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Why Age Verification Needs To Be A Key Part Of Your Security Strategy

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By Evan Schuman September 8, 2016  | Security News
Age verification is an important part of security planning.

Not only is e-commerce being radically changed due the mobilization of shoppers, but it's disproportionately happening with younger consumers. At the same time, law enforcement and government regulatory attention is being focused on age violations. And yet, the vast majority of companies have age-verification systems that provide almost no legal protections. Consider Facebook's recent age... READ MORE

Podcast: Cyberwar has a history not just a future

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By Jessica Lavery September 6, 2016  | Security News
Learn the history of cyber war.

Cyberwar – the term conjures images of futuristic warriors battling for control of Earth ala the Terminator or the Matrix. But the truth is cyberwar is just as much a part of our national history as it is a potential future crisis. And as the old adage goes “ what has happened before will happen again”. The main difference between the cyberwar of the past and the one of today, or the future is... READ MORE

When Bug Bounties Are Counter-Productive

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By Evan Schuman August 18, 2016  | Security News
The problems with bug bounty programs.

Crowdsourcing security holes—aka bug bounties—has become an increasingly-popular tech firm tactic, bordering on Silicon Valley standard-operating-procedure. But as tempting as such an approach is, it's not without serious drawbacks. What we're talking about is encouraging and incentivizing anyone and everyone to dig into your app/OS and beat up on it to try and find any... READ MORE

Why a Bug Bounty Program Is Just One Bite of the Security Apple

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By John Zorabedian August 15, 2016  | Security News
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When Apple announced at Black Hat that it’s launching a bug bounty program, you could hear from the peanut gallery variations of a common theme: “it’s about time.” Apple has taken some flak for being slow to join the many tech companies with bug bounty programs, from Alphabet to Yahoo. Increasingly, companies outside the tech sector, from auto manufacturing to airlines,... READ MORE

Forcing Monthly Password Changes Only Helps The Thieves

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By Evan Schuman August 11, 2016  | Security News
Monthly password change requirements weaken security!

When protecting app data, the default response for years has been passwords. And as long as a company's data is solely being defended by passwords, it makes sense to insist that they be changed regularly, no? Would not such mandated periodic changes shorten the life of the access-controls for thieves? Turns out that the answer is "no" to all of the above. To the extent that passwords provide... READ MORE

Your Mobile Apps Retain A Lot More Than You Know. I Guarantee It

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By Evan Schuman August 4, 2016  | Security News

Here's a fact about mobile apps that is as true for Fortune 100 companies as mom-and-pops: Rare is the company that understands what data its mobile app retains. I used to prove this theory routinely. All it requires is a security consultant who is willing to do some penetration testing on the app. In some cases, 20 minutes was all the time needed. We found passwords in the clear in Starbucks... READ MORE

To Weak Authentication, A Thief Looks Exactly Like A Cop

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By Evan Schuman August 3, 2016  | Security News

Here's an uncomfortable truth for IT to internalize: enabling access for a friend facilitates access for an enemy. This is what was behind the anti-backdoor argument that Apple aggressively made, albeit for non-altruistic sell-more-hardware reasons. In effect, if you provide an easy way for government investigators to access data, there's no reason to believe that bad guys won't use a... READ MORE

Keeping Your Breach a Secret and Other Self-Destructive Decisions

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By Evan Schuman July 21, 2016  | Security News

Here's a delightful bit of survey happiness out of Ireland: a vendor survey found that "almost half of Irish businesses wouldn’t disclose a data security breach to impacted third parties, including customers and suppliers." Even worse, these results likely underestimate how many execs agree with that thinking, but are shrewd enough to not share that with someone taking a... READ MORE

How Do You Avoid Paying a Ransom?

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By Sue Poremba July 18, 2016  | Security News

Take Steps to Protect the Data before the Ransomware Attack Happens In a recent study conducted by Radware, C-level executives revealed that they had no interest in paying up if their network was hit by ransomware, but that response came before they were locked out from their data. Once they were actually attacked, nearly half of those executives admitted they have, indeed, paid the ransom. The... READ MORE

Ubuntu Forums Hacked – How Secure Is Your Community?

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By John Zorabedian July 18, 2016  | Security News

Your web communities are an important way to engage your customers and solicit their feedback, but web forums are yet another website to secure, another potential entry point for attackers. A recent data breach shows just what can happen when community forums are left vulnerable. Canonical, the developer of the open-source Ubuntu operating system, announced last Friday that a database for its... READ MORE

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