IT Security

Security bloggers help keep you up to date on how to protect your network through news, updates, advice, and opinions on how you can stay ahead of hackers.

  • Sam Diaz // July 21, 2009, 2:49 AM PST

    Report: Americans dumber than a box of rocks about spam

    When it comes to spam, we Americans are quick to point our fingers at Russia, China and eastern Europe as the regions responsible for the bulk of it. But a new report issued today found that Americans are largely to blame - not because we create it, but because we're too stupid to recognize that we're spreading it.


  • Michael Kassner // July 20, 2009, 7:51 AM PST

    IPv6: Oops, it's on by default

    Do you know whether your computers are actively using IPv6 or not? Better check, as the bad guys probably already know. Michael Kassner explains how that might be exploited.


  • Chad Perrin // July 16, 2009, 3:46 PM PST

    How anti-sec is Anti-sec?

    Some person or organization, calling itself "Anti-sec", is waging war on full disclosure. What exactly does all this mean?


  • Michael Kassner // July 13, 2009, 6:27 AM PST

    Cybersecurity: It's our problem

    Two law professors want a paradigm shift in how we approach cybersecurity. Michael Kassner discusses this new theory and wants to know what you think about it.


  • Chad Perrin // July 9, 2009, 2:25 AM PST

    Protect Webserver directories from unwanted browsing

    The <strong>reddit</strong> social news aggregation site now has a category just for Webserver directories that are not protected from unauthorized browsing.


  • Selena Frye // July 8, 2009, 6:31 AM PST

    Security tips and checklists for re-evaluating your infrastructure

    Use the sultry summer days to catch up on the latest security tips from Global Knowledge experts. You might find a few new ideas to shore up your network.


  • Chad Perrin // July 7, 2009, 7:19 AM PST

    Understanding risk, threat, and vulnerability

    IT security, like any other technical field, has its own specialized language developed to make it easier for experts to discuss the subject. It pays to understand this jargon when researching security.


  • Michael Kassner // July 6, 2009, 7:49 AM PST

    Insider risk or threat: Which are you?

    Some security articles refer to insiders as potential risks in one paragraph, but further on classify insiders as serious threats. Michael Kassner asks, are you a risk, a threat, or both? What's the difference?


  • Chad Perrin // June 30, 2009, 9:48 AM PST

    Stay out of Bozeman

    Bozeman, Montana has some disturbing city employment application requirements. The effects of those requirements might be more important than you think.


  • Michael Kassner // June 29, 2009, 8:25 AM PST

    Masking passwords: Why it's not a good idea

    After reading an article arguing that password masking isn't worth the effort and might even be detrimental, Michael Kassner isn't sure where he stands on the issue. Here, he works through the reasoning for it.


  • Chad Perrin // June 28, 2009, 2:50 PM PST

    The basics of secure admin privilege use with Unix

    Sometimes, it's worthwhile to get back to basics. Read about the basics of secure administrative privilege use on Unix-like systems.


  • Chad Perrin // June 23, 2009, 1:49 PM PST

    Public officials and private lives

    How much do we have a right to know about government officials and candidates for government office? What effect does public scrutiny of these people have on government policy with regard to our privacy?


  • Michael Kassner // June 22, 2009, 9:24 PM PST

    SecureZip: More than just data compression

    SecureZip is a cut above other feature-rich compression utilities for one simple reason. PKware developers have figured out how to make digital signing and asymmetric encryption simple to use.


  • Chad Perrin // June 19, 2009, 6:34 AM PST

    Six principles of practical ciphers

    Many cryptographers and other security experts are familiar with what has come to be known as Kerckhoffs' Principle. Many, however, do not know that there are actually six such principles. The core ideas of these principles are still relevant today, more than 125 years after he first articulated them.


  • Chad Perrin // June 17, 2009, 12:39 PM PST

    Stainless steel wallet review

    If you're looking for a unique, sleek, slim-profile wallet that announces your geek cred and protects your RFID chipped credit cards from unwanted eavesdropping, this wallet may be exactly what you need.