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February 28th, 2014
Our Data Security & Fraud Prevention Roundup contain links to the best data security and fraud prevention-related articles, blog posts, news releases, interviews, and anything else that we found interesting from around the web over the course of the prior week and our thoughts on them.
#1: Consumersâ€™ Bad Data Security Habits Should Worry Employers, Help Net Security (February 26, 2014)
Looking for a way to secure data-at-rest? The only failsafe way to do it is with encryption. But according to a recent Harris Poll, few people are taking the precaution with their work computers. Help Net Security discusses other findings related to the recent poll.
#2: Cloud Security Concerns Are Overblown, Experts Say by Jaikumar Vijaya, Computer World (February 27, 2014)
Hesitant about migrating to the cloud? According to a panel of experts at RSA Conference 2014, the prospect of working with a reputable cloud provider is a relatively safe one.
#3: Visa and First Data agree on common EMV debit protocol by Visa, Finextra (February 26, 2014)
First Data, one of the largest payment processors in the world, has recently announced an agreement with Visa that will hasten the arrival of EMV to the United States. By adding First Dataâ€™s STAR Network to Visaâ€™s system, issuers, acquirers, and merchants will have more access to EMV solutions.
#4: HIMSS14: 10 healthcare data security challenges by Mac McMillan, HealthITSecurity (February 24, 2014)
Mac McMillan, Chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force and healthcare regulatory compliance specialist, supplies a list of the top challenges facing healthcare organizations today. From malware to security expertise, this list covers the main issues healthcare CTOs need to address within their organizations.
#5: Be Sure Your Mortgage Data is Secure by Lew Sichelman, Macomb Daily (February 24, 2014)
The organizations that usually get the most focus when it comes to data security tend to be retailers, but what about mortgage companies? According to a recent study, mortgage companies are falling woefully short of best practices for securing sensitive data.
If you find something interesting that youâ€™d like to see considered for next weekâ€™s Data Security & Fraud Prevention Roundup, donâ€™t hesitate to let us know.Â Weâ€™re always on the lookout for new and interesting perspectives on data security news, issues, thoughts, and best practices.Â Send your best links to firstname.lastname@example.org, or share them with us on Twitter (@Futurex).
Rachel Barnett on
February 27th, 2014
Futurexâ€™s newest addition to its line of data security solutions has officially debuted at RSA Conference USA 2014. With applications for Tier One organizations across wide-ranging industries, CryptoCube provides an all-in-one rackmount enclosure for the secure encryption, authentication, storage, and processing of sensitive data.
Representing the next evolution in Futurexâ€™s commitment to providing efficient, effective technology, CryptoCube enables organizations to take advantage of Futurexâ€™s Hardened Enterprise Security Platform, a comprehensive suite of data security solutions successfully deployed on a global scale, within a single physically reinforced unit.
CryptoCube is designed to be deployed as a turnkey solution while still providing organizations with the customization and flexibility needed to achieve an ideal core cryptographic infrastructure. Any mix of Futurex devices can be included within CryptoCube, with functionality ranging from key management to hardware security module services to secure data storage.
The traditional time constraints of implementing a new core cryptographic system are eliminated with CryptoCube. Because Futurex products cover the entire spectrum of cryptographic functionality, your organization wonâ€™t have to deal with integrating devices and software from different vendors. Additionally, CryptoCube arrives at your desired location along with the expertise of our skilled and knowledgeable Solutions Architect team to oversee every step of installation and setup and provide employee training.
Once installed, CryptoCube will operate with minimal access needed. Configuration of the products within CryptoCube can be performed remotely via Futurexâ€™s Securus remote access device, the worldâ€™s only purpose-built FIPS 140-2 Level 3-validated tablet, reducing the time and cost associated with trips to data centers.
CryptoCubeâ€™s enclosure augments the physical and logical security measures already in place on the Secure Cryptographic Devices inside, with access controls including a dual, electromagnetic locking mechanism, smart card reader, and biometric reader for robust, multifactor authentication. The integrated LCD touch screen embedded into CryptoCube gives active monitoring statistics using the environmental sensors contained within the enclosure. Performance metrics including CPU usage, memory usage, and transaction processing throughput for all devices contained within CryptoCube are available directly to authenticated users via the front panel display.
CryptoCube is unlike anything else in the industry, providing organizations everything for their cryptographic needs in a consolidated, customizable, quickly deployed format. This advancement in Futurexâ€™s solution suite ensures that Tier One organizations can have it all: customization, rapid deployment, functionality, and security.
