Stories by David Braue

Don't let your data suffer from Miss Taken Identity

Whether you celebrated National Identity Fraud Awareness Week (NIFAW) with a large identity cake or just shrieked 'Who Are You?' and other identity-inspired songs with friends over a beer or four, the campaign has run its course for another year -– and reminded those who were listening that we're still living in a world of trusting, naïve fools.

David Braue | 02 Nov | Read more

IPv6 boosts schools' on-net security

Cyberbullying may be more of an operational issue in schools than the outside hacking that enterprises face, but opaque IPv4 network configurations are causing security issues for both groups as organisations struggle to enforce administrative policies by reliably matching IP addresses and user identities.

David Braue | 25 Oct | Read more

SecurID by obscurity: It's only a matter of time

I still remember that sunny day, late last century, when I and a handful of journos descended on the North Sydney offices of a small company called Security Dynamics, which had introduced what it said was a foolproof security method: a token that used a secret and encrypted algorithm to generate time-sensitive passcodes to enable two-factor authentication.

David Braue | 13 Oct | Read more

HTC breach a reminder on mobile security

It's hardly the kind of thing any company wants attached to its name, but HTC's rapid acknowledgment of confessed "serious" security exploit, discovered and published this week by security researchers, may ultimately help deflect criticisms and will, regardless, serve as a valuable reminder to CSOs that mobile devices represent a new and still-evolving security threat within the enterprise.

David Braue | 07 Oct | Read more

Laptops walking out the door of policy-free firms

Concerned that your employees are being a bit lax when it comes to looking after their laptops? Steal them yourself, one vendor has advised in the wake of yet another damning security report that suggests laptops and other equipment are literally walking out of Australian companies that are still operating at far below world's best practice when it comes to device security.

David Braue | 06 Oct | Read more

Can we ever close the USB security gap?

When something as seemingly esoteric as USB security can hit a mainstream cartoon like Dilbert, you know it’s a real issue. But it’s also one that has been poorly addressed by many companies, whose employees seem to be losing data through this largely unpoliced security hole faster than your Uncle Barry going through $2 coins at the local TAB.

David Braue | 05 Oct | Read more

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