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Fast Incident Response Expected

Posted by Martin Zinaich on October 8, 2016

From time to time, I like to compare and contrast the nascent Information Security profession with more traditional and established occupations. For example when I had lunch with a police officer friend and gave it some food for thought. I had such occasion the other day in a breakout session on the topic of Incident […]

The Watson problem

Posted by Kevin on February 16, 2017

There is a problem with Watson. Don’t get me wrong; I love Watson, or at least the idea of Watson. For such an incredibly complex operation the concept is clean and simple. You take a great big computer. You teach it to understand free text; and then you feed it millions and millions of research […]

How vendors empower weak security

Posted by Martin Zinaich on February 6, 2017

I wrote about this before in a post called “Big Things and Small Things”. I documented how two very large companies failed to support Information Security in a corporate environment with even a basic level of accommodation. More came to light this week when reviewing Microsoft Exchange 2016. The issue has been around since 2013, […]

The Nintendo Switch and the Future of Console Gaming

Posted by Josh Townsend on February 2, 2017

Gaming’s first big event of 2017 will be the launch of the Nintendo Switch at the beginning of March. The first major home console release since the Xbox One in 2013, the market performance of the Switch will be important to follow for gauging the future of the gaming industry. Nintendo is taking several risks […]

The Past and Future of Gamification

Posted by Josh Townsend on January 16, 2017

For many decades, a running theme in sci-fi and speculative fiction has been the idea of complete, global automation of all production. Explored over and over again in both positive and negative contexts, it seems to have taken root as a collective idea that mankind will someday become dependent on robots to perform all necessary […]

Smoking guns and glass houses in Russia Vs Clinton

Posted by Kevin on January 7, 2017

In the ongoing saga of Russia Vs Clinton, a declassified version of the US Intelligence Community assessment of Russian involvement in the 2016 US election has now been published. But if you hoped for a smoking gun, dream on. The document states very clearly that it is primarily the agencies’ conclusions; any actual proof has […]

2017 InfoSec Predictions

Posted by Martin Zinaich on January 4, 2017

As usual, we have the requisite Information Security Predictions for the coming New Year: Jeff Harris, vice president of solutions for Ixiamp, sees a ramp up in weaponization of the Internet of Things (IoT) to carry out widescale DDoS attacks in 2017 James Carder, CISO of LogRhythm, predicts that in 2017 we could be in […]

That woman May does not speak for me

Posted by Kevin on December 29, 2016

This is disgusting. I’m fairly certain that the majority of Britons who voted to leave the EU were not voting to enter a fascist state. But that’s what we’ve got thanks to that woman May — who, incidentally, has never been elected to the office of prime minister by the British people. Immigration was an […]

Webcam shows and Experian

Posted by Kevin on December 27, 2016

I came across this headline today: 200 Million Data Enrichment Records For Sale on Darknet The second paragraph reads: The person offering the files claims the data is from Experian, and is looking to get $600 for everything. However, sources at Experian said that they were made aware of this data breach last week, and […]

Agents Smith & Jones versus the Bad Guys

Posted by Kevin on December 24, 2016

A new breed of endpoint protection software has emerged over the last few years. If we simplify things – probably over-simplifying – this breed of products uses machine-learning technology to teach itself behavioural rules that can detect and block known and unknown malware in situ. This is the central theme of what is usually known […]

Anti-malware testing issues

Posted by Kevin on December 4, 2016

There is something wrong with this picture. Carl Gottlieb has founded a new online service called TestMyAV. It’s purpose is to allow you to test your own anti-virus product: “Giving you the malware, testing guides and tools you need to test antivirus products for yourself. Trust yourself, not the ‘experts’.” The site provides the malware […]