Articles about Information Security

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Europe's cyber security agency wants pick your infosec BRAINS

Do you work in the ICT sector? If so, Europe’s top cyber security agency wants you. ENISA (The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) is looking for 20 experts to join its “Permanent Stakeholders’ Group”. Self-declared experts who work in the ICT sector for fixed and mobile electronic communications …
Jennifer Baker, 07 Nov 2014
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Biz coughs up even less for security, despite mega breach losses

Information security budgets are falling despite a continuing rise in the number of attacks, according to a new report by management consultants PwC. Detected security incidents have increased 66 per cent year-over-year since 2009, reaching the equivalent of 117,339 attacks per day, according to PwC's "The Global State of …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2014

Moscow, Beijing poised to sign deal on joint cyber security ops

Moscow and Beijing will next month sign a deal to commence joint information security projects and operations, and to increase cooperation in the space, according to a popular Russian newspaper with ties to President Vladimir Putin. Kommersant owned by Russia's richest man and President Putin ally Alisher Usmanov reported ( …
Darren Pauli, 24 Oct 2014
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O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge

Both Vodafone and O2 are claiming to be the best mobile phone network for people, particularly government people, who are worried about security. O2 is crowing about achieving the secure and government-approved network certification known as CAS(T), which stands for CESG Assured Service (Telecommunications), O2 being the first …
Simon Rockman, 11 Aug 2014
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Will security concerns scupper your BYOD policy?

Analysis Almost everyone involved in IT fears BYOD to some extent. That’s largely because they are terrified of careless colleagues costing the business a shed load of money. But small to medium sized businesses who lack the budget and resources to do security well fear BYOD more than most. Just this week, Hugh Boyes from the Institution …
Tom Brewster, 29 Nov 2014

Adobe CSO offers Oracle security lesson: Go click-to-play

Oracle could have saved mountains of cash and bad press if Click-to-Play was enabled before Java was hosed by an armada of zero day vulnerabilities, Adobe security boss Brad Arkin says. The simple fix introduced into browsers over the last year stopped the then zero day blitzkrieg in its tracks by forcing users to click a button …
Darren Pauli, 16 Oct 2014
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Security: Sweet brief for rare man Roche, new boss of Fujitsu TS

Fujitsu company veteran Tom Roche has grabbed the chieftain's chair at the Technology Solutions unit with a specific brief to boost security sales. The post became vacant last month when former boss Michael Keegan was made overlord of UK ops for Fujitsu, replacing Duncan Tait who was lifted to the head of the EMEIA organisation …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2014

Trustwave gobbles up Application Security, gorges itself on tech

Data security biz Trustwave has acquired fellow data security provider Application Security, a startup that specialises in automated database security scanning technologies. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Monday, were undisclosed. Privately-held Application Security develops security software for relational databases …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2013

Cyber security: Do the experts need letters after their name?

Despite its reticence over everything Snowden, GCHQ has been awfully proud of its work with academia over the last year. Though it has always worked closely with universities, the Cheltenham-based spy agency has given its backing to various government initiatives designed to give a fillip to British cyber-security wannabes and …
Tom Brewster, 17 Nov 2014
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Apple promises iCloud security alerts, better 2FA after, er, NAKED Internet of Thingies flap

Apple plans to roll out new iCloud security alerts as well as extending its two-step authentication technology in the wake of this week's privacy flap over nude selfies of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebs. Private pictures of disrobed (female) celebrities including Oscar winner Lawrence and swimwear model Upton …
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2014

Japan needs 80,000 EXTRA info-security bods to stay safe

Japan has an 80,000 shortfall in infosec professionals, and needs to provide extra training for more than half of those currently in the industry, if it’s to protect key IT systems from attack, according to the government. A government panel of information security experts met back in June to draw up a long term plan to address …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Oct 2013

VMware's tool to harden virtual networks: a spreadsheet

VMware has released a guide to hardening its NSX virtual networking and product. The guide published online by VMware information security professional Pravin Goyal, covers management, control and data planes. It recommends including audit logs and system events in backups, enabling and securing remote logging for the NSX …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2014
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Layoffs at EMC's RSA security division

