How to Win The War Against Blackhats

For many companies, the first step is to get a clue. The MAD magazine cartoon, Spy vs Spy, is 54 years old this year. In it, the blackhat spy and the whitehat spy both tussle, each trying to get the upper hand on the other with simplistic, comical gags. In the cartoon, the spies are […]

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Meet The Man Who Cyberstalks for Good

How Ken Westin jailed at least two dozen people using software, social media, and a few snappy search tools Ken Westin is an online stalker. He follows people through social media sites, Internet community forums, online maps and emails. He digs out secrets locked up in digital photographs, and uses them to build alarmingly complete […]

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Unlocking History

Cybersecurity and lock picking have more in common than mere puzzle solving. This October, Schuyler Towne will once again drive the nine hours north from Massachusetts to Toronto, to attend the SecTor conference. He drives because he’ll be lugging all manner of arcane equipment with him, in his role as the organiser of the Lock […]

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A Village for the Global Internet of Things

SecTor will feature a new IoT Village this year. Here’s what to expect, and why it’s important. The headlines are swimming with stories about the security challenges surrounding the Internet of Things. For many, though, it’s still an amorphous concept, with a bewildering array of device categories, connected in staggering numbers. This October, SecTor and […]

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Starting A Cybersecurity Career

How to get your first foothold in a security role Eager to break into a cybersecurity career? Competition is tough, but demand for skilled professionals is also high. How can you best position yourself for a career as a security pro? Nima Mirpourian, division director for recruitment firm Robert Half Technology, said that we are […]

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Building a More Private Cloud

The Cloud Security Alliance wants to see more privacy in the cloud The Cloud Alliance wants to raise the bar when protecting customer privacy in the cloud. That’s the message from its CEO Jim Reavis, The CSA will once again be hosting a free summit for attendees at the SecTor conference this year, addressing cloud […]

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Building an Adaptive Security Culture

Become like water when learning how to fight off attackers. If you don’t adapt, you don’t survive. It’s just as true in business as it is in nature – and it’s particularly true in cybersecurity, where practitioners are constantly fighting off attacks from a constantly-evolving enemy. The answer to the problem is to build a […]

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Should You Insure Yourself Against a Cyberattack?

The stakes are rising for Canadian and US firms alike. Cyber threats are on the rise, and companies do their best to protect against them. But it is also possible to insure yourself against the financial fallout, should the worst happen. Is it something you should consider? Cyber-insurance has taken off since the mid-2000s, as […]

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Improve Your Cybersecurity With These IT Process Hacks

Before buying expensive cybersecurity tools, consider honing your IT operations. Another budget cycle, another upgrade. It’s time for a new firewall/SIEM tool/UTM appliance. Why? Because the new one has the latest next-generation fluid threat analysis technology/features a patented endpoint threatness system/comes in green. There are good reasons for an IT department to buy some of […]

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US Surveillance Reform Only a Moderate Success for Privacy Advocates

Cybersecurity projects are just one way for the NSA to gather bulk data. This week was a big one for anyone concerned with privacy and cybersecurity in the US. After a great deal of wrangling, Congress finally passed the USA Freedom Act. It has been lauded as the most significant (if not only) successful Congressional […]

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Five Cybersecurity Facepalms

In 2015, we’re still making the same mistakes. Plus a few new ones. Cybersecurity pros often suffer from a condition that we’ve come to call volarfaciem. This name comes from the volar, meaning the fleshy part of the hand in between the wrist and the fingers, and faciem, which is the latin for ‘face’. In […]

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