Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) 2017

The CSX North America Conference is an annual event focused on cybersecurity and current cyber threats.Run by ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association), CSX 2017 will offer keynotes address, education sessions and workshops as well as an exhibition. Participants will learn about the latest cybersecurity training, tools, and tactics.

Source: Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) 2017

Top 10 cyber security tips

There are some things you can do to protect your personal information from getting exposed to hackers.  Here are 10 tips you need to start doing now.

  1. Make sure your password is secure. Passwords are the first line of defense. Use a password that contains both upper and lowercase letters as well as numbers and special characters. The more complex your password is, the harder it is for hackers to compromise.
  2. Never use personal information in your password. It’s a bad idea to use your name or that of a spouse, child or pet as a password. The same is true of birthdays or phone numbers, as this information is also widely available via a Google search of your name.
  3. Make sure your OS software is up to date. Hackers continuously come up with new ways to infiltrate security systems, so it pays to make sure your browser has the latest security patches. When prompted to update your operating system software, take time to do it.
  4. Don’t leave your computer unattended when logged in to a site. It can be tempting to leave your browser open if you have to leave your PC for a few minutes, but that’s a golden opportunity for snoopers. Close all applications and log off before you step away.
  5. Create a “burner” email address. It’s a good idea to open a free email account with sites like Gmail that you can give out when you’re required to provide an email online or open an ecommerce account. You’ll avoid spam at your primary address and reduce vulnerability.
  6. Password-protect mobile devices. Many people don’t bother creating a password or PIN for their mobile phone or tablet, which is a big mistake. Like PCs, phones and tablets typically have sensitive account information on them that also needs to be kept safe.
  7. Use different passwords for all the registered sites you visit. Many people make the mistake of using the same password for all the sites they visit, but that means that a hacking incident on one site compromises all of their online accounts.
  8. Change passwords frequently. If you change your password frequently, you’ll decrease the likelihood that you’ll lose valuable information in a hacking incident. Aim for making a change to all registered passwords approximately every 30 days.
  9. Set your email to read plain text only. One way hackers target victims is to monitor when emails are opened by embedding an image that displays automatically. If you set your email to display plain text only, you can manually open emails from trusted senders.
  10. Don’t keep a password list. If you’re following good security practices, you’ll create strong passwords and change them frequently. But keeping an unencrypted list of passwords on your PC defeats the whole purpose.

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CISO’s Tough Decision: Security On-Prem, Cloud or Both?

Managing application security on-premises and in the cloud can be tricky. Whether CISOs want it or not, cloud transition will happen. As a CISO, you need to be ready to align operations with future company requirements and to determine when security solutions should be hosted on-premises, in the cloud or by using a hybrid model.

Join this webinar featuring Shahar Ben-Hador, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Nabeel Saeed, Cloud Security Evangelist for a lively interactive session that will discuss:

•How to secure your company’s cloud expansion
•Which assets should be hosted in the cloud vs. on-prem
•What pace you should be moving at to reach your end goal
•How to maximize flexibility and performance for IT operations with cloud security


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IBM Think 2018 Think about it…AI, Cloud, Data, IoT, and Security. They have merged in your world… and they have in ours too. That’s why we’re excited to announce a first ever event that reflects the way you do business: IBM Think 2018. Bringing together World of Watson and InterConnect to form the technology industry’s most important event.

You will learn about the latest advances in technology, hear keynotes previewing the newest solutions and network with industry leaders and peers. IBM Think, happening in Las Vegas, Nevada March 19-22, 2018.

WEBINAR: Cloud Customer Architecture for Enterprise Social Collaboration

You and your clients are invited to join us for a webinar on our Cloud Customer Architecture for Enterprise Social Collaboration.
IBM’s Mike Kudla and the other authors will present this webinar on January 31, 2017 from 11:00 to noon EST.
If you’re unable to attend live you can check out the replay at
The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) is an end-user advocacy group dedicated to accelerating cloud’s successful adoption, and drilling down into the standards, security and interoperability issues surrounding the transition to the cloud.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s Letter to the U.S. President-Elect

Washington, D.C. – IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty this week sent the following letter to the president-elect of the United States:

International Business Machines Corporation
Office of the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
One New Orchard Road
Armonk, New York 10504-1783

November 14, 2016

Mr. Donald J. Trump
Office of the Presidential Transition
1800 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Dear Mr. President-elect:

Congratulations on your election as the 45th president of the United States.

