Articles by Sue Poremba 

Federal Government and Industry Team Up to Fight Botnets

I am encouraged whenever I hear that the government and industry are working together to improve cyber security. It's just one of those logical things to do.

Protect Your Corporate Brand from Typosquatting

Earlier this month, I pointed out the ways that cyber criminals are purposely tricking users into visiting fake or malicious websites. One of those ways is typosquatting, which relies on typographical errors made by Internet users who misspell domain names or mistype legitimate website addresses into a Web browser.

Less Than Half of Global Companies Think They Have Effective Security in Place

PwC announced the results of the 2012 Global State of Information Security Survey earlier this week. The 9th annual survey interviewed nearly 10,000 security experts from 138 countries.

Zeus Returns to Wreak Havoc

I haven't talked about the Zeus botnet lately. There was a period of time when I couldn't go a day without reading about Zeus or without getting an email with some news about the botnet.

Have You Considered Cyber Liability Insurance?

This hasn't been a great year for data protection — just ask Sony or Lockheed Martin or anybody on Anonymous's hit list. Of course, it isn't just large corporations that need to worry.

Will Apple's Attitude Toward Security Change with Jobs' Resignation?

As the Twitterverse and other social media outlets ponder the post-Jobs Apple world, I, too, have a question about the future of Apple: Will the company's attitude on security improve?

BART Hacks Show Need for Physical and Network Security

I've been following two security-related stories this past week: the growing problem of violent flash mobs and the alleged Anonymous hacks targeting San Francisco's BART websites. I think the two stories are going to define a new reality for network security: the intersection between network security and physical security.

Quarter of Smartphones Released with Security Flaws

I've written many times about the need for better smartphone security. I thought the lax security measures were largely because it was new technology and mobile devices weren't a target yet.

Are Apple Batteries a Security Risk?

Have you ever thought of your battery as being a security risk to your computer? I admit, it wouldn't be the first thing I'd think of, but apparently, that will be a discussion at next month's Black Hat Conference.

Security Departments Focus on Network Speed over Network Protection

A survey conducted by Crossbeam Systems, which polled nearly 500 network security, IT and C-level executives at global enterprises and service providers, found that IT security personnel within large corporations are shutting off critical functionality in security applications to meet network performance demands for business applications.

Anonymous Arrests — How Will They Affect Cyber Attacks?

These hackers are like zombies — no matter how much you shoot them down, they keep coming back.

Mobile Banking Malware Expected to Increase in the Coming Year

People who use their phone for financial transactions are in the minority for the moment, but it's not stopping cyber criminals from targeting mobile banking apps.

Apple Is Latest Hacking Target

iPhone users should be on alert: Apparently, hackers have exposed a bug in iOS that can be exploited and allows access to Apple mobile devices.

Waiting to Notify Customers of Breach Is to the Company's Advantage

I noticed something that I think is troublesome. The large corporations that had serious and well-publicized breaches recently — Sony, Citi, for example — took weeks before alerting customers.

LulzSec Strikes Again

The hacking group LulzSec has another victim. This time the CIA's public website was the target.

As IT Threats Evolve, Security Costs Rise

Another day, another headline about a major company being hacked. On the whole, it isn't surprising because I've been told time and again by experts that these breaches happen more often than any of us realize.

Do We Need a New Government Agency for Cyber Security?

Now that President Obama submitted his cyber security plan to Congress, the next question is: Which agency will handle cyber security issues?

Obama's Cyber Security Plan Generates Questions and Concerns

You may have heard about President Obama's proposed new cyber security legislation. One part of this plan is to give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the job of protecting the civilian networks within federal government, in the same way that the Department of Defense (DOD) protects the military cyber infrastructure (DOD will also work closely with DHS in cyber security issues).

Security Still Lags in Electronic Medical Records

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General conducted two audits of electronic medical records and the results showed that security measures are seriously lacking.

President Presents Cyber Security Strategy to Congress

On May 12, the White House formally presented Congress with cyber security legislation.

Is the Sony Breach Worse than Others?

The Sony PlayStation breach has made a lot of people very angry. And rightly so. You put your trust in a company and it fails you by allowing your personal information to be stolen. Heck, I'd be furious with Sony, too.

April's Long List of Security Breaches

This month has been a difficult time for IT security. It seems like we've been inundated with security breaches that either happened or were announced this month.

The Need for Employees Who Think Like Hackers – Or Are Hackers

Charlie Sheen references are everywhere. I got an email today with the subject line: Hackers, Duh Winning.

Major Week of Patches and Updates

Microsoft headlined the security news this week with its huge Patch Tuesday update. However, Microsoft's updates weren't the only ones happening this week.

What Happens to Cyber Security in a Government Shutdown?

As we brace for the very real possibility of a government shutdown, we know that government networks are going to be shut down and employees will have no access to email. We also know that only essential personnel will continue to be able to work. But what does it mean for cyber security?

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