Fighting back: Is it OK to 'Unfriend' a C & C server?

It seems that illegal computer hacking has become so commonplace these days that events only make the news when they are significant. Last week’s headline was the hacking of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s email account. The group Anonymous claims credit for the attack. On the Daily Show,  Jon Stewart remarked, “Finally! A...

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Average data breach costs declines sharply,as customers remain loyal, 2012 Ponemon study shows

The annual Ponemon Institute Cost of Data Breach Study shows a drop in the average cost — direct and indirect — of a breach for the first time in the seven-year history of the study. The likely explanation? More customers are sticking by victim companies. My first instinct is not to draw any sweeping conclusions from the findings,...

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A year after SecureWorks acquisition, SonicWall deal strengthens Dell position as security provider

Dell appears to be doing a nice job playing catch-up in the security market with the acquisition of firewall/UTM vendor SonicWall, following its purchase of SecureWorks, a leading MSSP, just over a year ago. Competitors IBM and HP have been actively acquiring and integrating security products and services into their portfolios, but Dell was...

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Cyber crime, drug trafficking: Analogies to be drawn and lessons learned

Over more than a decade covering the information security beat, I’m repeatedly struck by the parallels between international cyber crime and the international drug trade. You can stretch the analogy thin by carrying it too far, but there are common conclusions to be drawn and lessons to be learned. Both are often cast in terms of law...

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Don't depend on trust to protect data in cloud: Startup Porticor addresses key management

In one survey after another, we see that security concerns are a top inhibitor to cloud adoption. Companies want to get the flexibility and cost advantages of cloud computing, but there’s often trepidation about putting data on servers that are outside a company’s own data center. Cloud security is an issue of trust and...

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