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Hacked - The perfect attack

Think of the perfect attack like the perfect murder. It must be planned carefully and meticulously then executed systematically and flawlessly. Remember all the small detail in Hitchcock’s “The Rear Window”? No-one would have noticed anything or even missed the victim if it weren’t for Jimmy Stewart, who, with a broken leg had nothing better to do all day than to gaze out his rear window.

Dr Claudia Johnson | 26 Jun | Read more

How to stay protected for Heartbleed and other OpenSSL flaws

Heartbleed wasn't just an interesting Internet security story. It was a sign that one of the most fundamental building blocks relied on by many large companies was significantly flawed. Even more staggering was the revelation that the OpenSSL open source code library, that is responsible for SSL communications between systems, had another flaw that went undetected for over a decade.

Anthony Caruana | 24 Jun | Read more

Cyber threats makes it to number 4 on the Global WEF Agenda

A recent report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) focused on the Global Agenda for 2014 and the top 10 trends facing the world. As one might expect, topping the list were globally pertinent and vital topics like; growing societal tensions in the Middle East and North Africa; income disparity around the world; and ongoing unemployment.

Gordon Makryllos | 20 Jun | Read more

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Why your information security stinks & what to do

Amit Yoran was the Department of Homeland Security's first director of the National Cyber Security Division of the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection office. But by September 2004 he was frustrated by what he saw as a lack of concern and commitment to Internet security. So he quit his post.

Bill Brenner | 22 Apr | Read more

IT Advocate: The privacy minefield

There are significant differences between state and federal privacy legislation. CIOs who deal with government agencies or other public sector organisations must determine the privacy laws applicable to them – and how best to accommodate them.

Emma Weedon | 15 Sep | Read more

Five mistakes security pros would make again

Ten years ago, Michael Riva was network administrator for a top-five American consultancy. Employees were downloading graphic pictures and videos onto the network. Riva told his boss a proxy server with content filtering might be in order; his boss laughed and suggested they put in a bigger file server instead.

Bill Brenner | 30 Sep | Read more

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Know your cyber-attacker: profiling the enemy

I remember the days when hacking was something that people did because they could. It wasn’t quite done for fun, but people wanted to show off their computer skills. More often than not, hacking was harmless, someone broke into a system and left a little calling card, but beyond that there was very little damage done. It was for the thrill as much as anything.

Matt Miller | 30 Jul | Read more

IT security isn’t one size fits all

The security landscape today is highly complex, which can largely be attributed to the increasingly sophisticated nature of cyber attacks, particularly from an execution perspective. DDoS attacks, for example, are now reaching speeds of up to 400Gbps, targeting both the network and application layer.

Matt Miller | 30 Jul | Read more

Once upon a information security

Once there were mainframes that were standalone systems, fed by punch cards and teletypewriters. They had tight roles, based on access control models, often externalised to the operating system and application.

Matt Hackling | 21 Jul | Read more

Hacking humans

Human factors have always been the bane of security professionals, and social engineering is also high on the list of factors requiring mitigation measures and controls. Yet their very nature makes them highly variable – humans will always work out circumvention to a control if it makes their lives easier.

Matt Tett | 04 Jul | Read more

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