The enemy is (largely) within, when it comes to the security of information and information systems. Knowing how and why insider threats materialise is a big step towards dealing with them.
Proverbially at least, elephants never forget. Neither does the Internet. Once information is out there, you must assume it will always be out there, and that deleting it at its source may make no difference.
When hackers try to penetrate your databases and IT infrastructure (or perpetrate any other cybercrime), they often plan a sequence of steps to get what they want. Individual steps may seem innocent or meaningless.
Linux has an enviable reputation as a secure platform for servers. But Linux the Unhackable? Certain myths persist about the inherent resistance of Linux to viruses and the superfluity of firewalls.
While cyber security may have you thinking in zeros and ones, and wondering which next generation firewall you should buy next, the human element is alive and well in cyber crime.
Does Father Christmas know just how exposed his operation is? With one of the largest address books ever conceived (names, addresses, gift preferences of billions of people) and a seasonal workforce of elves that may or may not have been vetted before hiring, Santa’s gift selection, preparation and delivery system may be hugely at risk.
First, there was the virtual machine. Then came the container. Now, welcome to the unikernel, the latest initiative for atomising computing.
Will it ever go away? The basic password is still alive and well.
It’s not paranoia, they really are out to get you. When the very organisations promoting IT security manage to botch it up, it’s difficult to have confidence in anything anymore.
People – “Can’t live with them, can’t live without them” might be the motto for many enterprises and their chief information security officers (CISOs).
Hollywood (once again) got there first. Remember those films in which shadowy figures hiss “Trust no-one!” before vanishing from the scene?
If you’ve worked in IT development for hardware or software, or had dealings with that world, you may well have seen the statistics about the costs of fixing bugs.