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  • NTP Security: A Quick-Start Guide

    by Ben Rothke on May 2, 2017

    What does stand-up comedy, networking and internet security have in common? Their ultimate success depends a lot on timing. When it comes to comedy, timing is measured in seconds. In networking and security, it’s in milliseconds. The use of the Network Time Protocol (NTP) has long been the gold-standard for network time synchronization. It’s been in use since the early 1980’s and is one of the…

  • American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It

    by Ben Rothke on March 6, 2017

    Return on investment (ROI) is a measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment. It measures the amount of return on an investment relative to its cost. To calculate ROI, the return of an investment is divided by the cost of the investment, and the result is expressed as a percentage or a ratio. If anyone would attempt to gauge the ROI spent by the National Security Agency (NSA) and…

  • Ben's Book of the Month: Review of "Hospital and Healthcare Security"

    by Ben Rothke on February 28, 2017

    When I first requested a copy of Hospital and Healthcare Security (Butterworth-Heinemann 012-4200486), I assumed it was brief high-level reference on the topic. Upon getting this monster of a book, I read as Tom Smith wrote in the forward, “this is the bible of healthcare security”. At just over 700 pages, the book is indeed a comprehensive reference for everything related to hospital and…

  • Audio Content Security: Attack Analysis on Audio Watermarking

    by Ben Rothke on February 21, 2017

    Watermarking is a covert marker meant to identify ownership. It has long been used in various forms to protect physical and digital products. For digital media, it’s used to protect copyright, intellectual property, content and more. If that watermark is attacked and compromised, the underlying security will be of no use. In Audio Content Security: Attack Analysis on Audio Watermarking (Syngress…

  • The Security Reading Room: The Best Information Security Books of 2016

    by Ben Rothke on February 5, 2017

    There were a lot of good information security books that came out in 2016, and many that were not worth reading. With that, here’s my list of the information security books stand out as the best, listed in no particular order: The Car Hacker's Handbook: A Guide for the Penetration Tester - plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Lots of features combined with poor security make cars the next big…

  • Ransomware: Defending Against Digital Extortion

    by Ben Rothke on January 11, 2017

    As an early piece of malware, the 1989 Yankee Doodle virus was limited to playing the patriotic song of the same name. Much has changed over the years, and the rise of ransomware is playing out a very, and much less melodious tone. Countless individuals and businesses of all sizes are being locked out of their own data and their systems made unavailable, until a ransom is paid to the ransomware…

  • Advanced Persistent Security: A Cyberwarfare Approach to Implementing Adaptive Enterprise Protection, Detection, and Reaction Strategies

    by Ben Rothke on December 29, 2016

    Advanced persistent threats (APT) have gotten significant amounts of press over the last few years. When I first scanned the title of this book, I assumed it was on that topic. While Advanced Persistent Security: A Cyberwarfare Approach to Implementing Adaptive Enterprise Protection, Detection, and Reaction Strategies (Syngress 978-0128093160) does details APT, that’s not the main focus. The books…

  • Hiding Behind the Keyboard: Uncovering Covert Communication Methods with Forensic Analysis

    by Ben Rothke on December 18, 2016

    In chapter 2 of Hiding Behind the Keyboard: Uncovering Covert Communication Methods with Forensic Analysis (Syngress ISBN 978-0128033401), authors Brett Shavers and John Bair discuss the Tor browser and how it can offer tremendous levels of security and privacy. Their goal in the book is to help security professionals and investigators use investigative techniques against those employing such…

  • Secure Data Deletion

    by Ben Rothke on November 30, 2016

    The law of conservation of energy is that energy remains constant; it can be neither created or destroyed. It simply transforms from one form to another. While not a perfect analogy, data on a hard drive or other physical media is quite difficult to completely transform to the state of fully erased. While many have lost files and been unsuccessful in retrieving them, for an information security…

  • DNS Security: Defending the Domain Name System

    by Ben Rothke on November 22, 2016

    That you are reading this review, and my ability to post it are due in large part due to the Domain Name System (DNS). DNS is Wikipedia describes it is a hierarchical decentralized naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities. Most…

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