Stories by Anthony Caruana

AusCERT 2014 Kicks Off

Graham Ingram opened this year's AusCERT conference, the thirteenth, saying that the most obvious theme is that of you lose trust in security. "Where are you? What's left?" he pondered.

Anthony Caruana | 15 May | Read more

Product review – Ironkey Workspace W500

One of the neat, often forgotten, features that was introduced with Windows 8 was Windows to Go. Windows to Go is a fully self-contained Windows installation that can be run straight from a USB stick. The benefit is that a worker can take their personal settings and preferences with them on a USB stick, plug it into a computer, boot from the USB device and be able to work from any computer.

Anthony Caruana | 07 May | Read more

Today's Approach to Security is Broken

Over the last month I've attended four international events that have had a focus on security. And there's one data point that ought to have every CSO, CISO and CIO out there worried. Despite more money than ever being spent on security – and the amount is increasing – the amount of money being lost as a result of security breaches is rising at an even greater rate.

Anthony Caruana | 17 Apr | Read more

Symantec draws new security picture

With a background that started at computer store back in the 1990's, Symantec's COO Stephen Gillett has climbed the corporate ladder rapidly. After being spotted by the Chairman of the largest hospital chain in the Pacific northwest of the USA while working at Office Depot, he was appointed as the IT manager of a new hospital. After moving from that to his own start up, he became the CIO of Starbucks at the age of 31. He's now the COO of Symantec.

Anthony Caruana | 14 Apr | Read more

The switch to IP cameras is on – and it's hard

The physical security world has been in the midst of a significant change over recent years. Old security cameras, that could be connected with a coaxial cable and some power, are giving way to IP enabled devices. This has lead to a complete rethink on how security systems are designed, deployed, operated and maintained.

Anthony Caruana | 10 Apr | Read more

Unconventional crisis planning

There's not a company worth its salt that hasn’t, at least, given some consideration to crisis planning. Most of our crisis planning is based upon basic risk management strategies. Come up with a bunch of potential scenarios, apply some analysis to get a handle on likelihood and impact, and then come up with mitigation and management strategies.

Anthony Caruana | 10 Apr | Read more

Forget BYOD – it's now BYOC

For the last couple of years CIOs and CSOs have been fighting to manage the rising tide of personal devices entering the enterprise. But that's changing as people start to bring their own cloud apps and services into the enterprise. BYOC – Bring your own Cloud – is the new challenge.

Anthony Caruana | 01 Apr | Read more

Security Driving SDN Uptake

Software Defined Networks are here. In just a couple of years they have moved from theory and are now part of every CIO's planning. And that means a significant rethink is needed when looking at security. With many critical functions moving off proprietary hardware towards open platforms where core functions are abstracted to software, the way networks are managed and secured is changing.

Anthony Caruana | 31 Mar | Read more

Cisco dealing with change in the threat landscape

We've all heard the same story recently – malware developers and distributors are becoming far smarter and commercially minded than ever before. The days of disgruntled teenagers hacking from their dimly lit bedrooms are behind us with corporatised criminal gangs now working as organized syndicates intent on stealing identities and extorting money.

Anthony Caruana | 24 Mar | Read more

Pwn2Own – Incentivised Hacking

HP's annual Pwn2Own contest has been run and won. Critical flaws in every major browser, which allowed remote code execution, were found as well as issues with Adobe's Flash and Reader products. Pwn2Own is a hacker contest that runs within the CanSecWest event in Vancouver. Hackers are offered cash prizes as incentives as well as donations of computer hardware and other prizes given to the security researchers.

Anthony Caruana | 15 Mar | Read more

Bitcoin: Can digital currencies ever be secure?

Bitcoin, and the other crypto-currencies that are available, have garnered plenty of attention over the last year or so – and not all of that has been good. Some analysts have found strong correlations between the fluctuating exchange rate of Bitcoin and the activities of malware distributors and other nefarious actors. And the recent Mt Gox (a Bitcoin currency exchange) revelations that as much as half a billion dollars of Bitcoin had been stolen, rendering the company insolvent, have highlighted the volatility and transience of virtual currencies.

Anthony Caruana | 14 Mar | Read more

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