Podcast Episode No. 1: The business of spam

To kick off SC Magazine’s revamped podcast series, Executive Editor Dan Kaplan speaks with Kirill Levchenko, a project scientist at the University of California, San Diego, who is co-author of a new research paper that investigates the payment handling portion of the spam chain. Levchenko and 14 others argue in the paper that much of the anti-spam focus over the years has been on technical controls when, in fact, hitting the spammers and their affiliates where it hurts the most — in their pockets — may be the best approach.

Preview of cyberwar talk at SC World Congress

Daniel Kuehl, professor of information operations at iCollege of the National Defense University, discusses his upcoming “Cyber war: Where is the battlefield” presentation scheduled for Nov. 11 at the SC World Congress in New York.

Black Hat 2010 preview

Jeff Moss, founder of the annual Black Hat USA conference, explains how the event came to be, chimes in on why more and more talks are failing to see the light of day and reveals his list of this year’s can’t-miss presentations.

May 5, 2010: Privacy on the radar

On the heels of the first-ever sentencing for a HIPAA privacy violator and ongoing Congressional debates on how Facebook uses personal data, the U.S. privacy debate is heating up. Peter McLaughlin, senior counsel at Foley & Lardner, describes how pushes to introduce, reform and enforce privacy laws and policies will impact businesses.

Jan. 11, 2010: China-Google attacks

The cyberespionage attacks on Google, Adobe and more than 30 other well-known companies signals that the “advanced persistent threat” is here to stay. Ed Skoudis, founder of incident response firm InGuardians, discusses the threat and some best practices that organizations can employ to defend themselves.

Nov. 23, 2009: Online shopping risks

Cyber Monday unofficially kicks off the holiday shopping season, and as individuals are drawn to the web for plenty of great deals, they will be joined by cybercrooks looking to take advantage of the unsuspecting. Guillaume Lovet, a senior threat researcher at Fortinet, offers advice for both end-users and webmasters.

Nov. 16, 2009: Zeus trojan

The Zeus, or Zbot, trojan continues to wreak destruction on businesses worldwide — and it shows no signs of slowing down. Eldan Ben-Haim, head of engineering at security firm Trusteer, offers some advice on what businesses can do to protect themselves from the data-stealing malware.

Nov. 9, 2009: Jailbroken iPhone vulnerability

Forrester Research senior analyst Andrew Jaquith discusses two malware attacks currently targeting unlocked iPhones and also weighs in on whether the threat of mobile malware is overblown.

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