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Compromising vital infrastructure: communication

Have you ever been witness to a Wi-Fi failure in a household with school-aged children? If so, I don’t have to convince you that communication qualifies as vital infrastructure. For the doubters: when you see people risking their lives in traffic just to check their phone, you’ll understand why most adults consider instant communication to be vital as well. Forms of communication Humanity … [Read more...]

Merging Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram: a technical, reputational hurdle

Secure messaging is supposed to be just that—secure. That means no backdoors, strong encryption, private messages staying private, and, for some users, the ability to securely communicate without giving up tons of personal data. So, when news broke that scandal-ridden, online privacy pariah Facebook would expand secure messaging across its Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram apps, a broad community … [Read more...]

Marriott breach impacts 500 million customers: here’s what to do about it

Today Marriott disclosed a large-scale data breach impacting up to 500 million customers who have stayed at a Starwood-branded hotel within the last four years. While details of the breach are still sparse, Marriott stated that there was unauthorized access to a database tied to customer reservations stretching from 2014 to September 10, 2018. For a majority of impacted customers (approximately … [Read more...]

Enforcing Security Policy Agreement at Sign On with MOVEit

It’s a given that users with access to your MFT solution have permission to use it and know exactly what they are allowed to do with it. But maybe it shouldn’t be. … [Read more...]

Which Secure File Transfer Solution Is Right for You?

You likely already realize that file transfers using the file transfer protocol (FTP) expose your sensitive data to high risks. … [Read more...]

What you Need to Know About FIPS 140-2 Validation

One look at the headlines is all it takes to see why security is at the forefront of every IT team’s mind. Hacks, data theft—you name it; some of the largest corporations have succumbed to these pitfalls over the past few years, and there’s no end in sight. It's no wonder that organizations are scrambling to maintain security regulation compliance with so many threats around the corner. … [Read more...]

Internet of Things 101 – IoT Device Authentication Explained

Readers of previous posts are aware of my reservations on the current ubiquitous drive to connect absolutely everything (from the frivolous to the useful) to the internet but there is no denying that the trend will continue unabated. This will create security risks that need management.  … [Read more...]

Measuring The Benefits of Managed File Transfer for Insurance Companies

Privacy is something that every organization needs to take seriously. When customers and clients trust an organization with their private information, that trust needs to be respected. As with healthcare, the insurance industry needs to adhere to significant regulation. … [Read more...]

WS_FTP Pro from Ipswitch: Protect Your Sensitive Data

Nearly a million servers around the world still run the unsecure legacy FTP protocol and are actually configured for ‘anonymous’ access. Not good. … [Read more...]

The many faces of omnichannel fraud

The rise of new technologies, social networks, and other means of online communication have brought about compelling changes in industries across the board. For example, in retail, organizations use digital tools such as websites, email, and apps to reach out to their current and potential clients, anticipate their needs, and fully tailor their business strategies around making the user shopping … [Read more...]