Archives: 'Security Threats'

Doug Bedell — June 23, 2017, 10:41 am

Preview of Web Security Tools Coming Up

Ericka Chickowski on the DarkReading blog provides a preview of “8 hot hacking tools” that are expected to be “revealed and released” next month at the Black Hat USA meeting in Las Vegas. These are tools for “white hats,” the good guys, to have and understand in the continually plaguing effort to keep the Internet […]

Doug Bedell — June 12, 2017, 10:26 am

Pluck Your ‘Low-Hanging’ Cyber Security Fruit – Could Be Enough

For a good overview on how to confront the security needs of your organization, Government Security News offers Katherine Teitler’s “5 Ways to Find the Low-Hanging Fruit on Your Network.” “Though securing everything which needs securing — hardware, software, applications, data, people — is by no means a light lift,” Ms.Teitler writes, the security team’s […]

Doug Bedell — June 2, 2017, 11:13 am

Homeland Security Issues Semiannual Report to Congress

Government Security News advises that the Department of Homeland Security has published its Semiannual Report to Congress, and that GSN is publishing selections of its key topics. Such topics include Securing Cyberspace and Information Technology Assets, Secret Service challenges, Evaluatiion of SHS’ Information Security Program and Security Controls for the Transportation Security Administration.

Doug Bedell — May 24, 2017, 12:06 pm

Digital Security Breaches Setting World Records

Amid all the coverage of digital security breaches so far this year, it’s not surprising to learn that “data breaches and software vulnerabilities look set to break new records in 2017, if first quarter trends are any indication.” That’s DarkReading’s conclusion as it reports that “Risk Based Security’s analysis of Q1 data showed there were […]

Doug Bedell — May 17, 2017, 8:05 am

Insight Into the ‘Wanna Cry’ Ransomware Attacks

SecurityInfoWatch takes us into the digital chaos produced by the “Wanna Cry” ransomeware attacks. The infection was spread via a massive email spam, exploiting a vulnerability in the Windows OS, which Microsoft released a security patch for in March. Computers and networks that did not install the patch to help protect their systems are at […]

Doug Bedell — May 13, 2017, 9:54 am

U.S. Beefing Up Cybersecurity Defenses

Thanks to an executive order from President Donald Trump, the U.S. is strengthening its cybersecurity defenses. Government Security News advises that: “James Carder, the chief information security officer for LogRhythm, said the executive order encompasses many of the recommendations his firm makes to its clients. In particular, Carder, who has nearly 20 years of experience […]

Doug Bedell — May 5, 2017, 9:39 am

Robots, Too, Can Be Subject to Hacking

We’ve been noting the arrival of industrial and security robots, but as with their human counterparts, they’re not without problems. DarkReading reports on how researchers hacked an industrial robot, causing it to draw a “slightly skewed” line when the mechanism thought it was a perfectly straight one. The robot’s “straight line” was off by off […]

Doug Bedell — May 3, 2017, 8:59 am

Beware: Small Businesses Subject To Hacking Too

Big businesses or small – both sizes are subject to cyber security attacks. There’s no safety in smugness for either size. Security Infowatch warns that “Many small businesses fall under the false impression that criminals will only target large or even medium-sized businesses given the higher potential pay out; however, nearly half of all cyber-attacks […]

Doug Bedell — May 1, 2017, 9:56 pm

‘Penetration Testers’ Can Readily Check Your Security

If you have any doubts about the effectiveness of the security measures you’ve taken at your workplace – and you should have, actually – consider hiring or retaining penetration testers – or “pentesters” for short. That’s the advice of SecurityInfoWatch in a post, “Inside the Mind of Hackers”. This holds for both perimeter and digital […]

Doug Bedell — April 26, 2017, 2:20 pm

Premonitions from the Past – A ‘Cyber 9-11’ Looming?

DarkReading provides a scary look at the security scene before the 9-11 attacks and today. “Former CIA Director George Tenet’s statement less than two months before 9-11 that ‘the system was blinking red’”, writes Paul Kurtz, “is eerily familiar to our current threat environment in cyberspace. We have a preponderance of reporting on adversaries but […]