Vancouver-based ENC Security Systems, which is supposed to make "un-hackable"
Encrypt Stick flash drive software, has released an Encrypt Stick 5.0 Private
Browser, a digital privacy browser that it claims is the safest way to browse
Its timing couldn't be better considering the Federal Trade Commission is now
backing the development of a Do-Not-Track system for web that's got the
online ad people worried about their $23 billion sector and claiming it will
mean the end of free content and Firefox revisiting a Do-Not-Track mechanism
after Mozilla, pressured by an ad exec, killed such a tool a few months ago
for fear Madison Avenue would come up with something sneakier, the Wall
Street Journal says.
Anyway, the Encrypt Stick Private Browser runs from the user's flash drive
and applies polymorphic encryption, which creates unique encryption
algorithms ... (more)
Users are making it too easy for hackers.
If we take a closer look at the 6.5 million hashed LinkedIn passwords that
leaked we find a large swath of the user population are ignoring warnings of
overly simplistic and obvious passwords. Would you believe the most common
word or phrase found in a 160K sampling of the list was “link”? And would
you further shake your head in disbelief that “1234” and “12345”
followed close behind. Rounding out the top 10 were “work,” “god,”
“job,” “angel,” “the,” “ilove,” and “sex.”
More so than Facebook, LinkedIn is the social media of choice for bu... (more)
With this post I would like to provide some personal thoughts on the key
things organizations should be doing to enhance security, privacy and
functionality of their IT. This includes some specific recommendations for
security solutions, including solutions I’m on advisory boards for (read
the disclaimer). So I better caveat this by saying “please use your own
judgement!” I associate myself with firms because I believe they are
world class best and that is why I’ve mentioned the specific capabilities
With that, here are my views of the top five things every government ... (more)
Across all industries, small businesses are increasingly facing new threats
related to cyber security. Whereas some have taken minimum steps to address
these threats but most have not. New security threats and incidents are
reported every day in news reports and a many remain unreported. This
underscores the need for cyber security education of small business owners
and managers. These threats have potentially serious consequences and could
lead to unrecoverable damage to small businesses.
What are some consequences of the lack of basic cyber security controls?
Loss or stolen cus... (more)
Last week, we saw that Defensive Security is not enough to solve the $1
trillion Intellectual Property and IT theft and cybercrime problem.
This week, more about Preventive Security.
Preventive Security is a set of technologies and processes used to prevent
security incidents from even being attempted. These include awareness and
training programs, establishment of proper policies and procedures and the
use of technology solutions in support of existing laws.
In fact, this is not very different from "regular" crime and how we deal with
it. We arm ourselves with the means to catch ... (more)
Remember that Microsoft guy that Salesforce hired, the one that Microsoft
sued to hold him to his non-compete?
Well, last Thursday Microsoft told the Washington State Superior Court that
gave Microsoft its temporary restraining order a few weeks ago that Matt
Miszewski, who Salesforce hired to run its global CRM government business,
the same job he had at Microsoft, had stolen its cloud plans.
It said it found Miszewski in possession of 25,000 pages of its closely held
2011 sales strategies, internal playbooks, competitive analyses and marketing
materials during discovery and tha... (more)