Security has always been a game of balance. The more strict the security, the better the protection it delivers. But that is only true up to the point where users resist, in which case they stop using the security measure and the protection then drops to zero. The trick is in finding the most robust security system possible, but one that puts the fewest demands on the user. Biometrics—the scanning of body elements—has historically been touted as the perfect answer as it doesn't require the user to carry anything (no physical key,... [Read More]
by RSS Evan Schuman  |  May 21, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
As if security advocates didn't have enough headaches, there is a frightening trend of security arguments that sound like they're meaningful but are in reality protecting something that isn't a threat and that users don't care about. It's like a home security company sales rep pushing an anti-burglary system in a high-crime neighborhood. The system, however, only protects against chimney attacks, despite the fact that no such attacks have ever hit that community (or any community for that matter). A few weeks ago, the Lords... [Read More]
by RSS Evan Schuman  |  May 20, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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by RSS Michael Perna  |  Oct 10, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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by RSS Michael Perna  |  Mar 08, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Valentine's day is just around the corner and of course the mere thought of chocolate and pink hearts bring butterflies to our stomachs. But butterflies aside, there are other things that flutter through your inbox and their intentions are not always friendly. I am talking about STIs, yes, Socially Transmitted Infections. The internet is full of botnets, worms, and trojans, all bent on turning those butterflies into panic. Koobface: A Worm to Die For Among one of the biggest offenders in STI history is the Koobface worm. First discovered back... [Read More]
by RSS Michael Perna  |  Feb 12, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
In 1974 a 13-year old boy named David Dennis discovered that he could lock up a PLATO terminal by making an external request when no external device was present. This prompted David, a student at University High school in Champaign Illinois, to write a program that could send the request to multiple PLATO terminals at once. He first launched the program on a nearby university computer lab, forcing 31 frustrated students to restart their PLATO terminals. The Denial of Service attack was born. In early 2000s the attacks used to be spoofed. Over... [Read More]
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by RSS Michael Perna  |  Feb 01, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Many security and technology writers have had similar thoughts as this author has in regards to Yahoo's plan to recycle inactive email addresses (my previous post is here if you'd like to take a look). In response to Mat Honan's of Wired query to Yahoo for more comment, Yahoo made the following statement: "Our goal with reclaiming inactive Yahoo! IDs is to free-up desirable namespace for our users. We're committed and confident in our ability to do this in a way that's safe, secure and protects our users' data. It's important to note that the... [Read More]
by RSS Richard Henderson  |  Jul 30, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends