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Top 125 Vendors To Watch
Commentary  |  9/27/2016  | 
InformationWeek and its sister publications Dark Reading and Network Computing have teamed up to bring you a roundup of the hottest vendors in cloud, data management, DevOps, infrastructure, and security. The 125 vendors you'll find here range from established players making strides in their markets to newcomers setting the stage for the future.
US Coast Guard, CMU Team On Hoax Caller Crackdown
News  |  9/14/2016  | 
The US Coast Guard is collaborating with experts in academia to help investigate the expensive problem of hoax callers. Machine learning is playing a vital role in their efforts.
Hidden IT Security Risk: Privileged User Access
News  |  8/29/2016  | 
A Ponemon report finds the security threats around privileged user access and the resulting insider threat risks appear to be growing. Here's what IT should be keeping an eye on.
US Bank Regulators Tighten Cyber-Security Efforts Around SWIFT
News  |  8/26/2016  | 
Following the theft of millions of dollars from Bangladesh Bank via the international financial messaging system SWIFT, US banking regulators have outlined steps to tighten cyber-security at the nation's banks.
France, Germany Push For Encryption Backdoors In Apps
Commentary  |  8/24/2016  | 
The controversial proposal would require app developers to provide access to encrypted messages at the request of law enforcement.
What IT Pros Need To Know About Hiring Cyber-Security Hunt Teams
News  |  8/22/2016  | 
If your organization doesn't run its own threat analysis center, it may be worth hiring a hunt team to watch your back. Here's what you need to know.
IT Asset Protection: How One Colocation Provider Does It
News  |  8/18/2016  | 
For colocation provider vXchnge, security isn't just a matter of strong defenses. It also involves planning for the worst.
Tim Cook: Privacy Is Worth Protecting
Commentary  |  8/15/2016  | 
Apple CEO Tim Cook leans on the Founding Fathers to suggest the company did the right thing when asked by the FBI to unlock a terrorist's iPhone. It's an issue that affects IT professionals who need to protect company data, as well as consumers and their personal information.
Palantir Acquires Data Visualization Specialist Silk
News  |  8/12/2016  | 
Analytics software and consulting provider Palantir has acquired Silk, a data visualization startup. Silk's platform will continue to operate unsupported as the company's team will join Palantir.
10 IoT Security Best Practices For IT Pros
Slideshows  |  8/9/2016  | 
IT professionals have to treat internet of things (IoT) vulnerabilities as they would vulnerabilities in databases or web applications. Any flaw can bring unwelcome attention, for those making affected products and those using them. Any flaw may prove useful to compromise other systems on the network. When everything is connected, security is only as strong as the weakest node on the network.
'Mayhem' System Wins DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge
News  |  8/5/2016  | 
An automated system called "Mayhem" took home the top prize in the Cyber Grand Challenge, sponsored by DARPA.
Data Theft Prevention: Companies Lack Policies, Knowledge
News  |  8/3/2016  | 
Data theft is rampant, and companies don't seem to know what to do to stop it, according to a recent study. This infographic breaks it down for IT professionals.
9 Promising Cloud Security Startups To Watch
Slideshows  |  7/31/2016  | 
The future belongs to cloud computing, but only with the help of strong security. Here are 9 cloud security startups IT managers may want to consider.
Using AI To Fight Cyberthreats
News  |  7/27/2016  | 
SparkCognition, working with Carnegie Mellon and IBM's Watson, aims to provide cyber-security researchers with better threat data using predictive models powered by machine learning.
DNC Hack Serves As Cautionary Tale For IT Pros
News  |  7/26/2016  | 
Following the high-profile hack of the Democratic National Committee's computer system, cyber-security experts emphasize the importance of secure email correspondence.
Lawsuit Raises Questions About The Right To Tinker With Tech
News  |  7/25/2016  | 
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit to overturn a provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which limits the modification of technology. For anyone managing information technology, the law in question has the potential to limit access to data, to weaken security, and to impose unnecessary burdens, costs, and liabilities.
Can 3D-Printed Fingers Help Police Solve A Murder?
