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The top 5 mobile security threats

When mixing personal and professional tasks on your smartphone, it's inevitable that someone is going to accidentally stumble onto malware. The SANS Institute's Chris Crowley has some advice on how to avoid trouble.

Written by Ryan Francis03 June 17 00:56

How to conduct an IoT pen test

Penetration testing was much like taking a battering ram to the door of the fortress. Keep pounding away and maybe find a secret backdoor to enter through. But what happens if pieces of the network are outside of the fortress? With the flurry of Internet of Things devices, is it harder to conduct a pen test with that many devices and end points?

Written by Ryan Francis26 May 17 08:12

South African bank tells its tale of battling ransom attacks

In November of 2015, First National Bank of South Africa received a typical ransom email from the Armada Collective, which was quickly followed by a teaser flood attack that the bank proactively mitigated. Sort of a shot across the bow to make sure the bank knew the criminals were serious.

Written by Ryan Francis12 Jan. 17 06:36

In Pictures: Worst data breaches of 2014

We used 1 million records exposed as our floor in creating this list. Starting with a number that big says a lot about the state of data security.

Written by Ryan Francis30 March 15 11:10

Inside the Google v. Oracle courtroom drama

The trial pitting Google vs. Oracle on the claim of intellectual property infringement by Google in Android has reached almost a tabloid like feel. Outside the courtroom feels like the red carpet as tech giant after tech giant emerge from limos and town cars to testify.

Written by Ryan Francis11 May 12 01:04

Macs under attack, who is safe?

It was always thought that as Apple products increased in popularity, so would the target on its back placed by cybercriminals. Always looking to take down the king of the hill, cybercriminals finally got to Apple's Macs last week with a botnet that attacked more than 600,000 machines.

Written by Ryan Francis18 April 12 00:06

Can you handle Big Data?

Big Data is the latest industry buzzword. It's just another way of saying you as a network manager are being inundated with data and you better figure out a way to manage, secure and analyze it.

Written by Ryan Francis28 March 12 07:48
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