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ICANN sets plan to reinforce internet DNS security

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In a few months, the internet will be a more secure place.  That’s because the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted to go ahead with the first-ever changing of the cryptographic key that helps protect the internet’s address book – the Domain Name System (DNS).  [ Now see: The hidden cause of […]

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IDG Contributor Network: The fight to defend the Internet of Things

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The Internet has entered a new chapter called the Internet of Things (IoT). It follows the fixed-Internet era characterized by connected PCs and laptops through the 1990s, and builds on the mobile-Internet era spearheaded by the proliferation of smartphones during the first two decades of this century. This new chapter has a new set of […]

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Why smart contracts can’t be fully automated

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Blockchain technology has been generating excitement in the public and private sectors for the past several years for many reasons — a prominent one being support for self-executing contracts commonly referred to as smart contracts. But while smart contracts have the potential to streamline many business processes, full automation isn’t likely anytime in the foreseeable […]

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The pitfalls of cybersecurity shopping: hype and shoddy products

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There’s a growing threat on the cybersecurity scene that could drain millions from unsuspecting businesses and leave them vulnerable to hacking threats. It isn’t a new strain of ransomware. It’s the cybersecurity industry itself. It’s ironic, but the products vendors sell, and the marketing they use, sometimes leave buyers misinformed and less secure, according to […]

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Top tips for finding the right cybersecurity products

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Having trouble finding the right security products for your business? You’re not the only one. Today’s market is filled with hundreds of vendors and plenty of marketing hype. But figuring out which solutions are worthwhile can be a challenge, especially for businesses with little experience in cybersecurity.   So we asked actual buyers of enterprise […]

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SMBs continue to be a target of cybercriminals

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Because they don’t see themselves as targets, small-to-midsize businesses (SMB) have for a long time believed that their security programs are good enough. They have a firewall, antivirus, maybe they even use two-factor authentication. The mistake is believing that this is enough because they have nothing of value to an attacker. While they may have […]

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Trump seeks to upgrade US government IT services

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President Donald Trump is launching a special council to upgrade the U.S. government’s IT services at a time when some systems more than 50 years old. Americans deserve better digital services from their government,” the “Americans deserve better digital services from their government,” said an executive order from Trump, released on Monday. The order seeks to “promote […]

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Cyberespionage, ransomware big gainers in new Verizon breach report

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Verizon released its tenth annual breach report this morning, and cyberespionage and ransomware were the big gainers in 2016. Cyberspionage accounted for 21 percent of cases analyzed, up from 13 percent last year, and was the most common type of attack in the manufacturing, public sector, and education. In fact, in the manufacturing sector, cyberespionage […]

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Security-as-a-service model gains traction

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With mid-market companies feeling an increasing need to devote time and resources to network security, the security-as-a-service model is gaining traction, according to new research released yesterday by 451 Research. “The security challenge for mid-tier businesses is multi-dimensional,” Daniel Cummins, analyst at 451 Research, said in a statement. “For these businesses, everything seems to be […]