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Read about the latest cybersecurity news and get advice on third-party vendor risk management, reporting cybersecurity to the Board, managing cyber risks, benchmarking security performance, and more.

Docker Hub: Exposing the Hidden Cost of Data Breaches

Big risks can come from small, sometimes unexpected places. When compared to all the other vendors you need to manage, you might not think of an image container for apps as a high priority -- but the recent breach of Docker Hub shows...

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Open Port Vulnerabilities: What's the Big Deal?

If you’ve done any research into improving network security, you’ve probably seen one suggestion repeated again and again: close your open ports.

Why is this such a common recommendation? Are open port vulnerabilities really a big deal?...

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What the Marriott Breach Can Teach Us About Cybersecurity in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry

Last fall, news broke of the Marriott breach that compromised the records of up to 500 million customers. The data breach occurred through the IT company, a third party, that managed the Starwood reservation database.

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BitSight Contributes to Verizon's 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report

Last week, Verizon published its annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) which details the major trends in data breaches observed over the previous year. This report has become a widely respected industry standard that companies...

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A Risk-based Approach to Cybersecurity Can Save Time & Money

If you’ve glanced at the opinion columns of security industry publications, you’ve probably seen the term “risk-based” floating around, as in “the time is now for a comprehensive, risk-based approachor “a risk-based approach to security...

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Types of Penetration Testing: Which Is Right for Your Business?

Penetration tests (a.k.a. pen tests) are point-in-time assessments of cybersecurity. They allow IT and security professionals to assess the adequacy of security controls, including intrusion detection and response systems, and identify...

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Third-Party Cyber Risk: Blind Spots, Emerging Issues & Best Practices

Recently, BitSight and the Center for Financial Professionals (CeFPro) released a joint report that explores how financial services organizations are addressing challenges associated with third-party cyber risk management.

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Vendor Due Diligence Checklist: 31 Steps to Selecting a Third Party

Due diligence processes for vendor procurement vary by company, industry, and region. Some regulatory bodies dictate due diligence practices, and some industry groups have adopted standardized processes. In addition, requirements may...

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What Are Security Ratings?

Security ratings are a data-driven, objective and dynamic measurement of an organization’s security performance. Thousands of organizations around the world use BitSight Security Ratings as a tool to address a variety of critical,...

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