News  |  7/23/2016  | 
Michigan police are working with university researchers to re-create a dead man's fingers. The goal is to use the digits to unlock his smartphone and uncover information that may help catch his killer.
Obama Administration May Allow Foreign Search Warrants On US Tech Firms
News  |  7/18/2016  | 
Under a proposed plan, foreign governments would have the right to serve search warrants on US tech companies for email and wiretaps. The deal would also give the US "reciprocal" authority to search data in other countries.
Microsoft Launches Online Data Science Degree Program
News  |  7/15/2016  | 
Microsoft is addressing the shortage of workers with data science skills with a new professional degree program offered online. The company said the data science degree will serve as a pilot for future offerings.
IT Organizations Unprepared For Digital Business: Gartner
News  |  7/14/2016  | 
Despite uncertainty of when their organizations will be ready for digital business, most IT pros say they will definitely play a part in the transformation when it does happen, according to a recent Gartner report.
10 Hot SaaS Security Startups To Watch
Slideshows  |  7/13/2016  | 
Leveraging cloud-based security services is helping to solve some major stumbling blocks when it comes to providing a robust architecture for organizations. To help you navigate your options, we're spotlighting 10 SaaS security startups whose tools are worth a look.
Beyond BlackBerry: Outdated Tech The Feds Should Dump
Slideshows  |  7/8/2016  | 
The US Senate is finally ditching BlackBerry devices. Now, if only the rest of the government could leave the past behind. Here's a look at outdated tech still being used by federal agencies, including the military and the IRS.
IT Skills Gap Hurts Enterprise Security: Survey
Commentary  |  7/6/2016  | 
A survey of IT executives, managers, and practitioners finds the biggest challenges in infosec are around skills, not technology.
8 Reasons You Need A Security Penetration Test
Slideshows  |  7/6/2016  | 
One of the biggest challenges in IT security is determining whether the tools and configurations you have in place are giving your organization the level of security you require. Here's how penetration testing can help.
FBI: Business Phishing Attacks Net Cyber Thieves $3.1 Billion
News  |  6/15/2016  | 
Phishing attacks against companies have soared dramatically over the past 18 months, and losses have climbed into the billions, according to an FBI advisory issued this week.
9 Tech Giants Embracing The Open Source Revolution
Slideshows  |  6/13/2016  | 
It was only 15 years ago that Microsoft's then-CEO likened open source software licenses to "a cancer." But today, Redmond is joining other tech giants in donating intellectual property to the hive mind of open source. Here's why it matters.
Security Threats Hiding In Plain Sight
Slideshows  |  6/3/2016  | 
IT professionals would rather manage external threats than worry about insiders, a recent survey by Soha finds. But singular focus when it comes to security can end up being a costly mistake.
Sirin Labs' 'Military-Grade' Smartphone Sports Celebrity Price
News  |  6/2/2016  | 
The Solarin smartphone promises security, including on-device malware protection and optional encryption -- for those who have everything else.
Microsoft Unveils Plan To Combat 'Terrorist Content'
News  |  5/23/2016  | 
Microsoft has unveiled a two-pronged approach to fighting back against terrorists' efforts to use the Internet and social media to communicate with one another and recruit new members.
LinkedIn Hack: Why Breach Is A Wake-Up Call For Users
News  |  5/19/2016  | 
The 2012 LinkedIn security breach is far worse than previously reported. Now reports say that hackers are trying to sell information for more than 117 million accounts, which should have people who use the same password on multiple sites worried.
FBI Chief: Battle Over Encrypted Devices Rages On
News  |  5/12/2016  | 
Despite dropping its fight with Apple over creating a backdoor to access the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, the FBI still plans to pursue access to other encrypted devices and data, said the agency's director.
Twitter Blocks US Spy Agencies' Access To Dataminr
News  |  5/9/2016  | 
Silicon Valley's fight to protect users' privacy against inquiries by intelligence agencies could escalate with Twitter denying access to a data mining service that reveals political unrest and terrorist attacks in real-time.
FBI Hacking Authority Expanded By Supreme Court
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
With the US Supreme Court's approval, warrants to search and seize digital data will be able to authorize government hacking anywhere.
