Posts by David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a security Professional who has spent about 20 years in the security industry in a variety of roles. He has worked for both Physical and IT Security industries in roles including Pre-sales Engineer, Implementation Engineer, and Technical Support. David's studies include IT and Security Operations, as well as standards and regulations that affect the security industry.


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6 Reactions to the Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report: Part 2

By , August 8, 2017

Last week, I discussed the first three reactions I had to the “Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report.” I discussed how vendor consolidation is increasing, how spyware is being branded as malware and how detection of threats is continuously improving. DevOps as a Target In the Vulnerabilities section of the document, Rapid7 describes how DevOps is a target and vulnerability for many companies that may use things like AWS, Azure, or Docker frameworks for development. When these resources are built, they are not always deployed in a secure state and often are left behind to run indefinitely. Identity management tools that…

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6 Reactions to the Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report: Part 1

By , August 3, 2017

When reading this year’s “Cisco Midyear Cyber Security Report,” a few things jump out that bear discussion. Vendor Consolidation First, one of the key findings is related to the “fragmented security toolbox,” and from it, having so many point solutions solving for security gaps actually creates problems. If they are layered effectively, integrated fully and managed appropriately, point solutions are a winning approach. But when you look at the number of separate solutions that need individual attention to stay effective, the administrative burden deters from incident response plan. This leads to the report’s conclusion that consolidation of vendors limits this effect….