December 18, 2014 | Kate Brew

Ghost of Credit Cards Past: Infographic

Credit card security and fraud are “in the news”, as large-scale data breaches are striking organizations of every type, worldwide. The holiday shopping season can turn from festive to frightening with the simple swipe of a credit card, as fraudsters are seemingly around every corner. Explore facts and statistics about credit and debit cards in the U.S.…

December 17, 2014 | Jeff Weekes

PCI 3.0 Monitoring for “Business as Usual”

Well PCI 3.0 is finally here and your due date for compliance is January 1st, 2015. Are you ready? Answers to this question may vary from yes, no, probably, and I don’t know. Here is another question you can use to evaluate whether you are ready. Does your organization treat PCI compliance as “Business as Usual”? Let&rsquo…

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December 15, 2014 | Russ Spitler

Cloud Security: Time to “Wise Up”

The market for cloud, or Internet, computing, in which software and information is available on demand, has surged in recent years. Market research firm IDC expects businesses worldwide to spend $57.4 billion by the end of this year - double that of only a few years previously. Does this signal a brave, new world of 'cloud without borders' and is this…

December 12, 2014 | Garrett Gross

Wiper Malware Takes Down Sony & How To Prevent that from Happening to You

It’s been a busy season in the world of information security, and one of the more notable events was the successful attack on Sony. Initially, it looked like a targeted attack aimed solely at leaking in-theater and unreleased movie titles; not a benign move but definitely something the movie studio could easily recover from. Then we started to…

December 11, 2014 | Andy Nester

Customers get a 24X7 Security Operations Team with GoGrid & AlienVault

Want somebody else to worry about information security for your small or mid-sized business? If you don’t have a crack team of security experts, it might be the best idea, especially with intensifying threats. Instead of having your own people monitor and analyze security alerts 24X7, you can rely on GoGrid’s Managed Security Service and simply…

December 9, 2014 | Clare Nelson

Are Information Security Certifications Worth Your Time?

Career navigation in the information security industry is tricky. The industry is fairly young, and it moves at a breakneck pace. Job requirements have become more specialized and lofty, often without commensurate compensation. Moreover, while there are several legitimate information security certifications, there are also organizations that sell certifications or training, sometimes with lesser quality. This post will explore information…

December 5, 2014 | Kate Brew

Gamifying the AlienVault Forum

We are excited to share with you some enhancements we have made to the forum to make it more interactive and valuable to you. For those of you unfamiliar with our Forum, it’s the place to go with technical questions and to keep up on product enhancements. It also provides a place for OSSIM (our open source project)…

December 3, 2014 | Garrett Gross

Holiday Phishing - The Grinch Loves Email!

Hey folks – its that time of year again! No – I’m not talking about spending time with loved ones, putting up holiday decorations, or even digging out that ugly sweater to wear to your hipster friend’s party. I’m talking about EMAIL PHISHING CAMPAIGNS!! Image courtesy of That’s right. This…

November 25, 2014 | Kirk Kerr

Security Awareness: Combating Unintentional Security Breaches in a BYOD world

In a survey conducted by the Computer Security Institute in 2011 [no longer available], companies worldwide were asked about increasing number of cyber security threats, and the results were overwhelming. 45.6% of respondents reported being the subject of at least one targeted cyber-attack Respondents to the survey covered a variety of industries including…

November 21, 2014 | Kate Brew

AlienVault Joins Industry Leaders to Discuss IT Security Trends in Latin America

In November, Carlos Dodero, LATAM Business Unit Manager and Victor Obando, LATAM Senior Advisor at AlienVault participated on panels at the GMS-sponsored Conference in Ecuador attended by 300 and the E-Dea Networks event in Colombia attended by 50 to discuss security trends in the LATAM market with other IT security leaders. In addition, a third partner event featuring AlienVault was held by…

November 18, 2014 | Garrett Gross

Security Tips for Retailers and Consumers this Holiday Season

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many retailers might be finding themselves in the crosshairs of criminals, both physically and online. The unfortunate reality is that most of them are soon entering an IT freeze, or already have, where no new projects go live and performance and availability take precedence. In many cases, this means that any new security upgrades…

November 13, 2014 | Garrett Gross

2014 SANS Incident Response Survey Results

With the recent streak of widely publicized breaches of well-known companies, many organizations are examining their incident response (IR) capabilities. SANS conducted a survey earlier this year to explore what IR teams are up against – what types of attacks are most common, what defenses are most widely used, and what challenges IR teams face in their response efforts. The…

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