RSA, the security division of EMC, has confirmed plans to restructure its business, a move than means an unspecified number of long-term staffers will be shown the door. Details are scarce, for now, but RSA said that it plans to make new hires that will more than offset job losses by start of 2014. It wrote in an email: While …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2013
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Email-sniffing Linkedin Intro NOT security threat, insists biz network

LinkedIn, the social network for suits, has come out in defence of its LinkedIn Intro app after security researchers panned it for making users' emails vulnerable to hackers. LinkedIn Intro is an iOS application that allows iPhone or fondleslab users to route their email through so that they receive background information on an …
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2013
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Home Office launches £4m cyber security awareness scheme

The UK Home Office has launched a new £4m information security awareness campaign, designed to educate businesses and consumers about rising hacker threats. The first stage of the campaign is due to get underway in the autumn. The scheme will sit alongside other more established information security initiatives, such as Get Safe …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013

Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash

Underwriters are reportedly refusing to insure energy firms because poor security controls are leaving them wide open to attacks by hackers and malware infestations. Lloyd's of London told the BBC they had seen a surge in requests for insurance from energy sector firms but poor test scores from security risk assessors means that …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2014
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GCHQ names the Hogwarts for Hackers

The UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has certified six Masters of Cyber Security degrees. The certifications were issued under the UK's Cyber Security Strategy that, among other things, calls for the nation to “Strengthen postgraduate education to expand the pool of experts with in-depth knowledge of cyber.” …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2014

KPMG cuts its funding for UK.gov's Cyber Security Challenge

KPMG is cutting back on its sponsorship of the UK government-backed Cyber Security Challenge after concluding the puzzle-based focus of the competition is failing to attract the right kind of potential recruits into the infosec profession. Senior security staff at the professional services firm told Computing that it was scaling …
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2014

DARPA slaps $2m on the bar for the ULTIMATE security bug SLAYER

It's a bad day for the vulnerability scanning industry: DARPA has announced a new multi-million-dollar competition to build a system that will be able to automatically analyze code, find its weak spots, and patch them against attack. Mike Walker, DARPA program manager, said that the challenge was to start a "revolution for …
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2013

Knives out for new EU rules forcing govts to reveal hacker attacks

Talks began on a new computer security law for Europe on Tuesday night. National ministers, the European Commission and MEPs got together for the first time in an attempt to nail down the wording in the proposed Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive. When it was proposed by the commission early last year, the draft …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Oct 2014

Forging administrator cookies and crocking crypto ... for dummies

Security pro Laurens Van Houtven has created a free introduction cryptography course to help programmers lift their infosec game. The Crypto 101 book contained everything needed to understand complete systems including block and stream ciphers; hash functions; message authentication codes; public key encryption; key agreement …
Darren Pauli, 04 Nov 2014

RSA boss demands revamp of outdated privacy, security regs

RSA Europe Corporate security policies that simply adopt regulations and obsess over privacy are stuck in the last century, according to senior execs at security biz RSA. Tom Heiser, president of the EMC-owned outfit, told delegates to the RSA Europe conference that efforts to comply with red tape and standards is fruitless as the rules …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2012
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New security standard for CHAPS who have your CREDIT CARD data

A new version of the PCI-DSS payment card industry standard was published yesterday, and is due to come into effect at the start of January. The new rules place a greater emphasis on promoting improved security rather than complying with pre-set rules. PCI DSS 3.0 is designed to "help organisations take a proactive approach to …
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2013

FIRST standards to clean up messy CERTs

The global gathering of incident responders FIRST is spearheading a global standards effort to reform and unify the operations of government and large enterprise computer emergency response teams (CERTs). The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) has tipped US$500,000 into the effort and has received backing from …
Darren Pauli, 20 Oct 2014

