• Sep 06
    2017
    The 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, which is available here (registration required), examined the impact of 20 different factors on the cost of a data breach. I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the top five of those factors. Presence of an incident response team (13% reduction in cost). I have noted before that the factor with the greatest impact on the average cost of a ...
  • Aug 29
    2017
    I don’t know what dinner table conversation is like at your house, but at mine we discuss the day’s activities, new things in our lives, the weather, errands we need to run, chores we need to do, and sometimes books and movies. But if I happen to start talking about the issues I wrestle with every day — data privacy, digital marketing, the cloud, IT certification, the Internet of Things, ...
  • Aug 23
    2017
    A worldwide survey this year of 26,000 consumers found that in 2016, 48% of respondents were driven by access to virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) in making smartphone purchase decisions. In 2017, the proportion rose to 54%. The survey, which was performed by Accenture, is summarized by an infographic on Accenture’s site, and it’s worth your time to go have a look at it. But I am particularly ...
  • Aug 16
    2017
    There is a park in downtown Boston known as the Boston Common. It dates from 1634, when it was purchased from the first European settler in Boston by the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Members of the colony were allowed to graze their cows there, but that only lasted two years, because people brought so many cows to make use of what appeared to be a “free” resource that ...
  • Aug 08
    2017
    In 1991, at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, England, the coffee machine was located next to the Trojan Room. In order to save people the disappointment of making a trek to the coffee machine and finding it empty, a couple of the researchers set up a 28 x 28 px greyscale camera pointed at the coffee machine and connected the camera to the Laboratory’s network, so that ...
  • Aug 03
    2017
    At the IT Certification Council, we believe in professional certifications, and we’re glad to have the chance to work with industry leaders on the issue. We think the value of certification to an IT professional is obvious. There is no better way to advertise your skills than to get them certified. Certification benefits employers, too. Obviously, certifications help in the hiring process, but we wanted to mention four benefits that ...
  • Aug 01
    2017
    Nearly a year ago, I wrote a blog post about how criminals are changing their approach to cybercrime. They are increasingly well capitalized, and they are investing resources in research and development, both in the areas of social engineering and the technical investigations of system vulnerabilities. Since I wrote that blog post, the criminals have continued to change. Cybercrime looks different today than it did a year ago. It will ...
  • Jul 25
    2017
    According to TechNewsWorld, UpGuard, a company that makes a business of assessing risk for its clients, last month discovered millions of unsecured Verizon customer records on an Amazon server. UpGuard said there were 14 million records, but Verizon later insisted there were only six million. There’s no evidence that anyone besides UpGuard researchers (who found the records in their unsecured state) even saw any of the data, much less stole ...