How To Make Encrypted Data More Secure

If the last few years’ barrage of data breaches has taught us anything, it’s that protecting information with strong encryption is mandatory for any good security team. But what kind of encryption should you use? There are plenty of challenges facing people that want to store sensitive information safely in 2020. One of the biggest […]

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This Data Scientist Has A Grim Pandemic Prediction

At the end of September, Ontario premier Doug Ford was predicting a second COVID-19 wave. “We don’t know how bad it will be,” he said – but Stephan Jou had a pretty good idea. The data scientist, who specialises in using artificial intelligence for cybersecurity, had developed a tool with his team to predict the […]

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How A Personal Data Breach Changed This Privacy Engineer’s Career

2020 SecTor keynote speaker Dr Tracy Ann Kosa got into privacy for personal reasons: She suffered her own data breach. “I was working on my master’s thesis at the University of Manitoba, and my hard drive died,” she recalls. She called a repair company for help. The visiting technician removed her hard drive and scraped […]

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How a Self-Made Cybersecurity Expert Tracked Down a Rogue Admin

When Paula Januszkiewicz isn’t chasing down intruders or examining technology evidence for legal cases, she’s poring over the Windows source code, learning more about its inner workings. The founder of security consulting company CQURE is an IT security auditor and penetration tester, cloud and data center management MVP and Microsoft Certified Trainer, and also holds […]

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Why We Don’t Learn From Our Cybersecurity Mistakes

No one will remember you for the mistakes you make. It’s how you deal with them afterwards that defines you. The most mature people own and correct their slip-ups, learning from them to avoid future repetitions. When it comes to cybersecurity, though, Mark Sangster says that companies aren’t that good at the learning part, meaning […]

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This Bot Could Help Cyberstalking Victims Escape Their Abusers

All was well on the SecTor social medsia channel until we started seeing some strange tweets mentioning us in July. “we stopped in the colonnade , And went on in sunlight , into the Hofgarten“, said one. Another was a long string of apostrophes. They came from Joe Gray, a noted SecTor speaker who will […]

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Researchers reveal how bias undermines your cybersecurity

Researchers Reveal How Bias Undermines Your Cybersecurity

Companies face a constant cybersecurity challenge. The risks they face are many and varied, but there is only so much time and money to go around. Choosing which cybersecurity risks to address is a pressing problem, and a new report suggests that they often get it wrong. At the virtual SecTor conference this year, researchers […]

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Should we have a non-COVID-19 hacking code?

Can We Have A Non-COVID-19 Hacking Code?

SARS-CoV2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, isn’t the only pathogen that’s been spreading around the world lately. It has spawned a corresponding slew of cyber attacks. Unlike many other cyber actions targeting areas like finance and manufacturing, though, these ones could cost lives. Isn’t there an ethical code for attackers during a global crisis […]

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Harnessing hacker talent early yields promising results

Harnessing Hacker Talent Early Yields Promising Results

Many parents are struggling to keep their teens engaged and busy while home from school during the COVID-19 health crisis. For some young people in the UK, help is at hand thanks to a program from the UK government. Law enforcement and government cybersecurity officials have launched a program called Virtual Cyber School, which aims […]

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Despite COVID-19, experts warn against online voting

With over 450,000 COVID-19 cases in the US at the time of writing, thoughts are turning to the election in November. If the health crisis hasn’t abated by then, how will the US vote? The US electoral system is fragmented, with states and counties handling the voting process according to their own rules. Wisconsin went […]

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Inside the Shadowserver crisis

Inside the Shadowserver Crisis

This week hasn’t been the best for the Shadowserver Foundation. The nonprofit is fighting for its life after its main US sponsor pulled the plug. How did we get here, what does this mean for the internet, and what’s next? Shadowserver began in 2004 as a purely voluntary initiative started by Nicholas Albright. Furious to […]

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