How to Log Events and Maintain Compliance with journald, the New Linux System Event Log– Part 1: Configuring the Daemon

Cybersecurity laws and other regulations clearly exist for good reasons, and there are serious penalties involved if you fail to meet them. The new version of PCI DSS, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, requires going beyond showing that data can be secure, you must show that it will be secure through established procedures […]
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Let’s Encrypt- What you Need to Know About the EFF’s Initiative

If you’ve been reading this blog for even a little while you might think I am obsessed with encryption and authentication (especially passwords). You’d probably be right, even though I am not under the illusion that either is any type of panacea. You’d probably guess that I’d be excited that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) […]
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Meet LibreSSL

The SSL/TLS protocol suite is critical for Internet security. Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that’s nice in theory but messy in practice. Good news — a very promising project is bringing help! We commonly say that we use SSL to secure Internet activity. However, that statement taken literally is very out of date! We […]
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First The BEAST Threatened Us, But Now We Have Worse Things To Worry About

In Learning Tree’s Cloud Security Essentials course we have been discussing the BEAST attack. I wrote about it here last spring. Things have shifted recently, it’s time to update the discussion. TLS 1.0 and earlier SSL versions had a serious flaw that allowed an attacker to recover small fragments of cleartext, exposing authentication credentials. The […]
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What is the Most Dangerous Code in the World?

It seems to be the software that we’re all relying on to protect our financial transactions and other critical network communications. One of the main points of the first chapter of Learning Tree’s Cloud Security Essentials course is that it is very difficult to design and implement secure software. The course demonstrates this with a […]
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