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Celebrating 10 Years of BitSight: A Co-Founder Looks Back

It’s hard to believe, but BitSight is celebrating our 10 year anniversary this week! I co-founded BitSight in 2011 with my friend and grad school classmate, Nagarjuna Venna. When I think back at our original idea of creating a global...

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4 Cybersecurity Trends You'll See In 2017

During 2016, a lot happened in the realm of cybersecurity, and we witnessed a number of noteworthy events and trends: 

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Q&A with Stephen Boyer, BitSight's CTO and Cofounder

I received the following questions from an inquisitive undergraduate student eager to learn more about BitSight and security ratings. He posed excellent and insightful questions, and I thought that I would share our exchange in case...

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Months After Target Breach, Retailers Still Leaving Data at Risk

On July 21, 2014, Brian Krebs (once again) broke the news of a potentially major retail breach. Goodwill Industries and its 165 independent agencies across North America appear to be the most recent victims in the seemingly plagued...

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FS-ISAC Recap: The Evolving Role of the CISO

Security professionals in the financial industry shared lessons learned from the past year and discussed challenges facing them in the coming year at the recent 2014 FS-ISAC and BITS Annual Summit. Topics ranged from malicious insiders...
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RSA Recap: Will National Standards Help Reduce Security Risk?

Last week I had the opportunity to be in San Francisco for the RSA conference and Metricon 9. The discussion at the conference and what is now coming out in news reports is that this was the largest RSA event to date in terms of...

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Target & Neiman Marcus Are Not Alone: Malware in the Retail Sector

The past few weeks have been full of news regarding cyber attacks in the retail sector. First Target, and then Neiman Marcus. Now news outlets are reporting that three other well-known retailers may announce breaches that occurred in...

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Lessons From the BPP: Frequent Measurement Yields Invaluable Insights

When it comes to accurately quantifying the state of security in any given organization, time is such a precious commodity. Threats and internal configurations change so rapidly that it can be tough to zero in on a solid read of a risk...

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In Search of Useful Models

I was in graduate school when I first heard the well-known quote by statistician George Box: “Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful."

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