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Week in review: RSA conference wrap; Brandis wants private-public security alliance

The RSA security conference in the US was on, bringing information-security professionals from around the globe – and pundits onto the stage (check out our photo gallery here). The head of RSA told security professionals they needed to get rid of old mindsets when considering security, while an expert panel concluded that giving encryption keys to the US National Security Agency (NSA) was a bad idea; other experts said a proposed key-escrow plan it just wouldn't work.

David Braue | 27 Apr | Read more

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Reviews

Review: Secure Flash Drives

USB flash drives are the modern floppy, albeit considerably larger and faster. They make our lives easy for taking data on the road, sharing with colleagues over sneakernet, and given their rapidly increasing size even acting as backup devices. They're also darn handy for installing software from ISO images.

Ashton Mills | 13 Sep | Read more

USB Secure Flash Drive Product Review

A vast majority of today’s workforce use USB memory sticks, they offer unequalled convenience for transferring data. In most situations, if the data is not confidential, a standard USB stick quite acceptable, but what do you use if your data is sensitive?

Enex Testlab | 24 Aug | Read more

The security suite guide 2010

Just a few short years ago, all a PC needed for protection was a basic antivirus program to guard against any malware that arrived via an e-mail attachment, embedded in a shareware application or piggy-backed on a floppy disk.

Frank J. Ohlhorst | 18 Aug | Read more

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Slideshows

AISA National Conference: In pictures

- Amazon, Apple and Google know more about you than your doctor or lawyer - and Commbank is jealous as hell. - Don’t trust an organisation that doesn’t have a face - because then you can’t punch it in when they screw up, said Marcus Ranum. - 78 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have access to a computer or the internet and therefore avoid all IT security problems.

Zennith Geisler | 11 Nov | Read more

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Features

Secure USB Drives Not So Secure

Several hardware-encrypted USB memory sticks are now part of a worldwide recall and require security updates because they contain a flaw which could allow hackers to easily gain access to the sensitive information contained on the device.

Joan Goodchild | 07 Jan | Read more

Is Compliance in the Cloud Possible?

There is no doubt that cloud computing is dominating today's IT conversation among C-level security executives. Whether it's due to the compelling cost saving possibilities in a tough economy, or because of perceived advantages in provisioning flexibility, auto-scaling, and on-demand computing, CSOs are probing the capabilities, costs and restrictions of the cloud. At the same time, security and compliance concerns are at the forefront of issues potentially holding large enterprises back from capitalizing on the benefits that cloud computing has to offer.

Jim Hietala | 07 Jan | Read more

Best Practices For IT Availability

Forrester often gets inquiries such as, "What requirements should we keep in mind while developing our disaster recovery plans and documents?" and, "Which strategies work best for managing our disaster recovery program once it's in place?"

Stephanie Balaouras | 17 Dec | Read more

A Practical Approach to Protecting Trade Secrets

Trade secrets are increasingly becoming a company's most valuable assets, and not surprisingly, threats to those assets have increased concomitantly. The greatest threat to company data is, of course, not outsiders but a company's own employees A company's ability to protect against rogue employees (as well as against unintentional harm) is governed by both federal and state laws, which vary by jurisdiction and, worse, are in a state of flux in many of those jurisdictions.

Russell Beck and Matt Karlyn | 12 Nov | Read more

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Opinions

Turning the Tables on Cyber Attackers

Whoever said the best defence is a strong offence could have been thinking of protecting the enterprise from “advanced threats”. Given the stealth of today’s advanced attack malware, the scale of data compromise and speed of execution, it has been proven time and again that relying on a passive, defensive security strategy is no longer adequate.

Nick Race | 17 Apr | Read more

Tackling the human element of cyber security

The number and complexity of cyber-attacks has been increasing steadily over the last decade. Many adversaries are targeting the communications and information systems of organisations to extract large amounts of sensitive data, often hijacking insider credentials as a preferred method of breach. Identity has become today’s biggest security gap.

Dean Nicholls | 31 Mar | Read more

10.5 Tips to Protect Your Magento Store from Smart Hacker

E-commerce and financial websites stand first in the list of possible victims of cyber crime, as these websites deal with the monetary transactions. Being one of the most popular ecommerce platforms, Magento is also under threat of hacking attacks and unauthorized logins. Magento comes with various built-in security features, still there is always more that can be done in order to protect your online store from the smart hackers. With rich expertise in enhancing Magento security, I want to share with you some tips that will help you to protect your online store and keep hackers at bay.

Linda Phillips | 31 Mar | Read more

The Next Generation of Assessing Information Risk

Digital information is the heart of today’s organisations. It’s growing exponentially, and its effective use and management is directly linked to the continued success of the modern enterprise. However, digital technologies and global interconnection have introduced a significant number of new risks and greatly amplified existing ones. There are now many significant, high-profile examples of information risks being realised, and their impacts continue to grow. Organisations simply must improve their management of information risk.

Steve Durbin | 30 Mar | Read more

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