Last Tuesday night you spoke about bringing the country together to build a better future, and the opportunity to harness the creative talent of people for the benefit of all. I know that you are committed to help America’s economy grow in ways that are good for all its people.

I am writing to offer ideas that I believe will help achieve the aspiration you articulated and that can advance a national agenda in a time of profound change. I do so as the leader of the nation’s largest technology employer, its leading patent creator, and the company that for more than 105 years has believed that prosperity and progress can be achieved by unleashing the potential of all people. Permit me to offer a few specific suggestions:

Creating “New Collar” Jobs
Getting a job at today’s IBM does not always require a college degree; at some of our centers in the United States, as many as one third of employees have less than a four-year degree. What matters most is relevant skills, sometimes obtained through vocational training. In addition, we are creating and hiring to fill “new collar” jobs – entirely new roles in areas as such cybersecurity, data science, artificial intelligence and cognitive business.

You’ve spoken about the importance of vocational education, and we agree. IBM has championed a new educational model for the United States – six-year public high schools that combine traditional education with the best of community colleges, mentoring, and real-world job experience. The first of these schools opened with IBM’s support 5 years ago in New York; we have hired some of the first graduates. There will soon be 100 such schools across the country. With your support, we could do much more. Let’s work together to scale up this approach of vocational training, creating a national corps of skilled workers trained to take the “new collar” IT jobs that are in demand here in America.

Building Intelligent, Secure Infrastructure
You’ve said we need to invest in America’s infrastructure, and we agree. As we build big, let’s also build smart. The country should focus on infrastructure investments that incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) technology and artificial intelligence to improve performance. And as infrastructure gets smarter, it also increases the need for cybersecurity, so that vital networks cannot be compromised. We recommend that your infrastructure package include incentives for states and localities to build intelligent – and secure – roads, bridges, buildings, and other public facilities.

Healthcare: Applying Lessons from Private Sector Experience
IBM operates one of the largest employer-sponsored health plans in the United States. In 2009, IBM offered 15 specific ideas for how America could save more than $900 billion over ten years through common-sense reforms to the healthcare system, leveraging lessons learned in the private sector. These included using data analytics to reduce fraudulent Medicare claims, improving the exchange of healthcare information among providers, and leveraging the government’s purchasing power to lower the cost of drugs and care. IBM will update its recommendations for the healthcare system and hopes to work with Congress and your HHS Secretary to drive better healthcare at lower cost.

Using Data to Fight Government Waste and Inefficiency
Eight years ago, IBM helped lead an effort to identify $1 trillion in savings the federal government could achieve through using advanced data analytics, data center consolidation, and the use of cloud technologies to improve the cybersecurity of key government systems. As part of the Technology CEO Council of which I am a member, we will prepare an updated set of recommendations for how you could use technology and fraud analytics to save the government more than $1 trillion.

Bringing Money Home to Invest in America
IBM supports your proposal to make American’s tax system more competitive. Many billions of dollars of American companies’ earnings do not come home because of an outdated and punitive tax system. Your tax reform proposal will free up capital that companies of all sizes can reinvest in their U.S. operations, training and education programs for their employees, and research and development programs. We will support the efforts of your administration and Congress to pass tax reform early in 2017.

Taking Care of Our Veterans – With the World’s Best Technology
All of us at IBM share your gratitude and devotion to the men, women and families who serve our country. More must be done to give our vets the best medical care possible. So we recently announced a pilot program with the Department of Veterans Affairs to help its oncologists treat 10,000 veterans through the power of precision medicine and genomic analysis powered by IBM’s cognitive computing system, Watson. We hope to work with your VA Secretary to expand this collaboration.

Mr. President-elect, IBM’s roots are in the United States. We are investing, hiring, and continuing to reinvent our company for long-term competitiveness. At more than 50 major locations across the country, we hired more U.S. employees last year than in the previous five years. We are opening new innovation centers and business units across the country. We are proud of the work we do here in the United States, just as we are proud of the work we do in more than 175 countries around the world.

In the years ahead there will be issues on which we agree, and issues on which we do not. But as you prepare to take office as our new president, I hope the ideas I have offered in this letter represent ways that we can work together to achieve prosperity that is broadly shared in our society.


Ginni Rometty
Chairman, President and CEO, IBM


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