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Video: NY holds companies accountable for cybersecurity

By Byron Acohido Banks and other financial services companies wishing to do business in the state of New York will soon have to prove they are using first-class cybersecurity policies and practices. Officials at the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) were so concerned that a catastrophic network hack in the financial sector […]

Video: good guy Chris Vickery hunts exposed data

By Byron Acohido Two more stunning disclosures from self-styled internet watchdog Chris Vickery underscore how organizations continue to routinely expose sensitive data in the cloud, risking dire consequences. “My findings clearly demonstrate that data breaches happen more often than the general public realizes, and companies are quick to deny and cover up these issues,” Vickery […]

Ransomware rampage takes aim at business targets

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By Byron Acohido Consumers are no longer the prime target of ransomware campaigns. After years of petty thievery on a global scale – locking up the computer screens of millions of consumers with scams to sell bogus $79 antivirus clean-up services  –  they’ve turned their attention to much bigger fish. The opening quarter of this […]

Why ‘Shadow IT’ must be addressed

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By Byron Acohido By-passing the IT department in to order begin utilizing the hottest new technologies is something tech-savvy employees have been doing since the inception of corporate networks. Most often, these workers aren’t maliciously motivated. They are simply intolerant of plodding decision-making and so take it into their own hands to acquire and begin […]

Why network perimeters need to be redefined in the age of cloud computing

By Byron Acohido The rising business use of cloud services and mobile devices has opened a Pandora’s box of security exposures. Software as a Service (SaaS) tools like Salesforce.com, Gmail, Office 365 and Dropbox, as well as social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, are all being heavily leveraged by companies large and small […]

Pulitzer Centennial highlights role of journalism

By Byron Acohido Standing on the floor of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., last week, in a crush of hundreds of past recipients of The Pulitzer Prize, was thrilling and humbling. We were assembled for a group photo as part of the yearlong celebration of the Pulitzer’s centennial. It was a chance to reconnect with […]

Anatomy of an attack: Using Twitter to launch denial-of-service attacks against banks

By Byron Acohido (Editor’s note: This actual snapshot of a cutting-edge Distributed Denial of Service attack was discovered by analysts at security vendor Digital Shadows, which provides cyber situational awareness to its SMB and enterprise customers. Digital Shadows’ CTO James Chappell shared this detailed intelligence with LastWatchdog. In the accompanying video, F5 cybersecurity evangelist David […]