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  • Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism Investigator's Handbook

    by Ben Rothke on January 5, 2015

    While the perpetrator of the recent Sony hack is still to be determined, it was certainly an act of either cybercrime or cyberterrorism. With that, in Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism Investigator's Handbook, editors Babak Akhgar, Andrew Staniforth and Francesca Bosco have assembled a team of over 25 writers to give the reader an detailed overview of the topic. The authors and contributors are all…

  • Data Privacy in the Era of Sharing

    by Christopher Burgess on January 1, 2015

    Information is meant to be obtained, consumed, and, above all, shared. Yet we sit today in a new era of data privacy and transperancy, where consumers want to know how and where their information will be used. It doesn't matter if the information aggregation happened with their direct participation or if it was collected wholesale. As we collaborate, share, and enable, we must ensure we do so…

  • Security Infrastructure: Homeland Security

    by Robert Moskowitz on December 31, 2014

    As part of its mission to protect US infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security develops and deploys an array of security infrastructure systems designed to assess, ferret out, and thwart as many real-world risks as possible. The Department must keep American infrastructure secure and resilient enough to withstand and recover from all conceivable dangers. DHS focuses on infrastructure…

  • Cybercrime: The Computer Hacking Persona Debunked

    by Robert Moskowitz on December 29, 2014

    Popular media is filled with stories of computer hackers —young, male, nerdy college dropouts who are not very social—and their hacking activities. However, reports show that hackers are actually a wild and crazy bunch and far more diverse than most people suspect. They are quite social in certain settings. What's more, within these social circles, advanced knowledge of computers and software…

  • The best information security book of 2014 and some other excellent ones

    by Ben Rothke on December 29, 2014

    There were a lot of good information security book that came out in 2014, and many that were not worth reading. The following book stand out as the best, followed by a number of other superb titles, listed in no particular order: Measuring and Managing Information Risk: A FAIR Approach - Authors Dr. Jack Freund and Jack Jones have written a magnificent book that will change the way (for the…

  • Lockdown: Information Security Threats on the Edge of 2015

    by John Linkous on December 26, 2014

    As we look forward to 2015, this is a good time to take stock of how the information security threats and attack landscape have been changing. Let’s see: major data breaches at global, brand-name organizations, state-sponsored hacking activity, revelations of our own government's attempts to access personal data. It would be easy to proclaim 2014 as the "Year of the Security Threat," but that's…

  • Network Intrusion: Methods of Attack

    by Robert Moskowitz on December 25, 2014

    A network intrusion is any unauthorized activity on a computer network. Detecting an intrusion depends on the defenders having a clear understanding of how attacks work. In most cases, such unwanted activity absorbs network resources intended for other uses, and nearly always threatens the security of the network and/or its data. Properly designing and deploying a network intrusion detection…

  • The Muddled State of Security Standards

    by John Linkous on December 22, 2014

    One of my favorite quotes—attributed to either Admiral Grace Hopper or computer science professor Andy Tanenbaum—goes something like this: "The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from." It’s true in the information security world, too. Standards, Standards Everywhere! Let’s first settle what we mean by security standards. There's no shortage of recommendations on how to…

  • Today's Challenge: Database Security in the Cloud

    by Christopher Burgess on December 19, 2014

    There is more to loud data security than just data security in the cloud. The core product offerings for cloud data storage services (or Cloud Sync and Share as they my be called) include storage, sync, share, view, collaborate, Web and mobile support, and APIs, said Rich Mogull of Securosis. "Without a solid security baseline it really doesn't matter what else the service officers," Mogull wrote. …

  • Fire in the Valley: The Birth and Death of the Personal Computer

    by Ben Rothke on December 18, 2014

    In Fire in the Valley: The Birth and Death of the Personal Computer, authors Michael Swaine and Paul Freiberger provide a thoroughly enjoyable read of the history and development of the PC. As timing would have it, Michael Swain was editor of Dr. Dobb's Journal, which this week announced it would be ceasing publication in 2015 after nearly 40 years in print. The valley in the title is Silicon…

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