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Content posted in November 2013
A Mercenary Approach To Botnets
Commentary  |  11/28/2013  | 
When does a botnet become valuable to government intelligence agencies?
NSA Surveillance: First Prism, Now Muscled Out Of Cloud
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Companies can no longer discount the risk of losing control of confidential corporate data in the cloud. Government data mining is here to stay, in one invasive form or another.
What IT Can Teach Utilities About Cybersecurity & Smart Grids
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Protecting smart grids from cyber attack is a popular conversation in information security circles. But the threats are far worse than generally believed.
Spamhaus Shows What's Next For Block Listing
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
The broad, silent acceptance of a recent Spamhaus blocking action is a strong indicator that the rules have changed in the battle over spam and other kinds of email abuse.
Application Security: We Still Have A Long Way To Go
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
The past decade shows only trivial progress in improving web app security, according to new vulnerability guidelines in the OWASP Top Ten 2013.
Healthcare.gov Security Hiccups
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Take two aspirin and call me in the morning
The New Security Architecture
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Recent high profile attacks reflect a new reality in which perimeter-based security models are increasingly less effective in protecting key corporate assets and information.
Understanding IT Risk Management In 4 Steps X 3
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
A risk management matrix combines the probability of harm and the severity of harm. In IT terms that means authentication, context, and process.
Doomsday Prepping Your Business
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
Security and compliance are your guides to survival
Authentication + Mobile Phone = Password Killer
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
Can the smartphone free us from the drudgery of the much-despised password? There's good reason to hope.
BYOD: 'We Have Met the Enemy & He Is Us'
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
As smartphone adoption continues at an unrelenting pace, the issues surrounding BYOD will become an even more challenging mobile security management issue.
LinkedIn Lesson: Detail Security First, Feature Fest Second
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Memo to businesses with an information security trust deficit: Prove how you're going to keep our data secure.
Higher Ed Must Lock Down Data Security
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Higher education rivals only the healthcare industry in housing personally identifiable data. Consider these tactics for smart planning.
Avoid The Bermuda Triangle of Cloud Security
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
As cloud services permeate the enterprise, security still inhabits the unknown. Can enterprises venture into cloud-based security without traversing a Bermuda triangle of doubt?
Secure Your Network From Modern Hazards
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Traditional security measures don't stand a chance in a data-centric world. But within the crisis lie opportunities for IT security pros.
DDoS Attack: Preparing For The Inevitable
Commentary  |  11/14/2013  | 
DDoS mitigation is a challenging undertaking. Here are four steps to help you plan for the worst.
The Emergence of DDoS-as-a-Service
Commentary  |  11/13/2013  | 
"Legitimized" services increase DDoS threats and lend credence to the notion that information security is as much about corporate health as it is self-defense.
Windows XP Security Apocalypse: Prepare To Be Pwned
Commentary  |  11/6/2013  | 
Patching XP makes Microsoft no money. But millions of unpatched and easy-to-exploit systems equal cybercrime payday.
Military Needs Better Battleground Biometrics
Commentary  |  11/5/2013  | 
Industry advances in biometrics need to be made available to military engaged in irregular warfare where clumsy security technology prevails.
Don't Be A Hacker's Puppet
Commentary  |  11/5/2013  | 
Even if your company is not a primary target, hackers may be using you to get to the big fish. Here's how to protect your servers without breaking the bank.
Data Privacy Scare On HealthCare.gov
Commentary  |  11/4/2013  | 
When the inside threat is your own system
File Sync And Sharing: Users Won't Give It Up
Commentary  |  11/1/2013  | 
Users need file syncing for real business purposes, so it's up to you to figure out a way to protect the data.


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