Archives: 'IT Security'

Doug Bedell — August 1, 2018, 3:04 pm

Data Stored ‘In the Cloud’ – Where’s That? It’s Vital to Know

In computer security, people get confused over the term “Cloud”, such as in storing information safely in “the Cloud”. Adnan Raja discusses the subject of Cloud security in a post on the securitymetrics blog. The Cloud is a term for online storage of backup information, as provided by Google, Apple, Amazon, IBM or lesser known […]

Doug Bedell — July 16, 2018, 12:30 pm

Cybersecurity Breaches in 2018 – ‘So Far’

Following up on Briefs’ last post on cyber crime, here, from Wired magazine, are “The Worst Cybersecurity Breaches of 2018 So Far”. Wired’s warning: “Corporate security isn’t getting better fast enough, critical infrastructure security hangs in the balance, and state-backed hackers from around the world are getting bolder and more sophisticated.” The examples range from […]

Doug Bedell — July 11, 2018, 1:31 pm

Digital Insiders Can Be As Disruptive As Outsiders

Perish the thought, but the reality is that security disruptions – digital disasters – can be caused by insiders in an organization as well as faceless hackers. As proof, discusses “The 6 Worst Insider Attacks of 2018 – So Far” in which “stalkers, fraudsters, saboteurs, and all nature of malicious insiders have put the […]

Doug Bedell — July 9, 2018, 11:13 am

U.S. Cybersecurity Effectiveness Questioned By An Observer

Don’t count on the Department of Homeland Security to insure protection against cyber-attacks on U.S. businesses and government agencies, the Homeland 411 blog advises. “Chronic under staffing, insufficient resources, and a lack of cyber-prioritization has left government systems and critical infrastructure vulnerable to attacks and has placed DHS’s cyber goals far from reach, according to […]

Doug Bedell — July 5, 2018, 2:25 pm

No Doubting It: Enterprises Need a Cybersecurity Plan

Computer hackers with access – granted or created – to a business file can do great harm to the business involved. A security truism these days? Of course. But Joe Granitto on Security InfoWatch follows up with practical suggestions on protecting your data. “Defending your operations and reputation,” he writes, “requires a holistic cybersecurity plan, […]

Doug Bedell — June 29, 2018, 3:20 pm

Stopping and Thinking in a Pell-Mell Digital Time

The security sector has been steadily changing over the past decade. While controls over physical entry, such as barriers, remain essential, security has become a digital enterprise, too, with the threats coming from “out there,” that is the Internet. A blog post by SIA, the Security Industry Association, is helpful in grasping the new context. […]

Doug Bedell — June 25, 2018, 4:19 pm

Computer Password Protection: A New Digital Art Form

Computer passwords, those that provide reasonably assured protection, are becoming an art form, as this post by John E. Dunn on the naked security blog indicates. Here, Dunn is touting a new tool by Microsoft – if you’re a Premium 1 account customer of Microsoft’s Azure AD cloud service or Windows Server Active Directory – […]

Doug Bedell — June 22, 2018, 11:24 am

Where Are Your Cyber Vexations Coming From?

Who’s the biggest provider of unwelcome spam e-mail messages these days? If you say China, our experience has been that it used to be China, but now is the “Russian Federation”, by far, although we’ve been falling behind in sorting through our spam messages. Yet, interestingly enough, the Homeland 411 blog is saying that China […]

Doug Bedell — June 21, 2018, 9:47 am

Precautions for Security In Your Pocket, or Pocketbook

We’ve written a lot about security risks from intruders or desktop computers. But, IDG/Panasonic warn, there are also intrusion risks on your belt or in your pocket, zipcase or pocketbook – that is, from cell phones and other mobile devices. “As the dependence on mobile devices and data captured from the field increases,” the post […]

Doug Bedell — May 29, 2018, 1:01 pm

U.S. Homeland Security Updates Internet Safety Tips

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has updated its guidance from 2015 on home network security via the internet. “Home network security,” DHS explains, “refers to the protection of a network that connects devices to each other and to the internet within a home. Whether it’s staying in touch with friends and family, paying your […]