Working Group to Develop Security Standards for Mobile Apps

The establishment of the Mobile App Security Working Group, (MAS), was announced at the Amphion Forum in San Francisco last week. Member companies will collaborate to develop security standards for mobile applications that interact with each other. The MAS charter members are Mocana, SAP, FireEye, McAfee and Wind River. The rise of connectivity between industrial control systems is…

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Payment Card Manufacturer Datacard Group to Acquire Digital Certificate Pioneer Entrust

Datacard Group today announced that they are acquiring Entrust a digital certificate and identity services provider. Financial details were withheld by both private entities, the companies said in a release. Entrust will be a separate business unit led by its former CFO, David Wagner, while Entrust’s CEO, Bill Conner, will stay on in an advisory role for up…

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Enterprises in APAC Increasingly Adopt Managed Security Services

Managed Security Services (MSS) in Asia-Pacific (APAC) region will more than triple by 2019, climbing to an estimated $5.34 billion according to industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. Enterprises in the APAC region are being driven to increasingly outsource network infrastructure security as they find themselves “ill-equipped to handle complex and multiple cyber threats.” Frost…

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Federal Judge Rules Against NSA Phone Data Mining, Likely Violates Constitution

A Federal District Court judge today ruled that the National Security Agency (NSA) program that once-secretly collected records of all Americans’ phone calls likely violates the Constitution and called the program’s technology “almost Orwellian.” District of Columbia Judge Richard J. Leon in a 68-page ruling ordered the government to stop collecting data on two plaintiffs’ personal…

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Spy On Me, I’d Rather Be Safe

Thanks to the hijinks of Edward Snowden, and just this week, the news that a group of eight tech giants, including Google and Microsoft, are asking for governments worldwide to address surveillance of individuals and data access regulations, the public’s attention is again focused on how the Federal government goes about protecting Americans against potential…

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Researchers Find Off-the-Shelf Parrot AR Drones Susceptible to Hacking

Security researchers have discovered a weakness in off-the-shelf aerial drones that could potentially carry nefarious payloads, which could allow law enforcement officials to take control of the unmanned crafts in mid air. The Parrot AR drone tested is a freely available, off the shelf quadrocopter equipped with a high definition camera and controlled via a WiFi…

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Two Million Passwords Stolen Worldwide from Popular Websites

Cyber security researchers discovered that about two million credentials were stolen from end users frequenting popular websites earlier this year, making it easier for hackers to use their credentials to send spam. Trustwave’s SpiderLabs, the research team that discovered these thefts said more than 318,000 of the stolen credentials came from Facebook, nearly 60,000 from Yahoo, more…

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Reported Data Breaches Double in New Zealand

Data breach notifications in New Zealand more than doubled in the year ending June 30, 2013 climbing to 107, New Zealand’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner stated in its annual report last week.  Three quarters of the breaches originated in the public sector. Breach reporting, which has no formal definition in New Zealand, is voluntary…

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Akamai to Acquire Prolexic for Some $370 Million in Move to Bolster its DDoS Protection

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASAQ: AKAM) today announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Prolexic Technologies, Inc. for approximately $370 million, in a deal expected to close during the first half of 2014. Akamai said the deal would extend its web optimization and security offerings by adding cloud-based security solutions for protecting data…

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