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Archive for August 9th, 2012


Survey finds 50 percent of organisations use cloud for sensitive data

“About half of the information technology and security professionals asked whether they use external cloud-based services for sensitive or confidential data said they did — but their approaches to encrypting data in the cloud vary widely, according to the findings of the survey published today. The “Encryption in the Cloud” survey done by Ponemon Institute sought the opinions of more than 4,000 IT professionals in seven countries, including the US. About 38 percent of the respondents said their organisations rely on encryption of data as it's transferred, typically over the Internet, to the cloud….”

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for August 2012

“This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on August 14, 2012. This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the August bulletin summary on August 14, 2012.

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Court Grants Feds Warrantless Access to Utility Records

“Utilities must hand over customer records which include credit card numbers, phone numbers and power consumption data to the authorities without court warrants if drug agents believe they are relevant to an investigation, a federal appeals court says. The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 allows the authorities to make demands for that data in the form of an administrative subpoena, with no judicial oversight

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There's something wrong with NASA cybersecurity

“Although NASA stood up a security operations center in November 2008 to centrally manage the detection and response to cyber attacks, that center does not currently monitor all NASA networks, says the agency's office of inspector general. In a one-sheet summary (. pdf) of a restricted report, the NASA OIG says that the networks not incorporated into the central SOC aren't unprotected, since dedicated staff respond to incidents occurring within them and monitor for threats….”

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In Laundering Case, a Lax Banking Law Obscured Money Flow

“The list of global banks that have been accused in recent years of laundering foreign transactions totaling billions of dollars has been growing Credit Suisse, Lloyds, Barclays, ING, HSBC and nowStandard Chartered. The details in each case are different, with the international banks suspected of using their American subsidiaries to process tainted money for clients that included Iran, Cuba, North Korea, sponsors of terrorist groups and drug cartels….”

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Korea to Investigate StanChart and HSBC

“South Korean financial regulators will investigate the Seoul branches of Standard Chartered and HSBC in light of money laundering allegations against both banks by regulators in the US.

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Online Threats That Will Throw You Off the Security Balance Beam

“By now youve all seen the video of American gymnast Aly Raismans parents wincing, twisting and turning in their seats as they watched their daughter compete for Team USA in the Olympics gymnastics competition. (If youve been off the grid, check it out here.)We know how they feel, because when we see consumers making big mistakes online, we squirm and shout. We dont yell Stick it!…”

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Don't Miss the TECHEXPO Cloud Computing Hiring Event

“As a result of the shift to the cloud, there's been an explosion of career opportunities for qualified candidates offering immense potential, career longevity and salary packages.

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Mobile Security Experts on BYOD

“Veracode recently polled a list of mobile security experts, asking them What can employees do to minimize risk when bringing their own devices to work? Were pleased to present the responses from a wide array of security experts including David Schwartzberg from Sophos, Kevin Flynn from Fortinet and Veracodes own Chris Wysopal. While all our experts have their unique perspectives, some common themes arose including changing employees view of security….”

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Infosec Fill-in-the-Blank: Security BSides Las Vegas Edition

“The hardest part about security is…? Security BSides Las Vegas attendees finished the sentence, and Infosec Islands Anthony M. Freed caught them on camera.

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