United Nations Launches Global Cybersecurity Index

The United Nations (UN) International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced the launch of the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) to measure the status of cybersecurity worldwide, the UN said in a statement. The GCI, partnered with ABI Research, said its aim in the short term was to close security gaps, particularly in developing countries, while in the…

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Where Are the US Tech Heroes?

It has been three months since the world learned that the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate, through its Tailored Access Operations (TAO) has been deploying backdoors in Cisco, Juniper, Huawei, Dell, and several hard drive manufacturer’s gear. The response from them so far? Weak protestations that they knew nothing of this. What they don’t get is…

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Never The Twain Shall Meet: Why Network Security Vendors Should Stay Away From End Point Security, and Vice-Versa

There would be many more successful security companies if their founders and leaders had a better understanding of the IT security space. One fallacy that will not die is the idea that, to grow, a vendor must be a full stack solution. There is no question that every organization needs to deploy layered security. Solutions…

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Hackers Increasingly Turn to Darknet, Black Market Growing

The black market for hackers is continuing to grow as they increasingly turn to the “darknet” to access tools, services and the spoils of the attacks while averting law enforcement, according to a new RAND Corporation study. “Hacking used to be an activity that was mainly carried out by individuals working alone, but over the last 15 years…

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StreetCred – Criminals Can Run and They Can Hide but Not for Long

“We wanted to make a difference”, said StreetCred co-founder and CEO, Nick Selby. Selby, a long-time figure in the information security industry was sworn in as a Dallas-area police officer in 2010. Selby first met in 2008 with co-founder and veteran police officer, Dave Henderson, who has nabbed over 600 violent felony criminals in more…

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More than 3000 US Companies Notified of Breaches in 2013 – Report

Federal law enforcement notified more than 3,000 U.S. companies in 2013 that their computer systems and networks had been breached, according to a Washington Post report. Lisa Monaco, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, first disclosed how many times the government had tipped off the private sector to cyber-attacks at a White…

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Dormant VM Images: A Sealed Box of Evil?

Imagine for a moment a villain (or villains) trapped powerless for years. After being reanimated by an unsuspecting populace, the newly-released evil goes forth to wreak havoc until it’s only once again conquered through tremendous effort and sacrifice. Sound familiar?  It should.  What’s described above is a routinely-occurring fictional trope (often referred to as “Sealed Evil…

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How Symantec Can Pull Out of a Tail Spin

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Symantec’s recently fired CEO Steve Bennett’s strategy of cut costs and improve operations has failed miserably. As I wrote when Symantec’s board replaced then CEO Enrique Salem with Bennett, in the IT security industry innovation far outweighs the usual business practices of accounting, inventory control, and workforce “optimization.” …

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