Stories by Douglas Schweitzer

Open season on unsecured Wi-Fi

The popularity of wireless Internet connections is growing at an incredible pace. And because so many users fail to secure those connections, the question arises as to whether it is legal (and/or ethical) to connect to a wireless account that hasn't been protected properly. Alternately, we can pose the question like this: If a network doesn't require authorization, then how can there be unauthorized access?

E-mail insecurity in a litigious society

I don't need to tell you that e-mail has changed the way the world communicates. I get more e-mails by far than I do letters delivered the old-fashioned way. That said, there's one aspect of e-mail that many of us overlook at our peril, and that's the information we put in our messages.

Malware challenges in a cross-platform world

I have little doubt that we'll continue to see increasing interest among the malicious fraternity of virus writers in creating more cross-platform malware and attacks. Therefore, when it comes to the heterogeneous computing environment, you'll need to have virus protection on all your machines -- even those that haven't been targeted as often in the past.

Human vulnerabilities

So, you have the best firewall, intrusion-detection and antivirus systems technology has to offer. Yet, despite your Mint approach, you're still hit with security breaches and the occasional malware du jour. One reason for this may be the lack of motivation by your workers. According to Ken Shaurette, information security solutions manager at MPC Technology Solutions, however, "a too-often overlooked way to improve these attitudes is to include information security in the job descriptions of employees". When your organization makes security awareness and policy compliance mandatory, the apathetic trend can be reversed.

Addressing the human security vulnerability

So, you have the best firewall, intrusion-detection and antivirus systems technology has to offer. Yet, despite your Fort Knox approach, you're still hit with security breaches and the occasional malware du jour. One reason for this may be the lack of motivation by your workers. Unlike owners, they don't have a direct interest in the success of the company. Or do they? How far are they willing to go to ensure corporate success?

Twelve mistakes security managers make

There's a quote by 19th century American theologian Tyron Edwards that goes, "Some of the best lessons we ever learn we learn from our mistakes and failures. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future."