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The top 5 mobile security threats

When mixing personal and professional tasks on your smartphone, it's inevitable that someone is going to accidentally stumble onto malware. The SANS Institute's Chris Crowley has some advice on how to avoid trouble.

Written by Ryan Francis03 June 17 00:56

A day in the life of a threat researcher

After leaving Exabeam at the end of the workday, Ryan Benson’s mind doesn’t shut off when it comes to thinking about designing new defenses against Black Hats. See what his day looks like.

Written by Ryan Francis19 May 17 20:42

What home products are most susceptible to cyber burglars?

In the matter of the Dyn situation, it was those Internet of Things devices that created the voluminous distributed denial of sevice attack. A DVR was used to attack Dyn’s network. To reduce the impact of such attacks, officials at InsuranceQuotes have noted some of the more popular smart home gadgets in your home that could be vulnerable.

Written by Ryan Francis05 April 17 20:42

Study finds devices are not wiped properly

The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) found in a recent study that 40 percent of the devices that bought from secondhand markets had PII on them.

Written by Ryan Francis29 March 17 01:45

Has fraud met its match?

New and dynamic authentication factors can help prevent identity theft. The idea of using a fingerprint reader to log on to a smartphone is nothing new, but the latest wrinkle is the pressure with which that finger pushes on the reader.

Written by Ryan Francis24 Feb. 17 22:00

How vulnerable are you behind the wheel of your connected car?

Remember when all you had to worry about with your car is getting an oil change every 3,000 miles. Today’s connected cars are miles ahead technologically speaking of those “dumb” vehicles, but drivers could see a bumpy ride if thieves get a hold of the data the car possesses. See how things have changed.

Written by Ryan Francis23 Jan. 17 22:58

What 2017 has in store for cybersecurity

There is much uncertainty surrounding the security industry for 2017. Many of the trepidations of experts in the field are directly connected to what the nation’s next president will do. Find out what else worries them.

Written by Ryan Francis19 Dec. 16 22:22

What these CSOs did on their first days

There are a million things to worry about but these chief security officers provide advice on how to start off on the right foot.

Written by Ryan Francis04 Nov. 16 21:30

How to avoid being the next Yahoo

It’s no longer about whether or not you’ll get attacked, it’s about knowing what the repercussions are and if you have the right controls to minimize or completely eliminate the fallout. In order to be able to do this effectively, you need be attuned with your network controls and architecture. VArmour CEO Tim Eades offers a few questions decision makers should be asking to ensure they keep their organizations from being the next Yahoo.

Written by Ryan Francis17 Oct. 16 21:26