Tag Archives: cyber security

Ransomware Doesn’t Just Target Noobs: The Enterprise Implications of Cyber-Hijacking

By | March 18, 2016

This column initially appeared on Diginomica as Digital Hijackers: The Rising Threat of Ransomware to Business Imagine you are the CEO of a hospital and come in one day to find staff in a panic because they can’t use critical systems like CT scanners, lab test and emergency room equipment or access pharmacy records. That’s precisely the nightmare scenario… Read More »

Book Review – Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software

By | August 27, 2015

If you’ve ever wondered why the first thing you have upon booting a new PC, with it’s pristine copy of Microsoft’s latest and greatest, is spend the next few hours loading extraneous security software – anti-virus, spyware protection, firewall, spam filter – David Rice has a theory for you. As he expounds at great length in his first… Read More »

Mobile Security Isn’t an Oxymoron: Startups Up the Protection with New Tech

By | November 19, 2014

A year ago, Target was in the midst of being pwned by cyber criminals that turned the season into anything but a Merry Christmas. The retailer ultimately discovered that more than 70 million customers had their credit card information stolen by an exploit that cost the company upwards of $400 million and the CEO his job. The year… Read More »

Big Data with Connected Defenses: The Silver Bullet Cyber Security Needs

By | November 13, 2014

Cyber security news has been almost universally dispiriting for the last few years as the barrage of new exploits has created a sort of ‘breach fatigue’. As I wrote in this column, cyber security has been a losing game of whac-a-mole for years as the malefactors manage to pop out of new security holes faster than IT and their… Read More »

How a Scanner Infected Corporate Systems and Stole Data: Beware Trojan Peripherals

By | July 10, 2014

A new form of highly targeted cyber attack patently demonstrates the shift in malware sophistication and motivation and I cover all the details. Annoying hacker pranks done for fun and sport have been supplanted by sophisticated, multi-stage software systems designed for espionage and profit. The new attack, discovered by TrapX, a developer of security software formerly known as CyberSense,… Read More »

On Hotspots, Hackers Aren’t the Only Ones After Your Private Information

By | May 21, 2014

Don’t just worry about data security on hotspots. Hotspot providers culling metadata pose a bigger threat to privacy Public hotspots have become the water fountains and restrooms of the digital age: amenities expected of every public venue. But as I wrote in a previous column, they can be a a privacy and security minefield, where the combination of few controls, little oversight and… Read More »

Public Hotspots Are a Privacy and Security Minefield: Shield Yourself

By | May 18, 2014

Protecting your data from prying eyes while on the move is important and easier than ever. Here’s why. An axiom among network security pros is that you should treat public Wi-Fi hotspots like the cyber equivalent of public bathrooms: a convenience we all use, but only with the requisite hygiene. You wouldn’t share personal items like a toothbrush… Read More »

Advanced Attacks Demand New Defenses

By | May 12, 2014

Security threat and response is a vicious circle of escalating (and increasingly cagey) ­attacks and sophisticated (and increasingly costly) defenses. The latest generation of ­malware includes deviously creative evasive techniques crafted to exploit ambiguities in the Internet’s underlying technology, flaws in network software stacks, and limitations of security appliances. One example operates at the network-protocol level to bypass… Read More »