Stories by David Braue

The week in security: Yahoo!, Google learn security lessons

From the good-news-bad-news files, the federal Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy surprised many citizens by telling them that DVDs with their usernames and passwords had been lost in the post – but the news came four months after the event, which rendered it all but moot for most.

David Braue | 17 Jul | Read more

2012: Next-generation threats need next-generation firewalls

It wasn’t too long ago that security vendors were touting new ‘heuristic’, or behaviour based, analysis as a newfangled way to spot new viruses that were generated by hacker toolkits and didn’t match any known signature on file. These days, however, heuristics are less a luxury than the standard operating procedure as globally connected malware authors spew new threats faster than ever and even the most diligent companies continue to suffer the indignity of successful security attacks.

David Braue | 14 Jun | Read more

Malware innovation outpacing security defences, eThreatz testing shows

Figures suggest that 2011 was the worst year in history for malware attacks, with more than 12 million unique samples discovered in the first half of 2011 alone – a 22 percent increase over 2010. This high volume of attacks has taken its toll: extensive eThreatz testing by Enex TestLab over the past six months has confirmed that many malware detection platforms – including those from top brand-name vendors – have been unable to detect a sizeable proportion of new malware infections.

David Braue | 11 May | Read more

BYO computing: if you can't beat 'em, secure 'em

The trend towards bring-your-own computing is being driven by executives who not only insist on connecting their personal devices to the company network – but refuse to hand over control of those devices to security managers despite exhortations that it's necessary to ensure data integrity.

David Braue | 08 May | Read more

Virtualisation requires new security models: Quane

Traditional security models are slowing down virtualised environments and creating an untenable management burden as aggressive cloud-computing adopters skimp on security to ensure they don’t become victims of their own virtualisation success, a security executive has warned.

David Braue | 08 May | Read more

Malicious QR codes: a mobile security blind spot

It's hard to read in-store signage, magazine or newspaper advertisements or product brochures these days without seeing a quick response Code (QR Code) – the blocky, square two-dimensional barcodes that let smartphone users quickly jump to a Web address by simply taking a photo of the code block.

David Braue | 02 May | Read more

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