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  • Barack Obama’s security circus arrives in Oz: In Pictures

    After jumping through countless hoops to get the required set of security clearances and approval by the US Embassy to photograph the President’s visit CSO can see why these steps were justified. Our photojournalist Neerav Bhatt was less than 5 metres away from the world’s most heavily secured individual - the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

    18 Nov | View galleries

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  • How to build physical security into a data center

    There are plenty of complicated documents that can guide companies through the process of designing a secure data center--from the gold-standard specs used by the federal government to build sensitive facilities like embassies, to infrastructure standards published by industry groups like the Telecommunications Industry Association, to safety requirements from the likes of the National Fire Protection Association. But what should be the CSO's high-level goals for making sure that security for the new data center is built into the designs, instead of being an expensive or ineffectual afterthought?

    Sarah D. Scalet | 01 Apr | Read more

  • How to reduce losses caused by theft at POS

    Retail theft is a huge and costly problem for the industry. According to the "Global Retail Theft Barometer 2013-2014," released by Checkpoint Systems in October 2014, total shrinkage among retailers in North America was $42 billion for the time period covered by the report.

    Bob Violino | 27 Mar | Read more

  • Why physical security (and InfoSec!) still matter

    In the current era of mega-(should I say giga-?) breaches with tens to hundreds of millions of lost customer records and the hacking-of-everything, it is safe to assume that the logical security of devices becomes almost more important than the physical protection around those assets. While it is true that the logical (in-)security of devices renders "remote attacks" (attacks that are carried out against the system from another location than where the device is located, i.e. via a communication channel with a protocol such as TCP/IP, Ethernet, Bluetooth, or CDMA, GSM, etc.) possible, there is still an important defense layer that surrounds your device: the physical security.

    Michael S. Oberlaender | 27 Aug | Read more

  • Is the open floor plan trend a data security headache?

    Today, more and more businesses are foregoing the traditional design setup of cubicles and closed-off offices for an open floor plan. Companies like Facebook and Google market their open-office floor plans to potential employees, touting that the design allows workers to work closely together and fosters a culture of collaboration.

    Larry Ponemon | 26 Aug | Read more

  • Getting past the most basic physical security of all: Learning to pick locks at DEFCON 22

    Much like my experience with learning to hack at RSA, learning to pick locks was something that I was very interested in learning how to do, but approached with much trepidation given that I had zero experience with the practice. Nevertheless I thought I'd give it a shot, so I headed down to the Lockpicking Village at this year's DEFCON 22 so I could be shown the ropes.

    Grant Hatchimonji | 10 Aug | Read more

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