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The week in security: Snapchat, Dropbox deny culpability for photo, account leaks

Some 100,000 photos taken from Snapchat users weren't the service's fault, although some observers were seizing on the leak to argue for an improvement in security by Snapchat and other online services. Ditto Dropbox, which was also denying it was to blame after hackers published what they claimed were excerpts from 7 million Dropbox credentials; the cloud-storage giant blamed a third-party service for the leak, but security experts were still using the event to push their case for users to adopt two-factor authentication – particularly given that cloud security and ubiquitous identity for cloud services is still over a year away.

David Braue | 21 Oct | Read more

Being FIRST in Information Security

Peter Allor is the Lead Security Strategist in IBM's Critical Infrastructure Group. He works at the forefront of information security, working with researchers to look at events, as they happen, to learn about new techniques that are being adopted by attackers from a protection perspective and how to deal with those in across distributed computing in the cloud. But he is on the board of directors of FIRST - the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams and ICASI - the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet.

Anthony Caruana | 16 Oct | Read more

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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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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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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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The cost of a security breach; it’s not just about the purse strings

Security breaches are rarely out of the news and with these reports come the significant costs resulting from each attack. However, the immediate thought is often associated with a dollar amount; for example how much money are we forfeiting through lost sales? Consequently, many think that private enterprises are the only ones that are prone to be at risk of attacks on their networks. The fact is public sector, educational institutions and non-profit organisations are just as much at risk and the potential costs are both great and varied.

Brett Moorgas | 08 Oct | Read more

Dispelling Common Myths Surrounding UTM

Unified Threat Management (UTM) has become popular among organisations since its emergence over five years ago. The security solution gained traction with its all-in-one approach, combining several security tools into a single device. Running UTM also saved companies, especially the smaller ones time, money and manpower. Most UTM today include a firewall, intrusion detection system (IDS), virtual private network (VPN), anti-malware, anti-spam, content and web filtering, while some vendors include other features such as advanced routing.

Wana Tun | 03 Oct | Read more

Navigating the balancing act: how to support user privacy whilst maintaining control of corporate-owned data

It goes without saying that government surveillance news dominates our media. From a global standpoint, the NSA leaks brought international attention to state organised spying. Locally, the Australian Government has been making headlines over its plans to develop legislation that will allow it to more easily access metadata from large organisations and telecoms providers to gain information on the consumers using their services in a bid to prevent acts of terrorism

David Balazsy | 03 Oct | Read more

Cyber crime in financial institutions

What is cyber crime? There are a number of different ways that criminals are trying to target financial institutions. There is social engineering exploits, which is when an end-user gets an email claiming to be from their bank, but it’s really a cyber criminal. Within that email there is a link asking the end-user to confirm their account information. Cyber criminals then leverage the credentials to gain access to the user’s financial records and banking accounts. Malware is another piece to it, where criminals distribute malicious software and a user is tricked into installing a keylogger or screen scraper program on their device. This means that when an end-user enters their credentials, the program can capture all that information, allowing criminals to gain access to the account.

Crispin Kerr | 03 Oct | Read more

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