Archives: 'IT Security'

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 SecurityInfowatch.com. “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, […]

Doug Bedell — July 25, 2019, 11:49 am

‘Zero Trust’ an Important Approach to Computer Security

Byron V. Acohido on The Last Watchdog blog provides a discussion of the Zero Trust approach to computer networks. “All of this evangelizing of a ‘never trust, always verify’ posture has incrementally gained converts among early-adopter enterprises,” he writes. Acohido focuses on a visit he made to Portsys, “a US-based supplier of advanced identity and […]

Doug Bedell — July 15, 2019, 12:00 pm

Meet a Foe of Cybersecurity Risks to Small Businesses

Here’s a discussion of what small businesses are doing in seeking to overcome cybersecurity risks and function safely on the Internet. Byron V. Acohido on The Last Watchdog provides information that is well worth spending time with in the interest of small business web security. “A recent survey of more than 1,000 senior execs and […]

Doug Bedell — July 13, 2019, 9:42 am

Maitaining Corporate IT Security: A Vexing Challenge

Protection against computer security attacks is becoming daunting for corporate IT managers, Danny Bradbury advises on the Naked Security blog. This after a survey of 3,100 IT managers across 12 countries. “According to the survey, two out of three organizations (68%) suffered a cyber attack in 2018 that they were unable to prevent from entering […]

Doug Bedell — July 10, 2019, 7:59 am

Does the U.S. Need a Department of Cybersecurity?

Something to consider as we keep hearing about computer break-ins and hacking: To enhance cyber security, maybe the U.S. needs a cabinet-level Department of Cybersecurity. This possibility is raised by the In Homeland Security blog, which warns that “The U.S. is more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks from foreign adversaries who attempt to penetrate vital […]

Doug Bedell — July 1, 2019, 8:58 pm

Security Can Hinge on Digital Evidence; Suggestions For Preserving It

More and more we’re finding security discussed in digital terms. Here’s an example, from In Public Safety, “Countering Criminals’ Attempts to Destroy Digital Evidence”. Evidence can be collected from smartphones and computers. Police officers need to be mindful of collecting digital devices before they can be wiped clean. That becomes like playing cat and mouse […]

Doug Bedell — June 17, 2019, 8:11 am

Images Are Now a Source of Computer Security Attacks

The Clearswift blog explains how PDF files have become computer security risks. “Any sensitive or confidential document can be readily copied into a PDF and sent out of the organization without being detected.” The Clearswift post explains how this risk develops. It’s fairly intricate, but well worth understanding. “A new generation of threats is emerging […]

Doug Bedell — May 24, 2019, 2:52 pm

Computer Data Breaches Leave Us Yearning for Digital Security

Security Infowatch notes that there’s a “patchwork of state data breach notification statutes, as well as federal laws” that are supposed to promote the security of documents housed on computers. Yet “massive data breaches have gotten more common in the years since these statutes were enacted.” The “constant drumbeat” of news about about hacking “has […]

Doug Bedell — May 20, 2019, 12:02 pm

Watch Out: Social Media Breaches Weaken Web Security

Here’s a look at what happens, and why, when Facebook gets its dander up enough to shut down accounts “being used to spread fake news and influence political discourse in a number of nations,(in this case) mostly in Africa, but also in latin America and Southeast Asia. “Before the ban, Archimedes Group was running 65 […]