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PODCAST: What all companies should know about Darknet exposures

By Byron Acohido The Darknet is a vast part of the internet where most ordinary citizens will never tread. Google, Bing and GoDuckGo do not keep track of anything in the Darknet. Its web locations can only be reached if you’re versed in using nonstandard communications protocols. With this in mind, I attended a talk […]

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 […]

Why $3.6 million to prevent next Heartbleed isn’t enough

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog A dozen tech behemoths — led by Microsoft, IBM, Google, Intel and Cisco — have stepped forward with cold, hard cash to prevent the next Heartbleed. Each has pledged $100,000 annually for the next three years to a war chest earmarked to fund improvements of open source technology. That’s a […]

Why certain Heatbleed exposures won’t be so easy for bad guys to exploit

Heartbleed + Android: A Not-So Love Story from Lookout By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. – The security headaches raised by the Heartbleed coding flaw keep expanding. Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin has broken stories about how the Canadian government and Yahoo Mail have been bitten by Heartbleed exploits in the wild. And there […]

Heartbleed threatens financial channels

(Editor’s note: In this guest essay, Scott Borg, CEO and chief economist at the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, outlines why online financial accounts are most exposed to the Heartbleed coding flaw – and why few criminal hackers are in a position to take advantage. The accompanying video conveys an overview of the state of the […]

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 […]

Über nasty Heartbleed bug exposes fabric of the Internet

By Byron Acohido, Last Watchdog KINGSTON, Wash. – An über nasty security flaw has arisen from the din to command the attention of the global security community, rightfully so. The so-called “Heartbleed” flaw represents a path bad guys can use to tap into OpenSSL, the open-source implementation of the SSL and TLS protocols that are […]