Archives: 'IT Security'

Doug Bedell — February 13, 2019, 11:52 am

Schneier: ‘Cyber Insurance Can Be a Vexing Market’

Bruce Schneier advises that cyber insurance is becoming a big, and problematic, factor as hacker intrusions on the Internet grow. ” First, the scope of cyber risks vastly exceeds available coverage, as cyber perils cut across most areas of commercial insurance in an unprecedented manner: direct losses to policyholders and third-party claims (clients, customers, etc.); […]

Doug Bedell — February 11, 2019, 5:40 pm

Security Information Officers Subject to Burnout

Protecting the security and validity of computer-based information is becoming an ever more stressful role, a post by Marc French on the Security magazine blog advises. “Having been a CISO now for a few years,” French writes, “I can relate to the occasional challenges. Late nights/weekends, internal stress, board presentations, breaches, media… the list goes […]

Doug Bedell — February 1, 2019, 2:13 pm

Digital ‘Hitmen’ the Bane of Internet Security

Bryan Krebs fills us in on how Internet attacks on unknowing computer users – digital security cave-ins, if you will – can be accomplished. They’re called “attack-for-hire” services. The more we know about such on-line predators, the better chance we have of avoiding them. Krebs starts by discussing Webstresser, which appears to have been based […]

Doug Bedell — January 16, 2019, 1:21 pm

Privacy Concerns Too Often Overlooked In Business Settings

Security pros, the DarkReading blog advises, need to become familiar with ways in which mistakes in the handling of digital information – such as email – “can lead to some dangerous privacy snafus.” The post lists seven ways in which this can happen: 1) “Accidental emails”, 2) Misdirected corporate emails, 3) Unauthorized people in an […]

Doug Bedell — January 7, 2019, 1:34 pm

Digital Pressures Growing; Security Harder to Maintain

It’s becoming increasingly challenging to be a business executive in today’s cyber-driven economy, Security magazine advises. “Executives are “most concerned about digital readiness (and) talent management in 2019.” This is especially so with firms that are competing against “born digital” rivals. As seen by  executives, here are the top 10 risks in today’s business settings: Existing […]

Doug Bedell — December 21, 2018, 1:22 pm

China, Too, Hosting Computer Hackers, State/DHS Say

Much of the computer hacking attention of late has gone to Russia, but China has been in the digital fray too, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advises. “Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers. These […]

Doug Bedell — December 14, 2018, 3:15 pm

Bogus Bomb Threat Emails Cause Internet Consternation

On his blog, Graham Cluley discusses the bogus bomb threats that were sent via emails on December 13 to “scores of colleges, businesses, hospitals and courthouses” in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and perhaps other places that “demanded a Bitcoin payment be made by the end of the working day”. This is a gruesome, demented […]

Doug Bedell — November 26, 2018, 11:22 am

Postal Service Caught Napping on Internet Security

The U.S. Postal service has been caught acting a bit too casually about computer and Internet security. Security blogger Brian Krebs advises that the postal service let a tip about a flaw in its computer-based Informed Visibility mail tracking service go uncorrected for more than a year until Krebs was contacted about it. “In addition to […]

Doug Bedell — November 16, 2018, 11:39 am

‘Black Friday’ Sales Rush Is Haunted On Line, Too

Going to stay home or at the office during this year’s Black Friday sales binge and do your shopping online? Beware. Tara Seals on the Threat Post blog advises that “cyberattackers have geared up to victimize them (you).” “As the Black Friday post-Thanksgiving buying bonanza looms, in all of its door-busting and elbow-throwing glory, many […]

Doug Bedell — November 7, 2018, 3:31 pm

A Rural Town Becoming a Cyber Security Center

Cyber security is a piece of overall access control security and there’s a town in rural Michigan that’s staking much of its future on that reality. “Pinckney is a rural town in southeastern Michigan with a population of 2,427. Located in the rolling hills and vast stretches of farmland of Livingston County, Pinckney seems like an odd […]