There’s a lot of magic and wonder about in this Christmas season. Even for the more jaded amongst us there are heart-warming moments that reconnect us to a sense of wider possibilities; a child excitedly chattering about how many sleeps until Father Christmas comes, for example.
By Phil Packman
Over the last four or five months I have been really intrigued by the flexibility and the often-highlighted risk associated with various everyday devices going ‘online’.
Initially, my intrigue was sparked with the story of Stuxnet a couple of years ago and the immediate realisation that lots of important, everyday infrastructure is microprocessor-controlled and requires some level of network or PC-based interaction.
More recently, presentations on Smart Metering and intelligent devices have reminded me that as engineers, we are striving to make more things connected; to make life simpler.
By Peter Gunning, Identity Management Consultant, BT
Earlier this year I mused on why most consumers don’t take online security more seriously, even when transferring funds using internet banking. I suggested that part of the relaxed attitude was due to the widespread belief that any losses incurred through online fraud will simply be repaid. In the case of BancorpSouth vs Choice Escrow, that belief was contradicted. The judge sided with the bank’s view that the customer was liable for losses they had incurred because they had turned down an authorisation system that had been offered to them. One of my conclusions was that consumers cannot rely on the law being clear and consistent.
By Rob Thatcher, BT Global Partner Account Manager, Juniper Networks.
Why organisations must accept the inevitable and create a holistic CoIT and security strategy:
Let’s cut to the chase. There is a revolution happening out there. It’s called the Consumerisation of IT (CoIT) and it’s being driven by three key factors — cloud computing, the proliferation of mobile devices and the adoption of consumer apps.
It’s great for the business. Connected employees are more productive, more responsive and work more collaboratively — anytime, anywhere. It’s second nature to the bright young minds coming into the workplace. Organisations that embrace CoIT are more likely to attract them than those that don’t; a double dose of competitive advantage. [Read more...]
By: Ed Gelbstein
You sneeze (bless you). You catch your germs in a tissue, containing the ‘threat’ and keeping your neighbours secure from catching your lurgy. We know the right hygiene procedures are important for our health and that of those around us.
Step over to cyberspace and we have a similar virus-ridden situation in the form of malicious software — but are we as vigorous about digital hygiene as we should be? [Read more...]