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February, 2009

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February 26, 2009  2:33 PM

Another Big Processor Breach, But Nobody is Talking



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, information security, PCI DSS

Word is rampant on blogs and security portals that another processor breach (in addition to Heartland) has occurred. Banks are being contacted by Visa and Mastercard, to replace credit cards as well as ATM cards. The latest, from

February 24, 2009  9:50 PM

Six Questions to Ask A New Software Vendor



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
software development, Steps to an Easy Audit

During the "sales romance," when software vendors are showing off the bells and whistles of their product to the ooohs and aahhhs of management, it's a challenge sometimes to be the "wet blanket" of security reality. All too often, executives make software purchases without any regard as to...


February 20, 2009  3:06 PM

Must READ: A Great Article on ATM Card Skimming



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Automatic Theft Machines, credit card crime, Data Breaches

If you want to know what to look for in the growing cybercrime market of ATM card skimming, read the article and check out the pictures. Knowing what to look for is half the battle. And kudos to the author,


February 19, 2009  2:47 PM

“Cloud Computing” Redux



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
cloud computing, data security

I know I keep harping on this "new" concept. The only "new" thing about it is the marketing around the name. It's still off-site data storage and third-party management of corporate hardware and data. It's got a prettier face than the old green-screen connection to the mainframe, but the concept...


February 17, 2009  6:44 PM

“Electronic Medical Records” or “Ready – Fire – Aim!”



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Compliance, data security, HIPAA, medical identity theft, Privacy

What happens when we build a national database, with everyone's health records? Will everyone get better, less expensive healthcare? That's the impetus for funding a portion of the stimulus bill to push more health providers into the electronic age. There are three items to consider, and they...


February 13, 2009  10:06 PM

Facebook Hacking



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Identity theft, Penetration testing, Privacy, Security

I don't have a Facebook profile. I've never even been ON Facebook. There's something about posting one's life constantly that I just don't find all that appealing. I've got too much to do online as it is. I admit to being on LinkedIn, mostly because my University dean pushed the entire graduating...


February 5, 2009  6:12 PM

I Need a Really Big Stick



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, TCM (Truly Clueless Management), Tearing My Hair Out

The Ponemon Institute (I keep wanting to say Pokemon, don't you?) is about to release it's fourth annual study on data breach activity. What differentiates this report from the study provided by McAfee? Well, for...


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