Retail, Data Security, and Smart Cards

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Speculation is plentiful throughout the tech sector following a report Friday night from Neiman Marcus. According to the retail giant, they’ve suffered a huge data breach that affects untold thousands of credit card customers. As of this writing, no definitive number has been provided by either Neiman Marcus representatives or credible news agencies, but with [...] Read more »

Lessons from Target

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Without a doubt, the biggest IT news this week is the massive data breach suffered by the Target retail chain. As many as 40 million Target customers had their personal and credit or debit card information compromised in the intrusion, making this the second largest electronic security breach in US history, surpassed only by the [...] Read more »

Dirty Business

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Antivirus software developer ThreatTrack Security published a survey in October that provides several startling statistics on the state of cybersecurity nationwide. While the high incidence of unreported breaches has already been covered in this week’s Eye-Popping Stat, ThreatTrack uncovered a variety of workplace misadventures that affect a surprising number of large companies. Uncovering a statistic [...] Read more »

A Report from the Front

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Bad news this week, as the accounting branch of Ernst & Young has recently released their 16th annual Global Information Security Survey for 2013. The report showcases the increasing incidence, virulence, and complexity of cyber threats throughout the IT sector, as well as highlighting a deceleration in the development of affordable and effective countermeasures that [...] Read more »

NIST Revisited

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Last week, we reported on the effects of the government shutdown on the National Institute of Standards and Technology – the federal agency tasked with building the framework for the President’s cybersecurity initiative – and how closing down the NIST and furloughing its employees was not only irresponsible, but defied the rules laid out in [...] Read more »

Will the Government Shutdown Increase the Risk of Cyber Attacks?

NIST shutdown increases cyber risk

Regardless of your preferred political stance, the government shutdown that resulted from the duel in Congress over the Affordable Care Act has created a potential calamity across the data protection sector. As of midnight on October 1st, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has furloughed employees and temporarily suspended operations until the budget crisis [...] Read more »

Computer Illiteracy in LA County

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Roosevelt High School, along with two other high schools in the Los Angeles area, is calling a halt to a $1 billion computer literacy program just a week after passing out iPad tablets to high school students. The reason? 300 students hacked through iPad defenses, which were intended for “educational use only,” allowing them to [...] Read more »

The Battle for Taiwan

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Chinese cyber attacks have been on the rise for years, and a new battleground is taking shape to the east that may offer valuable insights into the strategies and tactics of both the underground and state sponsored styles of online warfare emerging from the People’s Republic. Taiwan has been a focal point of Chinese hacking [...] Read more »

Crowdsourcing IT

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Tavis Ormandy, an engineer at Google, is dealing with blowback from a blog post he offered on Seclists.org in late May regarding an exploitable hole in the Windows operating system. Tavis’s post was well thought out and informative – he clearly identified the hole, expressed concern over potential abuse by nefarious agencies, and offered a [...] Read more »

Shooting Down Firewalls

For all those who are concerned that the government is lagging behind when it comes to meeting modern cyber security threats head on, a ray of hope has emerged from the clouds. The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association – a non-profit organization that acts as a conduit for IT security information between Homeland Security, [...] Read more »

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