Taylor Armerding

Critical infrastructure: Off the web, out of danger?

Want good cyber insurance? Read the fine print

Want good cyber insurance? Read the fine print

Given the explosive growth of online threats, cyber insurance is becoming mandatory for most organizations. But the field is still new enough that buying an effective policy takes a lot of due diligence and attention to the fine print....

Want to improve risk management? Do the basics

Want to improve risk management? Do the basics

Managing security takes time and focus, but “reasonable” efforts will yield significant results, a cybersecurity panel said Wednesday at Boston College.

Bots: Biggest player on the cybercrime block

Bots: Biggest player on the cybercrime block

Bot fraud cost an estimated $31 billion in the US last year, dwarfing the estimated $1 billion lost to ransomware and DDoS attacks.

Comey: Strong encryption “shatters” privacy-security bargain

Comey: Strong encryption “shatters” privacy-security bargain

FBI director James Comey told a cybersecurity conference that “absolute privacy” has never been part of the nation’s privacy-security bargain. Ubiquitous strong encryption, he said, “shatters that bargain.”

Will a cyber crisis add to chaos of Trump’s first 100 days?

Will a cyber crisis add to chaos of Trump’s first 100 days?

Forrester Research predicted last fall that the new president would confront a “cyber crisis” within the first 100 days. Experts say that’s an easy call – depending on how you define a crisis.

FDA 'guides' the way to medical device security

FDA 'guides' the way to medical device security

The FDA’s “guidance” documents on medical device security are non-binding. But advocates say they will still have plenty of legal force – especially when it comes to things like insurance or civil suits for damages from insecure...

To pay or not to pay: Too many victims say yes to ransomware

To pay or not to pay: Too many victims say yes to ransomware

Ransomware’s success rate is so alarming that it is the subject of an all-day “summit” at this week’s RSA conference. Ironically, experts say defending against it is not terribly difficult, and how to do it is widely publicized – it’s...

Can the FTC save the IoT?

Can the FTC save the IoT?

Enormous amounts of effort, time and money haven’t made much of a dent in the insecurity of the Internet of Things. So, what about making more use of the old-fashioned lawsuit? The Federal Trade Commission is having some impact with...

Obama’s cybersecurity legacy: Good intentions, good efforts, limited results

Obama’s cybersecurity legacy: Good intentions, good efforts, limited results

President Obama declared early in his presidency that cybersecurity was a priority. Most experts agree he delivered a significant effort. But they also agree that the effort didn’t deliver better security.

FBI v. Apple: One year later, it hasn’t settled much

FBI v. Apple: One year later, it hasn’t settled much

At the one-year anniversary of the battle between the FBI and tech giant Apple over unlocking an iPhone, surveillance and privacy rules have not really changed. But they could this coming year, and the debate over that is as intense...

Passwords: A long goodbye

Passwords: A long goodbye

There is no debate about the reality that passwords are a “fundamentally broken” method of authentication. But it is still expected to take time – likely years – for the replacement model to become mainstream.

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