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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.
93 Million Mexican Voter Database Exposed On Amazon Cloud
News  |  4/26/2016
A MongoDB database filled with the personal information of 93 million Mexican voters was found configured improperly on the Amazon cloud. The incident raises issues of how information is protected in the cloud.
IoT Security Will Reach $840 Million By 2020, Gartner Finds
News  |  4/25/2016
The IoT security market will hit its stride in 2020, according to Gartner, driven by IoT growth in energy management, the automotive industry, consumer applications, and an increase in malware attacks.
Identity Management: Where Cloud Security Falls Short
News  |  4/25/2016
A report by the Cloud Security Alliance finds that identity management tools and processes are key to ameliorating the threat of breaches. The report reveals which tools are most popular, and which are underutilized.
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.
AWS Summit: New Cloud Services, Expanded EBS Choices
News  |  4/22/2016
Amazon Web Services unveiled a security inspection and data transfer acceleration service, along with two new EBS options, at AWS Summit.
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.
Opera's Free VPN Offers Web Browsing Privacy
News  |  4/21/2016
Opera's free VPN capability allows users to change their location and access websites and content that may be geographically restricted. This comes as the company has also offered ad blockers, and as users are looking for more ways to stay private online.
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.
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.
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.
Drones Banned At Boston Marathon, Blamed For British Airways Hit
News  |  4/18/2016
A day after a drone struck a British Airways flight, the Boston Marathon is using drone-detection technology to keep UAS away from its event.
Cloud Stampede Is On, But Who's Watching Security?
News  |  4/18/2016
A survey by Intel and the Cloud Security Alliance finds that the use of cloud services is increasing, but more in-depth security measures are needed.
Samsung Knox Security Beats iOS, Android, Gartner Finds
News  |  4/18/2016
Gartner compared 12 different platforms to find the strongest ones. The research firm also advised avoiding older mobile devices, which may have unfixed vulnerabilities or may lack management controls.
CAPTCHAs Defeated, But Who Cares?
Commentary  |  4/18/2016
Columbia University researchers made headlines by defeating Google and Facebook CAPTCHAs through artificial intelligence, but the real fraud for enterprises happens via cheap labor, not AI.
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.
Cloud Adoption Could Save Feds $10 Billion Annually
News  |  4/15/2016
A MeriTalk survey of federal IT managers reveals that they believe the government can save more than $10 billion annually from additional consolidation and cloud adoption.
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.
Apple Vs. FBI: 5 Key Quotes From James Comey's Speech
Commentary  |  4/9/2016
FBI Director James Comey gave a speech April 6 discussing the case against Apple and calling for not litigation but conversation that's fair, measured, and thoughtful -- and where participants are open to being wrong.
Windows 10 Build 14316, Cloud App Security Launch: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  4/9/2016
This week, Microsoft held its first Envision conference, beta-tested Outlook Premium, launched a major new Windows 10 preview build, and announced a partnership with R3.
Senators Push For Tech Firms To Decrypt Smartphones
Commentary  |  4/8/2016
A new bill, sponsored by US Senators Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr, would allow law enforcement to demand smartphone makers and other companies decrypt or otherwise unlock mobile devices.
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.
Microsoft Cloud App Security Now Generally Available
News  |  4/6/2016
Microsoft rolls out Cloud App Security, a new service designed to bring deeper visibility and stronger control to IT and security teams managing cloud apps.
BlackBerry BBM Privacy Tools Are Now Free
News  |  4/4/2016
Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry is offering two of its BBM privacy features for free, and is gearing up its latest update with a few extra features.
BlackBerry Seems Closer To Ending Smartphone Sales
News  |  4/1/2016
The road to salvation may lead BlackBerry away from hardware altogether to focus on software, according to the company's latest financial results. However, multiple challenges lie ahead for the former smartphone titan, even if it switches strategies.


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