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Cyber attacks against the US – the empire strikes back

John Carlin is an Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice in the US and runs the National Security Division. He is responsible for prosecuting cyber criminals in the United States that threaten the interests of the country. It was the first new litigation division created in 50 years and came from a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission and pulled together several different government entities that, until then, didn’t share information easily.

Anthony Caruana | 23 Apr | Read more

Automation key to defeating new adversaries

The Office of Personnel Management in the United States is responsible vast volumes of personal information. They’re responsible for the data relating to potential, current and past employees of the government. IT Security Operations Director Jeff Wagner is responsible for protecting this data against a constantly changing threat landscape. He’s taken a non-traditional approach to not only respond to threats in seconds with fewer resources, but also uncover previously hidden threats that were lurking on the network.

Anthony Caruana | 22 Apr | Read more

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The Internet of Robotic Things: Secure, harmless helpers or vulnerable, vicious foes?

Experts say robots will be commonplace in 10 years. "Many respondents see advances in [artificial intelligence] and robotics pervading nearly every aspect of daily life by the year 2025--from distant manufacturing processes to the most mundane household activities," says Aaron Smith, senior researcher, The Pew Research Center's Internet Project, speaking of the several experts quoted in his "Predictions for the State of AI and Robotics in 2025".

David Geer | 24 Jan | Read more

Sydney Water IT security manager talks governance strategy

Information security governance should not be treated like corporate governance, IT security steering committees must have the right stakeholders and the board can remain largely unaware of security issues. Those are key strategies for effective security governance, says IT security and assurance manager at Sydney Water, Stephen Frede.

Rodney Gedda | 03 Sep | Read more

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

Why Security Matters Now

Social networking and cloud computing threats abound, our annual Global Information Security Survey finds, making information security important once again to business leaders.

Bill Brenner | 16 Oct | Read more

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Coping with a DoS attack

We keep hearing about Denial of Service attacks, and how they can bring large organisations to a standstill, yet do we really understand the full range of events that the term encompasses? What does make up a DoS (or distributed DoS) attack, how it is done, and what can you do to prevent it happening to you?

Louise McKeag | 07 Sep | Read more

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Turning the Tables on Cyber Attackers

Whoever said the best defence is a strong offence could have been thinking of protecting the enterprise from “advanced threats”. Given the stealth of today’s advanced attack malware, the scale of data compromise and speed of execution, it has been proven time and again that relying on a passive, defensive security strategy is no longer adequate.

Nick Race | 17 Apr | Read more

Tackling the human element of cyber security

The number and complexity of cyber-attacks has been increasing steadily over the last decade. Many adversaries are targeting the communications and information systems of organisations to extract large amounts of sensitive data, often hijacking insider credentials as a preferred method of breach. Identity has become today’s biggest security gap.

Dean Nicholls | 31 Mar | Read more

10.5 Tips to Protect Your Magento Store from Smart Hacker

E-commerce and financial websites stand first in the list of possible victims of cyber crime, as these websites deal with the monetary transactions. Being one of the most popular ecommerce platforms, Magento is also under threat of hacking attacks and unauthorized logins. Magento comes with various built-in security features, still there is always more that can be done in order to protect your online store from the smart hackers. With rich expertise in enhancing Magento security, I want to share with you some tips that will help you to protect your online store and keep hackers at bay.

Linda Phillips | 31 Mar | Read more

The Next Generation of Assessing Information Risk

Digital information is the heart of today’s organisations. It’s growing exponentially, and its effective use and management is directly linked to the continued success of the modern enterprise. However, digital technologies and global interconnection have introduced a significant number of new risks and greatly amplified existing ones. There are now many significant, high-profile examples of information risks being realised, and their impacts continue to grow. Organisations simply must improve their management of information risk.

Steve Durbin | 30 Mar | Read more

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