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Cybersecurity: It’s a budgetary priority, right?

Cybercrime is at an all-time high. However, it seems investment of money, time and people to establish and manage necessary cybersecurity planning, implementation of related processes and policies, and the adoption and oversight of needed security technologies services isn’t. Illena Armstrong Looking back, 2017 ended with over 5,000 breaches and more than 7.9 billion records…

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Feminism is for everyone

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Recently, an accomplished and self-proclaimed “bossy woman” in security posted on her Facebook page a news item from media outlet InspireMore.com that immediately seized my attention. Its headline read, “‘You Are In Fact Unequal’ Engineering Student’s Letter to Woman Goes Viral.” IllenaArmstrong I wondered if this piece was going to get me riled or was…

Security: IT’s the Human Element

I was going through some old boxes recently and found a copy of the March 1996 issue of Digital News & Review, a magazine where I served as editor-in-chief. One of my then-columnists, Rick Cook, wrote a story under the headline: How secure is Windows NT? Cook’s position was that focusing on security built into…

“Dad, I’m not wasting my time on Xbox, I’m studying to be a cyber pro”

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Despite spending many hours playing World of Tanks and World of Warships, it’s probably too late for me to take my admittedly substandard gaming skills and use them to become a cybersecurity professional. However, the younger generation of screen junkies and Twitch followers might be exactly who cybersecurity teams need to recruit to fill the…

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The Russian bear in the room

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I love our big ole’ bear who hails from Russia that illustrates our lead feature online and in our more traditional hard copy edition this month. He’s cheeky, haughty, seemingly quite savvy and definitely bold. These traits are trying to be conveyed with purpose, as he’s supposed to visually represent just one of the ways…

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The more times change, do they really stay the same?

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As we close 2017, reflecting on the year’s happenings and how these might impact the future is a natural occurrence. This one’s different, though, as it has brought on broader and more faceted musings. Not only are we wrapping up what has been sometimes a challenging and other times exhilarating 12 months for us in…

Henry Ford Health System data breach compromised data of nearly 20,000 patients

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How many victims? 18,470 patients What type of information?  Patient names birthdates, medical record numbers, provider names, dates of service, department names, locations, medical conditions and health insurers were compromised in the incident. What happened? On Oct. 3, 2017, officials learned someone gained access to or stole the email credentials of a group of employees. These credentials…

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