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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.

  • Verizon Says Passwords Suck, QR Codes Offer Better Way

    By Thor Olavsrud | 27 August, 2014 03:41

    Are you sick of usernames and passwords as a method of user authentication? Verizon says it has a better way. It's beefing up its Universal Identity Services portfolio with a QR code login that enterprises can deploy to streamline logins for both internal and external users.

  • 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.

  • PCI DSS 3.0 compliance deadline approaches. Will it make any difference?

    By Taylor Armerding | 22 August, 2014 23:56

    Don't expect credit card security – or lack of it – to be magically transformed when the new year dawns on Jan. 1, 2015, the deadline for compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 3.0.

  • Kicking the stool out from under the cybercrime economy

    By Grant Hatchimonji | 20 August, 2014 02:54

    Put simply, cybercrime, especially financial malware, has the potential to be quite the lucrative affair. That's only because the bad guys have the tools to make their work quick and easy, though. Cripple the automated processes presented by certain malware platforms, and suddenly the threats -- and the losses --aren't quite so serious.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

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.