There Really are Best Practices for File Sharing
Author: Michael Osterman on August 30, 2014 - 9:43 AM
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Information workers need to share files as part of their work and they do so regularly. File sharing is so common, in fact, that Osterman Research surveys have found that one in four emails contains an attachment, and 98% of the bits that flow through the typical email system are files that are being shared with others.

However, file-sharing practices today are fraught with excess cost and risk:

             Using email to share files results in a lack of control over how content is sent, how it is tracked, and how many copies are distributed throughout an organization. Moreover, email systems do not permit senders to control who has access to this content or for how long it can be accessed.

             Traditional FTP systems are inefficient and contribute to the potential for data leaks because users share passwords and content can be left on FTP servers indefinitely, many times for years.


 
California Mandates Cellphone Kill Switches by 2015
Author: John Duckgeischel on August 25, 2014 - 8:57 PM
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On Monday California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring that new smartphones be equipped with “kill switches”.   Signing the legislation signaled the end of a continuous battle between law enforcement and smartphone industry representatives over the best method to inhibit the growing number of thefts in the state.  The law requires that all smartphones that are manufactured after July 1st, 2015 and sold in California have an anti-theft security device that makes the device inoperable with a “kill switch” with remote deactivation. The governor’s signature was hailed as a “victory for consumer” by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinnner, D-Berkeley who co-authored the bill with Senator Mark Leno.
 
DHS Reveals that 1000 Business hit by Data Stealing Malware
Author: John Duckgeischel on August 24, 2014 - 11:18 PM
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The malware known as Backoff surfaced in October 2013 when it was a used as means to pull memory contents from cash register point of sales (POS) system and credit card data.   The sophisticated malware can interact with remote servers and keyboard strokes.  Fast forward to July 31, 2014 when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Communications Integration Center, National Cybersecurity, and the Secret Service joined together to warn companies to proactively scan their POS system to check to if they have been infiltrated by Backoff or a variant. Malware detection software that can positively identify Backoff has become available.
 
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