Data Security is Everyone’s Business

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In light of recent data attacks against major portions of the economy – ranging from the health sector to education to finance – we here at DSW are consistently flabbergasted with how many enterprises exist that still do not have a comprehensive data security plan in place. Not only is poor or non-existent data security [...] 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 »

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 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 »

Breaching the Citadel

MicroSoft is on the warpath, and the target is the Citadel Botnet. A loosely connected global network of computers hijacked by cyber criminals and used to commit crimes, the Citadel has been something of an urban legend for years. Granted, the idea of a shadowy group of hackers implanting malicious instructions into millions of computers [...] Read more »

Anonymous Attack Stymied

Something interesting happened last month. The infamous international hacking syndicate known as “Anonymous” threatened to attack a wide variety of websites belonging to the government, financial institutions, and critical infrastructure within the United States. Those who’ve heard of Anonymous in the past surely aren’t surprised at the brazen nature of the threat, nor would they [...] Read more »

How to Produce Quality Forensic Images in 4 Easy Steps

Editior’s Note: Data Security Weekly is happy to feature a guest article from Cyanline CEO Steven Branigan covering the interesting topic of computer forensics. Forensic imaging is not only important to law enforcement and government agencies, but is gaining much broader use with corporations looking to store forensic images of employee computers and laptops prior [...] Read more »

Israel vs. Anonymous

Israel is still dealing with the aftermath of an electronic siege as the prolific hacking syndicate known only as “Anonymous” initiated a nationwide assault on the Jewish Republic last month, attacking infrastructure, financial, and commercial websites and networks throughout Jerusalem and other cities across the country. The attack was announced early in April via multiple [...] Read more »

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