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How can we improve awareness training?

Bill Rosenthal from Logical Operations chats with CSO about the failings of end user security training, and where security managers can look to make improvements

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vBulletin vulnerabilities expose 27 million accounts, including gamers on mail.ru

Recently exploited software vulnerabilities in vBulletin have exposed more than 27 million accounts across nearly a dozen websites. A majority of the compromised accounts are linked to three games on mail.ru. In addition to the gaming...

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What you need to do to stop data from leaving with exiting employees

In some instances it is inadvertent that an employee takes files with them when they leave a job. But in most cases, it is done to get an advantage at their next job. Here is what you should do before they leave the premises.

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Ashley Madison misled users with a fake security award

It’s never a good sign when a website markets itself with a phony security award. But that’s what Ashley Madison did prior to last year’s massive data breach.

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A deeper look at business impact of a cyberattack

Few would dispute that cyberattacks are increasing in frequency and in intensity, and most organizations confirm they have now suffered at least one cyber incident. But do those organizations have a true sense of the full impact on...

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Journalists are easy targets for hackers, and that shouldn't surprise anyone

Earlier today, the news broke that Russian intelligence is suspected of hacking journalists at the New York Times and other media outlets. The idea that intelligence agencies would target the media isn't at all surprising. But what...

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Epic Games forum hack underscores the need to install security patches

A recent data breach at Epic Games may have been avoided if the company had simply installed a security patch.

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How do you measure success when it comes to stopping Phishing attacks?

What's considered a win when it comes to Phishing? This question was posed to IT workers and non-executive types earlier this month, and everyone had a different opinion on the topic. The general feeling among defenders was that a...

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Many hospitals transmit your health records unencrypted

A new survey by a health organization shows that only about 68% of acute providers and 48% of non-acute providers encrypt patient data -- and up to 22% of hospitals don't have firewalls.

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Republicans subpoena three tech companies over Clinton emails

Republicans in Congress have subpoenaed three technology companies that declined to hand over documents about former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

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Imperva: Application layer DDoS attacks are on the rise

Application layer DDoS attacks are becoming more common, perhaps because they cost less for malicious actors to execute and can more effectively evade defenses than network layer attacks, Imperva says.

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Alleged NSA hackers probably gave away a small fortune by leaking exploits

Anonymous hackers probably gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential sales when they leaked valuable cyberweapons allegedly stolen from the National Security Agency.

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Groups oppose US plan to collect social media info from visitors

Civil liberties and tech advocacy groups have opposed a move by the Department of Homeland Security to collect social media information from certain categories of visitors to the U.S.

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Despite billions spent on cybersecurity, companies aren’t truly safe from hacks

Last year, private-sector companies globally spent more than $75 billion on security software to safeguard their systems and data. Has all that spending made private sector data and systems any safer?

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A push for the less-hackable car

Automotive cybersecurity finally looks like it is on the front burner. But a host of improvements need to be made before the connected car is even relatively safe from hacks.

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Cybercrime damages expected to cost the world $6 trillion by 2021

While there are numerous contributors to the rise in cybercrime -- which is expected to cost the world more than $6 trillion by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015 -- the most obvious predictor is a massive expansion of the global...

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PCI DSS – it takes a village

David Mundhenk and Ben Rothke show how the PCI Security Standards Council really wants PCI to succeed. Much to the chagrin of The National Retail Federation.

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Pokemon Go puts enterprises at risk

Eight statistics that might surprise you about Pokemon Go and the corporate network

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