Examining the Financial Trade-Off to Securing your Organization

What is perfect security? Does it mean that there can be no break-ins, no stolen credentials, no lost data? Is that a good goal? One of the first things we discuss in Learning Tree Course 468, System and Network Security Introduction is the goals for organizational security. A colleague once said his company’s goal was […]
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Training End Users to Defend Against Cyber Attacks

The title is from the refrain of a song that was popular many years ago, “Where have all the flowers gone” that was sung by Peter, Paul and Mary. I loved the folk music genre then and I still do today. The question, though, applies to cyber security and it was asked (in a wholly […]
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The Connection Between Software Design and Software Security

Wired reported in early June of this year that there has been a bug in the popular OpenSSL for over a decade that could allow bad guys to eavesdrop on connections, including VPN connections. According to the article, the bug is mostly found in Android phones and VPN software. I hope my Android phone is […]
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Three New Trends in Authentication

Frequent readers of this blog will know that I tend to follow trends in authentication and that I am interested in making good-quality authentication commonplace. Recently three topics in authentication caught my attention, and I’d like to share them with you. Fujitsu’s PalmEntryXS First, Fujitsu announced PalmEntryXS a new addition to its PalmSecure line. The […]
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Hospitals and Passwords – Three Essentials for Securing Critical Equipment

I would have thought the safest and most-protected computer hardware in the world would be in hospitals. Seriously, if someone could hack an artificial heart, the consequences could be disastrous. Imagine my shock, then, when I read a Wired article about how easy it was to hack medical equipment found in hospitals! Perhaps I shouldn’t […]
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