Security Debt

Paying the Price for Security Debt

You spend time paying down your credit card and mortgage debt at home, but are you up to date on your security debt? Security debt is an offshoot of another term, known as technical debt. The latter isn’t itself a common term in an industry always chasing shiny new features. First coined by agile development […]

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Iain Paterson data breach

Preparing for a Data Breach

It’s 2018, and companies are still fighting governments over how to handle data breaches. Verizon just lost a bid to stop users from suing it over several data breaches at its Yahoo! online property. The state of Pennsylvania sued Uber for waiting over a year to tell customers that their personal information had been compromised, […]

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Cryptojacking

Could Browser-Based Mining Software Go Legit?

Cryptojacking has been in the news lately as hackers infected thousands of web sites around the world with software that turned their computers into unauthorized cryptocurrency miners. At the same time, respected news and opinion web site Salon has taken the high road, giving visitors the chance to mine for cryptocurrency instead of reading ads. […]

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The Flaw In Encryption Back Doors

The Flaw In Encryption Back Doors

Picture this: You’re a law enforcement agent, and you collared a terrorist who said that there will be an attack on a major city in the next 24 hours. Thousands might die. He doesn’t know the details, because his terrorist cell was compartmentalized. All he did was put the bomb together. You have a phone […]

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Why We Must Fight Breach Fatigue

Why We Must Fight Breach Fatigue

Each year, the guardians of the English language over at Merriam-Webster must accommodate new words in a changing world. We revel at the thought of conservative editors sitting in a dusty office, wincing as they write up the definitions for ‘humblebrag’, ‘woo-woo’, ‘binge-watch’ and ‘photobomb’. In 2018, we think it’s time they added another: ‘breach […]

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This New Tech Could Keep Defenders Ahead in the Cybersecurity Wars

How New Tech Could Keep Defenders Ahead in the Cybersecurity Wars

The cybersecurity industry is on fire. As attackers innovate, defenders are relying on new technologies to given them an advantage. What technologies are most promising in the battle to protect our networks and data? SecTor asked several of its experts. People were most fired up about artificial intelligence and its subset, machine learning. Machine learning […]

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What the cybersecurity community could do better in 2018

How the Cybersecurity Community Could Improve in 2018

2018 is here, and it’s time to take stock and look for areas of self-improvement. That goes not just for companies looking at their own security, but also for vendors tackling the cybersecurity market in 2018. SecTor asked its team of experts what single thing they thought the cybersecurity industry could be doing better in […]

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What Cybersecurity Experts Hope For In 2018

What Cybersecurity Experts Hope For In 2018

2017 has been a roller coaster year. Data breaches continued to get larger and more severe. Equifax dropped the personal details of up to 145m people, while leaving millions of citizens’ personal data unencrypted on cloud storage became a trend. Things couldn’t get much worse from a security standpoint, but the new year is a […]

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The Internet's Biggest Threat Is Under The Sea

The Internet’s Biggest Threat Lies Under the Sea

Something murky is going on again under the sea. In the UK, defence staff chief Sir Stuart Peach has warned that Russia has been operating ships near the undersea cables that digitally connect the US, Europe, and others. He worries that Russians cutting those cables represent “a new risk to our prosperity and way of […]

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Black Friday Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Report Card Says Retailers Must Try Harder

‘Tis the season for retailers, who face their busiest time of the year in terms of online and offline sales. This week’s US Thanksgiving shopping spree kicks off a bumper season that takes in Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday (December 11) and Free Shipping Day (Dec 15), not to mention the Christmas panic buying […]

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Building botnets with the blockchain

Building Botnets on the Blockchain

Whenever a new technology comes along, it isn’t long before someone works out how to use it for nefarious purposes. The latest is the blockchain underpinning Ethereum, which is a next-generation network for running decentralized applications. At SecTor this week, security researcher Majid Malaika reveals how to use one of Ethereum’s most innovative features to […]

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