Unhackable

This word pops up from time to time in the tech industry. Not long after it pops up, the claimant regrets making the claim. In 2001, Oracle claimed their database was ‘unbreakable’. That only served to paint a target on it and multiple security researchers have turned up flaws since that claim. Recently, Microsoft claimed …

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Cyber Insurance

I recently read an article about cyber insurance and it reinforced many of the concepts I try to convey on the topic. First and foremost: Cyber insurance is not a replacement for risk management and cyber security due diligence. That fact cannot be stressed enough. Cyber insurance is intended to help you recover the monetary losses …

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Who is Responsible for Cyber Security?

With the recent outbreak of WannaCry/WannaCrypt ransomware, there has been much talk about where the responsibility lies in countering cyber security threats. The head of the United Kingdom’s GCHQ National Cyber Security Center, Mr. Ciaran Martin, recently scolded business directors and board members in the UK for “devolving responsibility” for cyber security in their organizations. He …

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Real Cyber Security

The latest WannaCry ransomware outbreak has shown us that cyber security isn’t some mystical beast that cannot be slain. It was more a demonstration of how lacking good cyber hygiene can come back to bite you in the butt. Sure, we can lay blame on the NSA and US Government for hiding an vulnerability and …

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WordPress Security

Many business websites run on WordPress. But many who are (or should be) concerned about risk, don’t understand the complexities within the WordPress ecosystem. And it is just that, an ecosystem. WordPress is a framework, not just a static website template. It runs on the PHP programming language, one that was designed for the Web …

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Safely Disposing of Hard Drives and Other Media Formats

A recent study states that 40% of of used digital devices still contained personal information from previous owners. This should be a worrying figure for anyone who works with sensitive personal, financial, or medical information in their organization. It should be even more worrying for those who fall under security or privacy compliance requirements. The …

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