Archives: 'IT Security'

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 […]

Doug Bedell — May 23, 2018, 12:56 pm

Internet Routers May Have Been Hacked En Masse

Wired magazine reports that some home and small business routers have become infested with intrusive code and thus a security menace: “Home routers have become the rats to hackers’ bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread. “Now security researchers are warning that one group of sophisticated […]

Doug Bedell — May 21, 2018, 3:21 pm

Tracking People Via the Location of Their Cell Phones

Anybody looking for you? Got a cellphone? Lisa Vaas on Naked Security reports how it’s now possible easily to “find the real-time location of nearly any US (cell)phone to as close as a few hundred yards.” Security blogger Brian Krebs broke this news earlier this month and it’s now being elaborated on somewhat. Krebs wrote […]

Doug Bedell — May 19, 2018, 11:13 am

Information Security Is Worth Some Specialized Learning

The DarkReading blog has a valuable series of posts on providing information security, a discipline that some organizations don’t understand or practice very well. It’s becoming all the more focal as cyber threats mount in these digital times. The series of slides is entitled “5 Ways to Better Use Data in Security.” It’s worth spending […]

Doug Bedell — May 10, 2018, 10:24 am

Community Banks Being Targeted by ‘Cyber Criminals’

Because community banks have vaults, does that make them safe from a new form of security risk – cybersecurity? No, warns the Security magazine blog. “Though banks have long been in the forefront of cybersecurity preparation,” write Seth P. Berman and Thomas J. Curry, “they continue to be top targets of cyber criminals. This can […]

Doug Bedell — May 5, 2018, 5:03 pm

Pentagon Deems Chinese-Made Smartphones a Security Risk

Here’s something of a change of focus in security matters. Who makes your smartphone? If its Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. or ZTE Corp., you’ll be interested to know that their phones have been removed from stores at U.S. military facilities. That’s because, In Homeland Security reports, these Chinese-made phones have been deemed by the Defense […]

Doug Bedell — April 30, 2018, 11:41 am

Digital Security a Clear-Sighted, ‘No Fooling’ Challenge

Business and personal computer networks, as well, have unique security challenges, making it unwise to select an off-the-shelf protection tool and say “My problem’s solved.” It’s more intimate, shall we say, than that. This advisory comes from Jack Hamm on the Dark Reading blog. Hamm suggests a more “personalized” approach to an organization’s digital security […]

Doug Bedell — April 25, 2018, 12:07 pm

‘Botnets’ Aren’t for Trifling With: They Can Take Control

Time for a little computer security instruction: What is a botnet, and why does it matter? On, we’re advised that botnet is short for “‘robot network’, and also known as a zombie army, a group of computers infected with malicious pieces of software that put the computers under the command of remote operators without […]

Doug Bedell — April 20, 2018, 10:36 am

Cyber-Security-Safe In Your Home Office? Maybe Not

Not even a home office might be safe from cyber security attacks. This after a warning from the British and American governments about the proclivities of Russian hackers, including even home offices. As reported by Forbes, the warning came in a joint announcement from British intelligence, the National Security Council (NSC), the DHS and the […]

Doug Bedell — April 18, 2018, 12:14 pm

Digital Firms Becoming Aroused Over Cyber Attacks

The digital industry is becoming more unified and resolved to protect against cyber attacks, Lindsay O’Donnell on the Threat Post blog reports. At the 2018 RSA Conference in San Francisco April 16–20, “Where the world talks security”, Microsoft President Brad Smith declared in his keynote address that tech companies need to come together to “open […]