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Want a security clearance? Feds will now check your Facebook and Twitter first
06/30/2016

The government will start scanning Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts of thousands of federal employees and contractors applying and re-applying for security clearances in a first-ever policy released Friday.

Federal investigators looking at applicants’ backgrounds to determine their trustworthiness will not ask for passwords or log in to private accounts, limiting their searches to public postings. And when they find information that has no relevance to whether they should have access to classified information, it will be wiped from government servers, the policy promises.

Manufacturers beef up cyber security
06/28/2016

One thing that helps modern manufacturers stand out in the marketplace — their intellectual property — also makes them an attractive target for hackers.

Take United States Steel Corp., for example. The steelmaker last month filed a formal complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, asking the organization to investigate Chinas biggest steel producers for unfair trade practices. One that stands out? The allegation that China hacked into U.S. Steel’s systems and stole information on how to make advanced, high-strength steel.

Companies Get Creative to Relieve Shortage of Security Professionals
06/26/2016

While many companies offer heftier salaries and better benefits, others are trying fractional IT security positions and more intelligent systems to ease the shortage of security professionals.

Bluelock, an Indianapolis-based cloud provider of disaster recovery services, has had to struggle to attract the right security staff to help the company develop and manage its cloud service.

Being based in the Midwest, the company has to compete against both the West Coast and East Coast for talent. As Indianapolis becomes more of a tech hub, they compete with other local companies, as well.

3 ways startups are fighting for digital and physical security
06/24/2016

Internet accessibility for all people, of all ages and in all places has unleashed unprecedented resources and opportunities. It also unlocked our digital and physical security. The sacrifice of safety is an unintended consequence of the Internet age. Can the tools that caused this vulnerability be reappropriated to make us safer?

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Manchester United home finale postponed due to security concerns
06/22/2016

Fans were evacuated from the stadium, as thousands flooded into the streets amid the security concern. The match was first delayed, but something, which was not yet clear, prompted security officials to have the match called off. It turns out, per the Greater Manchester police, bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion within the stadium. Neil Ashton of The Sun said on the NBC Sports telecast that Bournemouth's coach and players were at one point stuck inside the stadium and weren't cleared to leave.

Whose Fault Is It Security Lines are So Long?
06/20/2016

Modal Trigger It is your fault security lines take forever, according to the TSA

New Yorkers can blame themselves for unbearably long lines at area airports, the Transportation Security Administration said in response to criticism from the Port Authority.

The TSA admitted that waiting times at Newark, JFK and LaGuardia airport security checkpoints had increased since last year — hitting a high of 55 minutes this spring — but blamed the spike on passengers who clog up checkpoints with too many carry-on bags.

Security Should be a Top Priority
06/18/2016

Security is a constantly moving target, but few IT departments have the resources to do security thoroughly. PC security is something of a thankless job, to boot. Do it right, no one says a word. Do it wrong, you’re on the firing line.

Surprisingly, security is not always a top factor when IT looks to replace aging PCs, according to IDC. Of the top five considerations cited when making PC brand decisions, security ranked fourth below overall performance (priority no. 1), overall costs (no. 2), and overall specs (no. 3).

IT typically adds security to laptops via software such as anti-virus, anti-malware, firewalls, and intrusion detection. They’re all certainly important and should be a part of your overall security strategy.

Security Think Tank: Identifying, attracting and keeping the right IT security talent
06/16/2016

Attracting security talent

If you want the best cyber security resource, you need to make a compelling offer.

It is not about the money. As a seasoned consultant myself, I like a challenge. I like to work on new, emerging things and stay on top of my game.

I do not want a job governing security on legacy Windows 2003 systems and supporting a company that puts cyber security last on its list of priorities.

That is bad for two reasons: I am unchallenged and my name is in tatters when these systems get breached.

A look inside the Department of Homeland Securitys Cyberhub
06/14/2016

The building where the Department of Homeland Security tracks every cyber attack against the US is surprisingly bland. With its neutral exterior and circular drive, I was not even sure we were at the right place until I saw our press liaison standing in the lobby. There are no signs to distinguish it from the generic office park that surrounds it, and the doorman would not even confirm if DHS had an office inside.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, better known by the abbreviated NCCIC, opened in 2009 to serve as a place where DHS could monitor cyber threats across government agencies and critical infrastructure, such as power grids and dams.

