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By Grant Shirk | Interesting and insightful articles on Information Security and Data Governance, with news, tips, and culture thrown in for good measure.

Voicera lands $13.5 million with help from big-time enterprise investors

It seems that everyone agrees that meetings are a time suck. There have been many attempts to use technology to make it easier to organize and run them, but Voicera, a Bay area startup, is attacking the problem from a different angle. It wants to make it simpler to record meetings and pull out …

Barracuda Warns Of Phishing Scams Using Word, Excel Documents

Barracuda has flagged several cybersecurity threats through its new advisory platform Barracuda Security Insight.<p>It has, for example, seen an uptick …

Advertising Industry

US border officials haven't properly verified visitor passports for more than a decade

E-passports contain a cryptographic hash of a passport holders' details, designed to make it almost impossible to forge a travel document or steal …

Information Systems

Canon Dumps Perimeter Security for Vera's Data-centric Approach

New relationship takes aim at data leaks and protects digital information processed by multi-function devices and digital imaging solutions.

Equifax Hires Former Home Depot Security Chief Jamil Farshchi as CISO

<b>Credit reporting agency Equifax announced on Monday that it has named Jamil Farshchi as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).</b><p>Farshchi …

What we know about the Olympic malware attack

The newly discovered malware known as "Olympic Destroyer" was specifically designed to attack the Olympics, researchers have found, although the …

After poring over all the evidence, experts declare coffee is (mostly) good for you

"It's impossible that we still struggle to decide if coffee is healthy or unhealthy," says Giuseppe Grosso, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Catania in Italy: Good for hypertension one week. Bad for hypertension the next.<p>To address this vexing situation, Grosso and his colleagues …

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Estimating the Cost of Internet Insecurity

It's really hard to estimate the cost of an insecure Internet. Studies are all over the map. A methodical study by RAND is the best work I've seen at …

It’s time to get serious about email security

In today’s hyper-connected world, email is the foundation of every organization’s collaboration, productivity, and character. And despite annual …

You Can’t Fire Equifax, but Your Employer Can. Mine Just Did.

After the Equifax data breach in early September, readers asked one question repeatedly that had no good answer: Was there any way to punish the company?<p>Federal regulators and state attorneys general probably won’t provide much satisfaction. And as I reported in October, you just can’t quit …

The CSO guide to top security conferences

There is nothing like attending a face-to-face event for career networking and knowledge gathering, and we don’t have to tell you how helpful it can …

The Most-read WIRED Security Stories of 2017

Back in July, WIRED security writer Lily Hay Newman assessed the year in hacks and breaches and found, "the first six months of 2017 have seen an …

Security

Three books Stanford asks every new student to read

Fresh off the excitement of gaining acceptance into the most competitive university in America, Stanford University incoming freshmen will likely …

Books

Social Articles Tracking & PR news.com

The report Performance Management Software Market by Manufacturers highlights the essential market dynamics of Performance Management Software …

South-east Asia

Insider threat — Chemours employee steals trade secrets

Insider threat is the recurring theme in government and industry, and for good reason: The threat becomes reality far too often.Case in point: …

Recode: Code Media: Flipboard and Outbrain CEOs

Hi,<p>Whos going to decide what you watch, read and listen to in the future humans or machines?<p>Both. And you dont have to wait to see what thats going …

Former NSA Employee Kept Top Secret Information At Home

<b>WASHINGTON (AP) —</b> A former National Security Agency employee pleaded guilty Friday to keeping top secret U.S. defense material at his home — the …

Cellphone tracking case in front of SCOTUS could have broad privacy implications

The first asteroid we've seen from outside our Solar System is totally bizarre

The first distant visitor we’ve ever observed<p>Astronomers have confirmed that an object that recently passed by our planet is from outside our Solar System — the first interstellar asteroid that’s ever been observed. And it doesn’t look like any object we’ve ever seen in our cosmic neighborhood …

Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, Japan — Four engineers hunched before a bank of monitors, one holding what looked like a game controller. They had spent a month training for what they were about to do: pilot a small robot into the contaminated heart of the ruined Fukushima nuclear …

Energy

Sexual harassment broke the lines of communication long before men noticed

“So, what can we say now?”<p>I have heard some version of this question so many times in the last month, as the shockwaves from the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others rattle our daily interactions.<p>It’s a question asked by people making an earnest effort to wade into a difficult …

DOJ: Strong encryption that we don’t have access to is “unreasonable”

Rod Rosenstein: We should weigh “law enforcement equities” against security.<p>Just two days after the FBI said it could not get into the Sutherland …

Even a Novice Hacker Could Breach the Network Hosting Kris Kobach's Bogus Voter Fraud Program

A program overseen by the head of President Trump’s so-called “election integrity” commission—which is now largely a tool for driving conspiracy …

Equifax CEO to Congress: Not Sure We Are Encrypting Data

Interim chief should have asked his staff ‘the day he took over,’ analyst says<p>Two months after Equifax Inc. reported one of the worst data breaches in history, its interim chief executive told a congressional hearing Wednesday he wasn’t sure whether the company was encrypting consumer data.<p>Equifax …

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AP Explains: Why smartphones are giving the police fits

BOSTON (AP) — The phone used by the gunman who fatally shot 26 people inside a small Texas church has become the latest flashpoint in the privacy wars.<p>Federal investigators complain that they can't get into Devin Patrick Kelley's phone thanks to security features that shield messages, photos and …

Privacy

Less Than One-Third of People Use Two-Factor Authentication

The number of 2FA users is still lower than expected, but most adopters started voluntarily, researchers found.<p>The adoption rate for two-factor …

One of the Secrets Guarding the Secure Internet Is a Wall of Lava Lamps

Cloudflare provides security and domain name services for millions of the most prominent sites on the web. The company has built a solid reputation …

Information Systems

Flaw crippling millions of crypto keys is worse than first disclosed

Estonia abruptly suspends digital ID cards as crypto attacks get easier and cheaper.<p>A crippling flaw affecting millions—and possibly hundreds of …

The Infosec of Ready Player One – A Review

Home <b>›</b> hacking <b>›</b> <b>The Infosec of Ready Player One – A Review</b><p><i>on</i> November 6, 2017 • ( 7 )<p>A <i>Ready Player One</i> major motion picture directed by Steven …