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Norman AS Extends Cyber Security Awareness Month into November with New Episode in Video Series

Despite the end of the official Cyber Security Awareness Month, Norman AS, the global leader in threat discovery, malware forensics and analysis, and industrial control system protection solutions, will extend its video series several more weeks. Due to its popularity and critical nature of network security topics, the “Inside Network Security” series continues this week with the release that features previous guest, Joe Weiss, a managing partner of Applied Control Solutions.

Titled “It All Changed in One Day,” Weiss discusses the unfortunate withdrawal of cyber security discussions from most company boardrooms after 9/11. Weiss explains the majority of companies no longer viewed critical infrastructure security policies as their responsibility. What was once a business-imperative issue became a national security issue, he notes. As an illustration, Weiss commented that he spoke at a conference on September 10, 2001, attended by utilities and a wide range of companies, even a dog food manufacturer, all interested in cyber security. That changed after 9/11.

Today, spending up to $200 million on a new ERP system typically reaches the board for discussion, while an ICS upgrade of $3-5 million does not. But, most boards have scant knowledge of their organization’s vulnerability cyber threats and strategies in place to discover, analyze and mitigate these threats.

“Weiss makes several excellent points about where the focus on boardroom discussions should be. In addition to concentrating on major expenditures, directors should understand potential threats to the organization,” said video series host and Norman AS General Manager, North America, Darin Andersen. “The pendulum has swung from cyber security being a corporate issue, to a government issue, now to a collaborative issue. Coordinating activities and sharing information is critical to protecting government and corporate information and infrastructure assets.”

The complete third interview with Weiss is available today on Norman’s YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV40BDg3Io4. Norman will continue the “Inside Network Security” video series through November.

About Norman AS

Founded in Norway in 1984, Norman is a global leader and pioneer in proactive content security solutions and forensics malware tools. Norman’s proactive antimalware solutions, including malware analysis tools, network security and endpoint protection, are powered by patented Norman SandBox technology and used by security solutions providers around the world.

Norman’s unified core antimalware protection for clients, servers and network security are delivered as products and services designed to protect industrial control systems; and business communications and resources, including corporate and government networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and extranets. Norman’s solutions are available through Norman subsidiaries and a network of global partners.

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