Archives: September, 2017

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 11, 2017, 8:49 am

A Book on Sorting Through Internet Security

We’re not usually into security book reviews, but here’s a reference to one on Government Security News that might be worth this exception. It’s a discussion of Borderless Behavior Analytics – Who’s Inside? What’re They Doing? by a number of contributors, led by overall author Ankur Chadda. One sentence that’s caught our attention is “One […]

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 6, 2017, 8:12 pm

Security for All Seasons, Providing We Plan Ahead

With hurricanes roiling the Gulf and now threatening the East Coast, it’s timely, indeed, that September turns out to be National Preparedness Month. The Department of Homeland Security’s motto for the month is “Disasters don’t plan ahead. YOU CAN.” True enough. DHS lists both specific and general steps to take to be as secure as […]

Doug Bedell — September 5, 2017, 11:03 am

Drones Becoming Border Jumpers Too

Drones, as we’ve noted before, are becoming an increasing security risk. Here, in a post on Homeland Security, we find smugglers using the new, larger size drones to fly drugs across the U.S.–Mexico border. “Most commercial drones are relatively small and somewhat fragile—meaning that they can’t carry much more than a camera just so they […]

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 […]