Archives: 'IT Security'

Doug Bedell — October 20, 2018, 5:22 pm

Smartphone Voting About To Begin in West Virginia

  Oh my, West Virginia is breaking security ground that we could all fall through. But progress is progress, if indeed, it is. “Next month,” advises Politico,  “West Virginia will become the first state to deploy a smartphone app in a general election, allowing hundreds of overseas residents and members of the military stationed abroad […]

Doug Bedell — October 10, 2018, 1:22 pm

DOD Grappling With Cyber Security Concerns

Even the U.S. military has growing cybersecurity concerns. Bruce Schneier quotes from a summary of a U.S. Government Accounting Office report, “Weapons Systems Cyber Security: DOD Just Beginning to Grapple with Scale of Vulnerabilities”: “Although GAO and others have warned of cyber risks for decades, until recently, DOD did not prioritize weapon systems cybersecurity. Finally, […]

Doug Bedell — October 6, 2018, 4:16 pm

Employees Can Be Their Own Worst Security Risks

With our workplaces becoming increasingly digital, the challenge of keeping them secure arises. Why? Security magazine explains that, in a survey, “digitally savvy respondents disclosed taking greater risks with data and information security.” What’s familiar doesn’t necessarily need to be protected, seemed to be the surprising reality. “Ironically, digital-savvy respondents disclosed taking greater risks with […]

Doug Bedell — September 24, 2018, 12:46 pm

‘Red Teams’ and ‘Blue Teams’ For Insuring Digital Security

We haven’t talked much about strategies to defeat computer intruders and strengthen digital security: Here’s a big one: Form a Red Team. A Red Team is defined by Kelly Sheridan on the DarkReading blog as “A group of people within an organization responsible for, well, attacking it. Their goal is to act like the adversary […]

Doug Bedell — September 12, 2018, 2:12 pm

Little Applied From the Equifax Computer Data Breach

Geez, it’s been a year since the huge data breach at Equifax and, Security InfoWatch advises, there’s been little learned and applied from that computer hacking disaster. “More than 147 million people in the U.S. had personal and financial data stolen ranging from Social Security and driver’s license numbers to credit card information and birth […]

Doug Bedell — September 7, 2018, 5:55 pm

HP Holds ‘Tech Days’ to Promote PRINTER Security

Yes, desktop printers, too, can be a security risk. Security Weekly notes that Hewlett Packard is concerned enough about the possibility that it held an “HP Print Security ‘Tech Day’” event at its Palo Alto, CA, headquarters last year. “This event,” Security Weekly advises, “was the precursor to a major marketing campaign for HP to […]

Doug Bedell — August 31, 2018, 2:42 pm

Facial Recognition Technology Catches an Airport Imposter

For the first time ever, a new facial recognition system at Washington’s Dulles International Airport has identified a man seeking to use a bogus passport that looked genuine. In Homeland Security advises that “the new facial recognition system detected that the man’s face and the photo in the passport were not an exact match. During […]

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, DarkReading.com discusses “The 6 Worst Insider Attacks of 2018 – So Far” in which “stalkers, fraudsters, saboteurs, and all nature of malicious insiders have put the […]