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Q&A: Why insurance giant Aon acquired cyber forensics stalwart Stroz Friedberg

By Byron V. Acohido In a full-throated, clear-as-day affirmation that the nascent cyber insurance market is truly poised to blossom, insurance giant Aon last week announced that it will swallow up cyber forensics stalwart Stroz Friedberg for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition puts the London-based carrier in a prime position to help bring to fruition […]

Q&A: Why dormant SSH keys represent a nightmarish exposure

By Byron V. Acohido A nightmarish new exposure affecting virtually all major networks is just beginning to get the attention of the security community. It involves a fundamental networking protocol—Secure Shell, or SSH. Invented in 1995 by a Finnish programmer named Tatu Ylönen, SSH is an encrypting routine that enables one software application to securely […]

Q&A: How treating customers’ privacy with respect can boost the bottom line

By Byron V. Acohido In early 2010, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, brashly announced that “privacy is no longer a social norm.” Not to be outdone, Eric Schmidt, then Google’s CEO, a few weeks later boasted that “the Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and […]

Q&A: Is ‘FIDO’ on Samsung Galaxy superior to Apple Pay on iPhone?

By Byron Acohido A day after Apple successfully hyped the ability for iPhone 6 users to biometrically authenticate the purchase of a Big Mac, using Apple Pay and Touch ID, Google rolled out Google Security Key, a new type of USB key based on the FIDO standard. Security Key can make your Gmail account nearly […]

Q&A: Webroot’s Kennedy explains how SMBs can benefit from threat intelligence

By Byron Acohido Threat Intelligence has been a hot topic at RSA, Black Hat and other conferences of late. ThirdCertainty asked Patrick Kennedy, Webroot’s vice president of enterprise marketing, to supply some context. LastWatchdog: Let’s say I’m a growing company with 50 – 1,000 employees? What do I need to understand about threat intelligence? Kennedy: […]

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? […]

Q&A – Why hackable industrial controls won’t soon improve

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog  SEATTLE — At the root of concern about cyber attacks against our nation’s critical infrastructure is the profoundly hackable state of industrial controls. Yet, discussion about the abject lack of security in ICS (Industrial Control Systems,)  SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) systems has taken […]