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Five tips from a CIO on dealing with massive DDoS attacks

LiveJournal is a social-media blogging site that attracts millions of users each month from across the globe, especially the U.S. and Russia. Owned by Moscow-based SUP Media, its website is hosted in a Montana data center, and according to Tim Turner, the firm's London-based CIO, LiveJournal regularly faces massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Written by Ellen Messmer29 Jan. 14 06:01

Cisco: Thousands of web hosting centers now launchpads for attacks

Web hosting centers around the world are being compromised by cyber-criminals that use them to launch major attacks against business and government, says Cisco in its annual security report. This threat really gained full steam last year, the company says.

Written by Ellen Messmer16 Jan. 14 05:20

Fortinet wireless security gateway can now track, entice shoppers

Retail store managers would like to know, in real time, how many shoppers enter their premises and what they are likely interested in buying. Security firm Fortinet, which makes the FortiGate threat-management gateways that include a wireless access point, says its gear can now pick up the presence of shoppers' smartphones in order to provide retailers a real-time view of where shoppers go in stores.

Written by Ellen Messmer13 Jan. 14 06:11

NSA critic Bruce Schneier joins security firm Co3 as CTO

The network security industry's legendary free thinker Bruce Schneier Monday said he's taken a job as CTO at Co3 Systems, but that this in no way will curtail his determination to speak and write candidly on important topics such as the National Security Agency's (NSA) practices.

Written by Ellen Messmer06 Jan. 14 17:04

Why one company declined cloud-based 'crisis communications system'

Cloud-based services are still often seen as too risky for sensitive information. Take the case at Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman Chemical Company, which said "no" to the cloud when designing its new crisis communications system.

Written by Ellen Messmer02 Jan. 14 19:12

Juniper vs. Palo Alto Networks: Firewall court battle set to begin

Call it the fist fight over firewalls for 2014. Juniper Networks is going for a knock-out against rival Palo Alto Networks in a patent-dispute lawsuit related to next-generation firewalls that's set to go to trial in Delaware in February. And Palo Alto wants to take out Juniper in its own separate patent lawsuit.

Written by Ellen Messmer19 Dec. 13 15:05

IT security chiefs can make big bucks but are they happy?

The top IT security chiefs make salaries that can run over $1 million per year, but are they happy? Ponemon Institute, which interviewed about 700 security professionals in the top IT security spot at their companies to find out, learned they make big bucks but the job often feels stressful and isolated.

Written by Ellen Messmer17 Dec. 13 20:33

Cloud Security Alliance offers ultra-high cloud security plan

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is putting forward an innovative encryption-based security architecture for software-defined networks and cloud environments that draws some of its inspiration from high-security networks used by the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence agencies.

Written by Ellen Messmer06 Dec. 13 15:28

Many organizations struggle to define mobile work/play boundaries

The K-12 private education Paideia School in Atlanta now hands out about 550 Apple iPads each year to students for classroom teaching and homework purposes. And while students love them, some parents are now pressing the IT department to restrict use of apps on the devices because they think there's too much game-playing.

Written by Ellen Messmer21 Nov. 13 22:27

12 hot US security start-ups to watch

Going into 2014, a whirlwind of security start-ups are looking to have an impact on the enterprise world. Most of these new ventures are focused on securing data in the cloud and on mobile devices. Santa Clara, California-based Illumio, for example, founded earlier this year, is only hinting about what it will be doing in cloud security. But already it's the darling of Silicon Valley investors, pulling in over $42 million from backer Andreesen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Formation 8 and others.

Written by Ellen Messmer13 Nov. 13 13:23

In Pictures: Worst data breaches of 2013 (part 3!)

The Identity Theft Resource Center has recorded 450 data breaches so far this year, and here are the worst that become known between July and September

Written by Ellen Messmer15 Oct. 13 08:13