Stories by Joan Goodchild

9 Dirty Tricks: Social Engineers' Favourite Pick-Up Lines

What the average guy might call a con is known in the security world as social engineering. Social engineering is the criminal art of scamming a person into doing something or divulging sensitive information. These days, there are thousands of ways for con artists to pull off their tricks (See: Social Engineering: Eight Common Tactics). Here we look at some of the most common lines these people are using to fool their victims..

Five Tips for Managing Security in a Recession

In the current economic downturn, many companies are cutting costs and security expenses are frequently part of the equation when considering where to save or spend money. New research released Monday by RSA, the security division of EMC, tapped the expertise of ten large companies with dedicated security executives and operations and asked: How can security be managed, and even drive innovation, in the current economic downturn?

5 ways to secure your Blackberry

What do Tom Cruise and the McCain campaign have in common? They have both been bitten by the loss of a Blackberry. Mobile expert Dan Hoffman gives advice on how to keep your cherished mobile device safe, even if it's out of your hands.

Inside Symantec's Security Operations Center

The inside of the Symantec Security Operations Center looks like a scene out of the movie "War Games," and in many ways, the connection is fitting. The SOC, as it is known by Symantec employees, is in the business of detecting and analyzing network threats. And as malicious activity online gets increasingly more sophisticated, the war against cybercrime is definitely on.

Four security lessons from the World Bank breach

According to a report from Fox News, several servers at the World Bank Group, an organization that offers economic assistance to developing countries around the globe, were repeatedly compromised and breached over the course of the last year.

Can security's human side stop data breaches?

Shira Rubinoff was a practicing psychologist in 2004. When it came to technology, her experience was simply as a tech user, certainly not a tech guru. Then one day she was phished.

Keeping security talent on the job

As vice president of learning and development for US-based AlliedBarton Security Services, Rich Cordivari is responsible for the training community in the company. That means he oversees 150 trainers who work locally all over the country to deliver education to AlliedBarton employees. Cordivari, who has been with the company since 2003, discusses his strategy for boosting retention rates with programs that speak to the company's diverse geographic accounts, as well as the different generations now working for AlliedBarton.

Skills for leading a converged security operation

John had a massive challenge to tackle. A former IT security officer at a large bank in New York, he and his wife packed up and moved across the country so he could take on the role of chief security officer with a well-known provider of loans, retail financing, and other credit related products.

How to recruit and retain the best young security employees

The final installment in a series of articles about generational differences and security. Part one looked at managing workers in different age groups. Part two examined the types of security concerns that are most commonly associated with different generations in the general workforce. This article provides recruiting and retention advice for security employees.

Does your generation pose an office security risk?

Whether you were born in the swinging sixties or are part of the slacker generation, some security experts say generational social influences can give you bad habits and make you an office liability.

Web 2.0 applications and sites (and security concerns)

A recent survey released by security software firm Symantec found 66 per cent of Millennial employees, those born after 1980, admit to using Web 2.0 technologies, such as Facebook and YouTube, while at work. The same poll found younger workers also regularly store corporate data on personal devices, such as PCs and USB drives.

Security and the generational divide

The generation gap. It's a term that has been used for decades to describe the differences between people in various age groups. Corporations are constantly considering what makes different generations tick when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees. But security experts say companies also need to examine age-based perspectives and habits when it comes to risk assessment and policies.