Client Feature: MK Decision - The future of credit based decisioning

Posted by RSI Security on Sep 12, 2018 4:31:35 PM

As compliance and cybersecurity providers, RSI Security has the opportunity to work with forward thinking, innovative, and downright neat companies. This week, RSI Security has the pleasure of featuring our client: MK Decision, an up and coming startup company in the Financial Technology (FinTech) sphere. Known for their Credit Card Origination System (CCOS) that they launched in May of 2018 -- which recently secured them a spot in the Money20/20 USA Startup Academy. For those of you who may not know what CCOS or Money20/20 are, allow us to provide some insight.

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Topics: Client Features

5 things you need to know about how email encryption works

Posted by RSI Security on Sep 12, 2018 3:58:03 PM

Whether it’s for personal or business reasons, email has become an indispensable method of communication in the modern world (and has been for quite some time). But that’s exactly why emails are some of the biggest targets for hackers and cybercriminals. And it’s also why individuals, businesses, and all organizations are trying to send secure emails via enhanced email encryption.

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Topics: Encryption, Cybersecurity Solutions

Deploying Secure Systems and Applications (PCI DSS Req. 6)

Posted by RSI Security on Sep 12, 2018 3:35:00 PM

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) is a coalition of credit card companies including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® and Visa® that is built on the backbone of 12 requirements specified in the PCI Data Security Standards (DSS).  These requirements were implemented to ensure the continued financial safety of businesses and consumers alike.  The number and severity of data breaches constantly on the rise and the PCI DSS requirements are there to provide organizations with the compliance framework they need to maintain a high level of network security.

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Topics: Compliance Standards, PCI DSS

NIST Definition of Cloud Computing

Posted by RSI Security on Sep 12, 2018 3:14:12 PM

The term “Cloud Computing” appears in Google search nearly 54 million times.  But “The Cloud” remains to be this elusive entity to the general population.  Those who fit into this category either see cloud-based computing as this near-magical technology that whisks your data into another dimension for you to summon at a moment’s notice at your beck and call (which sounds pretty wizard-like).  For those who work with the technology daily and understand its capabilities, the technology is much more simplistic than others would make it seem, even though it does have some technical nuances.  

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Topics: Compliance Standards, NIST 800-171

What You Need to Know About NIST Password Guidelines

Posted by RSI Security on Sep 12, 2018 2:52:05 PM

Almost every online interaction, whether it be a financial transaction, company login, or a simple email conversation, requires the use of a password. With data breaches becoming more common and prolific, passwords have evolved into complex strings of characters that are difficult to remember. Ironically, this conundrum has resulted in stores selling password books for recording all the numerous credentials individuals use on a daily basis; however, this defeats the very purpose of passwords. Consequently, the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) began researching past data breaches and experimenting with various password structures to identify better authentication practices. Besides providing NIST definitions for cloud computing, the NIST has also now provided guidelines to create safer passwords. Do you know how to create a safe and effective password for your profiles? Learn about NIST password guidelines and NIST compliance by reading on.

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Topics: Password Management, Compliance Standards, NIST 800-171

How to Improve Your Security With NIST

Posted by RSI Security on Sep 12, 2018 2:36:23 PM

Business owners should know the answer to the question, “how prepared is your business to face cyber threats?” However, most do not. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) cybersecurity framework is one of the most recognized structures for improving sensitive data security against today’s cyber threats from all devices. Meant to be a voluntary framework for taking security measures to identify and minimize cybersecurity risks, the NIST framework has been used in a wide variety of industries. In this article, we’ll break down why the NIST framework was created, how it is structured, and how it helps to create a robust cybersecurity risk-management strategy. The NIST framework can be daunting at first, particularly for smaller organizations that may not be sure how to leverage the framework to create actionable insights into gaps in their cybersecurity. The information provided in this article should prove as a helpful starting place for organizations wishing to get a brief introduction to the NIST framework, as well as highlight some of the key advantages that adopting the NIST framework brings to organizations of any size.

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Topics: Compliance Standards, NIST 800-171

NIST 800-171 Checklist: What You Need to Know

Posted by RSI Security on Sep 12, 2018 2:25:29 PM

When it comes to data that cyber criminals are after, defense and military information rank near (if not at) the top of the list. And it’s not something the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) federal government is taking lightly. Between cyber protection, support, and other teams, the DOD is on pace to have 133 teams of federal agencies dedicated specifically to cyber defense. In addition, the DOD is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to implement regulations that will also make sensitive data handled by DOD and government contractors secure as well.

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Topics: Compliance Checklist, Compliance Standards, NIST 800-171

What Are the 5 Functions of NIST CSF?

Posted by RSI Security on Sep 12, 2018 2:11:32 PM

Businesses, governments, educational institutions, and society all use computers, handheld devices, and electronic storage containers on a daily basis. Life and work depend on the secure and reliable functionality of these devices.  However, with the widespread use of such technology, international cooperation and transnational business have also increased significantly. Consequently, it is now vital that all entities involved maintain an equal level of security. Such measures engender trust and also improve efficiency. To encourage better cyber security  standards in the U.S., the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) formulated a Cybersecurity Framework (CSF). Do you know what are the 5 functions of NIST CSF? Keep reading to learn more about NIST's cybersecurity framework and what you can expect from a cyber security provider.

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Topics: Compliance Standards, NIST 800-171

Why You Should Adopt the Cybersecurity NIST Framework

Posted by RSI Security on Sep 12, 2018 1:40:56 PM

Data breaches are a major cyber risk that can instantaneously affect a company’s bottom line in more ways than one which is why it is imperative to find comprehensive cyber security solutions to ensure that your business is safe.  They can drive up costs via increased compliance-related fines and impact revenues due to the decrease in consumer trust in the organization’s products or services as a result of the cyber attacks.  If a data breach is large enough, it can cripple a company’s critical infrastructure to the point that they cannot come back from.  To combat these instances of cyber infrastructure threats, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13636 for “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” on February 12, 2013.  This Executive Order established a U.S. Policy that focuses on the enhancement of the Nation’s critical infrastructure through the maintenance of public and private cyber environments.  

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Topics: Compliance Standards, NIST 800-171

What is NIST and why is it critical to cybersecurity?

Posted by RSI Security on Sep 12, 2018 1:03:55 PM

When it comes to technology and science, the U.S. Government has a variety of bodies and agencies that help support innovation and promote industry-wide standards. One of the most important (and underappreciated) of these organizations is NIST.

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Topics: Compliance Standards, NIST 800-171

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