Archives: 'IT Security'

Doug Bedell — October 9, 2019, 11:44 am

The Internet’s No Place for Nonchalance

Feeling safe using the Internet? You probably shouldn’t be, the ZD Net blog advises: “Answers from a survey of 4,272 US adults conducted in June by the Pew Research Center found that most Americans aren’t as tech-savvy as you’d normally expect from the country that houses most of today’s web tech innovation. “Most Americans can’t […]

Doug Bedell — October 4, 2019, 11:34 am

Security Risks from Spammers Growing on the Internet

Security InfoWatch provides a run-through of the growing threat of identity fraud on the Internet. This potentially costly offense involves an e-mail messenger or website intruder who identifies his purported business or identity as legitimate when they’re not. Call them fraudsters, and watch out. “According to Experian,” InfoWatch advises, “more than two in five consumers […]

Doug Bedell — September 30, 2019, 10:25 am

Facing a Future Filled With Cyber Security Risks

Both the nation’s, and its citizens’, cyber security outlook is being greatly complicated by the advent of quantum computing, which enables hostile parties to harvest data via the Internet. Be they individuals or hostile nations, the Dark Reading blog advises, the threat is real. “We’re developing smart cars and smart cities. and it’s all connected […]

Doug Bedell — September 25, 2019, 1:51 pm

Veterans Being Exploited by Computer Hackers on a Fake Site

How reckless computer hackers can seem! The Threatpost blog reports on how “a known threat actor, Tortoiseshell, is targeting U.S. military veterans with a fake veteran hiring website that hosts malware.” Go there and you’ll be prompted to download an app “which in turn downloads malware that deploys malicious spyware and other tools onto victims’ […]

Doug Bedell — September 16, 2019, 11:06 am

There’s No Overstating It: Cyber Attacks Are Growing

Cybersecurity may be a business concern, but, warns Security Infowatch, “very few companies have taken the threats seriously.” “People play Russian roulette with their business decisions all day,” says Dave Tyson, Senior Vice President of Apollo Information Systems, who also formerly served as President of ASIS International. “Cybercrime is more profitable than the drug trade.” […]

Doug Bedell — September 4, 2019, 9:38 am

School Districts Increasingly the Target of Hacker Attacks

Computer hackers have been turning to educational institutions and school systems to enter and disturb, SecurityInfowatch advises. “Educational institutions have become one of the top ten lists of preferred hacking targets,” the post notes, “joining the ranks of popular targets like finance (Capital One, Equifax), retail (Target), manufacturing and transportation. As a sector known for […]

Doug Bedell — August 26, 2019, 2:32 pm

Heed This: It’s Increasingly Dangerous Out on the Web

Here’s a treatise, via ThreatPost, on how “fraudsters are using social media to spam, steal information, spread propaganda and execute social=engineering campaigns.” Indeed, the web is becoming a rollicking setting for harm, should one be unaware of the hazards of surfing on an inviting computer screen. “From an overall digital fraud perspective,” ThreatPost advises, “Arkose […]

Doug Bedell — August 21, 2019, 12:27 pm

Banding Together to Be Safe on the Web

What it takes to be as safe as possible in computer security: ZDNet reports on how “Intel, IBM. Google, Microsoft, and others are joining a new security-focused industry group.” “Some of the biggest names in the cloud and hardware ecosystem have agreed to join a new industry group focused on promoting safe computing practices.” Yes, […]

Doug Bedell — August 16, 2019, 10:29 am

Looking for a Tech Job? Hone Your Cybersecurity Skills

There’s a booming market for people with cybersecurity skills and not enough of them, Security Infowatch advises. “The growing cyberattack surface, ongoing regulations and requirements, and the endless onslaught of digital threats have necessitated more adept personnel than ever before, yet the security skills chasm is only widening. Recent estimates, according to (ISC)², place the […]

Doug Bedell — August 9, 2019, 12:24 pm

Workplace Security Training: ‘Learning to Swim from a Textbook’

Security awareness training isn’t provided enough, or effectively enough, in workplaces, Omer Taran argues on “Security awareness training has existed for decades — yet in all that time, it seems as if it hasn’t reached the level of effectiveness we hoped for,” Taran writes. “…Anywhere from 35-80% of security breaches start with employee involvement, […]