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The week in security: Google fights app malware, long-term PCI compliance plummets

Government requests for Facebook continued to grow in the second half of 2014, the company's latest transparency report has confirmed. And, speaking of transparency, some vendors were worried by findings by Verizon that 80 percent of PCI DSS-compliant firms fail to stay compliant in the year after their certifications – leading some to push the PCI Council to accept software-based encryption]] as well as the current hardware-based encryption it requires.

David Braue | 23 Mar | Read more

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It Wasn’t Me, It Was Bennett Arron

So, Identity Theft. What is it really? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s basically when your personal details are used fraudulently to open accounts or obtain documentation in your name. This could result in debts being accumulated, for which you would initially be accountable – until you prove yourself innocent.

Bennett Arron | 11 Jul | Read more

Novell, CA push to secure identity, security in cloud

Two major identity management companies are forging ahead with products designed to satisfy what a cloud-computing consortium calls one of the trickiest problems preventing secure and automated connections between internal IT infrastructures and external service providers: identity and authentication.

Kevin Fogarty | 07 Aug | Read more

Free Tools to Send Anonymous Messages

Whether it is for an investigation, a whistle-blower statement, a prank or just extreme paranoia, you may have a need for anonymously sending messages. The following five tools provide an easy to use way to communicate incognito with Internet surfing, emails, phone calls and text messages. While these tools have their limitations, they do provide an Investigator a great way to hide his identity, gather intelligence, and communicate secretly when needed.

Brandon Gregg | 18 Jun | Read more

Social Engineering: The Fine Art of BS, Face to Face

Chris Nickerson is willing to push it about as far as a person can go when it comes to security assessments. The founder of Lares, a security consultancy in Colorado, Nickerson conducts what he calls "Red Team Assessments" for clients. He is paid to try and dupe a client, and the client's employees, to give them a clear picture of the weak spots in their security plan. He then advises them on how to shore up defenses more effectively in the event a real criminal comes knocking.

Joan Goodchild | 08 Jun | Read more

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Return on Prevention: The Business Value of DDoS Protection

DDoS attacks are continuing to evolve and the last 12 months has seen huge growth in the number and size of the attacks going on in Australia. When we couple this with businesses’ increasing reliance on Internet connectivity, for either revenue or access to cloud based data and applications; protection from the DDoS threat should be a top priority.

Nick Race | 09 Mar | Read more

Interpreting Data

The recent article by Cristian Florian, Most vulnerable operating systems and applications in 2014', was a huge hit, generating hundreds of comments and often heated debates and criticism. His analysis was also picked up by leading tech publications, generating even more chatter. What stood out is that IT professionals are really passionate about their favourite platform. This is a huge positive in the IT world as it helps a platform evolve beyond the efforts of its official maintainers and the results benefit everyone.

Emmanuel Carabott | 09 Mar | Read more

How SSL encryption gives a false sense of security

Major web browsers and many web sites rely on the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, which encrypts confidential information, such as credit card numbers, before sending them securely over the internet. SSL encryption ensures that email, e-commerce, voice-over-IP, online banking, remote health and countless other services are kept secure.

Ananda Rajagopal | 03 Mar | Read more

Do you know the “Three Cs” of web app security?

We live in an application world. From shopping to communicating with friends, reading the news, following our favourite sports teams to listening to music – we do it through apps. With so many interactions and transactions now taking place via apps, maintaining security is becoming a big concern.

Matt Miller | 20 Feb | Read more

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