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  • Why physical security (and InfoSec!) still matter

    By Michael S. Oberlaender | 27 August, 2014 06:29

    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.

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

    By Larry Ponemon | 26 August, 2014 03:30

    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.

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

    By Grant Hatchimonji | 10 August, 2014 02:01

    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.

  • Where culture and security clash

    By Grant Hatchimonji | 24 June, 2014 01:47

    Physical perimeter security can differ from facility to facility, with myriad factors playing into what exactly is implemented, including budget and the assets that are being protected.

  • Why facial recognition isn't the way of the future... yet

    By Grant Hatchimonji | 29 April, 2014 01:10

    It's the how the future is meant to be, isn't it? The good guys need to find a bad guy in a crowd of people, so they start scanning the environment with a camera that is equipped with facial recognition technology. Seconds later, they scan a face that's a positive match with an entry in their criminal database and bam, they've smoked him out.

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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.