Archives: 'Electronic Security'

Doug Bedell — October 18, 2017, 11:06 am

October: ‘National Cyber Security Awareness Month’

The Department of Homeland Security advises that October is “National Cyber Security Awareness Month”. That makes it a good time to provide a renewed list of cybersecurity safety tips. They come down to be alert, be updated, and love those passwords! Seriously, cybersecurity is requiring increasing attention, and will continue to do so.

Doug Bedell — September 18, 2017, 11:01 pm

Security Lesson: Pay Heed to the Equifax Data Breach

Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency in Atlanta, GA, is just about the worst sort of enterprise to be hacked, from the public’s point of view. But it was. “The more than 143 million consumer credit records hacked from Atlanta-based Equifax during May, June and July,” Security InfoWatch reports, “saw all sorts of personal data […]

Doug Bedell — September 15, 2017, 11:53 am

Vigilance Matters Greatly In Heading Off Security Breaches

So there is Equifax, with a security breach in which, notes the Security magazine blog, “thieves made off with highly sensitive personal information including the Social Security and credit card numbers of at least 143 million people.” “The most troubling aspect of this data breach,” Security tellingly adds, “is that it was likely to have […]

Doug Bedell — September 13, 2017, 11:18 am

Digital Identities a Security Challenge of Our Times

For real digital security, the world needs a mass digital identity system, says John E. Dunn on the Naked Security blog, but, unfortunately, that “remains stuck somewhere between non-existent and a total mess.” “Ask someone to prove their identity today, he writes, “and almost without exception they will fall back on a paper passport, driving […]

Doug Bedell — September 8, 2017, 10:20 am

Taking Cyber Security Seriously With an SOC of Your OWN

We’ve been talking about organizations taking digital security seriously at a time of rising cyber threats. So, just came upon a post on the Security blog about installing a Security Operations Center (SOC) in your organization. They can be from rudimentary to sweeping in size and complexity – but at any level, an SOC is […]

Doug Bedell — September 1, 2017, 9:45 am

Security Challenges on the ‘Internet of Things’

Keeping up with our increasingly digital world can be taxing, as with security risks on the Internet of Things (IoT). Quoting the global consulting firm McKinsey, the Security Ledger blog advises that “More than three-quarters of managers surveyed said Internet of Things security is a top priority but just 16% said their company was ‘well […]

Doug Bedell — August 28, 2017, 8:19 am

Americans’ Fears of Terrorism, Cyber Attacks Shown Growing

Security InfoWatch advises that the fears of Americans over security and cyber attacks are increasing fairly sharply, citing the 2017 Unisys Security Index as grounds for its advisory. “The study, which was based on online surveys of at least 1,000 U.S. adults,” says InfoWatch, “found that 68 percent of Americans were seriously concerned about national […]

Doug Bedell — August 23, 2017, 10:20 am

Out-of-Date Software a Big Computer Security Risk

When hospitals in the United Kingdom focused on what had left them defenseless in a recent computer hacking attack, administrators realized they were running Windows XP, which was out of date and vulnerable to attacks. Thus the Clearswift blog advises that “Running critical infrastructure on outdated software is incredibly risky.” In the UK, “It was […]

Doug Bedell — August 10, 2017, 1:58 pm

Suppose a Security Emergency Hits, Say, Your Mall…

When there’s a security-related issue at hand, whether it involves theft, intrusion or, indeed, weather itself, the people at risk need to know about it. So, as an example in an educational setting, Caroline Hamilton advises about “Planning and Implementing a Campus Mass Notification System,” on the Security InfoWatch blog. “Every organization,” Ms. Hamilton writes, […]

Doug Bedell — July 26, 2017, 4:02 pm

A Computer Mouse Can Be a Pesky Devil Indeed

More and more, the threats being talked about on security blogs these days concern cyber security and the increasing ease with which unprotected computer systems can be breached. There’s Yossi Appleboum on SecurityInfoWatch for instance. He’s the Co-SEO Sepio Systems, “a pioneer in securing organizations against attacks via rogue hardware systems.” For example, “It may […]