COVID-19 and the Digital Pandemic

by Angel T. Redoble* and Francisco Ashley L. Acedillo** Introduction In May 2019, a Chinese government-sponsored hacking group was reported to be targeting unidentified entities across the Philippines. By year’s end 2019, the Philippines was ranked number 12 among the top 20 countries where users face the greatest risk of online infection. One anti-malware company…

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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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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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COVID-19 and the Spread of Personal Information

Important News about COVID-19! That e-mail came from the Virginia EZ-Pass. In the past two weeks, if you are anything like me, you have been receiving hundreds of e-mails from vendors, suppliers, and third parties from Outback steak house to 1-800-CONTACTS telling you about their policies, plans or procedures for the coming zombie apocalypse that…

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My CORONA (Virus) – How To Survive With IT

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic companies are increasingly calling on employees to work from home. Hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices are preparing for massive infections, not only of patients but of healthcare workers. Colleges and Universities are sending students home en masse. Sporting events are considering playing in empty arenas. Airlines and other…

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