12 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Online Security

first_imgRelated Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… fredric paul At the RSA Conference in San Francisco last week, I got the chance to sit down with Stephen Cobb, a distinguished security researcher for the IT security company ESET. We talked about a lot of things, including Android security issues and how walled gardens have their uses.(See also In The Security World, Android Is The New Windows.)It was a great conversation, touching on a wide variety of fascinating aspects of online and mobile security, and I wanted to share as many of them as possible.This list seemed like the best way to do that. And while not every one of the dirty-dozen points presented here may surprise you, I can pretty much guarantee that few people will already know – or agree with – everything on the list:1. Big Data is not new to the anti-virus industry. Turns out the anti-virus companies have been doing traffic analysis, incident sharing and code sharing for decades, Cobb claims. They just didn’t call it Big Data until the term become fashionable.2. Anti-virus companies have been practicing co-opetition since the 1980s, when they realized there was no percentage in one company being able to stop one virus while you needed another company to stop a different virus. They quietly began sharing virus signatures and other information, Cobb says.3. All the major Web browsers share information on malware sites and other threats. Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and the others all share which URLs to flag, for example. That’s why when NBC.com was hacked recently and started spewing malware, everybody was able to block it almost immediately.4. One of the hardest parts of securing Big Data is knowing where the data is actually stored. In the old days, when data was collected and stored, it didn’t really move much. Now, in the cloud, Cobbs says we don’t really know where data is stored. Malware creators are intent on exploiting that, but what form that will take remains to be seen.5. One reason more high-value targets haven’t been hacked is that there is still so much low-hanging fruit for the bad guys to go after. According to Cobb, so far, there hasn’t been much need to try and crack the hardest targets.6. Most attacks take the form of malware or hacking. Of the hacking attacks, Cobb says, 80% go after passwords that are either non-existent, guessed or stolen.7. Anti-virus hasn’t been about matching virus signatures for years. Some people say the anti-virus model doesn’t work because so much new malware is coming out all the time that anti-virus solutions can’t possibly keep up. But Cobb protests that most anti-virus software is continually detecting previously unseen malware.8. People who know what they’re doing on the Internet might be able to get by with no anti-virus software. But Cobb says people are fooling themselves when they claim: “I don’t run anti-virus software and I’ve never been hacked.” “Are you really OK telling everyone you know – your mom, for instance – not to run anti-virus software?” he asks.9. There’s still an incredible amount of spam out there. You don’t see it, but it’s still there. It’s using a a huge amount of datacenter power to block it, but it’s built into the network security appliance and you don’t have to deal with it.10. The overall trend is for increasing levels of security to be compressed into the core, to become part of a standard install. That’s happened to anti-spam, to firewalls and it’s happening to anti-virus, too.11. It’s a lot harder to write 64-bit malware than it is to write 32-bit malware. And that could help lower the number of attacks on 64-bit systems.12. In many ways, hacking behavior seems to have gotten better over the years – at least in the United States, Cobb says. But we are now increasingly exposed to other, more dangerous places. The globalization of the Net has caught up with us even as the value of hacking has one way up. Today, hackers aren’t just messing with us, Cobb notes, they’re stealing from us. And that’s a big new incentive. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#antivirus#Big Data#cybercrime#cybersecurity#hacking#security#Spam last_img read more

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Mohali Test: Zaheer, Ponting have a spat

first_imgIndian pacer Zaheer Khan and Australian skipper Ricky Ponting were locked in spat on the opening day of the first Test between the two countries in Mohali on Friday.Soon after Ponting was run out at 72 runs, he and Zaheer had an ugly exchange of words. It’s not clear who started it all, but Ponting seemed so upset with the words thrown at him by Zaheer that he went on to confront him.Ponting was also seen pointing his bat towards Zaheer. It took umpire Billy Bowden’s intervention to cool things down. Indian and Australian cricketers have a history of spats, including the infamous episode in which Harbhajan Singh allegedly called Andrew Symonds a “monkey”.last_img

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Health Minister Leads Mosquito Control Exercise in Hague, Trelawny

first_imgStory Highlights “We would have seen the effort that would have been put into the exercise and the diligence shown by the team as they go out… every day. So householders should be in a position now to be very aware of what is needed,” Mr. Mowatt outlined. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, led Trelawny vector control workers on an operation in Hague on Friday (Sept. 7) to identify mosquito breeding sites and educate residents about the importance of proper vector control.The exercise was part of the Ministry’s island-wide campaign to eliminate breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for transmitting diseases such as dengue and Zika.Trelawny has had one suspected dengue fever-related death this year.During the exercise, the team visited homes and spoke to the occupants, inspected water storage containers for larvae and provided treatment where necessary, and distributed information flyers.Dr. Tufton noted that while Trelawny has seen a decline in the Aedes aegypti population due to less rainfall, he noted that containers such as drums and buckets being used to store water have provided breeding grounds for the mosquito.As such, he said that citizens need to be vigilant at all times.“Breeding sites are found in your backyards, tanks, used tyres, in the old cans that you put down, and we cannot overemphasize educating our public to say to them, remember it is your responsibility; take on that personal responsibility to ensure that in and around your surroundings are safe,” he implored.The Minister commended the work of the Telawny vector control aids. “It’s not an easy job. You have to confront locked gates, bad dogs, unwelcoming citizens, the sun, the elements, and you still put up with that and carry out your jobs and we really appreciate it,” he said.The vector control programme is being carried out by 10 full-time employees and an additional 36 persons, who have been engaged for an initial three months under the Housing Opportunity, Production, and Employment (HOPE) programme.The Minister explained that the duties of the vector control aides include sensitisation, inspecting water sources and other breeding grounds, determining the Aedes aegypti population, and treating areas.For his part, Chief Public Health Inspector for Trelawny, Delroy Mowatt, told journalists that the parish’s Aedes index, which is determined by the number of houses inspected divided by the number of mosquitoes found breeding, has lowered from 25 per cent to 9.5 per cent since vector control operations commenced on July 29.“We would have seen the effort that would have been put into the exercise and the diligence shown by the team as they go out… every day. So householders should be in a position now to be very aware of what is needed,” Mr. Mowatt outlined.Also participating in the exercise were Regional Director, Western Regional Health Authority, Errol Greene; and Parish Public Health Specialist for Vector Control in Trelawny, Devon Ledgister. Dr. Tufton noted that while Trelawny has seen a decline in the Aedes aegypti population due to less rainfall, he noted that containers such as drums and buckets being used to store water have provided breeding grounds for the mosquito. The exercise was part of the Ministry’s island-wide campaign to eliminate breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for transmitting diseases such as dengue and Zika.last_img read more

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