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Secure USB Drives Not So Secure

Several hardware-encrypted USB memory sticks are now part of a worldwide recall and require security updates because they contain a flaw which could allow hackers to easily gain access to the sensitive information contained on the device.

Written by Joan Goodchild07 Jan. 10 06:16

The 12 Cons of Christmas

While the risk of being hacked, conned or having sensitive information stolen is possible all through the year, most security experts agree that the holiday season brings a spike in fraudulent activity, both online and off.

Written by Joan Goodchild17 Dec. 09 06:01

3 basic steps to avoid joining a botnet

Banging the drum for security awareness never gets old. As much as CSOs try to get folks to bone up on safe practices (both online and in the office), there are always going to be some who need reminding.

Written by Joan Goodchild20 Nov. 09 03:07

How a Botnet Gets Its Name

There is a new kid in town in the world of botnets - isn't there always? A heavyweight spamming botnet known as Festi has only been tracked by researchers with Message Labs Intelligence since August, but is already responsible for approximately 5 percent of all global spam (around 2.5 billion spam emails per day), according to Paul Wood, senior analyst with Messagelabs, which keeps tabs on spam and botnet activity.

Written by Joan Goodchild11 Nov. 09 02:28

Seven Deadly Sins of Building Security

You've got a few security guards and your CCTV system is up to snuff. You've got your building security covered, right? Think again. While many organizations are taking the steps to ensure their building is secure, many are ignoring basic pieces of the puzzle that is physical security in and around a facility.

Written by Joan Goodchild09 Sept. 09 07:10

Survey: Facebook, Twitter banned by most employers

Employers are increasingly putting the brakes on employee use of social networking sites on the job, according to a new survey. The research, released Wednesday by ScanSafe, a provider of SaaS Web security, said its data shows more employers are blocking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The results run counter to a story published by CSO in March 2009 that cites research which found most employers do allow access to Web 2.0 in the office.

Written by Joan Goodchild20 Aug. 09 03:33

Study: Air cargo security seriously lacking

There are serious security problems in international air cargo transportation and the controls around it, according to a report released this week by the International Transfer Center for Logistics and the Technische Universitat of Berlin.

Written by Joan Goodchild12 Aug. 09 23:45

Mobile Security: How Gadgets Evolved

CSO Publisher Bob Bragdon is a self-proclaimed "gadget head." His collection, which spans from 1987, runs the gamut from primitive digital address book to the latest generations of today's Blackberry and iPhone.

Written by Joan Goodchild29 July 09 23:30

4 ways to catch a liar

Most people lie, whether they're covering up something sinister or just embarrassed over a mistake. Research conducted a few years ago at the University of Massachusetts found that 60 percent of participants lied at least once during an observed 10-minute conversation.

Written by Joan Goodchild28 July 09 01:03

Mind games: how social engineers win your confidence

Social engineering and mind games expert Brian Brushwood has not come by his knowledge in the traditional manner of school or business training. Brushwood is the host of the Internet video series Scam School, a show he describes as dedicated to social engineering in the bar and on the street.

Written by Joan Goodchild23 July 09 02:45

E-commerce Fraud: The Latest Criminal Schemes

E-commerce fraud costs retailers approximately $4 billion each year, according to the most recent results of an annual survey conducted by Cybersource, a provider of electronic payment and risk management services. Sebbe Jones, manager of fraud and disputes at 2Checkout, is in the business of keeping e-commerce fraud at bay.

Written by Joan Goodchild17 July 09 00:28

5 Facebook, Twitter scams to avoid

<em>According to research recently conducted by security firm Webroot, approximately three in ten social network users have experienced some form of a security attack, such as a virus infection or a phishing scam, on a social network in the last year. As the popularity of these social networks explodes, and more organizations ease restrictions among employees (See: ), they become more attractive for criminals seeking access to private information that can be used for profit. CSO asked two social network security experts for some of the latest scams found on Facebook and Twitter, and how to recognize and avoid them (For more tips to stay safe see: Seven Deadly Sins of Social Networking).</em> <a href="http://www.csoonline.com/article/482963/Facebook_Twitter_LinkedIn_Security_Pros_Warm_to_Web_._Access"/>

Written by Joan Goodchild14 July 09 05:38

Cisco: SMS, smartphone attacks on the rise

New research released today by Cisco warns criminals are rapidly adapting to a more modern economy and continue to find new ways to exploit people with mobile phones and through social networks and text messages.

Written by Joan Goodchild14 July 09 23:54

Seven Deadly Sins of home office security

According to the human resources association World at Work, 17.2 million Americans worked from home or remotely at least one day per month for their employer last year (See also: <a href="%20http://www.csoonline.com/article/486280/_Telecommuting_Security_Mistakes_">4 Telecommuting Security Mistakes</a>). And the 2007 book 'Microtrends' estimates that 4.2 million Americans work full-time from home.

Written by Joan Goodchild23 June 09 04:58
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