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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.
WhatsApp Launches End-To-End Encryption
News  |  4/6/2016  | 
Facebook's popular messaging client WhatsApp has enabled encryption by default for its 1 billion users.
FBI's Ability To Crack iPhones Raises More Questions
News  |  3/31/2016  | 
The FBI, with its newfound hack, has agreed to unlock other iPhones. While the dispute with Apple is off the front burner for now, the company is still facing other legal challenges, including one case in Brooklyn. Serious legal and technical questions linger.
iOS SideStepper Vulnerability Undermines MDM Services: Check Point
News  |  3/31/2016  | 
Security researchers from Check Point plan to disclose a flaw at the Black Hat Asia conference which they claim endangers the way mobile device management software interacts with iPhones and iPads. Check Point calls the vulnerability "SideStepper" because it sidesteps the normal app approval process.
Apple Vs. The FBI: Protecting The Poetry Of Code
Commentary  |  3/31/2016  | 
If the FBI had succeeded in its attempt to have Apple write a new version of iOS (FBiOS, perhaps?), then what would a tech vendor have been required to do next?
FBI Cracks iPhone Encryption Without Apple, Drops Court Case
News  |  3/29/2016  | 
The FBI vacated its court order against Apple March 28, saying it had successfully accessed an encrypted iPhone without Apple's help.
Harlan Stenn Tackles NTP Security Issues As Big Move Looms
News  |  3/28/2016  | 
There's not a business in existence today whose operations don't rely on the Network Time Protocol (NTP). Harlan Stenn is the chief maintainer of NTP. In the past year, security researchers have raised a number of concerns about the protocol, which Stenn is addressing even as he prepares a move of half the NTP infrastructure. Here's why it matters.
Microsoft Muzzles AI Chatbot After Twitter Users Teach It Racism
News  |  3/25/2016  | 
Thanks to machine learning and Internet trolls, Microsoft's Tay AI chatbot became a student of racism within 24 hours. Microsoft has taken Tay offline and is making adjustments.
iPhone Cracking: Why FBI Needed Outside Help And What It Means
Commentary  |  3/24/2016  | 
This week, the FBI said it now doesn't need Apple to crack into an iPhone. However, what does this tell us about encryption and the overall state of hardware security?
Microsoft, Google, Others Push For Encrypted Email Protocols
News  |  3/23/2016  | 
Tech giants including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have banded together to proposed a method for making email more secure.
US Federal Agencies Hit With 10% Jump In Cyber 'Incidents'
News  |  3/22/2016  | 
US government agencies faced a double-digit rise in cyber-security incidents last year, even though the White House greatly ramped up efforts to button down cyber-security, according to an Office of Management and Budget report.
FBI Aims To Crack iPhone Without Apple, Cancels Court Date
News  |  3/22/2016  | 
The FBI may have just found a way to access an encrypted iPhone, it said in a March 21 legal filing to cancel its court date with Apple, stating that the agency will report back April 5.
Apple, FBI Head Into Court March 22
News  |  3/21/2016  | 
The FBI's Feb. 16 court order citing the All Writs Act and demanding Apple's cooperation in unlocking an iPhone will go before a judge March 22, after more than a month of global attention and a day after a press event at Apple Headquarters.
Employee Surveillance: Business Efficiency Vs. Worker Privacy
News  |  3/21/2016  | 
Legal scholars argue that new laws are needed to define the parameters of acceptable workplace monitoring and to ensure respect for personal privacy.
Apple Engineers Could Quit Over iPhone Encryption Case
News  |  3/18/2016  | 
Several Apple engineers have told the New York Times that they'd consider leaving one of the industry's most prized companies and positions rather than be made to create a so-called GovtOS to crack the iPhone's encryption technology.
Google Traffic Is 77% Encrypted
News  |  3/16/2016  | 
Google, however, notes improvement is still needed on its own products and services. Gmail encryption support is 100%, but these other products and services fall short.
Apple Legal Filing: 'The Founders Would Be Appalled'
News  |  3/16/2016  | 
Apple filed another legal brief March 15 in its fight with the FBI and DOJ. The iPhone maker is fighting efforts to give up its source code, and several tech and security experts agree, calling the government's request "potentially cataclysmic."
