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Preparing for the End of Third-Party Cookies

It’s almost the end of an era in advertising. Google has started phasing out third-party cookies, beginning with 1% of Chrome users in January 2024. It plans to do the same for all users by the second half of the year through the Privacy Sandbox initiative.

To recall, Google’s Privacy Sandbox is a set of proposals for creating new standards for online privacy. The core idea is to develop methods for websites and advertisers to access user information for things like advertising and content recommendations without compromising user privacy. Among its key goals? Phasing out third-party cookies.

It’s Time to Upgrade: Is Your Security Solution Ready for PCI DSS v4.0?

For organizations handling cardholder data, security is a constant battle, with cybercriminals devising new tactics and exploits to steal sensitive information left and right. That is why the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) has been crucial as the gold standard for safeguarding payment-related data. And just as threats evolve, so too must the standards protecting financial information.

Recognizing this need, the PCI Security Standards Council introduced PCI DSS v4.0, effectively retiring PCI DSS v3.2.1 on 31 March 2024. Let’s explore what this new version brings to the table and how it can help organizations better protect cardholder data.

The Real Dangers NSFW Websites Pose, It’s Not Just about Productivity

Do you ever wonder why many organizations block employee access to not-safe-for-work (NSFW) websites?

Content filtering, the process of blocking access to NSFW websites, has long been believed to be just about improving employee productivity. And that’s not surprising since a survey indicated that 58% of employees spend at least four hours a week or 26 workdays a year on websites unrelated to their job.

Navigating Today’s OSINT Ecosystem Effectively

Organizations of all types have long been relying on open-source intelligence (OSINT) for various business purposes, most notably cybersecurity. There’s a growing need for it. In fact, experts predict that the worldwide OSINT market revenue will reach US$38.07 billion by 2028 from US$12.2 billion in 2023. And that’s not surprising given that 75% of security professionals have seen the volume of cyber attacks rise in the past year alone.

But the OSINT ecosystem is vast, comprising hundreds if not thousands of disparate types, sources, tools, and techniques. Navigating it can be a challenge. Organizations not only need to know what information to gather but also which vendor to tap and how to piece all the details together to come up with concrete cybersecurity measures.

Empowering Your GRC Program with Actionable Cyber Intelligence

Governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) is a threefold strategy for managing an organization’s overall structure, potential risks, and regulatory adherence. Today’s increasing regulatory complexity, data privacy concerns, and evolving cybersecurity risks are driving the market, which is projected to reach US$104.5 billion by 2030.

GRC has come a long way since organizations saw its significance in the early 2000s. From using Excel spreadsheets and performing each GRC component separately, today’s professionals can now employ platforms to automate almost any relevant business process.

However, not all GRC solutions are created equal. Those that stand out help organizations address the growing challenge of obtaining consistent, high-quality information to inform their GRC efforts.

Demonstrating NIST CSF 2.0 Compliance with Cyber Intelligence

Cybersecurity is a top priority for most organizations, with 96% of CEOs saying it is critical for success. However, most CEOs worry their organizations cannot fully defend against cyber attacks.

To help organizations achieve their cybersecurity goals, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) updated the widely adopted Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) in February 2024. NIST CSF 2.0 has an expanded scope, making it applicable to all organizations across sectors and types.

The Key to Effective External Asset Discovery

The external attack surface management (EASM) industry has exploded over the years. As of Q1 2023, dozens of vendors have been competing against each other, and more have since entered the market.

However, an EASM solution is only as good as the asset visibility it provides. After all, EASM platform users can’t effectively manage what they can’t see. For this reason, external asset discovery is the foundation of EASM, dictating the overall effectiveness of an EASM strategy or solution.

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