Ellen Messmer

Senior Editor, Network World

Ellen Messmer is a senior editor at Network World. She covers news and technology trends related to information security.


Is “Bring Your Own Identity” a security risk or advantage?

Questions abound over websites authenticating users via identities established through Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Amazon, Microsoft Live, Yahoo Ponemon Institute survey shows.

New SSL server rules go into effect Nov. 1

Public certificate authorities (CAs) are warning that as of Nov. 1 they will reject requests for internal SSL server certificates that don’t conform to new internal domain naming and IP address conventions designed to safeguard...

Malwarebytes questions poor showing in anti-malware protection-evaluation lab testing

Pedro Bustamante, director of Special Projects at Malwarebytes, said, “Our score in this test is clearly skewed by the fact that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free is the only product being tested without real-time protection. It is...

Cybercrime wave whacks European banks

Cybercrime wave whacks European banks

Banks across Europe are now coping with a wave of cybercrime in which crooks are transferring funds out of customer accounts through a scam involving bypassing some two-factor authentication systems to steal large sums, according to a

Ping Identity rolls mobile one-swipe authentication; takes aim at RSA tokens

PingID for Apple iOS or Google Android mobile devices is an app that works to generate one-time passwords on a smartphone

Juniper boosts DDoS Secure appliance to mitigate UDP-based amplification attacks

DDoS mitigation filters can be applied closer to attack’s source.

Survey: Corporate security thwarted by dialog failure between IT dept. and management

Ponemon survey of 4,881 IT and security practitioners also shows many want total security-product overhaul to counter advanced persistent threats.

U.S. malware share rising, Amazon service No.1 in hosting it

Solutionary’s Top 10 list also includes Google and Akamai.

The worst security SNAFUs this year (so far!)

The worst security SNAFUs this year (so far!)

From denial-of-service attacks to cyber-espionage to just plain old human flubs, network security SNAFUS abound.

The Firewall: Questions abound about its future role in cloud, mobile and SDN environments

The Firewall: Questions abound about its future role in cloud, mobile and SDN environments

It’s been 20 years since Check Point FireWall-1 made firewalls mainstream.

Worst data breaches of 2014…So far

For the first half of this year that is

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