Stories by Ellen Messmer

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 security firm assisting in the investigation.

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

Identity and access management vendor Ping Identity today unveiled software-based multi-factor authentication that lets users to sign onto an enterprise service or system with a swipe of their smartphone.

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

Juniper Networks has added a new way for its anti-DDoS appliance to mitigate what's known as massive UDP-based amplification attacks that typically work by exploiting compromised servers of different kinds to both spoof and vastly increase the denial-of-service barrage.

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

So talk to me!

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

In its quarterly report on global malware distribution and threats, security firm Solutionary Tuesday said that 56% of the malware it captured via sensors and other means was hosted in the U.S.-- a 12% increase from six months ago -- and about half of the malware overall appeared to originate at 10 Internet service and hosting providers.

The worst security SNAFUs this year (so far!)

Security SNAFUs? How bad is it so far this year? Well, let's start with Snapchat's 4.6 million user database SNAFU, followed by a parade of retail stores including Neiman Marcus and Sally Beauty Holdings, telling their customers how their payment card information had been hacked. The hacker group Syrian Electronic Army was also busy tormenting Microsoft, among many others. And there's plenty of other mischief, such as denial-of-service attacks and cyber-espionage to round out what's only the first half of the year.

The worst security SNAFUs this year (so far!)

Security SNAFUs? How bad is it so far this year? Well, let's start with Snapchat's 4.6 million user database SNAFU, followed by a parade of retail stores including Neiman Marcus and Sally Beauty Holdings, telling their customers how their payment card information had been hacked. The hacker group Syrian Electronic Army was also busy tormenting Microsoft, among many others. And there's plenty of other mischief, such as denial-of-service attacks and cyber-espionage to round out what's only the first half of the year.

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

It's been 20 years since Check Point Software Technologies shipped its first enterprise network firewall, marking the beginning of a mass market for firewalls that has protected millions of networks across the world.

Bugcrowd adds ‘flex' pricing model to bug-bounty programs

Bugcrowd, the firm that offers a bug-bounty service program that brings together companies willing to pay to hear about serious software vulnerabilities and the security researchers that can find them, says it's offering a new pricing model.

10 security start-ups to watch

Security start-ups arise because they have fresh approaches to fighting malware and cyber-espionage or combatting the insider threat through network monitoring. In this round-up of some of the newer security firms, Distil Networks, Observable Networks and Vectra Networks fit into that category. But two others just out of the gate, Exabeam and Fortscale, are part of another trend--squeezing more out of existing log management and security information and event management products.

Gartner to IT security pros: Get ready for ‘digital business'

There's a "digital business" revolution coming and IT security professionals need to grasp the significance early on to be prepared to address whatever security needs arise. That was the message from Gartner analyst Jorge Lopez in the closing keynote at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit today.

Gartner: Best practices for Amazon AWS security

The Amazon AWS cloud service is fine for enterprise workloads and applying security controls such as encryption and firewalls is possible, though more security vendors need to step up to support Amazon's EC2 service, according to the Gartner analysis presented today.

Gartner: IT leaders need to find their inner ferocious pack animal

Gartner analyst Tina Nunno, author of a book called "The Wolf in CIO's Clothing," wants IT leaders to find their inner ferocious pack animal not only to be able to snarl at enemies challenging them but to better inspire team cohesion through displays of power, and yes, cunning.

Former NSA director defends data collection, cloud security

Former National Security Agency director Gen. Keith Alexander claims the media leaks by Edward Snowden about how the NSA conducts cyber-espionage have undermined national security .... and he ardently defends those NSA bulk collection practices.

Will perimeter firewalls give way to ‘RASP'?

If the firewall isn't dead it may be old and sick and not up to the job anymore, while an emerging technology called "Runtime Application Self-Protection" (RASP) could take over most of its duties.