IT Security News

IT security news and insights to keep your data and infrastructure safe. Learn the latest strategies and best practices to protect against viruses, hackers, and disasters.

Breaches have companies spooked, investing in security

It’s only natural: Following a major security breach, IT is going to be pretty concerned that they could be next. And judging by increases in spending, plenty of decision-makers are worried as well. 

Creating better passwords (that users can actually remember)

Just about every day there’s a news story that the age of passwords is almost over. Something – anything – more secure and easier to use is about to replace them once and for all. We won’t hold our breath. 

Cloud security struggles continue to hamper IT

The benefits of the cloud can’t be fully realized when the security risks are great. Although companies want to move forward with cloud projects, many are being held back by security issues. 

Shocking: Cyberattacks went down over the holidays

Conventional wisdom is that as the holidays approach, hackers start to ramp up their attacks. While this holiday season had some rough developments, for the most part, it wasn’t as bad as 2013’s. But the number of attacks is only one measure of their damage. 

Insider leak: 350,000 financial accounts compromised

An employee at a branch office of a major financial institution has been fired for compromising 10% of its customers’ data. Here’s what you need to know to avoid a similar fate.

Were malicious insiders to blame for Sony hack?

Warning: The following article (unlike many talking heads) doesn’t purport to know who or what was behind the attack on Sony Pictures. But some are starting to wonder whether the hack was actually state-sponsored or just the handiwork of disgruntled former employees. 

1 weak link may have caused huge data breach

JPMorgan suffered a huge attack last spring, and some new information shows that just one security measure could’ve prevented it. 

What your users really think about data security

A new survey finds users have a low opinion of IT. Nothing new, there except this wrinkle: Their complaints aren’t about service, they just think IT isn’t doing a very good job of data security. 

Mac OS X users face fewer malware threats, but they are there

An urban legend that persists is that Macs don’t get malware. While it’s true that the rates are much lower than for other operating systems and devices, a report reveals the average Mac user is still under attack. 

Most IT pros don’t know vendor security practices

Everyone in IT knows that a vendor’s security can have serious effects on your organization – last year’s Target breach made that more than clear. But many IT pros are still in the dark about how their vendors protect data (0r don’t).