Pro-Russian hacktivists claimed credit for attacks on several NATO websites on the eve of Sunday's controversial referendum in Crimea to determine whether the territory secedes from Ukraine.
Bitcoin, and the other crypto-currencies that are available, have garnered plenty of attention over the last year or so – and not all of that has been good. Some analysts have found strong correlations between the fluctuating exchange rate of Bitcoin and the activities of malware distributors and other nefarious actors. And the recent Mt Gox (a Bitcoin currency exchange) revelations that as much as half a billion dollars of Bitcoin had been stolen, rendering the company insolvent, have highlighted the volatility and transience of virtual currencies.
Organisations reviewing their exposure to new privacy policies need to remember that the full extent of personal data they collect may extend well past simple name and address information, an intellectual property lawyer has warned.
Barclays Bank has launched an investigation after confirming a report that sensitive files on thousands of customers was stolen and sold as leads.
Financial institutions must get more proactive about collecting data on customers' digital behaviour to fight financial losses through criminals' growing use of cross-channel fraud, ThreatMetrix has warned.
What are the essential ingredients for making a security awareness program successful? Check out these 9 tips from CSO contributors on how to make awareness work in your organization.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard was on hand in Sydney this week to launch a new cyber education module called bCyberwise. Developed by Life Education and McAfee, the program is designed to teach primary school students about online dangers such as becoming `friends' with strangers and cyber bullying. The program will be rolled out to Australian schools from 4 February.
- 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.
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The curtain has fallen on the 50 day performance by hacker group LulzSec. Its campaign of mayhem and destruction, peppered with witty commentary captivated the world. In an alternate universe where Lulzcats reign and anti-security is the norm, it might have even earned a spot on its first target, The X-Factor. But on this earth its members may still be captured by its later targets: the CIA, US law enforcement and the FBI.
A recent threat intelligence study reports widespread security vulnerabilities in healthcare organizations, many of which went unnoticed for months. In December, a developer pulled unencrypted data from a 'certified' mobile health app in less than a minute. Why is it so hard for healthcare to get security right?
The year 2014 will be where current trends will accelerate the transformation already underway in how we consume information and do business and live. Organisations will need to evaluate their information strategy to take advantage of the emerging opportunities.
Balancing security priorities with business flexibility and agility is a tough challenge. But it’s a challenge every executive management team faces as it strives to drive business growth, achieve competitive advantage and maximise operational efficiency.
The term unified communication (UC) is a popular subject that has been floating around the workplace for some time….but is it really an essential component for businesses today? Do employees, or businesses for that matter, really understand the pros and cons?
Technology, as we knew it, is no longer relevant. Every day we are bowled over with a new app, toy or technique. We are moving to a world of smart technology at a pace that is almost impossible to keep up with.
Cloud computing comes with many key decision and considerations. There are decisions to be made around whom to choose, what to look for and what specific service it is that you ultimately need for your organisation.
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Incident handling is a vast topic, but here are a few tips for you to consider in your incident response. I hope you never have to use them, but the odds are at some point you will and I hope being ready saves you pain (or your job!).
- Have an incident response plan.
- Pre-define your incident response team
- Define your approach: watch and learn or contain and recover.
- Pre-distribute call cards.
- Forensic and incident response data capture.
- Get your users on-side.
- Know how to report crimes and engage law enforcement.
- Practice makes perfect.
I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.