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Contrarisk Security Podcast #0042

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» Listen or download now on the podcasts page » Do too many small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) believe that security is something only big firms need to worry about? In this interview, Colin Tankard, managing director of Digital Pathways, explains that, indeed, many firms believe themselves to be too small and uninteresting to attract the attention of hackers. This… Read more »

Android security: surviving the toxic hellstew

With an 87% global market share, it’s no wonder that Android devices are attracting malware authors like circling vultures – much to Apple’s delight. There’s a kind of hackers’ arms race going on as they compete to plant nastier and nastier bugs on Android phones. The latest arrival is ransomware, which infects and encrypts your files then (sometimes) releases your… Read more »

Inching ahead in the cyber crime war

In the popular American Football movie ‘Any Given Sunday’, a near burnt-out coach played by Al Pacino somehow digs out an inspirational half-time speech in a crucial game that turns his team’s fortunes and his own life around. His theme is that, in sport and in life, the gap between success and failure is measured in inches and you have… Read more »

Have we created a monster?

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Recent reports that one part of the Russian security service has been driven to return to typewriters through fear of data leaks is a comic case of the world coming full circle for IT industry watchers of a certain age. Back in the day when the IBM PC was first launched and we all started on the path to consumerisation,… Read more »

Security: a skill for everyone

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Perhaps it’s about time we stopped thinking of information security purely as a specialist, technical profession and instead embrace it as a fundamental office skill, applicable to anyone whose fingers touch a keyboard. Security awareness among ordinary office workers – even among that mythical tribe of employees known as ‘knowledge workers’ – is patchy to say the least. Where information… Read more »