September 9, 2013    /    by

Full Inbox: How spam is making a comeback

Spam is back. But this new spam is harder to deal with. Here are some tips to help.

September 1, 2013    /    by

'Major cyber event' coming, says Secretary Napolitano

Outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano warned that a major cyber attack is coming

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano - photo credit: Fema/NyxoLynoCangemi READ MORE

August 26, 2013    /    by

Dreaming big on new technology: Future or fantasy?

There have been a number of futuristic technology ventures recently announced that are either visionary game-changers or a huge waste of money.

The Geminids by fotopedia/Sergiu Bacioiu


There have been a number of futuristic technology ventures recently announced that are either visionary game-changers or a huge waste of money. Internet tycoons are spending large amounts on these grandiose schemes, and the media is reporting on these bold attempts to go where no man or woman has ever gone before. Could these ideas become our new infrastructure a decade or two from now? Are we witnessing the next Thomas Edison in action? READ MORE

August 18, 2013    /    by

Blackout 2003: Governments Are Still Responding Ten Years Later

Where were you when the lights went out in 2003?

Blackout


Where were you when the lights went out in the Northeast during the late afternoon of August 14, 2003? What did you do? Where did you go? READ MORE

August 12, 2013    /    by

Tracking by Advertisers Depends on Trust

How much tracking by advertisers is ok? The answer relies on trust...

Are you being tracked?

An intriguing article written by Mike Elgan at Computerworld.com recently asked the question: What’s wrong with being tracked by advertisers? READ MORE

August 4, 2013    /    by

Michigan Governor Snyder Leads by Example on Cyber Awareness Training

"And my challenge to each of you is to take the cyber awareness training... like me..."

July 28, 2013    /    by

How to Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships on Cyber

But how do we take these vital security goals to the next level? What are the desired outcomes and corresponding actions required to strengthen our mutual cyber defenses? Where do you start?

If you ask 100 government technology leaders around the country about the importance of public-private partnerships regarding cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, 99 will likely agree that improved collaboration and information sharing are important.

But how do we take these vital security goals to the next level? What are the desired outcomes and corresponding actions required to strengthen our mutual cyber defenses? Where do you start? READ MORE

July 21, 2013    /    by

No Service: When the Internet goes down on vacation

No service? My Verizon connection has great all week why now? Something was wrong.

Vacation by the Lake at Camp of the WoodsIt was early on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013. I rolled out of bed and powered up my iPhone to quickly check my email, text messages and the weather forecast.

“No service? My Verizon connection has great all week – why now?” I thought to myself. “This is not what I need on getaway day after a great vacation!” READ MORE

July 15, 2013    /    by

What is the next big thing in technology?

Enquiring minds typically want to know: What is the next big thing in technology? The nice thing about that question is that you can go almost anywhere with the answer.

Over the years, I am often asked questions from friends, colleagues and family related to computer security, physical security, technology infrastructure, smartphones or mobile technology in general. But during summer cookouts, vacations and extended family outings, I typically get asked one question more than most others.

Enquiring minds typically want to know: What is the next big thing in technology? The nice thing about that question is that you can go almost anywhere with the answer. READ MORE

July 7, 2013    /    by

Will stronger EU penalties deter cybercrime?

Early this week the European Union (EU) mandated national maximum sentences of at least two years in prison for attempting to illegally access information systems. Will these tougher penalties deter cybercrime?

  Early this week the European Union (EU) mandated national maximum sentences of at least two years in prison for attempting to illegally access information systems.

In addition, according to the UK Telegraph, “The maximum penalty for attacks against infrastructure such as power plants, transport or government networks will be set at five years or more, higher than the current tariff in most member states....” READ MORE