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Content posted in December 2013
Sticking It To The ATM
Commentary  |  12/31/2013  | 
The folly of not preemptively disabling 'boot from USB' on an ATM
NSA's TAO
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
NSA's Q-branch upgrades Omega laser watch with Huawei backdoors
Security, Privacy & The Democratization Of Data
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
Data gathering and profiling capabilities that today are only available to nation states will eventually be at the disposal of everyone. What then?
Target's Christmas Data Breach
Commentary  |  12/26/2013  | 
Why, oh, why would Target be storing debit card PINs?
2013: The Year Of Security Certification Bashing
Commentary  |  12/26/2013  | 
As security professionals argued among themselves about how useless certifications are, organizations that needed security services had no place to turn for good advice.
Mobility & Cloud: A Double Whammy For Securing Data
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
In 2014, legacy security solutions like firewalls and intrusion detection systems will no longer be sufficient to protect corporate data against BYOD and cybercrime.
Update Now! A Holiday Carol
Commentary  |  12/20/2013  | 
In the spirit of the holidays, a cautionary tale set to the tune of a classic Christmas song
Yes, In The Internet Of Everything, Things Will Have Passwords
Commentary  |  12/20/2013  | 
Things would have no problem remembering passwords like "[email protected]" But even for things, passwords are less than ideal.
Secure Code Starts With Measuring What Developers Know
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
I recently discovered Ive been teaching blindly about application security. I assumed that I know what students need to learn. Nothing could be further from the truth.
My 5 Wishes For Security In 2014
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
Security skeptic Dave Piscitello tells why his end-of-year InfoSec predictions are like a fine wine.
Is Mob-Busting RICO Overkill For Combating Cybercrime?
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
The milestone conviction of 22-year-old David Camez for his participation in a Russian-run "carder" forum raises legitimate questions about the role of RICO in taking down cybercrime.
The State of IT Security: Its Broken
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Its time to move past the hyperbole of next-gen security and look to new approaches that show enterprises how to understand and assess their unique risks.
Stronger Defense Against Malware Happens Below App Level
Guest Blogs  |  12/13/2013  | 
We need to build security solutions on strong foundations that ensure we can 'start secure' and 'run secure'
Why Fed Cybersecurity Reboot Plan Fails To Convince
Commentary  |  12/13/2013  | 
Does a presidential commission's hodgepodge analysis and suggestions for improving federal cybersecurity tells us anything we didn't already know?
Time For An 'Active Defense' Against Security Attacks
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Today's threat landscape and the mobility of our data demand much more than a castle wall approach to keep hackers at bay.
Name That Toon, Win a Prize
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
How To Win A Cartoon Caption Contest (Tech Version)
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
Take home the gold in our brand new cartoon caption contest by following these simple rules: Be funnier and enter more.
2013: Rest In Peace, Passwords
Commentary  |  12/10/2013  | 
In the future, we will look back on 2013 as the year two-factor authentication killed passwords.
Don't Be Overprotective About BYOD
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
Too many IT departments are putting a crimp in bring-your-own-device programs with overbearing security precautions.
Cyber Monday And The Threat Of Economic Espionage
Commentary  |  12/8/2013  | 
All signs point to such an event becoming a very real possibility
Microsoft Goes Toe-To-Two With Largest Customer
Commentary  |  12/8/2013  | 
Microsoft follows Google in attempting to thwart NSA surveillance efforts
IT Security Risk Management: Is It Worth The Cost?
Commentary  |  12/6/2013  | 
The attitude that IT security risk shouldn't be governed by traditional measures of cost and benefit is ludicrous.
A Virus Of Biblical Distortions
Commentary  |  12/5/2013  | 
Taking a second look at the Stuxnet 'myrtus' text string
Why Security Awareness Is Like An Umbrella
Commentary  |  12/5/2013  | 
A small security awareness program will protect you as much as a small umbrella. So dont complain when you get wet.
Do Antivirus Companies Whitelist NSA Malware?
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
Microsoft, Symantec, and McAfee fail to respond to a transparency plea from leading privacy and security experts.
Weighing Costs Vs. Benefits Of NSA Surveillance
Commentary  |  12/3/2013  | 
What the tech industry needs the NSA to know about aligning a national security agenda with the realities of a global Internet.
Zero-Day Drive-By Attacks: Accelerating & Expanding
Commentary  |  12/2/2013  | 
The zero-day attack business is no longer just about money, and patching is no longer the best defense.


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