Tag: data privacy

What’s a Good Password? NIST says One that hasn’t been stolen

What’s a Good Password? NIST says One that hasn’t been stolen

In-brief: what’s a good password? According to new guidelines from NIST: one that hasn’t already been stolen by hackers.

The FBI warned about business email compromise attacks, which have cost businesses in the U.S. an estimated $1.6 billion since 2013.

FBI: Business Email Compromise is a $5 Billion Industry

In-brief: the FBI is warning the public to beware of business email compromise attacks, saying that they have cost U.S. businesses more than $1.6 billion in losses since 2013. 

The Billion Dollar Headache: Sophisticated Ransomware takes aim at Small Business

The Billion Dollar Headache: Sophisticated Ransomware takes aim at Small Business

In-brief: in the latest Security Ledger podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Roberts speaks with Lior Div of the firm Cybereason and Brian NeSmith of the firm Arctic Wolf about the growing sophistication of ransomware attacks and platforms and how scammers are targeting small businesses and non-profits. 

Update: Emboldened, Fancy Bear hacking crew targets French, German Politicians

Update: Emboldened, Fancy Bear hacking crew targets French, German Politicians

In-brief: emboldened by media attention for its escapades in the U.S. Presidential election, the hacking crew known as “Fancy Bear” is targeting political parties in France as well as Germany, the firm Trend Micro reported on Tuesday – the latest evidence of meddling in foreign affairs. (Editor’s note: updated to add comment by Michael Sulmeyer, Director of the Cyber Security Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center. PFR Apr 25 2017.)

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Podcast: Passwords are dying, but they’re not going anywhere

In-brief: Companies like Microsoft and Google have both unveiled initiatives that de-emphasize the traditional, static, alpha-numeric password in recent days. So is the password going the way of the horse and buggy? Don’t be so sure, says Robert Capps of the firm NuData. Capps thinks that passwords will be with us for the foreseeable future and that companies concerned about security need to do more than just find a more secure way to log-in.