CISO Chat – Darran Rolls, Chief Technology and Chief Information Security Officer, SailPoint

Ever wondered what the role of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) encompasses? To put it simply, they are the guardians and protectors of everything information security related to a business. However, the tasks are far from simple as their teams work around the clock to respond to incidences that directly affect the safety of the company and its data. As the issues in cyber have evolved, so too has the role of the CISO, which also involves consulting to boardroom level executives about the multitude of potential risks that threaten their business and being prepared for an eventual attack.

Review: Intellicta brings issue tracking to compliance rules

Many organizations, such as those operating in healthcare, government or public utilities, are subject to strict regulations that are diligently enforced. Even groups working well outside of those realms are often subject to technical rulesets, such as PCI compliance for any entity that accepts credit cards, or the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that dictates exactly how personal information can be collected and stored electronically for organizations doing business in Europe. Even groups that completely escape all forms of mandated regulations can take advantage of best-practice guidelines such as the NIST Cyber Security Framework to improve their security footing.

25% decrease in DDoS attacks in Q4 2017: Verisign

There was a 25 per cent decrease in the Distribution Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in the fourth quarter of 2017 as compared to the third quarter, a new report said on Tuesday. Verisign, a global leader in domain names and internet security, found that the largest volumetric and highest intensity DDoS attack observed by Verisign in the fourth quarter of 2017 was a multi-vector attack that peaked at approximately 53 Gbps and over 5 Mpps.

Doping – UK agency says no data lost in weekend cyber attack

Cyber attackers targeted British sport’s anti-doping agency over the weekend without gaining access to any data, it said in a statement on Monday. London-based UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) holds the test details and medical records of thousands of athletes, ranging from soccer players to high-profile Olympic medallists.

The Trouble With Leaving Facebook Is That We Like Facebook

We have now come to bury Facebook, not to praise it. In the past few weeks, after the revelation that consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had obtained the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to help it craft targeted political ads in favor of Donald Trump and Brexit, Facebook critics and users have found common cause in wondering whether society should distance itself from Facebook. Stories about the social media network’s potential downfall have filled the press. But even as users say it’s time to #deletefacebook, they’re also telling journalists that actually deleting Facebook is a difficult choice to make.

Return Fraud and Fake Receipts Up for Sale On The Deep & Dark Web

By Liv Rowley, Analyst, Flashpoint

As online sales in the UK rose by 3.6% in 2017, there is an ongoing need for online retailers to enhance their customer experience and in turn sustain rapid growth. This is where recognising customer satisfaction as a key driver of retention is critical. Many online retailers have implemented generous refund or replacement policies to help improve the customer journey and generate loyalty, but unfortunately, these policies can be susceptible to various forms of merchant abuse. Refund fraud is a pervasive form of merchant abuse in which an actor purchases a product from an online store and has it shipped to their home or a drop site. After delivery, the actor falsely claims that the product never arrived, prompting the company to issue a refund. Thus, the fraudster receives their chosen product at no cost.

Why I usually run ‘w’ first when troubleshooting unknown machines

What’s the first command you run upon jumping on a wayward Linux box to try to troubleshoot something? For me, it’s almost always “w”. Unless I have data pointing me in some other direction before landing on the system, I like to see that as a sort of “first snapshot” of what the box is up to before I go off and possibly do other things.

Why bother? Well, over the years, I’ve discovered a number of bizarre things just from the odd little bits of data which will be returned in that command’s output. Here’s a mock output:

17:02:13 up 23 days, 1:08, 2 users, load average: 0.05, 4.13, 2.11 USER TTY FROM LOGIN@ IDLE JCPU PCPU WHAT alice pts/0 abc.example.com 12:14 10:37 0.78s 0.00s /bin/sh rachel pts/1 xyz.example.com 17:02 0.00s 0.00s 0.00s w

Edge Computing and the Future of IoT

As the Internet of Things (IoT) begins to take shape and its future becomes clearer, IT experts realize that mainstream cloud computing isn’t enough. It’s not fast enough to handle real-time data streaming applications, and it’s not efficient enough to meet evolving technological demands. But developers are exploring a possible solution in the form of edge computing.

Retrotechtacular: A 180 GB Drive from 1994

Hard drive storage has gone through the roof in recent years. Rotating hard drives that can hold 16 terabytes of data are essentially available today, although pricey, and 12 terabyte drives are commonplace. For those who remember when a single terabyte was a lot of storage, the idea that you can now pick up a drive of that size for under $40 is amazing. Bear in mind, we are talking terabytes.

Lockheed Martin Patent for Its Fusion Reactor the Size of a Shipping Container

When it first announced the project, the company said it could have a working prototype of the revolutionary power source as early as 2019.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has quietly obtained a patent associated with its design for a potentially revolutionary compact fusion reactor, or CFR. If this project has been progressing on schedule, the company could debut a prototype system that size of shipping container, but capable of powering a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier or 80,000 homes, sometime in the next year or so.