Ransomeware Attack Shuts Key East Coast Gas Pipeline

Colonial Pipeline has had a cyberattack involving ransomeware from an Eastern European-based criminal gang called DarkSide. Colonial Pipeline has temporarily shutdown 2.5 million barrels per day of pipelines. This is about 12-15% of US oil capacity. On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. We have since …

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Will We Ever Get Our Internet Privacy Back? (Spoiler: Yes, If We Demand It)

Guest Post by Philip Piletic In the earliest days of the internet, nobody thought much about the concept of privacy. After all, surfing the internet was a mostly anonymous exercise. Advertising was static and one-size-fits-all. And there were no social media sites commanding user bases in the billions. But along the way, things began to …

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Is the Real Estate Industry Crossing a Privacy Line With Biometrics?

Biometric data is derived from measuring and calculating unique human characteristics like fingerprints and palm prints. For decades, these basic forms of biometric data have been used to grant access to secure areas. For example, employees are often required to scan their face, eyes, palm, or thumb to gain access to high-security areas. Similar to …

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The Crucial Enterprise Security Challenges That XDR Solutions Address

Image: Unsplash Cross-layered detection and response or XDR is a relatively new security strategy, which offers advanced protection by enabling complete security visibility and response automation. It does not only focus on endpoints but extends its functions into network and user activities. Also, referred to as Expanded Detection and Response, XDR goes beyond endpoints to …

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Apple Will Privacy Improvement Will Cut Facebook Ad Revenue

The Apple iOS 14 operating system will require apps to ask users for permission to collect and share data using Apple’s device identifier. Facebook will not collect the identifier for advertisers (IDFA) on our own apps on iOS 14 devices. The identifier was critical for Facebook targeting its audience network ads. Facebook says the Apple …

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Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon Is Great for Encryption

The 32nd Hot Chips conference is happening now. Sander Olson is attending. He has provided presentations to Nextbigfuture that are highlights of the conference. Intel described their Xeon “ice lake” CPU. Intel claims dramatic improvements in encryption, and ice lake should come with 28 cores. Ice Lake incorporates a new microarchitecture, and will be the …

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Cymulate Looks to Make Cybersecurity Testing the Norm for Organizations

Due to rampant cyberattacks, companies are upping their cybersecurity investments. Worldwide security spending is expected to grow by 2.4 percent and hit $123.8 billion this year. However, despite the wider adoption of security tools and solutions, many organizations still have yet to adopt security testing as a core element in their security strategies. Security testing …

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In the Age of Data, Your Online Privacy is Ground Zero

The privacy debate is mostly centered around government snooping especially after the stunning revelations about the sheer volume of raw data that governments and their agencies collect under the guise of protecting national security interests. The Domestic Surveillance Directorate of the NSA says, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear about …

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