Hackable intercom lets you SPY on fellow apartment-dwellers

Kiwicon Kiwi hacker Caleb "alhazred" Anderson has popped a video intercom device that could have allowed him to spy on the 700 apartments in his building. The GrandStream GXV3175 intercom unit has been patched after Anderson - who by day serves as Context Information Security's lead consultant - began the attack while "inspired" by a …
Darren Pauli, 12 Dec 2014
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Step forward the chief information security officer

What does the modern chief information security officer (Ciso) look like? The role used to be little more than acting as a glorified sysadmin but things have changed. These days, Cisos must be all-rounders, concentrating not just on technology but on business too. “In recent years, the role of the Ciso has become more business …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Nov 2011
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Google offers limited data on National Security Letters

Google has expanded its semiannual Transparency Report to include data about National Security Letters (NSLs) – albeit only a very small amount of data, given the strict secrecy that continues to surround the controversial documents. NSLs are letters written by US government agencies – usually the FBI, but occasionally such …
Neil McAllister, 05 Mar 2013
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Australia mandates* cloud use by government agencies

Australia's Department of Finance has updated its Cloud Policy to say “... agencies now must adopt cloud”. Those italics are the Department's, and it also has some qualifications for the edict, namely that cloud should only be adopted “where it is fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2014
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Oz privacy comish says breaches could double this year

The office of Australia's Federal Privacy Commissioner has received 60 voluntary data breach notifications in the six months since 12 March compared to 71 received in the 2014 financial year. The statistics provide to Vulture South and repeated at the Australian Information Security Association conference include all manner of …
Darren Pauli, 20 Oct 2014
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PayPal security boss: OBLITERATE passwords from THE PLANET

PayPal has declared war on the password - and wants a better way for folks to perform open sesame on their own internet accounts. Speaking at the Interop security conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Michael Barrett, chief information security officer at PayPal, talked about his work to create an open standard that could remove …
Jasper Hamill, 10 May 2013
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UK faces hacking doom, but think of the money, security startups!

Infosec 2013 The UK government is hit by more than 33,000 pieces of malicious email a day, ranging from casual phishing to targeted espionage attacks. Chloe Smith, minister for political and constitutional reform at the Cabinet Office, told delegates at the Infosecurity Europe conference on Wednesday that despite this onslaught cyber …
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2013
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Samsung: Smart TV security hole is so minor we'll fix it immediately

Samsung has downplayed the significance of a data-leaking security bug in its Smart TVs, but promised to close the hole by January. Earlier this month Malta-based startup ReVuln said it had discovered a vulnerability that allows hackers to remotely copy data off USB drives connected to a Samsung TV LED 3D and other Smart TVs, …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2012

Cisco okayed for UK government comms

Cisco has had a bunch of products certified as secure by the GCHQ's information security arm, the Communications & Electronics Security Group (CESG). The certification only covers the products to handle information up to the UK government's “Official” classification – that is, most government information. However, as the …

Vulnerable utilities, telcos, top of new Aussie natsec centre's to-do list

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) will increase its headcount from 90 to 150 as soon as possible, then grow to full capacity of 300 seats by year's end. The centre's opening was delayed to allow staff to move into the new Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) ASIO building to avoid burning taxpayer dosh …
Darren Pauli, 16 Oct 2014
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Crims at vendors could crock kit says ENISA

Before you sign on the dotted line to acquire some kit or sign up a service provider, ask the vendor you're considering if any of their staff have criminal records. That's just one of many, many, suggestions made by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), in a new guide to Secure ICT Procurement …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2014
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Cybersecurity? Nothing to do with us, mate – Google and Facebook

Google, eBay, Facebook, Yahoo! foursquare and Microsoft want nothing to do with the proposed new EU cybersecurity law. In an open letter to Europe’s telco ministers last week, CCIA (the Computer & Communications Industry Association) said the proposed Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive should excluding internet …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Nov 2014
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Australia and USA strike closer cyber defence alliance

Australia and the United States will forge tighter bonds in information security defence and incident response on the back of a White House meeting between the nation's leaders. The announcement contained scant detail on the arrangement and came as Prime Minister Tony Abbott and President Barack Obama agreed to new defence deals …
Darren Pauli, 13 Jun 2014
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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

