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Equifax: 5th Largest Data Breach Ever and Their Troubles Don't End There

As of writing this article on Thursday, September 7th, 2017, yet another corporate mega-breach has been revealed and this time it's the credit-reporting agency, Equifax. Negligence, terrible communications, bad crisis management … someone's head is gonna roll.

Attack of the Drones - Is Your Business Ready?

Call them whatever you prefer—"unmanned aircraft systems" (UAS), "small unmanned aircraft systems" (sUAS), "unmanned aircraft vehicles" (UAV), or simply "drones"—these devices have evolved rapidly over the last few years to the point where they count as a significant force in the innovation of industries ranging from photography and film making, through farming and surveying, to maintenance and power line inspection. "So," you might be thinking "that's all very cool but what's that got to do with my company and security?"

Looking for a new job? Then the scammers want you!

If you're a big company and you're not looking for imposters, you're making a big mistake. If you, as an individual, get a job offer emailed to you out of the blue apparently from a big company, it's pretty much a certainty you're going to loose out big time if you get "employed." Read Mark Gibbs' latest Gearhead column to learn why.

A Cyber-Attack Costs A Lot More Than You Think

When it comes to thinking about cyber-attacks, many of the folks running businesses are relying on a heavy combination of faith ("it won't happen to us"), reliance on cyber-insurance ("any losses will be covered"), and the unfounded belief that the long-term consequences won't be that bad ("if it does happen, we'll be back in business in no time"). Alas, every single one of those ideas is simply wrong.

The Internet of Toys. Is Barbie Spying on You?

I just received a review sample of a toy that is—and this is not a word I use lightly—awesome. It's the Cozmo, a small robot that is just amazing. Isn't that adorable? But, what's the catch?

Your Organization's Greatest Threat? It's Bob.

You know Bob who works for your organization? That's right, Bob, the CFO. Nice guy. Organized, always on time, gets the job done. Good guy (except when he got tanked at the Christmas party but let's not talk about that). Well, there's something you might not know about Bob: He's incredibly dangerous to your business. 

Enter a new password … no, not that. Or that. Or …

Ronald Reagan famously said "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help" and he was right, especially when the IRS is involved. That said, occasionally a government agency does help and a recent document published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) clears up a topic that really matters to all of us: How to passwords should be built.