Archives: December, 2016

Doug Bedell — December 28, 2016, 2:39 pm

Plagued by Passwords? Pick a Solution

It’s still the holidays, so this “gift” security tip shouldn’t seem too belated. Slow in arriving or not, we’d find it welcome. If you’re plagued with having to remember your computer’s passwords, and have no tool yet for doing so, the Safe&Savvy blog urges you to get one. Safe&Savvy likes F-Secure , and 1Password is […]

Doug Bedell — December 21, 2016, 4:40 pm

Counterfeit Passports: A Troubling Security Concern

Here’s another security concern: counterfeit passports. The Homeland Security blog reports that “The trade in fake passports or other forms of government-issued identification continues today, in spite of government attempts to create more sophisticated official documents.” At a time when the U.S. is especially concerned with the security of its borders, counterfeiters are making it […]

Doug Bedell — December 19, 2016, 4:23 pm

CEOs’ ‘Naive’ About About Their Cyber Defenses

Hard to believe, but Website Magazine reports that CEOs are underestimating their vulnerabilities to cyber attack, threatening the security of their digital systems. “Specifically,” Website’s Peter Prestipino reports, “PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2015 Global State of Information Security Survey projected that financial losses from cyber-attacks will jump from $500 billion in 2014 to more than $2 trillion in […]

Doug Bedell — December 16, 2016, 10:15 am

Why Cyber Security’s a ‘Must’

Computer malware is no security joke. Pay heed to this from The Denver Post: “60% of small companies that suffer a cyber attack are out of business within six months.” “It seemed like just another ordinary day for a small online retailer in the Midwest,” the post begins. “Little did they know that the simple […]

Doug Bedell — December 13, 2016, 10:53 am

Computer Penetration Testers ‘Think Like Hackers Themselves’

To combat computer intrusions, consider getting a penetration test. Chad Horton on the Security Metrics blog says such tests often are more effective than security software alone, providing the professionals doing the testing are given all the information they need. “To combat a hacker,” Horton notes, “you need to think like a hacker.” Makes sense, […]

Doug Bedell — December 9, 2016, 3:41 pm

Business Security Starts at the Top – With the CEO and Board

On Security InfoWatch, Brian Stafford joins the discussion on closing the web security gap: Sounds good, but “While the idea of a sound security culture sounds promising, it can be extremely daunting to effectively implement and enforce. Part of the challenge involves achieving consistency across organizations and individual business lines.” Does that mean the scammers […]

Doug Bedell — December 5, 2016, 5:09 pm

Warning: Cybersecurity Seems to Be Slipping

The Dark Reading blog provides a post in the spirit of its ominous name – the confidence of cybersecurity professionals is slipping. Seven hundred professionals were polled for the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card (by the CyberEdge Group and Tenable) for a global security index and the study “showed that the index fell six […]

Doug Bedell — December 2, 2016, 1:30 pm

‘Fake News’ a Web Security Threat

You may have heard that the term “fake news” is building as a security concern. And so it is, but what’s “fake news” all about? Here’s a Security InfoWatch take on the subject, timely and helpful. “Fake news” is a creation of cyber meanies, who are at home on the Internet. It didn’t just appear […]