Archives: 'IT Security'

Doug Bedell — April 19, 2019, 9:14 am

Tensions Remain Constant Over Trust In the Internet

In Homeland Security provides a snapshot of how “a group of government-backed hackers have taken over chunks of the Domain Name System (DNS), a crucial part of the Web’s infrastructure that’s often been compared to the phone book of the internet… “The researchers said it was one of the scarier attacks they’d seen, as it […]

Doug Bedell — April 17, 2019, 9:29 am

Bruce Schneier’s New Book on Internet Security Perils

You can’t spend much time on a computer anymore without recognizing that the possibilities for intrusion, even actual meddling, are growing. Digital security is an ever-increasing challenge. Bruce Schneier, bless him, has published a new book, “Click Here to Kill Everybody,” on internet perils. “Schneier explores the risks and security implications of our new, hyper-connected […]

Doug Bedell — April 10, 2019, 9:23 am

Protecting Corporate Data from Cyber Attack

Businesses, advises Clearswift.com, need to train employees to protect the data they have access to from hackers and other security intruders. “A well-trained employee should be able to answer the three data security questions, ‘What’, ‘Where’ and ‘How’: “• What data is considered valuable to the business (and therefore to cybercriminals)? “• Where is this […]

Doug Bedell — April 3, 2019, 4:23 pm

Bruce Schneier Recommends a Read, If you Have the Time, of Course

Bruce Schneier is such a renowned security guru that when he recommends immersion in a report like “Personal Data: Political Persuasion, Inside the influence Industry. How it works.”, we should all turn to it. Trouble is, the text is many pages long, so we can only recommend it if you have the time for sampling […]

Doug Bedell — March 29, 2019, 1:06 pm

Hackers Are Waging Digital War Against Businesses

Hackers, Security InfoWatch advises, are getting to the core of our access control systems and we’re only beginning to fight back. “They typically start with hardware, such as wireless components or system controllers, which will give them access to specific computers. Then, those computers may give them access to both the target’s external and internal […]

Doug Bedell — March 27, 2019, 4:25 pm

Emails, Too, Can Pose Security Risks

Time to give email its place in the security spotlight, thanks to SophosLabs. The email accounts of friends and business associates can be compromised. Samples of what’s possible are included on the Sophos post – along with advice on what to do if you’re uneasy about your incoming email. Don’t take anything digital for granted, […]

Doug Bedell — March 22, 2019, 2:17 pm

Leading In a Crisis – Security Requires Empathy

Here’s a post on a situation in which security was lacking, big time, and what a leader did when things went terribly awry. Something always to keep in mind: however bad things are, don’t make them worse. In Homeland Security reports on the response of New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Arden, to two shooting attacks, […]

Doug Bedell — March 20, 2019, 9:00 am

Passwords and Biometrics: Which Are Safer In the Long Run?

Here’s where we’re headed in terms of computer security, according to a Security Infowatch post: Instead of alpha-numeric passwords eight to 12 digits long, we’ll have cameras peering from our screens to certify that the face peering from them matches the fingerprints provided. A moment later, we’ll have access to our system. No chance of […]

Doug Bedell — March 13, 2019, 8:54 am

Schneier: ‘Privacy Still Not Facebook’s Highest Priority’

Bruce Schneier discusses whether Facebook is feckless over privacy. It’s hardly a close call. “Facebook users have limited control over how their data is shared with other Facebook users and almost no control over how it is shared with Facebook’s advertisers, which are the company’s real customers… “The company could give people better control over […]

Doug Bedell — March 9, 2019, 9:23 am

Ultimate Security? Marines Look Into ‘Wiring’ Battlefields

Military.com advises that the Marine Corps Systems Command is looking into whether battlefields could be “wired” for “transmitting large amounts of voice, video and data.” “The adage ‘move, shoot, communicate’ hasn’t changed, but how we communicate is rapidly changing,” says Major Eric Holmes, project officer. “Given the rapid pace of innovation in technology, the Marine […]