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The Debate When it Comes to Monetizing Security Flaws

June 20, 2012 Added by:Lee Munson

Some people think that if you try to profit on your discovery, then no matter what your intentions are, the discovery could be used for non ethical goals. They think that it does not matter if it is a good guy or a bad guy who gets the information. They think that both parties have the potential for abuse...

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Security?

June 18, 2012 Added by:Lee Munson

People who are in the computer security business are using too many scare tactics. Instead of informing the customer properly they are trying to scare them into using the company’s products. That is never a good thing and it is the reason why we have so much of a backlash going on now...

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Booth Babe Challenge: Show Me the Money

June 18, 2012 Added by:Michelle Klinger

The general consensus regarding whether booth babes are appropriate is a resounding NO, yet vendors still find it necessary to use this strategy. Even amidst complaints by conference attendees & public mocking on social media sites, vendors stick to their marketing guns and bust out the busty femaninas...

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Flame: Cutting Through Media and SME Hype

June 14, 2012 Added by:J. Oquendo

Flame is a very loud piece of malware. It is a horrendous 20Mb contraption which screams: "look at me." Many of the components in Flame are borrowed, re-hashed, re-written and re-deployed. AV companies are suggesting there is "no financial gain" being sought by Flame and to that I state: "How would you know?"

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The Fear Factor in Information Security

June 13, 2012 Added by:DHANANJAY ROKDE

Vendors are increasingly using the fear factor and coarse tactics to pressure information security managers into deploying rather unnecessary technologies and products. Why have we never heard of a vendor pitch claiming responsibility of failure to protect a company’s infrastructure?

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Can You Use Dropbox for Storing Healthcare Data?

June 11, 2012 Added by:Danny Lieberman

The short answer is that you should not store PHI (protected health information) on Dropbox since they share data with third party applications and service providers - but the real reason is you should not use Dropbox for sharing information with patients is simply that it is not private by design...

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Making Sense of Data Storage in the Cloud

June 11, 2012 Added by:Theresa Payton

How should you protect your precious digital files? The good news is there are many services to choose from. Here is just a short list to review so you can pick what is best for you based on storage options, privacy and security features, and budget...

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Forecast 2012–Enterprise Cloud Best Practices Panel

June 11, 2012 Added by:Ben Kepes

Some cloud vendors are engaged with IT and following a top down adoption approach while others are aiming for a more viral bottom up adoption. What issues do these different approaches raise and how do we navigate this path while ensuring agility and compliance?

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Close Encounters of the Third (Party) Kind...

June 06, 2012 Added by:Neira Jones

There are numerous third parties and cloud providers around. A few have already achieved a dominant position, but a recent article highlighted that "others have opportunities to get into the act by offering more security and protection". So there you are, security can be a unique selling proposition...

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Flame Trojan: Fact or FUD?

June 05, 2012

What is FUD? Is it good or bad and how can you differentiate between what's true and what’s FUD? Like those old adverts that used to ask, “Is it real or is it Memorex”? Ask yourself whenever you hear something major has broken out that will infect every device on the planet, is it real, or is it FUD?

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NIST: Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations

June 05, 2012

This document reprises the definition of cloud computing, describes cloud computing benefits and open issues, presents an overview of major classes of cloud technology, and provides guidelines and recommendations on how organizations should consider the opportunities and risks of cloud computing...

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Contracts and Information Security Part 1: Outsourcing

June 04, 2012 Added by:Bill Gerneglia

Beyond managing regulations and liability, companies outsource their IT functions to third parties create infosec privacy and legal difficulties, including loss of control and challenges with enforcement. Risk and compliance obligations do not disappear when using a third-party service provider...

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Flamer: I Can Haz Propaganda...

May 31, 2012 Added by:J. Oquendo

Studies on malware by vendors are not being done for anything other than being able to state: "We can defend you from MalwareX if you purchase Product Y." This is the reality of it. What better mechanism to do so than to paint the boogeyman as a rogue country. After all, countries spend millions on security...

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Patch as Patch Can: All Software is Flawed

May 30, 2012 Added by:Michelle Drolet

While many software publishers don’t bother to release patches, the two that are religious about patching are Microsoft and Adobe. Ironically, they still account for the majority of client-side vulnerabilities, with the Office Suite products and Adobe Flash Player and Reader topping the list...

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Information Warfare and Cyberspace

May 30, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

Why do I keep running into the phrase Information Warfare? If the discussion is about cyber and warfare in cyberspace, why use the phrase Information Warfare? Has cyber ‘anything’ become so overused that we need to resort to using a much broader term to interest people in a cybersecurity discussion?

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The (Hidden) Cost of Security Fixes in Enterprise Software

May 29, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

Who should pay for fixes necessary to patch security defects in software? The question is deeper than whether fixes should be made available free of charge for software components that are found to contain issues. There are more costs than simply acquiring the fix here, which is where the conversation changes...

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