Cybersecurity Matters

George Hulme lends his expert insight into the latest developments in cybersecurity

The iPhone security enhancements you need to know about

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Apple has officially set the date for its next iPhone event as September 12, 2018. The company is expected to announce a new line-up of iPhones and perhaps some other hardware. Of course, new phones means a new mobile operating system: iOS 12. And while iOS 12 will deliver improvements designed to increase operating system […]

Gartner says cloud remains top emerging enterprise risk

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Despite having made great inroads into organizations and representing what Gartner calls novel opportunities, enterprises still view cloud computing as an emerging risk, according to Gartner’s latest quarterly Emerging Risks Report. The 110 senior executives in risk, audit, finance, and compliance at large global organizations that were queried for the report, identified cloud computing as the […]

Analysts forecast global cybersecurity spending slowdown next year

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While not an absolute slowdown in the growth of security spending, the market analyst firm Gartner does expect the rate of growth in enterprise information security spending to cool in the near future. According to a news release issued last week, the firm estimates worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach more […]

Are we honest about our password habits?

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Passwords are always an interesting discussion. While we all are aware that passwords aren’t quite good enough, we’ve yet to turn to any alternatives that are as convenient. PCMag.com recently set out to get some answers when it comes to passwords, and so they surveyed 2,500 U.S. consumers to get a sense of their password […]

Cyberattack biggest threat against U.S. financial system

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When asked during congressional testimony last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who was appearing in front of the House Committee on Financial Services, told lawmakers that the number one threat to the stability of the U.S. financial system is its ability to respond and mitigate a large-scale cyberattack against the financial system. “The clear […]

Global critical infrastructure remains under significant cyber attack

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Last week the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced that VPNFilter malware made it into the nation’s critical infrastructure. This serves as a reminder that all critical infrastructure organizations, from utilities to chemical manufacturers, need to be vigilant. Of course, anyone who has been watching how cyber-hostilities have been escalating since the turn of the century won’t […]

DDoS attacks grow more popular, targeted

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A new State of the Internet/Security: Web Attack report finds the number of distributed denial of service attacks to be growing, already up 16 percent over all of last year. The report also found that Russia and China are initiating the most credential-based attacks against the hospitality industry. The report proved records are made to be […]

Four ways security teams sabotage their own efforts

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There are many reasons why enterprise security teams struggle to succeed in better managing the risks positioned against their data and business-technology systems. Sometimes these obstacles come from elsewhere within the organization, and sometimes they are self-created. At times it’s a lack of serious executive leadership and understanding behind internal cybersecurity efforts. The security program […]

Employees remain obstacle to security

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Your staff hates security processes. Of course, this isn’t something we didn’t already know. Antivirus software slows down their machines, and remembering zillions of passwords is a hassle. VPN software is often kludgy and most every other security process we ask employees to do gets in the way of their being able to do their […]

Biometrics (finally) gaining widespread acceptance

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It’s time for passwords to die, they said. Passwords are antiquated and don’t provide the level of security needed, they said. This was the marketing mantra of many an authentication and identity management vendor — 20 years ago. Of course, then, passwords were not on their way out. They were still on their way up. […]