Cyberthreats: Microsoft’s Tim Rains on Putting Old Wine in New Bottles

The second in our four-part series on cyberthreats explores emerging trends in malware You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or so the saying goes – but maybe you don’t need to. Malware writers are evolving less dynamically than you might think, explained Tim Rains, chief security advisor for worldwide cybersecurity and data protection […]

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Cyberthreats: R-CISC’s Wendy Nather on Retail Risks

SecTor spoke to the retail security expert in part one of our four-part cyberthreat series When it comes to cyberthreats, retailers are among the most heavily targeted. Companies like Target, Home Depot and TJ Maxx have all made the headlines over the last few years as attackers pilfered credit card records by the millions from […]

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Is Anti-Virus Software Really Dead?

Malware protection must innovation beyond signatures, says IBM expert Is anti-virus software dead? Experts have declared its demise in the past – most notably Symantec, which declared it so in a Wall Street Journal interview last year. But some think there’s life in the old dog yet. As malware evolves, the software to detect and neutralise it […]

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A Transformative Time for CSOs

Kris Lovejoy says that security pros should have a physician’s eye Kris Lovejoy is on a mission to transform the way that CSOs deal with business. The former IBM CISO, who worked her way up as an ethical hacker, knows security from both the technical and the strategic side. CSOs face a period of intense […]

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Winging It

Trey Ford talks about what today’s CISOs can learn from yesterday’s pilots Trey Ford learned to fly to get to know his dad better. The security pro and SecTor keynote speaker started learning in a Cessna 172 in 2008, following in the footsteps of his father, who had been an avid flyer before Ford was […]

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Announcing the IT Futures Conference

A new event from the creators of SecTor Most years, the SecTor conference is about exploits, vulnerabilities, and security strategy. This year, though, there was one significant difference. This morning at SecTor 2015, co-organiser Bryan Bourne announced a new conference: IT Futures. Running May 30-June 1 2016 at the Metropolitan Convention Centre, IT Futures sheds […]

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It’s Nearly Time!

Are you fully prepared for SecTor 2015? Here are some last minute things to look out for. We’re down to the wire. It’s the last weekend before one of the most important Canadian security events of the year. Next week sees the official opening of SecTor’s ninth security conference, and co-organiser Bruce Cowper has a […]

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Are Beneficial Botnets a Good Idea?

SecTor interviews The White Team vigilante group Hundreds of thousands of routers around the world have been infected by a botnet. Instead of bitcoin mining or redirecting DNS queries to malicious sites, though, it has good intentions. The Wifatch ‘malware’ cleans house, locking down router insecurities and deleting known malware. It’s a benevolent botnet. What […]

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Mixing Water and Oil

How attitudes to cybersecurity vary between countries Will emerging economies ever see eye to eye with developed countries on cybersecurity? The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, seems to hope so. He recently visited the White House to talk cyber-co operation. The upshot was a tentative understanding that the countries would end state-sponsored cyberattacks (without ever admitting, […]

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Can Privacy and Big Data Coexist?

You’d better hope so. Ann Cavoukian knows a thing or two about privacy. For 17 years, she served as Ontario’s provincial Information and Privacy Commissioner and was outspoken on a variety of topics, ranging from government surveillance powers to online ad tracking.  Now, as executive director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson […]

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All That Glitters is Not Gold

Proper cybersecurity measures take insight and forethought. All that glitters is not gold. Sometimes, shiny new security products can make matters worse, rather than better. That’s the premise of a recent article by SecTor co-founder and organizer Bruce Cowper, published over at Dark Reading. The article, Avoiding ‘Magpie Syndrome’ In Cybersecurity, suggests that vendors and […]

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