, monitoring and data loss prevention tools are often rendered mute because most solutions lack escrow and security infrastructure integration. In this article we will discuss some of the challenges and risks in deploying end-user managed encryption and will also evaluate alternative centralized solutions and their benefits.Security » #encryption #human factors #zip #siem #journal article
Eric Goldman is a security professional with experience in the banking and manufacturing sectors. His primary interest is in security policy, compliance, and human factors. His research focuses on how IT teams can improve security and move towards a proactive security mindset. His research has been showcased in academic journals as well as professional journals. Eric also authors and contributes to security/software projects to help end users make informed decisions and protect their identity and security.
Social networks and similar service providers must take proactive actions to protect their users from fraud attempts and account abuse perpetrated by friends and family members. With easy physical access and intimate knowledge, these threat actors can impact not just the victim, but other users and the overall quality and reputation of your service. While service providers cannot force technical controls, such as screen saver passwords, on their users, they can adopt techniques and strategies to reduce their potential exposure and to help their users to take proactive measures to protect themselves and practice good security hygiene.Security » #fraud #social media #accounts #password management #redaction #journal article
The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of decision making in IT acquisition and security, and the disparity between the two domains. The paper postulates that improving decision processes during acquisition increases decision makers' security consciousness and security posture.. Analysis suggests a significant positive correlation between the effectiveness of acquisition decision making and organizational security posture and attitudes, further suggesting that small improvements in acquisition decision making may result in substantial improvements in an organization's security posture.Security » #human factors #aquistion #journal article