Tag Archives: IT security

WannaCry cyberattack holds the world to ransom

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The recent well-publicised WannaCry global cyberattack is believed to be the largest so far, infecting over 200,000 computers across 150 countries with ransomware. As previously reported by many news outlets (and subsequently on this blog), ransomware is big business, and incidents have increased dramatically over the past few years. It… Read more »

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Start securing databases to stop data breaches

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Poorly secured databases are emerging as one of the biggest contributors to major data breaches. Culprits-in-chief are open-source NoSQL databases – you may recall several breaches involving MongoDB databases in the past year. NoSQL non-relational databases are quick, flexible and easy to use; but therein lies part of the problem,… Read more »

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Boeing employee emails personal data of 36k colleagues

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If Boeing had used its own Cipher data loss protection software, it wouldn’t have mattered when an employee accidentally emailed his wife a spreadsheet containing the personal data of 36,000 colleagues – including their Social Security number and date of birth. Seriously, the software’s product information even states that “Boeing… Read more »

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School fires IT admin, loses access to emails

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First rule of HR etiquette – never fire your IT staff without making sure you can access your computer system without them. The American College of Education in Indiana neglected this elementary piece of tech logic when they dismissed their IT Administrator a while back. After his departure, the college… Read more »

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