Digital Vulnerability: Cyber security expert on preventing your social media from being hacked
06/12/2016

Passwords:
At least ten characters, including: upper case letters, lower case letters, special characters and numbers.
Second form passwords: Most people find them annoying, but are key to keeping your password and account hack free. Facebook and other social media sites allow you to use your cell phone as a second means of authentication. For example, when you log into your Facebook you will receive a text message with a special number password you have to enter in order to access your account
Change password every 30-45 days: Many people find changing their password annoying, but keeping your new passwords in a secure electronic wallet is a great way to keep track of them in case you forget.

The Evolution of Voice Authentication as a Security Method
06/10/2016

New forms of authentication are required to secure online resources. With the rise of cloud computing and the corresponding threat of identity theft, vendors have stepped up their game in this arena: MasterCard is now using selfies for authentication and security vendors are adding new forms of multifactor tokens to their arsenal.

Another productive avenue has been the use of various biometric-based solutions for access management, such as voice authentication factors.

Biometric Authentication Takes Hold
Voice authentication and fingerprint detection both have their advantages and disadvantages when used in authentication. The good news is that you do not have to carry anything else since you already have your voice or your fingerprints or your eyeballs. Also, using biometric factors can eliminate the need to provide personal information to verify their identity.

Security bug could expose Android phones to hackers
06/08/2016

Security researchers are warning that a software bug could leave many Android phones vulnerable to hackers' attacks. Security firm FireEye wrote in a blog post Thursday that a flaw in a software package from Qualcomm could give hackers access to everything from call histories to text messages. Older versions of Android, 4.3 and earlier, are reportedly more vulnerable than newer versions.

The bug, called CVE-2016-2060, was made possible when Qualcomm, a mobile chipmaker, provided new APIs to developers that were part of system service network_manager.

Security Pros Help Make Business Less Risky
06/06/2016

For several years, one of the primary themes coming out of CompTIAs security research was the importance that companies placed on being secure. Nearly every company we surveyed said that security was a moderately higher or significantly higher priority today than it was two years ago, and there was an expectation that security would continue to grow as a priority in the years to come.

There were some problems deeper in the data though. Apparently, saying security is a high priority isn’t the same as taking the right steps. Companies continued to report data breaches—both in our surveys and in major headlines. There was a low level of concern for emerging topics, with most focus still placed on traditional attacks like malware. And companies still viewed security as a technology problem, discounting corporate processes and end user education.

Rethinking security for the Internet of Things
06/03/2016

Many people scoffed in January 2014 when Cisco CEO John Chambers pegged the Internet of Everything as a potential $17 trillion market, five to 10 times more impactful on society than the Internet itself. Two years later, it seems that Chambers  prediction for the phenomenon more commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT) could be on the conservative side.

There is no question that IoT is ushering in a new era of innovation, connecting the digital and machine worlds to bring greater speed and efficiency to diverse sectors, including automotive, aviation, energy and healthcare. But with sensitive data increasingly accessible online — and more endpoints open to attackers — businesses are quickly realizing that security cannot be an afterthought.

Security expert: Everything is hackable
06/01/2016

There are two types of people: those whose cell phones have been hacked and know about it, and those whose cell phones have been hacked and are yet to find out. That is what security expert John Hering told Sharyn Alfonsi in an interview that will air on Sundays 60 Minutes.

Apple opens up on how it approaches security following FBI battle
05/30/2016

In a press briefing Friday, Apple discussed how security works on the iPhone and iOS. The meeting, which was often technical, shed insights into its broader approach to security.

Although the meeting was not specifically about the battles the company has had with the FBI and parts of the U.S. government – including cases in San Bernardino and Brooklyn – that conflict was still the elephant in the room.

Still, Apple insists its goal with iOS and iPhone security is not about protecting users from the government, it is about protecting users from hackers.



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