UCLA and Ashley Madison: This Year of the Data Breach

And people thought we were witnessing a deluge of superhero movies. Even next year, when there will be no fewer than six mask-and-cape epics, from three different studios, won’t be any comparison to the torrent of data breaches that already makes last year’s label as “Year of the Data Breach” seem like a joke. Health… Read More

Backdoors and Other Infrastructure Failures

Gawker says it’s time to panic.  And really, if you look at all the bizarre happenings last week, you might think they were the harbingers of some sort of digital end times, as foretold by the Books of Cameron and Wachowksi.  Computer screw ups at the NYSE, United Airlines, the Wall Street Journal’s site, stranded… Read More

Mr. Robot – Cybersecurity’s Growing Prevalence

A new hacking drama premiered last week on USA Network to rave reception. “Mr. Robot” is a show about an antisocial cybersec engineer-by-day/hacker-by-night named Elliot who gets approached by a secretive hacker collective that is attempting to bring about a financial revolution by way of wealth redistribution on an unprecedented scale.  After putting the first… Read More

Security Failure and the OPM Breach

China is currently in the news again, and not just as it relates to Donald Trump’s apartment sale figures.  The massive hack of the Office of Personnel Management, which exposed files containing sensitive information on millions of federal employees, veterans, retirees, etc., has obviously been highly publicized by this point.  From the standard stuff like… Read More

Easier Crime For Hackers

How many movies and TV shows have there been about bank robberies and other such heists?  Probably  hundreds, I would guess, over the decades.  Plenty even within the last few years.  It’s well-trodden narrative ground.  In light of recent trends and new paradigms, however, any future screen bank robber is going to look pretty silly… Read More

For all our tax dollars, our data should be better protected

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who has had a positive experience with the IRS, or really anything remotely resembling praise for them at all.  Well, let’s see how much lower their opinion can get.  With the agency’s announcement last week that it had suffered a data breach that had compromised the personal tax… Read More

Healthcare hacks – how much is your personal information worth?

Last month, I spoke of the predicted rise in 2015 of data breaches, for health care organizations in particular.  Anthem may have been the biggest name, but it certainly hasn’t been alone.  Even as we watch how that plays out, it’s important to recognize just how much cyber attacks have already cost the industry.  Compared… Read More

And the main worry in wearables is…

The Apple Watch is almost here!  After an extremely confusing and limited online-only launch, with marketing campaigns promoting an April 24 release date when in fact most early buyers won’t get their shipments until possibly June—after all this, but now word out of Cupertino is that company is preparing watch stock for retailers, to allow… Read More

Analytics to drive next generation of antivirus?

Big data and analytics.  They’re not just things for Charles Barkley and Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey to snipe about at each other.  A little ways up the I-45, they’re also hot topics at the SAS Global Forum Conference this week in Dallas, TX, which seeks to discuss them in the context of current… Read More

Value and Security in the Internet of Things

In between producing one after another commercial extolling the value of the Internet of Things, Cisco has generated a report focusing on a value of a more monetary kind.  Their Trend Report, jointly released with DHL, estimates the IoT to generate $8 trillion in Value at Stake over the next decade.  For the supply chain… Read More