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  • Ransomware Goes Corporate in 2016

    by RSAC Contributor on March 15, 2016

    This post comes from Liviu Arsene, security analyst at Bitdefender. The ransomware threat is growing. More than 13.1 million U.S. users—4.1 percent of the total population—have encountered ransomware, and half of them paid the ransom to recover their personal data. Another 40 percent would actually consider paying, according to a recent study we commissioned. In our security predictions for 2016, …

  • RSA Conference 2016: The Week in Review

    by Tony Kontzer on March 11, 2016

    I don't know about you, but I always find myself swept away by the momentum of a big event like the just-concluded RSA Conference, but when it ends, brother, do I get a conference hangover. For what seems like days after I return home, my brain is mush and I can fall asleep on a dime. If anyone in my house so much as whispered the term "information security" during those first days back, I'd cut…

  • The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math

    by Ben Rothke on March 10, 2016

    Recreational mathematics as defined by Wikipedia is a term for mathematics carried out for recreation (entertainment) rather than as a strictly research and application-based professional activity, although it is not necessarily limited to being an endeavor for amateurs. It often involves mathematical puzzles and games. Perhaps the greatest proponent of recreational mathematics was Martin…

  • How to Become a Super CISO

    by David Needle on March 10, 2016

    Want to be the best CISO you can be? Take a word of advice from Todd Fitzgerald, Global Director of Information Security at Grant Thornton International, who gave a detailed and often entertaining presentation on Friday, the last day of the RSA Conference. Fitzgerald talked about his own journey to becoming a security professional, the current state of security affairs, and what’s needed going…

  • A Look Back at RSA Conference 2016

    by Jennifer Lawinski on March 9, 2016

    We came. We saw. We talked a lot about encryption. If you attended the RSA Conference in San Francisco last week, the odds are good you have an opinion on whether Apple should comply with the FBI’s request to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone. And if you didn’t come with an opinion of your own, there were plenty to be heard. Keynote speakers from the worlds of technology and government shared their…

  • A Geek’s Guide to Getting People to Hear You

    by David Needle on March 8, 2016

    Tech people love to talk, but does anyone hear what they have to say? “Why Won’t Anyone Listen to Us?” was a very entertaining and informative talk given by Josh Bressers, a Security Strategist at Red Hat, at the RSA conference last week. Bressers framed the issue right from the start. “We are all bad at talking to people and some of us don’t even know it,” he said. “This is why nobody takes us…

  • Beyond Encryption: Experts Discuss Encryption, Privacy at RSAC 2016

    by Tony Kontzer on March 7, 2016

    While it may not be the ideal case to serve as precedent, Apple's battle with the FBI over the notorious iPhone that belonged to a shooter in the San Bernardino, Calif., attacks last year could nonetheless prove to be a seminal moment for the future of information security and privacy. A keynote panel of some of the U.S.'s best-known security and privacy experts told thousands of attendees at the…

  • Up Close and Personal with Actor, Activist Sean Penn at RSAC 2016

    by David Needle on March 4, 2016

    The RSA Conference wrapped up Friday with an onstage keynote interview with two-time Academy Award winning actor and activist Sean Penn. During an on stage conversation with RSA Program Director Hugh Thompson, Penn shared some insights into his acting career, what drives his activism, and his relationship with technology. On that last point, Penn jokingly suggested during the interview that…

  • Security Panel Warns IoT Will Change the Security Game

    by David Needle on March 4, 2016

    The year 2020, once a faraway-sounding era of future scientific marvels, is now only four short years away. When we get there we may still not have those flying cars we were promised decades ago, but the world will be very different than it is today. “There’s no doubt the hyper-connected world of 2020 will change how we live, work and play,” said Symantec CEO Michael Brown in an afternoon…

  • ‘We Need to Cool the Temperature on Encryption Debate’: U.S. Rep. Michael T. McCaul

    by David Needle on March 4, 2016

    As terrorist threats escalate it’s important to note how much the world has changed since the 9/11 attack in New York, said U.S. Representative Michael T. McCaul in a well-attended speech at the RSA Conference Wednesday. McCaul scored points for setting aside 20 minutes to take questions from the audience of security pros eager to get his thoughts on the encryption debate and privacy. “Attacks are…

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