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John Brandon is a technologist, product tester, car enthusiast and professional writer. Before becoming a writer, he worked in the corporate sector for 10 years. He has published over 8,500 articles, many of them for Computerworld, TechHive, Macworld and other IDG entities.

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Think that printer in the corner isn’t a threat? Think again

Think that printer in the corner isn’t a threat? Think again

Interestingly enough, because a printer is so innocuous and seemingly harmless, that’s the exact reason it poses a threat, according to the security analysts who talked to CSO about this issue.

What you can learn from 4 recent hacks

What you can learn from 4 recent hacks

The media and the public are finally waking up to the fact that almost all organizations are at risk of getting hacked. Analyzing a few recent high-profile breaches might just help you prevent the same thing from happening at your...

Traction Watch: Mixpanel Is Now Tracking 45 Billion User Actions Every Month

Traction Watch: Mixpanel Is Now Tracking 45 Billion User Actions Every Month

If you want to grow your business, you must measure the right things. That's the Mixpanel model. As it turns out, measuring how customers behave is a very big business.

Traction Watch: BetterWorks Is ramping up to get your ducks in a row

Traction Watch: BetterWorks Is ramping up to get your ducks in a row

Goal-setting startup BetterWorks has increased its headcount nearly sevenfold in the past 12 months as it rolls out a better way for businesses to set and track goals for each employee.

What CIOs can learn from the biggest data breaches

What CIOs can learn from the biggest data breaches

A postmortem analysis of some of the biggest recent data breaches offers IT leaders several pieces of advice for staying a step ahead of hackers.

5 steps to take when a data breach hits

5 steps to take when a data breach hits

No one wants to be the victim of a data breach. As hackers get increasingly sophisticated, though, companies must prepare for the inevitability of such an event. Here security experts share the steps that CIOs and CISOs should take in...

5 Innovations That Make Video Surveillance More Effective

Criminals get a little more sophisticated every day. Fortunately, so does video surveillance technology. Here are five options to consider for your business, no matter the size.

The Next Heartbleed: 5 Security Vulnerabilities to Watch

By and large, the major websites hit by Heartbleed have recovered. So have the bad guys, who are undoubtedly plotting their next move. Here, security experts offer their take on five large-scale, Heartbleed-level vulnerabilities for...

How to Prevent Thumb Drive Security Disasters

For such a small device, the plastic, handheld USB flash drive can cause big security headaches. Even if you have robust end-point security and establish rigid policies about employee use of these drives, employees still find a way...

5 IT Security Breakthroughs Promise to Thwart Threats

For the past 25 years, a war has waged between malicious programmers and the researchers trying to make computing safe for the enterprise. The battle has shown no signs of subsiding once a new countermeasure is deployed, the hackers...

Four Rising Threats From Cybercriminals

Criminal hackers never sleep, it seems. Just when you think you've battened down the hatches and fully safeguarded yourself or your business from electronic security risks, along comes a new exploit to keep you up at night. It might...

Six Rising Threats From Cybercriminals

Hackers never sleep, it seems. Just when you think you've battened down the hatches and fully protected yourself or your business from electronic security risks, along comes a new exploit to keep you up at night. It might be an SMS...

6 Cool Innovations for the Data Center

Sure, consumer gadgets are getting most of the attention these days, but data centers are getting some love too. These new products and technologies promise to solve real data center problems or are already working to make enterprise...

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