Stories by David Braue

SecurID by obscurity: It's only a matter of time

I still remember that sunny day, late last century, when I and a handful of journos descended on the North Sydney offices of a small company called Security Dynamics, which had introduced what it said was a foolproof security method: a token that used a secret and encrypted algorithm to generate time-sensitive passcodes to enable two-factor authentication.

David Braue | 13 Oct | Read more

HTC breach a reminder on mobile security

It's hardly the kind of thing any company wants attached to its name, but HTC's rapid acknowledgment of confessed "serious" security exploit, discovered and published this week by security researchers, may ultimately help deflect criticisms and will, regardless, serve as a valuable reminder to CSOs that mobile devices represent a new and still-evolving security threat within the enterprise.

David Braue | 07 Oct | Read more

Laptops walking out the door of policy-free firms

Concerned that your employees are being a bit lax when it comes to looking after their laptops? Steal them yourself, one vendor has advised in the wake of yet another damning security report that suggests laptops and other equipment are literally walking out of Australian companies that are still operating at far below world's best practice when it comes to device security.

David Braue | 06 Oct | Read more

Can we ever close the USB security gap?

When something as seemingly esoteric as USB security can hit a mainstream cartoon like Dilbert, you know it’s a real issue. But it’s also one that has been poorly addressed by many companies, whose employees seem to be losing data through this largely unpoliced security hole faster than your Uncle Barry going through $2 coins at the local TAB.

David Braue | 05 Oct | Read more

Facebook's cookie monster is unstoppable

Interesting revelations invariably emerge when a high-profile entity is scrutinised, intensely and unforgivingly, by those who are convinced it's too good to be true. Case in point: Julia Gillard. The NBN. Miley Cyrus. And Facebook, of course, which this week was pulled into yet another privacy scandal that should surprise absolutely nobody – and offer yet another reason why CSOs should be very, very careful when it comes to use of social media within their company's four walls.

David Braue | 30 Sep | Read more

iPhone 5 dream a BYO security nightmare

If your company is like most, you've been wrestling carefully with the security protections necessary to manage demand for bring-your-own (BYO) computing policies. You may even work at Suncorp or one of the other organisations, that have embraced the idea as a way to reduce IT costs and boost employee satisfaction.

David Braue | 29 Sep | Read more

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