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Facebook, take note!

In the last few weeks it's possible some of your Facebook chums posted messages on their walls in which they tried to revoke permission for the social network to use and distribute content they post.

By Jonny Evans | 22 January, 2015 13:58

Tags: intellectual property, security, copyright, data privacy, legal, privacy, Facebook

Sony hack: Never underestimate the stupidity of criminals

So who was really behind the Sony hack? And does it really matter?

By By Ira Winkler and Araceli Treu Gomes | 15 January, 2015 03:07

Tags: Anonymous, intrusion, security, north korea, Sony Pictures, sony, Cybercrime & Hacking

2015: The year the Internet crashes. Hard.

An Internet joke that goes back at least to the early 1980s consists entirely of the phrase: "Imminent Death of the Net Predicted!" Every year, even more often than you'd hear "This will be the year of the Linux desktop!" someone would predict that the Internet was going to go to hell in a handbasket -- and nothing happened. This year it's my turn, but I fear I'm going to be proved right.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 09 January, 2015 07:26

Tags: ddos, internet, sony

Sony and Chase: Don't blame the CISO

Over the last couple of weeks, I have read numerous news stories about the widely publicized security breaches at Sony and JPMorgan Chase. It seems as if everybody is a Monday-morning quarterback, with every other reporter voicing an opinion on how these breaches should have been prevented. In particular, I read two articles that specifically blamed the information security organizations at those companies for failing to properly stop the attackers. That's not fair.

By By J.F. Rice | 08 January, 2015 01:23

Tags: JPMorgan Chase, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, security, CISO, sony

We can learn from the Sony hack

Well that stinks, doesn't it? Sony Pictures goes and scrubs the launch of a $44 million movie after being hacked, potentially by North Korea. Almost reads more like a James Bond plot than a news story, but there it is. And this time, it doesn't seem likely that Bond, James Bond, is going to show up at the eleventh hour to save the day.

By By Kenneth van Wyk | 20 December, 2014 06:09

Tags: intrusion, Incidence Response, security, north korea, Sony Pictures, sony, Cybercrime & Hacking

Why <i>The Interview</i> won't play in Peoria -- for now

Maybe I should be outraged by Sony's decision not to distribute the movie The Interview, but I am merely saddened by it. I am saddened that a hacking incident with all the hallmarks of a simple case of extortion has been distorted so it looks like a terrorist threat.

By Ira Winkler | 20 December, 2014 05:58

Tags: cyber terror, security, north korea, Sony Pictures, sony, iland

Intelligence community must get its own house in order

Earlier this month, Robert Hannigan, the director of GCHQ, a British intelligence agency, wrote an opinion piece in the Financial Times castigating tech companies for being "in denial" about abuses of their platforms by criminals and terrorists and calling on them to develop better arrangements for facilitating lawful government investigations. While there is certainly much room for improved cooperation between government and the private sector, the first step for reform should be for intelligence agencies like GCHQ to take a hard look in the mirror.

By Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn | 13 December, 2014 02:19

Tags: National Security Agency, security, nsa, data privacy, beca, financial times, privacy, GCHQ

Network security needs big data

There are two types of organization now: those that have been breached, and those that just don't know it yet.

By By Ahmed Banafa | 24 November, 2014 23:50

Tags: Zero-Trust Model, data security, security, data protection

Getting your board's buy-in on cybersecurity

High-profile data breaches continue to make news, and you can bet that your board of directors has noticed. Breaches can result in huge remediation costs, litigation and lost revenues resulting from a damaged reputation. Board members pay attention to those things.

By Bart Perkins | 19 November, 2014 06:30

Tags: Target, security, Leverage Partners, LinkedIn, fbi

Google's takedown policy: Celebrity nudes today, your right to know tomorrow?

Google last week did something that is really hard to find objectionable: It said it deleted quite a few ("tens of thousands") nude pictures stolen from celebrities. But as with anything that involves such an influential company as Google, this move creates a precedent, and it's a dangerous one.

By Evan Schuman | 08 October, 2014 00:11

Tags: Google, security, data privacy, data protection

Three critical changes to PCI DSS 3.0 that every merchant should know

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By Chris Camejo | 24 September, 2014 03:10

Tags: security, PCI

Restoring user freedom in the security-first enterprise

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By Andrew Avanessian | 23 September, 2014 07:02

Tags: Priveleged Access Management, security

In iOS 8, Medical ID could be a life-saver

Of all the new features in iOS 8, one hasn't gotten a lot of attention -- and it's the one feature that all iOS 8 users should at least consider.

By Ryan Faas | 22 September, 2014 20:32

Tags: Apple, security, Access control and authentication, health care, Apple iOS, industry verticals

‘Can everyone hear me now?'

Mobile threats have been with us for some time. Most organizations have done a fair job of protecting their important proprietary information, securing emails, encrypting on-board data and using mobile management tools to suppress data loss. All that has made a safer mobile world for many organizations, but certainly not foolproof.

By By Jack Gold | 09 September, 2014 22:31

Tags: consumer electronics, data security, security, smartphones, data protection

Encrypted data in the cloud? Be sure to control your own keys

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By Linda Musthaler | 05 September, 2014 23:45

Tags: security, cloud security, encryption

The Fappening: iCloud users, beware!

The event dubbed by the internet as "the Fappening" is the largest celebrity nude photo leak in history. Although information is still emerging as to how, why and who is at fault, don't blame Apple for this latest security disaster. Celebrity nudes are not new; I am sure that everyone remembers the controversy surrounding Paris Hilton -- and Pamela Anderson before her. What makes this different is how these photos were taken. The celebrities involved were quick to respond to the news in a variety of intriguing ways, including the following tweet from Mary E. Winstead:

By Alex Burinskiy | 05 September, 2014 05:44

Tags: Apple, Instagram, security, cloud security, cloud computing, internet, Hilton

How to avoid 10 common Active Directory mistakes

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By Rod Simmons | 27 August, 2014 05:45

Tags: Active Directory, security, application security, Access control and authentication

The trouble with trolls (and how to beat them)

A vulnerable person. A sociopath or two on social media tormenting that person without consequence. That's trolling in a nutshell.

By Mike Elgan | 16 August, 2014 21:22

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, security, twitter, Personal Technology, social media, internet, privacy

Security Manager's Journal: Peering behind the firewall

The corporate firewall is like a dike keeping out a raging sea of malware. Where does it all come from?

By J.F. Rice | 11 August, 2014 23:36

Tags: security, Malware and Vulnerabilities

OkCupid -- it's not me, its you

Remember the controversy over Facebook's social experimentation, which showed how people's emotions could be toyed with by changing what they see online? Well, Facebook wasn't the only site playing with your heart. Dating site OkCupid has now acknowledged doing much the same thing. The mostly free dating service is being very open about how it manipulated members' online dating lives and offers a detailed explanation that amounts to a version of "Hey, everybody's doing it."

By Alex Burinskiy | 06 August, 2014 01:35

Tags: security, internet, OKCupid, privacy

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