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The week in security: Apple security scrutinised as mobile, IoT threats loom

The role of government in cybersecurity defences continues to morph, but there were interesting revelations that GCHQ employs 120 dyslexic and dyspraxic analysts to help in its fight against terrorism, while British PM David Cameron appointed a special envoy in charge of intelligence and law-enforcement data sharing. Interestingly, however, even as scrutiny of data sharing increases, Yahoo! reported that government requests for data had dropped overall, while one Australian cybersecurity expert said businesses and governments were increasingly seeking a collaborative approach to bolster overall cybersecurity profiles.

David Braue | 02 Oct | Read more

Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) — a Synopsis

A lot has been written in the media recently about APTs, but there seems to be a level of confusion out there about what this phenomenon is and how this could affect us. Within this brief article, I shall try and shed some light on the phenomenon that is APTs.

Ashwin Pal | 29 Feb | Read more

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Reviews

Check Point and Sygate corral end points

At their core, Check Point Integrity and Sygate Enterprise Protection are effectively policy-based firewalls. That's the cake. The icing is their capability to monitor other applications for compliance with configuration requirements and send errant machines to quarantine until they can be updated with the latest anti-virus definitions, Windows patches, or other necessities.

Victor Garza | 28 Dec | Read more

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Cloud Computing Poses Control Issues for IT

Though most U.S. companies still list customer and other corporate information as their most valuable assets, many keep pushing this data farther from safe lockdown in the data center--and are about to give it another strong shove in that direction.

Kevin Fogarty | 18 May | Read more

How security professionals monitor their kids

Cell phones, texting, IM, email, Facebook, MySpace--kids are interconnected today in ways hardly imagined two decades ago. But these technology-based communication platforms also enable new forms of an age-old parenting strategy: monitoring your kids. Who are they talking to? What are they talking about? Are they going where they said they are going?

Joan Goodchild | 15 Apr | Read more

What Are the Most Overrated Security Technologies?

The security community has grown to depend on some basic technologies in the fight against cyber thieves, such as antivirus software and firewalls. But are practitioners clinging to tools that outlived their usefulness long ago? Were those tools ever really useful to begin with?

Bill Brenner | 25 Mar | Read more

Biometrics: What, Where and Why

Biometrics encompasses a variety of methods for ensuring identity based on physical or behavioral traits. Conventional identifying traits include fingerprints, face topology, iris structure, hand geometry, vein structure, voice, signature and keystroke recognition. Emerging technologies analyze characteristics such as gait, odor, and ear shape. Rather than being used in isolation, biometrics systems are increasingly becoming multimodal, an approach that serves both to increase security and overcome failure-to-enroll problems.

Mary Brandel | 25 Mar | Read more

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Ten tips to secure client VPNs

If you have given your trusted employees and key contractors remote access to your network via a client virtual private network (VPN), congratulations! By now, you have seen the productivity and cost benefits from allowing collaboration that surmounts geographical separation.

Martin Heller | 03 Oct | Read more

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Guides

Workarounds: 5 ways employees try to access restricted sites

There may have been a time when blocking certain sites was acceptable in most office environments. But what was once considered off-limits is now essential in many organizations. Social media sites like Facebook are a major part of many companies' marketing strategy. Sites like YouTube present opportunities to share information about products or services visually. And IM and chat services like G-chat are free and efficient ways for employees to communicate.

Joan Goodchild | 12 Aug | Read more

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Opinions

Strange account management at Amazon

Via the RISKS mailing list comes an interesting tale of poor online account management at a major online retailer. According to Graham Bennett, accounts with Amazon display an odd behaviour that doesn't seem to have attracted much attention in the past.

Carl Jongsma | 09 Oct | Read more

Five lessons learned about computer security

Reformed hacker-turned-security-consultant Kevin Mitnick served five years in federal prison for breaking into phone and software company networks. He talks about his past hacking exploits, computer security, and how he turned an illegal hobby into a useful career.

Jarina D'Auria | 16 Jul | Read more

Hack a million systems - earn a job

It has been a number of years since the fantasy that hackers will be offered a job by those who they hacked was even a potential reality, but there are reports that this might still be the case in New Zealand.

Carl Jongsma | 16 Jul | Read more

When university research is responsible for that network probe

The Internet Storm Center, operated by SANS, is one of the leading sources when it comes to identifying emerging attacks against networks, through their DShield collaborative network analysis effort. Traffic spikes on network ports that are well above the normal rates of traffic flow can signify a rapidly spreading exploit or it could be a misconfigured network spewing rubbish across the rest of the Internet. One of the ISC's handlers noted a significant spike of traffic on port 7 recently and was surprised by what he found.

Carl Jongsma | 10 Jul | Read more

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