Josh Fruhlinger

Josh Fruhlinger is a writer and editor who lives in Los Angeles.

What is FedRAMP? How cloud providers get authorized to work with the U.S. government

8 hot cyber security trends (and 4 going cold)

8 hot cyber security trends (and 4 going cold)

What trends do security pros have their eyes on? Their answers run the gamut from tools and technologies to threats, tactics, and training.

Security vs. visibility: Why TLS 1.3 has data center admins worried

Security vs. visibility: Why TLS 1.3 has data center admins worried

A number of data center administrators from large financial, health care and retail corporations have begun to regard the current draft of the 1.3 version of the TLS protocol with increasing alarm. The issue comes down the tussle...

The Mirai botnet explained: How teen scammers and CCTV cameras almost brought down the internet

The Mirai botnet explained: How teen scammers and CCTV cameras almost brought down the internet

Mirai took advantage of insecure IoT devices in a simple but clever way. It scanned big blocks of the internet for open Telnet ports, then attempted to log in default passwords. In this way, it was able to amass a botnet army.

What is a cyber attack? Recent examples show disturbing trends

What is a cyber attack? Recent examples show disturbing trends

From virtual bank heists to semi-open attacks from nation-states, the last couple of years has been rough on IT security. Here are some of the major cyber attacks of 2017-2018 and what we can learn from them.

11 tips for prioritizing security spending

11 tips for prioritizing security spending

How to keep things locked down when you can't afford new locks.

10 old-school security principles that (still) rule

10 old-school security principles that (still) rule

Oldies but goodies, these security tips have stood the test of time.

Spectre and Meltdown explained: What they are, how they work, what's at risk

Spectre and Meltdown explained: What they are, how they work, what's at risk

Spectre and Meltdown are the names given to a trio of variations on a vulnerability that affects nearly every computer chip manufactured in the last 20 years. The flaws are so fundamental and widespread that security researchers are...

What is SSL/TLS? (And why it’s time to upgrade to TLS 1.3)

What is SSL/TLS? (And why it’s time to upgrade to TLS 1.3)

The TLS protocol encrypts internet traffic of all types, making secure internet communication (and therefore internet commerce) possible. Here are the basics of how it works and what comes next.

What is phishing? How this cyber attack works and how to prevent it

What is phishing? How this cyber attack works and how to prevent it

Phishing is a method of trying to gather personal information using deceptive e-mails and websites. Here's what you need to know about this venerable, but increasingly sophisticated, form of cyber attack.

The buck stops here: 8 security breaches that got someone fired

The buck stops here: 8 security breaches that got someone fired

Some deserved the blame, and some seemed to just be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

What is ransomware? How it works and how to remove it

What is ransomware? How it works and how to remove it

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (or malware) that, once it's taken over your computer, threatens you with harm, usually by denying you access to your data. The attacker demands a ransom from the victim, promising — not...

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