To learn more about CryptoCube and how it can form the cornerstone of your core cryptographic infrastructure, contact the Futurex Solutions Architect team.
Rachel Barnett on
February 25th, 2014
No organization is the same, and the days of cloud services that expect everyone to want the same features are now at an end. VirtuCrypt is changing the way enterprises utilize the cloud, promoting flexibility and customization in order to meet the unique needs of every organization.
Too often, organizations are forced to choose between a customized solution or rapid deployment. Thereâ€™s no need for such worries with VirtuCrypt. One of the main features that sets VirtuCrypt apart is the Base Architecture Model (BAM) of all its products, a common codebase that makes customization across an entire infrastructure quick and easy. By combining turnkey devices with the skilled knowledge of Futurexâ€™s TR-39 CTGA-certified Solutions Architects, your organization does not have to wait for a perfectly suited cloud environment, getting exactly what you want without the drawback of delayed deployment.
To make expedited deployment even more easily reached, VirtuCrypt has been designed with four basic formats: Fully Futurex-Hosted, Partially Futurex-Hosted, Redundant Backup, or Full Enterprise Solution. Each deployment option comes with the Securus FIPS 140-2 Level 3 portable tablet, providing secure access from virtually anywhere in the world. The following formats provide a starting point for honing in on the services ideal for individual enterprises.
Not every organization has the resources or desire to implement and maintain their own data center. The high cost associated with facility upkeep, the worry of ensuring redundancy, the necessity of maintaining security, and the hassle of meeting compliance mandates can all be avoided. VirtuCrypt takes on the burden of audits, security and facility maintenance, and redundant backup so that your organization doesnâ€™t have to.
For organizations that have already implemented a cryptographic infrastructure, but desire additional functionality or scalability, VirtuCrypt can be easily integrated into the existing system. VirtuCrypt will communicate directly with the host application in conjunction with the original infrastructure.
Data loss, both by natural disaster and by malicious attack, can cost an organization beyond measure. Establishing a redundant backup of data and processing capabilities acts as insurance against such an occurrence, keeping company data safe and secure. VirtuCryptâ€™s facilities are fully redundant across multiple secure SSAE 16 (SOC 1, 2, and 3), PCI DSS, and HIPAA-compliant hosting facilities. Your existing core cryptographic infrastructure will function as normal while VirtuCrypt replicates the data and securely stores it as a failsafe.
Full Enterprise Solution
A full scale custom development of Futurexâ€™s Hardened Enterprise Security Platform is available for enterprises desiring the implementation of an entire cryptographic infrastructure. Futurex will perform a thorough system analysis and design, develop a custom-built infrastructure, and deploy that infrastructure into VirtuCryptâ€™s cloud, providing 24x7x365 Xceptional Support and seamless enhancements in the future.
Too often, the visions of great enterprises are limited by the tools are their disposal, but the cloud is changing that, providing exactly the functionality that needed to achieve those visions. Choosing a cloud service that will implement the services best suited to an individual enterprise eliminates the waste of time and resources, allowing organizations to focus on their goals. Whether an organization requires an offsite backup or an entire cryptographic infrastructure, VirtuCrypt has the customizability and security to fulfill unique needs.
Alison Turner on
February 24th, 2014
RSA Conference 2014â€™s tagline this year is â€śWhere the World Talks Security,â€ť and weâ€™re pleased to contribute to the discussion. Weâ€™re looking forward to San Francisco as usual.
This year, Futurex will be showcasing our secure hosted cloud service, VirtuCrypt, which offer customers the benefit of Futurex’s Hardened Enterprise Security Platform technology without the overhead or effort associated with building, maintaining, and certifying a data facility. VirtuCrypt supplies the scalability and redundancy required for 24x7x365 operation and is maintained with full redundancy within secure SSAE 16 (SOC 1, 2, and 3), PCI DSS, and HIPAA-compliant data centers.
VirtuCrypt offers features applicable to a wide range of organization types and purposes from large Tier-1 organizations looking for a fully redundant backup site to small and medium sized businesses without the resources to implement, certify and maintain their own Hardened Enterprise Security Platform; or any organization preferring a Futurex hosted and managed secure cloud solution over an in-house solution.
Most of all, stop by booth to learn about Futurexâ€™s full range of products and services to protect your organizationâ€™s sensitive data and that of your customerâ€™s.