Spotting and, perhaps, stopping the malicious insider

Do you know this person? He is currently employed, between the age of 35 and 40, holds a technical position, and has a new job offer at a competing company. He very well could be working next to you right now. And he’s someone every company should be concerned about. Who is this person? It’s is the “malicious insider,”...

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DDoS attacks bring down Polish government websites over support for international anti-piracy agreement

There was a new wave of distributed denial-of-service attacks in protest of anti-piracy activity over the weekend, this time targeting Polish government websites. The attacks came in advance of the Polish government’s expected signing of ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) on Thursday. The loosely knit hacktivist group Anonymous,...

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Segmenting the IT security market: What you need to know

There are only four segments to the protective IT security space. My detailed list of categories that I use to track the IT security industry has about 85 entries. But I have found it useful to think of IT security in four primary buckets. In my analysis, I focus a great deal on countering attacks so these categories leave out the products that...

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From SOPA to Megaupload (What a week!): Let the legal system decide

The Megaupload takedown and arrests and subsequent wave of retaliatory Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that have followed raises a some interesting points in the wake of the apparently temporary shelving of the copyright infringement piracy legislation SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) earlier in the week....

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EMV – a security standard coming soon (?) to a credit card near you

In my last post , “U.S. clings to insecure magnetic stripe cards — what’s the attraction?” I talked about a security standard for credit and debit cards that is used virtually everywhere in the world except the United States. This standard, called EMV, uses a smart chip embedded in the plastic card or token to securely...

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