Chris Vickery

Chris Vickery: Finding the Crown Jewels Online

For a person who just found the personal details for most of the adult Mexican population sitting in a publicly accessible database, Chris Vickery is remarkably self-effacing. His security research is mostly part-time, he’s entirely self-taught, and his days are spent wrangling the IT at a local law firm. He downplays his out-of-hours security work, […]

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Mikko Hypponen

Back to the Future with Mikko Hypponen

In a few decades, your computers may be mostly bug-free because programmers won’t be writing your code, according to Mikko Hyponnen. The chief research officer for F-Secure always has something controversial to say, which is why Black Arts Illuminated has bought him back as a keynote for SecTor 2016, which marks the security conference’s tenth year. Today, […]

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A Decade of Data Breaches

It’s been ten years since SecTor first began. The conference launched as a no-nonsense, fact-filled event designed to help security professionals protect themselves against attack. The organizers created it because Canada needed it back then, and we clearly still need it now. The last ten years have been filled with hacks, and the number of stolen records […]

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Can Mathematics Prove That Your Network Is Secure?

Mathematical algorithms might be able to predict exactly how your network will act. Is it possible to prove, beyond all shadow of a doubt, that your network is secure? SecTor has talked about how security alerts are becoming more probabilistic. This week, we’re looking at an effort to do the opposite, by turning probabilistic estimates of security […]

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Finding a Needle in the Cybersecurity Haystack

Everyone is curious about your IT systems. They are being probed, prodded and profiled by people on the Internet all the time, which creates lots of traffic. Many of these events metastasize into incidents that may generate concern, and cause an alert. There can be hundreds or thousands of them each day, and your team’s […]

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Tackling Open Source’s Security Problem

The US government wants to improve the quality of open source software by making it easier to find vulnerabilities in it. The Department of Homeland Security hopes that better code reviews and bug bounties will help to reduce the security flaws in these projects, which are used extensively on the Internet by companies large and […]

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Why Heed Security Warnings When They Mean Nothing?

The world is full of foolish users who click on things without knowing better, but it is also filled with badly-designed products that don’t do a good enough job of warning them about the dangers they’re facing. How do we fix it? Studies over the years have told us what we instinctively knew – that […]

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How Safe Is Your Antivirus Software From Attack?

Another day, another problem with antivirus software. Antivirus tools are designed to protect your computers, but events over the years suggest that they can end up causing their own problems. Antivirus firms have had their fair share of dramas, even over the last few months. In January, Trend Micro patched a security bug in its […]

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Canadian Cybercrime Just Isn’t That Dangerous

Oh, Canada! Fake IDs and stolen logins? Is that all you’re doing? Canadians might just be too polite for more violent forms of cybercrime. We’re involved in online crime to a certain extent, buying and selling stolen data and documents, but that’s where it tends to end for us. That’s the view of Christopher Budd, […]

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IT Futures Registration is Live

Get in on the ground floor Today is a big day for Black Arts Illuminated, SecTor’s parent company. Early bird registration for its new conference, IT Futures, opens today, in co-ordination with a brand new web site.IT Futures will give technology experts and businesspeople alike a unique view into emerging technologies, explaining how they will […]

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Are You Spending Enough On IT Security?

Most Canadian firms aren’t, according to industry figures. How much should your organization be spending on security? According to analyst figures, about 14% of the IT budget – but less than a quarter of companies are spending that much.Last year, IDC released a report analyzing Canadian companies’ security budgets to find out how much they […]

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