Taylor Armerding

Vocal theft on the horizon

Human weakness enabling financial cybercrime

Human weakness enabling financial cybercrime

Cybercrime costs $3 trillion worldwide. One reason, a Boston police detective told a Boston banking audience, is because they make it too easy.

Failure to communicate helps ransomware prosper

Failure to communicate helps ransomware prosper

Ransomware is rampant. And a SOURCE Boston 2017 panel agreed one of the major reasons is a lack of communication: It is under-reported, there is not enough information sharing about it, and not enough public awareness.

Can AI and ML slay the healthcare ransomware dragon?

Can AI and ML slay the healthcare ransomware dragon?

Healthcare is well known as “low-hanging fruit” for ransomware attacks. But according to some experts, artificial intelligence and machine learning, as part of a “layered” security program, can make them a much more difficult target.

Robots: Lots of features, not much security

Robots: Lots of features, not much security

Robotics is one of the fastest-growing components of the IoT. It can also be one of the more dangerous, if taken over by hackers. And given the level of vulnerabilities in them, that is a clear and present risk.

IP theft: Declining, or just more stealthy?

IP theft: Declining, or just more stealthy?

China and the US agreed 18 months ago to stop “knowingly” tolerating economic espionage. According to some studies, the agreement is working. Others aren’t so sure, however.

Critical infrastructure: Off the web, out of danger?

Critical infrastructure: Off the web, out of danger?

For more than a decade there have been warnings that US critical infrastructure is vulnerable to a cyber “Pearl Harbor” attack. Those overseeing the grid say that is close to impossible, since control systems are not connected to the...

Want good cyber insurance? Read the fine print

Want good cyber insurance? Read the fine print

Given the explosive growth of online threats, cyber insurance is becoming mandatory for most organizations. But the field is still new enough that buying an effective policy takes a lot of due diligence and attention to the fine print....

Bots: Biggest player on the cybercrime block

Bots: Biggest player on the cybercrime block

Bot fraud cost an estimated $31 billion in the US last year, dwarfing the estimated $1 billion lost to ransomware and DDoS attacks.

Comey: Strong encryption “shatters” privacy-security bargain

Comey: Strong encryption “shatters” privacy-security bargain

FBI director James Comey told a cybersecurity conference that “absolute privacy” has never been part of the nation’s privacy-security bargain. Ubiquitous strong encryption, he said, “shatters that bargain.”

Will a cyber crisis add to chaos of Trump’s first 100 days?

Will a cyber crisis add to chaos of Trump’s first 100 days?

Forrester Research predicted last fall that the new president would confront a “cyber crisis” within the first 100 days. Experts say that’s an easy call – depending on how you define a crisis.

FDA 'guides' the way to medical device security

FDA 'guides' the way to medical device security

The FDA’s “guidance” documents on medical device security are non-binding. But advocates say they will still have plenty of legal force – especially when it comes to things like insurance or civil suits for damages from insecure...

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