Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Security Current

Aimee Rhodes is Editor-in-Chief at securitycurrent. Previously, Aimee led marketing at several security companies including Corero Network Security, Inc., Xceedium, AlgoSec and Whale Communications Ltd., acquired by Microsoft. She also served as Vice President of Media and Editorial Content at GenerationA, where she was responsible for launching an Internet-based news and information portal. Prior to GenerationA, Aimee served as a foreign correspondent at the Reuters News Agency out of Israel where she interviewed leading politicians and influencers. Previously, she served as Director of Israel Radio's English News Service, where she was responsible for management and execution of four daily broadcasts, aired locally and internationally. Aimee also worked as an on air news presenter for Jerusalem Online, a globally broadcast current affairs program. She holds a Masters in Journalism and a Bachelors in Political Science both from Michigan State University.

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

Posted on: 06 Dec 2013

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…

Reported Data Breaches Double in New Zealand

Posted on: 02 Dec 2013

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…

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

Posted on: 02 Dec 2013

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…

Several UK Banks Hit by Cyber Attacks in Past Six Months

Posted on: 30 Nov 2013

Several UK banks and financial market infrastructures experienced cyber attacks, some of which disrupted service, in the past six months according to the Bank of England. “While losses have been small relative to UK banks’ operational risk capital requirements, they have revealed vulnerabilities. If these vulnerabilities were exploited to disrupt services, then the cost to…

Twitter Enables Perfect Forward Secrecy to Bolster Security

Posted on: 24 Nov 2013

Twitter Inc. said it has enabled Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) in a move to increase protections around users’ information following reports of secret data mining by the National Security Agency (NSA). “Forward secrecy is just the latest way in which Twitter is trying to defend and protect the user’s voice,” Twitter said in a blog post issued…

Audit Finds Taxpayer Data is at Risk; Urges IRS to Take Action

Posted on: 22 Nov 2013

Taxpayer data is at risk as disgruntled insiders or malicious outsiders can exploit security weaknesses and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should take action, the US Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration (TIGTA) said in a report released on Thursday. Based on its annual audit, the TIGTA found that 42 percent (eight) of 19 planned corrective…

Gartner Says “Agility” is Primary Driver for Private Cloud Adoption; Predicts Increased Hybrid Cloud Acceptance

Posted on: 18 Nov 2013

Private cloud computing is a “reality” for half of large enterprises with agility being the key driver, according to Gartner, Inc. In a recent research report, “Private Cloud Matures, Hybrid Cloud Is Next,” the industry analyst firm said cost was an important consideration as well. Security, often cited by IT professionals as the key driver…

IT Security Salaries Expected to Increase in 2014

Posted on: 12 Nov 2013

IT-security related salaries are expected to climb in 2014, according to a survey released by TEKsystems, which polled some 900 IT leaders including CIOs, IT VPs, IT directors and IT hiring managers, Some 65% of respondents said they expected security salaries to increase. That’s up from a similar survey last year when 40% of those polled forecast a…

HyTrust Acquires Competitor HighCloud Security

Posted on: 07 Nov 2013

Cloud security provider HyTrust Inc. said on Thursday it had acquired HighCloud Security for an undisclosed sum, striking a deal it said would round out its security offering. The move follows HyTrust’s $18.5M Series C financing round in August and comes as enterprises increasingly deploy private cloud services. HyTrust said that it had quadrupled its sales…

Michigan Cyber Security Summit Opens

Posted on: 23 Oct 2013

Michigan’s Cyber Summit 2013 opens on Wednesday as part of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is hosting the Summit, held last in 2011. It includes speakers on the state and national level with the acting assistant secretary, Department of Homeland Security Office of Cybersecurity and Communications and the chief security…