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It’s time to ditch compliance because most companies simply ignore it

Posted by Kevin on December 11, 2014

Many security experts worry that compliance is driving security rather than the other way round. Being compliant doesn’t mean being secure. But faced with the choice between the minimum to be compliant rather than the minimum to be secure, companies tend to choose the former. That, at least, is current received opinion. And it just […]

Is WIRE a threat to Privacy?

Posted by Alexander Hanff on December 4, 2014

This week saw the launch of Skype Co-Founder Janus Friis’ new social communications application, WIRE.  There has been a great deal of noise about it in the press which is to be expected given Friis’ pedigree.  One of the points being made is that WIRE is based in Switzerland and complies with EU privacy laws, […]

ShazzleMail – a new approach to encrypted email.

Posted by Alexander Hanff on October 28, 2014

The Problem One of the key issues we face with regards to the privacy and security of our electronic communications is encryption. Email protocols were designed decades ago with little mind for security and for the past twenty years we have been frantically trying to put our proverbial thumb in the hole. In 1991 Phil […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 10/20/2014

Posted by Kevin on October 20, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Monday, October 20, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. NEWS ONLY TODAY News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News Obama signs order to tighten security for federal […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 10/06/2014

Posted by Kevin on October 6, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Monday, October 6, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. NEWS ONLY TODAY News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News CryptoWall updated to 2.0   Earlier this year F-Secure […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 09/19/2014

Posted by Kevin on September 19, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Friday, September 19, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News Vupen has a competitor – Kevin Mitnick   Vupen is the […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 08/20/2014

Posted by Kevin on August 20, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Wednesday, August 20, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News CHS Hacked via Heartbleed Vulnerability “The initial attack vector was through […]

WiFi advice from a Spanish poolside bar

Posted by Robin Wood on July 21, 2014

I just got back from a holiday in Spain where I found the poolside bar had better WiFi security than a lot of companies I know. I’m thinking more of guest networks than main corporate ones here but this bar even out did some of those. Looking at why they were doing what they do, […]

Certificate-less authenticated encryption gets US patent

Posted by Kevin on July 1, 2014

Connect in Private (CIP) has made two announcements today. The first is that it has received a US patent for its Certificate-less Authenticated Encryption (CLAE). The second is that Alexander Hanff has joined the company as Chief Privacy Officer. CLAE Encryption, as we have been told by Edward Snowden, is our best defence against espionage; […]

A life-long commitment to privacy.

Posted by Alexander Hanff on June 30, 2014

For the past seven years I have been advocating for stronger privacy across the globe, both in my role at Privacy International, where I managed their digital privacy portfolio for three years, and as an independent expert. Much of the first five years were focused on lobbying for changes in global privacy laws to change […]