Email Privacy Act Wins Sweeping Approval In House
News  |  4/28/2016  | 
The US House of Representatives has approved the Email Privacy Act by a unanimous vote. That sets the stage for requiring search warrants to review electronic communications older than 180 days.
FBI Won't Share iPhone Hack With Apple, Report Says
News  |  4/27/2016  | 
The FBI paid approximately $1 million for a hack into an encrypted iPhone, and now plans to keep the details to itself, according to The Wall Street Journal. The government also dropped case against Apple in Brooklyn -- and that has law enforcement fuming.
FBI Paid iPhone Hackers $1.3 Million, Report Claims
News  |  4/22/2016  | 
James Comey suggested the FBI paid the iPhone hackers upward of $1.3 million -- more than Comey will earn for the remaining seven years of his term as FBI director.
Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill Rankles Tech Community
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
A coalition of tech groups called proposed encryption legislation "well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable," while an op-ed deemed it grounds for the dismissal of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, the bill's sponsors.
Malware Attacks More Frequent, Harder To Fight
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
The newest Ponemon State of the Endpoint Report found enterprises struggling to enforce endpoint security and to manage their biggest threat: Employees.
Apple, FBI Encryption Debate Continues At Congressional Hearing
News  |  4/20/2016  | 
The US House Energy & Commerce Committee hosted two panel discussions April 19, in the hope of advancing an open debate about government access to encrypted technologies. Representatives heard from Apple's top lawyers, as well as law enforcement.
IT Pros Fear Encryption Backdoors
News  |  4/20/2016  | 
A survey of IT professionals by network services company Spiceworks finds concern about the risk of backdoors that bypass encryption.
Reddit’s Missing Warrant Canary: What IT Can Learn
Commentary  |  4/20/2016  | 
It's tricky trying to figure out whether or not your preferred app, website, or service provider has received a federal subpoena demanding information. When a warrant canary vanished from Reddit's Transparency Report, it got folks talking. The incident holds important lessons for enterprise IT professionals trying to decipher whether or not a service provider's data is being trolled by the feds.
IBM's Strategy Fails To Boost Revenue, Impress Investors
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
IBM embarked on its first quarter breaking out "strategic imperatives," as part of an effort to showcase businesses such as cognitive computing that the company believes will shape its future. Yet, overall IBM's revenue experienced a decline compared to last year's first quarter.
Apple Kills QuickTime For Windows, Adobe Issues Warning
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
Two security vulnerabilities have moved Apple to end support for QuickTime for Microsoft Windows. This has also led Adobe to issue a warning to users of its software.
BlackBerry Decryption Key Held By Canadian Mounties, Report Says
News  |  4/15/2016  | 
Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry has been dealt a major blow after court records revealed that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has a copy of the company's global decryption key.
Microsoft Sues Justice Department, AG Over Cloud Privacy
News  |  4/15/2016  | 
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, stating that the same rules that apply to search and seizure in an office should apply to its cloud.
Email Privacy Act Clears House Judiciary Committee Vote
News  |  4/14/2016  | 
An update to the Email Privacy Act requiring a warrant for the search of data older than 180 days was unanimously supported by the House Judiciary Committee. It now heads for a vote by the full chamber.
FBI Paid Hackers To Crack iPhone Encryption, Report Claims
News  |  4/13/2016  | 
Gray hat hackers, not Israel-based Cellebrite, ultimately provided a way into Syed Farook's encrypted iPhone, according to the Washington Post.
Google, Facebook CAPTCHAs Beat By Bot
News  |  4/8/2016  | 
Improvements in computer vision and machine learning are making it harder for companies to defend against automated attacks.
Google BeyondCorp Breaks With Enterprise Security Tradition
News  |  4/7/2016  | 
Moving away from perimeter defenses, Google has adopted a cybersecurity architecture, called BeyondCorp, that focuses on understanding devices and users.
Insider Security Threats: Disloyal Employees
Commentary  |  4/7/2016  | 
One in five employees is willing to leak confidential information, and 30% of them say that they will sell their work-related passwords for less than $1,000, according to Sailpoint 2016 Market Pulse Survey findings. The release of the Panama Papers is adding to the debate.
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