Contrarisk Security Podcast #0035: Security guarantees

» Listen or download now on the podcasts page » Security products and services never seem to come with guarantees. You have to take it on trust that they will do the job they claim to do. And if not? Well, try the next one. WhiteHat Security is following the example of vendors in other business areas and offering a guarantee… Read more »

Contrarisk Security Podcast #0034: Web application vulnerabilities

» Listen or download now on the podcasts page » When it comes to web applications, Sasha Zivojinovic of Context Information Security believes we may have too much of a good thing. Web application frameworks (WAFs) have matured, providing a fast way to develop and deploy sophisticated sites. It’s hard to imagine life without them. WAFs relieve developers of much… Read more »

Contrarisk Security Podcast #0033: DDoS and information security

» Listen or download on the podcasts page » For a long time, the trends in DDoS have been towards a higher frequency of attacks and larger aggregate attacks. But more recently, there has been a significant trend towards the use of DDoS as part of multi-vector attacks, as a masking agent or enabling vector, where the intent has not been… Read more »

Contrarisk Security Podcast #0032: Smart buildings

» Listen or download on the podcasts page » The Internet of Things is truly upon us and all manner of devices are being Internet-enabled. Among these developments is the appearance of the so-called ‘smart building’, with web-based interfaces being used to control heating, lighting, safety and security systems and more. Adding Internet interfaces allows for remote management and reporting, and… Read more »

Review: Success Strategies from Women in STEM

Edited by Peggy A Pritchard and Christine Grant. Second edition, published by Academic Press. ISBN: 9780123971814. Price: €31.95, 518pgs, paperback. Ada Lovelace Day seems an appropriate time to publish this review. The domains of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have often been difficult environments for women. And while great strides have been made in realising the previously untapped potential… Read more »

Contrarisk Security Podcast #0031: smarter alerts

» Listen or download now on the podcasts page » Attacks keep coming, and the number  of data breach stories we read in the media shows how often they are successful. We have to assume that any organisation of a reasonable size has monitoring and defence systems, in place so what’s going wrong? Of course, organisations invariably claim that the attack… Read more »

A note about this ‘cyber’ thing…

I know quite a few people – hackers mostly – who get quite snarky and condescending over what they see as the media’s overuse of the ‘cyber’ prefix. In fact, I’ve just had an email exchange with a friend on this very topic. The media, the thinking goes, always get their panties in a bunch whenever anything ‘cyber’ is involved,… Read more »

Clueless about the Internet

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron is in the US trying to get President Barack Obama to help him stop people being beastly on the Internet. And he’s also using the opportunity to prove to the world, once and for all, that he hasn’t even the faintest idea how the Internet works. Cameron wants to ban messaging apps that use end-to-end… Read more »