Domain-name overseer ICANN has been hacked and its DNS zone database compromised, the organization has said. Attackers sent staff spoofed emails appearing to coming from icann.org. The organization notes it was a "spear phishing" attack, suggesting employees clicked on a link in the messages that took them to a bogus login page …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Dec 2014

Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

Microsoft has released a security patch to squash a bug in Windows that hackers are exploiting to compromise whole networks of computers. Redmond said today a vulnerability (MS14-068) in the Kerberos authentication system, used by default in the operating system, allows a normal user to ramp up their privileges and access rights …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2014
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IBM snaps up identity access gatekeeper tech

IBM has snapped up privately held security software firm CrossIdeas. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were undisclosed. Rome, Italy based CrossIdeas has been developing identity access technology since 2011. Its technology allows CISOs and security teams in big companies to automatically detect conflicts in …
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2014
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GCHQ boffins quantum-busted its OWN crypto primitive

While the application of quantum computers to cracking cryptography is still, for now, a futuristic scenario, crypto researchers are already taking that future seriously. It came as a surprise to Vulture South to find that in October of this year, researchers at GCHQ's information security arm the CESG abandoned work on a …
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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

Criminals are picking through gigabytes of leaked personal information from Sony Pictures' ransacked computer network, triggering identity theft alerts, staff have told The Register. We're told crooks are, as is inevitable these days, mining files dumped online by hackers, who comprehensively compromised the movie studio's …
Iain Thomson, 08 Dec 2014

Watch this! The changing face of malware

Video Youtube Video The anti-malware software industry seems to be fighting a losing battle, with Symantec even declaring antivirus "dead". In this online tutorial Darryl MacGregor, principal technologist for information security at IT training biz QA, discusses the best strategies for protecting your information assets in the near …
David Gordon, 21 May 2014
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WinShock PoC clocked: But DON'T PANIC... It's no Heartbleed

Security researchers have released a proof-of-concept exploit against the SChannel crypto library flaw patched by Microsoft last week. The release of a PoC for the MS14-066 vulnerability through the Canvas tool from Immunity Inc underlines the need to patch. The flaw opens the door to remote code execution on unpatched servers …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2014
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ENISA, Europol, strike info-sharing deal

Europe's peak information security body will join forces with the continent's criminal intelligence sharing outift in order to beat down on carders and crackers plaguing Europe. Heads of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) signed a deal with Europol at the Hague last Thursday to give a …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2014

CERT Oz report: 76 orgs popped in targeted attacks

Seventy six businesses have owned up to targeted attacks getting past their defences, according to the government's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), which released the findings in an annual report late yesterday. The mostly Australian businesses represented 135 organisations reporting to the CERT Australia survey and …
Darren Pauli, 30 May 2014
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Russian cops lack kit to fight cybercrooks, says Brit security buff

CyCon 2013 A shift in perspectives in Russia over the last 18 months means the country has ceased to be a safe haven for cybercrime. Crackdowns on e-crime have taken place in the past, most notably the successful prosecution of the extortionists who were behind denial-of-service attacks against online bookmakers. However, the perception …
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2013

Chinese APT groups targeting Australian lawyers

Law firms are among Australian businesses being targeted by at least 13 Chinese advanced malware groups in a bid to steal intelligence from big business, says forensics bod and Mandiant man Mark Goudie. The attacks are well planned and rely on a combination of stealth and persistence in order to extract any and all valuable …
Darren Pauli, 21 Oct 2014
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Happy now? Mobiles, cloud, big data now 'a growing security risk'

Innovations in mobile and cloud computing, social technology and the use of "big data" present an emerging risk to organisations' IT security, experts have warned. The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), which is an EU advisory body, said that those technologies would increasingly provide the platform for " …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Jan 2013
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Tablet security study finds BlackBerry still good for something

A technology audit has identified security failings in three of the most popular tablets, raising concerns about the security implications of allowing workers to use their personal technology at work. A study by Context Information Security looked at Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab and RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, and concluded …
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2012