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NEWS THIS WEEK: Walmart tracks customers’ facial expressions; teachers hacked; Asians seek cyber insurance

By Byron V. Acohido In news this week, Walmart has filed a patent for video technology to track customers’ facial expressions as they shop, potentially allowing employees to address customer needs before they have to ask. The system would use video to scan for customers who are frustrated or unhappy if they can’t find a product […]

VIDEO: How phishers are coming after you — and what you should do about it

By Byron V. Acohido The current cybersecurity climate makes it hard not to be cautious of phishing attacks. Forget reclaiming lost family fortunes or assisting Nigerian princes, today’s phishing scams are targeted, complex and incredibly prevalent. It feels like a new, high-profile phishing attack is getting reported every other month. In May, Google Docs users […]

GUEST ESSAY: 6 ways to use a ‘secure code review’ to engrain security during software development

By Amit Ashbel, cybersecurity evangelist at Checkmarx An application or update is days, or possibly just hours away, from release and you’ve been working hard to ensure that security tools and processes are integrated throughout the development process. You believe you’ve followed all the steps and your app is ready to go, right? Wrong. You have one […]

PODCAST: Dell SecureWorks discloses how faked personas fuel targeted attacks

By Byron V. Acohido In the wake of phishing attacks involving Google Docs and DocuSign, corporate awareness of socially engineered cybersecurity threats is at an all-time high. Naturally, this has led to an increase in employee training and awareness. This kind of action couldn’t be more necessary. According to Software Advice, 39 percent of employees […]

PROFILE: How a serial entrepreneur hopes to unleash full potential of the emerging cyber insurance market

By Byron V. Acohido Serial entrepreneur and cybersecurity expert M. Ariel Evans is positioning her latest start-up to revolutionize the way insurance companies assess and price policies against cyber threats and how businesses protect themselves against cyber breaches. An Israeli-American residing in Tel Aviv, Evans is now chief executive officer of InnoSec, a company that […]

GUEST ESSAY: Why neutralizing insider threats should be a much higher priority

By Thomas Jones, systems engineer, Bay Dynamics As we have seen in the headlines, insider threats are a constant challenge for government agencies. But the problem comes with one silver lining. Each time a successful insider threat strikes, it pushes agencies to bolster their cybersecurity programs. The National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) Change […]

GUEST ESSAY: What you should know about how ‘unstructured data’ exposes your operations

By Erik Brown, CTO at GigaTrust Recent high-profile photo hacks have made headlines. In March, internet hackers targeted celebrities including Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried, among others, resulting in the leak of intimate photos that were posted on sites such as 4chan and Reddit. Similarly, back in 2014 hacker Ryan Collins exposed nude photos and […]