Stories by John Brandon

How AI is stopping criminal hacking in real time

Almost every day, there’s news about a massive data leak -- a breach at Yahoo that reveals millions of user accounts, a compromise involving Gmail phishing scams. Security professionals are constantly moving the chess pieces around, but it can be a losing battle.

John Brandon | 03 Feb | Read more

Security concerns rising for Internet of Things devices

The burgeoning market for gadgets that trigger a sprinkler system, help you count the number of times you swing a bat, or dim the lights automatically are rising. That’s a concern for any business due to how these devices are also starting to show up at the corporate office for use in conference rooms, executive suites, and even as a low-cost building security camera system. Experts claim the industry is not doing enough to protect these devices.

John Brandon | 01 Jun | Read more

What CIOs Can Learn From the Biggest Data Breaches

We keep hearing about them in the news. The tallies are astounding: 145 million user accounts compromised here, 40 million credit cards stolen there. What isn't always as clear with the most high-profile data breaches is how they occurred in the first place and what you can do to prevent seeing your organization in a similar headline.

John Brandon | 13 Nov | Read more

Known NFC spoofing techniques probably wouldn't work with Apple Pay

Apple Pay is poised to turn how we pay for goods at a retail store on its head. The new Apple Pay system lets you make purchases with the cards in your iTunes Store account. When you bring your iPhone 6 near an NFC-equipped payment terminal, you'll see your cards in Passbook, and you can authorize a transaction with the Touch ID fingerprint reader. That's it, you're done, and none of your sensitive credit card information was ever shared directly with the merchant.

John Brandon | 20 Oct | Read more

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