Archives: 'Electronic 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 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 — 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 tomsguide.com, 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 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 […]

Doug Bedell — April 11, 2018, 10:29 am

Bruce Schneier Promos the ‘Digital Security Exchange’

Bruce Schneier advises of the Digital Security Exchange, where he is on the advisory committee: “The DSX works to strengthen the digital resilience of U.S. civil society groups by improving their understanding and mitigation of online threats. “We do this by pairing civil society and social sector organizations with credible and trustworthy digital security experts […]

Doug Bedell — April 6, 2018, 1:21 pm

Healthcare, Too, Can Be Hit By Cyber Attacks

We’re not expressly endorsing the SecurityMetrics Health Network Portal, but it’s certainly noteworthy that the healthcare industry was hit by 23.7 percent of total cyber data breaches last year, as the SecurityMetrics blog notes. Healthcare IT News displays “The biggest healthcare breaches of 2017” in a click-along format here. As it’s been demonstrated repeatedly, no […]

Doug Bedell — April 4, 2018, 2:50 pm

Women Policing the Cybersecurity Realm

Barrier Briefs is about security, not gender diversity. Yet it’s pleasing to note that the Dark Reading blog is introducing “10 Women In Security You May Not Know But Should”. That’s cybersecurity, but it’s even more interesting to learn that women are increasingly present in one of the innermost realms of the security profession. “In […]