Getting hacked is one of the most feared outcomes for anybody who is doing business on or through the Internet. The bad news is there are always people trying to hack systems and get access to sensitive, private or confidential data. The good news is that the tips a financial advisor should follow to safeguard […]
About Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson is Vice President of SystemExperts Corporation and has been a leader of the company since 1995. He has participated in seminal industry initiatives including the Open Software Foundation (OSF), X/Open, the IETF, and has published many articles on open systems, Internet security, security architecture, ethical hacking and web application security.
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The Panama Paper leak is an example of a whistleblower situation. Clearly, some of those types of situations have been seminal events that have shaped history, policies and perceptions: e.g., Daniel Ellsberg and the Vietnam War, “Deep Throat” and Watergate, and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks to name a few. The up-side of these is that […]
It’s understood that security is not an endpoint. It is a process that requires constant vigilance, reassessment and evolutionary change. The security of a website is no exception. Most websites continue to have security vulnerabilities because the primary focus tends to be on application functionality and not security. Application developers are incented to finish updates […]
If I had to choose only one misconception that companies have about endpoint security tools, it is the hope that one solution will resolve most of their concerns. Unfortunately, the appropriate security will largely depend on the type of object you’re trying to protect. Therefore, you have to put in the time and effort to […]
With security breaches continuing to dominate the news, I’d like to take this opportunity to share my response to a recent Q&A addressing the steps small businesses should take to protect their data against security breaches. 1. What steps should small businesses take to protect their data and e-commerce sites? One of the most important steps […]
The unfortunate reality is that you are at the same risk level at work as you are anyplace else. In other words, you should protect yourself at work as if you are using a public Wi-Fi at the local coffee shop. Why is that? Email phishing and infected websites (e.g., with ransomware) are two of […]
As IT security consultants, we are constantly surveying the landscape to see what the next threat will be for our clients. What made Heartbleed so dangerous is that it existed in a piece of software that most Internet users depend on (infrastructure) and that the exploit itself yielded immediately consumable security data (payload) like certificate […]
‘Tis the season for scammers – so providing secure commerce capabilities to customers is high on the list of small retailers By their nature, small retailers don’t have the skills, expertise or infrastructure to provide their own eCommerce capabilities. Knowing that, the key to providing secure commerce capabilities to their customers is using well-known (large) […]
Dark Reading put together an article focused on common mistakes organizations make when running IT security risk assessments. Included below was my response and the Dark Reading article is posted here. Trying to do too much. One of the most common mistakes is trying to go from nothing (haven’t done an assessment) to finished in […]
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