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PODCAST: Startup FFRI unveils high-flying approach to detecting leading-edge malware

By Byron V. Acohido Over the past 10 years or so, machine learning has come to dominate our digital lives. Commercial entities crunch mountains of data, leveraging “intelligent” mathematical algorithms at a furious pace. Much of this is done as part of the massively profitable endeavor of shaping consumer preferences and behaviors—to a degree unimagined by the best-and-brightest sci-fi […]

GUEST ESSAY: Why Trump’s cybersecurity executive order is a step in the right direction

By Alberto Yépez, managing director of Trident Capital Cybersecurity Last May, the White House issued a cybersecurity executive order (EO)—the Trump administration’s first major action on cyber policy. It has attracted naysayers. The fact is, however, that the president has finally plugged a huge hole by putting in place a guiding strategy for our nation’s cyber defense. And his […]

PODCAST: Cyphort helps companies translate an ocean of network logs into actionable intelligence

By Byron V. Acohido More companies are deploying cyber defenses to alert employees when possible threats to data and networks are detected. That’s a good thing. What’s not so good is that these tools and components can raise alarms so often, a company’s tech team is in a constant state of high alert. I had […]

PODCAST: How Darklight marshals threat feeds, delivers useful intel to enterprises and MSSPs

By Byron V. Acohido The ongoing warfare between small and midsize companies defending their networks against relentless hackers just isn’t a fair fight, says John Shearer, CEO of DarkLight. All too many SMBs are clueless and/or lack resources dedicated to continually defending their networks against determined, innovative intruders. Meanwhile, the attackers are “extremely organized, and they’re sharing their […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Studies show ‘security fatigue’ may trigger apathy in wake of Equifax hack

By Byron V. Acohido There is no mistaking that, by now, most consumers have at least a passing awareness of cyber threats. Two other things also are true: All too many people fail to take simple steps to stay safer online; and individuals who become a victim of identity theft, in whatever form, tend to […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Kaspersky ban underway for U.S. agencies; Equifax data breach lawsuits pile up; Europe plans new agency to quell cyber threats

By Byron V. Acohido The U.S. government moved to ban the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored cyber espionage activities. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke ordered that federal civilian agencies identify Kaspersky Lab software on their networks. After 90 days, unless otherwise directed, […]

PODCAST: How a daily ‘cyber hygiene’ routine can prevent a catastrophic network breach

By Byron V. Acohido Cyber attacks don’t discriminate between small and large businesses. Despite small business owners believing they are too small to be at risk, 43 percent of cyber attacks target small businesses. Yet, only one in four small businesses are prepared for such an attack, according to a recent report by Symantec. Related article: […]