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November 13, 2008  5:32 PM

The Corporate Data “Grab”



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Security

A very well written article (rather unusual, in USAToday) on corporate espionage and data theft caught my eye today. I'd highly encourage you to take a look, even though it may make you...

November 12, 2008  12:43 AM

Wireless: Get Ready to Kiss WPA Goodbye



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Security, Wireless

The word is out in InfoSec circles that a practical attack method against WPA - enabled wireless access points has been announced and is to be presented at PacSec in Tokyo this week. It used to be...


November 5, 2008  12:01 AM

Still Up in the Cloud(s)



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
DataCenter, DataManagement, Security

Per my previous post, it seems that there is suddenly a lot of discussion in the security blogosphere about cloud computing and the security (or lack) thereof. Seems a number of people have taken note of Microsoft's entry (Azure) into Data Center business development. A lot of really good questions...


October 30, 2008  3:33 PM

Don’t Be Seduced Just Yet



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Admins and Auditors, DataManagement, Development, Microsoft Windows, Security, Storage, Virtualization

I had a co-worker ask me yesterday what my opinion on "cloud computing" is, and whether it should be something they could recommend to clients. He had seen announcements about cloud computing from Microsoft According to a 2008 paper...


October 28, 2008  3:08 PM

More on Cell Phone (IN)Security



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Hardware & InfoSec, Mobile, Tools & Tricks of the Trade, Tools for Auditing and Security

I'm having very mixed feelings, I must say, on what I've been reading about accessing information from cell phones. On the one hand, in my line of work, which occasionally includes forensics, I'm pleased to see new tools come out that make my job that much easier. The Cell Seizure Investigator...


October 23, 2008  4:41 PM

Physical Security Part II



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Admins and Auditors, DataCenter, Hardware & InfoSec, Security, Tools for Auditing and Security

The most secure Data Centers I've seen utilize electronic access cards of some type that have a good reporting mechanism, right down to which door. Of course, these systems don't do you a bit of good if no one looks at the logs, but that seems to be the exception, rather than the rule. Thank...


October 21, 2008  1:58 PM

ATMs with Bugs – At the Grocery Store



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Automatic Theft Machines, Data Breaches, Hardware & InfoSec, Security, Wireless

From the Wall Street Journal comes the disturbing news that a high-tech wireless "bug" has been found in hundreds of grocery store ATMs in five different European countries. According to WSJ: Examining...


October 20, 2008  1:06 AM

Let’s Get Physical



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Admins and Auditors, DataCenter, IT audit, Security, Tools & Tricks of the Trade

When I do an audit, or a penetration test, I start by walking around the building, both inside, outside, and sometimes even on the roof. In my travels, I'll leave my business card where I can gain unauthorized access. How often am I successful? 95% of the time. I mentally catalog the exterior...


October 10, 2008  2:12 PM

ATMs Redux – Why I Don’t Use My Debit Card



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Automatic Theft Machines, Data Breaches, Hardware & InfoSec, PCI DSS, Security

In a previous post about Automatic Theft Machines I commented on the worrisome rise in skimming with these machines. Now, to add to our pain, we should be concerned about gas station pumps,...


October 9, 2008  2:00 PM

Hardware? What Hardware?



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Hardware & InfoSec, Security

I came across a recent post from the Breach Blog reporting that a U.S. Naval Laboratory employee - the computer administrator - had stolen 19,709 pieces of computer equipment, worth up to $1.6 million. Did no one see this guy carting...


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