Mobile, Cloud Security Are Top IT Leadership Concerns
News  |  3/16/2016  | 
Greater awareness of data security among business leaders isn't yet matched by budgetary respect or business commitment, according to recent study findings.
iPhone Encryption Battle: What Apple Can Learn From BlackBerry
Commentary  |  3/15/2016  | 
BlackBerry was the preferred smartphone for business users a mere five years ago, until the company decided to allow certain governments to access user messages. Apple could face the same confidence loss from corporate customers if the company assists the FBI to crack the security of the iPhone.
Obama At SXSW Highlights Encryption, Government-Tech Divide
News  |  3/14/2016  | 
At the heart of the FBI's struggle with Apple is an us-versus-them sentiment that President Obama may be softening -- by reframing "government problems" as problems for the nation's greatest problem solvers.
9 Hot Big Data And Analytics Startups To Watch
Slideshows  |  3/14/2016  | 
Hadoop recently celebrated its 10th birthday, advanced analytics have become even more sophisticated, and a plethora of startups have arisen to help organizations wrangle all the data and pull out insights. With all that in mind, here are nine big data and analytics startups to watch.
FCC Proposal To ISPs: Protect Consumer Privacy
News  |  3/11/2016  | 
The plan would protect the privacy rights of consumers by making broadband providers disclose privacy policies and notify consumers of breaches.
US Anti-Encryption Legislation Is Imminent: Report 
News  |  3/10/2016  | 
US Senators Feinstein and Burr are preparing legislation that would punish tech companies that refuse to cooperate with investigators, Reuters reports. French lawmakers recently backed a similar mandate that goes one step further by threatening jail time for execs who don't cooperate with law enforcement.
FBI Changes How It Uses NSA Data: Report
News  |  3/9/2016  | 
With calls for greater transparency in the rules governing Section 702 of the NSA's Prism program, the FBI has made classified changes, The Guardian confirmed. The program has implications for businesses and individuals alike.
MapR Pursues Simplicity With Container, Security Upgrades
News  |  3/8/2016  | 
Hadoop distributor MapR is updating its Converged Data Platform with new support for Docker containers that makes it easier for organizations to work with data and containers. The company has also enhanced security features.
Apple's Federighi: Encryption Reversal Would Put US At Risk
Commentary  |  3/7/2016  | 
With the Feds pressing Apple to return to iOS 7-style security, Craig Federighi, Apple's head of software engineering, used an op-ed piece in The Washington Post to explain the need to always race forward.
IoT Security: Industry Finally Waking Up To The Dangers
Commentary  |  3/3/2016  | 
For the last several years, Internet of Things security has been one of the most hotly debated topics at Mobile World Congress. This year, however, IoT security took on a new sense of urgency as more devices are being connected and the technology turns mainstream.
Apple Wins NY iPhone Ruling, Makes Case At Congressional Hearing
News  |  3/2/2016  | 
In the wake of a favorable legal decision in a New York case to access an iPhone in a drug case, Apple argued before a Congressional committee that legislative intervention is needed.
Microsoft's Top Lawyer Voices Support For Encryption At RSA
News  |  3/1/2016  | 
Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, emphasized the importance of maintaining consumer privacy during his keynote at RSA 2016. He also emphasized his company's support for Apple against the FBI.
HPE Fortifies Security For Mobile And Enterprise
News  |  3/1/2016  | 
HPE Security is looking to improve the security of mobile devices and the enterprise overall with two new security offerings announced in conjunction with the RSA Conference. HPE also released its Cyber Risk Report 2016.
Google Launches Gmail Security Enhancements For Business Users
News  |  3/1/2016  | 
Google's data loss prevention system for Gmail can now recognize text in images to block sensitive information from passing through corporate communication channels.
Apple Should Have Same Confidentiality Rights As Attorneys, Priests
Commentary  |  2/27/2016  | 
Technology companies know more about us than our loved ones, attorneys, or priests. To balance the availability of that information in matters of public safety, businesses should have a limited exemption from being required to provide such information.
Apple Claims FBI iPhone Cracking Demands Are Unconstitutional
News  |  2/26/2016  | 
Apple argues in a court filing that the government is asking for "boundless" power in its bid to get the company to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
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