No Good Deed… Apple 2FA Case Dismissed by California Federal Court

A few years ago, Apple began pushing “two-factor” authentication on its users.  Through an update in the Operating System, they began to require those who wanted to download and install software to, in addition to providing a password, use a separate out-of-band authentication mechanism. While such 2FA systems are not perfect, and those which rely…

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Rogue One. U.K. Supermarket Chain Morrisons Not Liable For Data Breach By Internal Auditor, UK High Court Says

Andrew Skelton was a senior auditor in the internal audit department of UK supermarket chain Morrisons. In July, 2013, Skelton was scolded by Morrisons for some minor misconduct. To get even, Skelton leaked payroll, banking and other data about 126,000 Morrisons employees first to an online accessible website, and then to several newspapers. The breach, forensics,…

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Managing Risk in the Era of Pandemic

Cyber Security is NOT about cybersecurity. It’s not about compliance with regulations. At the end of the day, cyber security is about identifying and managing risks. Risks associated with the use and misuse of technology. Risks associated with failing to protect data. Risks associated with doing too little. And risks associated with doing too much.…

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DR/BCP – TL:DR – Preparing for the Wrong Disaster is Better than Not Preparing At All

In the wake of the SARS CoViD-19 pandemic, news organizations have been interviewing so-called “preppers” – survivalists who have been preparing for some natural or man-made disaster by hoarding shelf-stabilized food, guns, underground bunkers, water, and backup electricity. The preppers are taking a victory lap essentially saying, “we told you so.” Not quite. You see,…

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Data Security for Telecommuters

The first day was like a snow day. Maybe sleep in late. Maybe handle a few hundred e-mails and phone calls. It was either very hectic, or very slow. It was anything but normal. By day three it has already gotten old. You’re not really into the telecommuting routine. You’re not quite “at home” but…

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