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Why we need to downplay intense rivalries — to improve cybersecurity

By Byron Acohido Imagine if no one in your organization felt compelled to compete for an operating budget, and each and every employee fully understood and embraced cybersecurity best practices? Sound like a far-fetched fantasy? A security consultancy called New Context Services actually is promoting this radically new type of corporate culture, which it calls […]

Machine learning shows promise for improving cyber defenses

By Byron Acohido LAS VEGAS — The cyber security sector  generates mountains of data. Security Information & Event Management, or SIEM, systems, like Splunk, generate logs of all network traffic. Threat data pours in from next generation firewalls, endpoint security systems, intrusion prevention and  detection systems and vulnerability management systems. A growing crop of threat […]

A roadmap for triaging Heartbleed exposures

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog The acute notoriety of Heartbleed is a good thing in this sense: it ought to compel CIOs and CISOs to drill down on developing a roadmap for dealing with exposures that could run very deep. The most worrisome aspect of Heartbleed arguably is the fact that  this gaping security hole […]

Q&A: Why FireEye alerts failed to stop Target hackers

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. – Target paid good money to install FireEye’s malware detection technology last year. FireEye caught the bad guys already inside Target’s network. Alerts were issued – but ignored, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Were the tools oversold or poorly implemented? Or was dysfunction in Target management more to blame? […]

What IT buyers should know about encryption

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog SEATTLE — Some 44 percent of consumers don’t bother to set a password to restrict access to their home laptop or desktop computers, and only 14 percent use any sort of encyrption service. Those findings from a recent Harris poll of 2,000 U.S. adults, commissioned by encryption vendor WinMagic, aren’t […]

Bloomberg reports Target ignored FireEye malware detection alerts

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog SEATTLE — It’s good to see go-deeper journalism still exits. Bloomberg Businessweek’s has published the results of a two-month drill down by a team of reporters following up on Brian Krebs scoop tipping the world off to the Target breach, the largest publicly disclosed retail data breach in U.S. history.  […]

Did a computer glitch take down Malaysian 777?

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog JEFFERSON BEACH, Wash.—Could a computer malfunction have contributed to the stunning disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370? That scenario is gaining a modicum of credence six days after the Boeing 777-200 twinjet, with 239 souls on board, mysteriously vanished over the South China Sea. The Associated Press this morning reported […]