Tag Archives: Cyber-Security

Professor Shows Brain Waves can be used to Detect Potentially Harmful Personal Information

by George Watson, Texas Tech University

Abdul Serwadda is working to advance research to develop secure user authentication methods

Cyber security and authentication have been under attack in recent months as, seemingly every other day, a new report of hackers gaining access to private or sensitive information comes to light. Just recently, more than 500 million passwords were stolen when Yahoo revealed its security was compromised.

Securing systems has gone beyond simply coming up with a clever password that could prevent nefarious computer experts from hacking into your Facebook account. The more sophisticated the system, or the more critical, private information that system holds, the more advanced the identification system protecting it becomes. Continue reading Professor Shows Brain Waves can be used to Detect Potentially Harmful Personal Information

Cyber-security’s Next Phase: Cyber Deterrence

by Dorothy Denning, Scientific American

For decades, deterrence has effectively countered the threat of nuclear weapons. Can we achieve similar results against cyber weapons?

Cyber-attackers pose many threats to a wide range of targets. Russia, for example, was accused of hacking Democratic Party computers throughout the year, interfering with the U.S. presidential election. Then there was the unknown attacker who, on a single October day, used thousands of internet-connected devices, such as digital video recorders and cameras compromised by Mirai malware, to take down several high-profile websites, including Twitter. Continue reading Cyber-security’s Next Phase: Cyber Deterrence

IBM wants Watson to help in cyber security

by Ravi Mandalia, Top Examiner

IBM has now buckled up Watson to put all its might into helping us strengthen our cyber security through the Watson for Cyber Security program.

The program is still in its beta and IBM is working with 40 of its clients to employ machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify and prioritize threats as a step towards ensuring greater security of information, and infrastructure. Continue reading IBM wants Watson to help in cyber security

Is that app you’re using for work a security threat?

by Matthew Wall, BBC News

OK, so how many of you have downloaded Pokemon Go on to your work phone? Come on, admit it.

If you were surprised the IT department let you do this, don’t be – many companies have absolutely no idea what their staff are up to it seems.

For example, when cyber-security firm Imperva asked one of its banking clients how many apps it thought its staff were using, the firm estimated between 75 and 100 in total. The figure was actually closer to 800. Continue reading Is that app you’re using for work a security threat?

After cyber attacks, Internet of Things wrestles with making smart devices safer

by Jeremy Wagstaff and J.R. Wu, Reuters

Recent cyber attacks harnessing everyday devices such as cameras, video recorders, printers, routers and speakers are a wake-up call to the hidden dangers of the Internet of Things.

The problem for the device makers, though, is that few are well equipped to tackle the unfamiliar task of foiling hackers.

For a sense of that challenge, take AV Tech Corp, a once proud giant among CCTV camera makers whose 1990s building in a Taipei suburb hints at the gap it must overcome between hardware factories of a decade ago and those of today. Continue reading After cyber attacks, Internet of Things wrestles with making smart devices safer