Organisations concerned about vulnerability management and the risk of cyber vandalism will be interested to learn that the FBI has arrested another alleged member of the infamous hacking group Lulzsec.
Raynaldo Rivera, a 20-year-old resident of Tempe, Arizona, is facing charges of conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer that could see him jailed for up to 15 years if found guilty.
With August just about behind us and spring knocking on our doors, many retailers will be preparing themselves for summer and the busy period that accompanies sunny weather and the Christmas holidays.
And the good news for businesses is that there are positive signs for the economy heading into this season.
Cloud storage solution provider Dropbox has announced it will be upgrading its vulnerability management protocols by adding in an optional two-step verification process for users.
In an August 24 post on the company s official forums, Dropbox engineer Jie Tang – writing under the name Jie T. – revealed that the option will be available only to forum members at first.
Despite high profile instances of cybercrime becoming increasingly frequent, a recent survey has offered evidence that most people still do not understand the importance of strong online security.
Last week (August 23), Janrain and Harris Interactive officially revealed the results of their 2012 Online Registration and Password study into the way people are selecting and maintaining their passwords when using the Internet.
In order to help win the fight against cybercrime, businesses need to ensure they are achieving strong levels of vulnerability management, through procedures such as penetration testing and security auditing.
However while prevention is always the best solution, it is also necessary for authorities to have the tools in place with which to adequately track down and capture cybercriminals in order to prevent repeat offending.
Any retailer who accepts credit or debit card information from customers, whether in the online sphere or in standard brick and mortar stores, must adhere to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
Ensuring PCI DSS compliance and strong vulnerability management awareness is a great way of showing customers you are committed to the security of their information and ensuring repeat business.
The growing popularity of portable devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablet computers is allowing organisations across the world to completely revolutionise the way they communicate with customers as well as internally.
This has given birth to the idea of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), in which employees are permitted to utilise their own technology inside the organisation to access company resources such as email and information databases.
These days, most people understand how important vulnerability management and following stringent security procedures are when it comes to protecting your home or office system from a computer virus.
However one of the biggest cyber security threats of the near future might not be to our PCs or laptops – it might be to our cars.
A leading Australian intelligence officer has encouraged businesses to take more proactive vulnerability management measures in order to defend themselves from cyber security threats.
Speaking to a Canberra forum earlier this week, director general of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation David Irvine noted that there there have been more than 5,000 reported cyber incidents in 2012 to date, and that there are likely more which haven t yet been disclosed.
Spring is just around the corner and many Australians will be looking forward to escaping the winter doldrums and heading off to the beach when the weekend rolls around.
Many people will also be using this season as a good time to undergo a thorough spring clean of their homes, and businesses would be wise to take note.