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Road Map for an Application/Software Security Architect (Part 3)

November 11, 2009 Added by:Stephen Primost

Risk assessments for application software is not a matter of a quick penetration test nor a matter of code reviews at a single point in time. It is a process of moving through the application/solution's Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and evaluating the results of the controls that are put in place at each phase. Whether it is waterfall, or agile method, waiting for the end of the final del...

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More COFEE Please, on Second Thought…

November 09, 2009 Added by:Daniel Kennedy

The forensics tool provided to law enforcement officials created by Microsoft called COFEE  (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor) has been leaked on torrents last week, and this has caused quite a bit of excitement.  Let’s see if the big deal is warranted.

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Government accused of ‘cover up’ over lost farmer tapes

November 06, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been accused of a “cover up” after two back-up tapes went missing containing the banking details of around 100,000 farmers.

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Senate Panel Clears Data Breach Bills

November 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved two companion bills that would require businesses and government agencies to notify individuals of security breaches involving sensitive personally identifiable information. Both bills go to the Senate for consideration.

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MA: Williams College laptop stolen; 750 notified

November 05, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Williams College in Williamstown reports a recent laptop theft. The laptop, which was stolen when an employee left it in a parked car in Boston on October 3, contained the names and Social Security numbers of 750 individuals from 39 states and several foreign countries.

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Heartland Payment Systems Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

November 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. announced a GAAP net loss of $13.6 million or ($0.36) per share for the three months ended September 30, 2009. Results for the quarter are after $35.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.59 per share, of various expenses, accruals and reserves, all of which are attributable to the processing system intrusion, including charges related to settlement offers made by the Company i...

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Man charged with developing and distributing cable network hacking tools

November 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Charges were unsealed in federal court in Massachusetts against an Oregon man and the company he founded, TCNISO, alleging that they developed and distributed products that allowed users to modify their cable modems and obtain internet access without paying for it.

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Road Map for an Application/Software Security Architect (Part 2)

November 02, 2009 Added by:Stephen Primost

Vulnerability testing at the acceptance stage of an application's Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) will not compensate for the lack of an understanding of what is being done during the software development even though you may not have control over the development efforts. You need a plan that puts those controls in place and allows that governance. Ignoring vulnerabilities will not prevent b...

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Searching for Return on Security Investments

November 02, 2009 Added by:Andrew Baker

There are several major challenges to the successful implementation of good information security in many organizations today.  It is not because business owners do not think that security is important.  No, the issues exist because they do not grasp the complexities that embody the Information Security profession, and thus make decisions that fail to account for the many nuances of a pro...

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Report: Data Breaches Hike Fraud Risk 400%

November 02, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Because data breaches have become such commonplace incidents, there is concern that people have become desensitized to the potential harm they face upon receiving a notification letter from an organization informing them that sensitive information has been lost or misappropriated.

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A Loss of One of Our Own

October 29, 2009 Added by:Sandra Avery

I am still shocked and saddened by the very sudden loss of David Taylor, founder of PCI knowledgebase.  David passed away on Tuesday after suffering a sudden heart attack. Those of us who have anything to do with PCI compliance either know or know of David Taylor.

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Good enough security?

October 29, 2009 Added by:Christopher Hudel

We have had 802.1x -- CISCO + Active Directory Integration --  in place for over a year know and it is largely a success; windows systems automatically obtain machine certificates (machines automatically receive certificates when they join the domain), supplicants exist for our IP Phones, and those devices (i.e.: printers)  that are currently incapable of 802.1x are split off in a tightl...

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IT Security - Defense in Depth Protection using a Data-centric Model

October 29, 2009 Added by:Mike Cuppett

Start aligning your security strategy to better protect your organization's most critical asset - data. While many security proponents lean toward an outside-in strategy - protect every computer in the company from the outside world first - we really need to understand that the data is the asset that must be protected first and foremost.  The outside-in strategy starts at a macro level and ov...

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Judge: FTC Cannot Make Lawyers Comply With Identity Theft Laws

October 29, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Federal Trade Commission cannot force practicing lawyers to comply with new regulations aimed at curbing identity theft, a federal judge ruled today at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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CalOptima Reports Potential Loss of Patient Claims Information (updated)

October 29, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

ORANGE, Calif. (October 23, 2009) – CalOptima has identified the potential loss of past medical claims information for approximately 68,000 of its members that was stored on electronic media devices.

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Black Box vs White Box. You are doing it wrong.

October 28, 2009 from: Jeremiah Grossman's Blog

A longstanding debate in Web application security, heck all of application security, is which software testing methodology is the best -- that is -- the best at finding the most vulnerabilities. Is it black box (aka: vulnerability assessment, dynamic testing, run-time analysis) or white box (aka: source code review, static analysis)? Some advocate that a combination of the two will yield the most ...

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Why Infosec Languishes, Part II

October 28, 2009 Added by:Jim Anderson

Although external forces including economic downturn and market specific slowdowns do have their impact, these external forces alone often cannot explain why information security makes so little progress.   This phenomenon is often true even in situations where senior infosec leadership is experienced, holds multiple certifications, and otherwise commands an excellent grasp of the multip...

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Former Wachovia employee convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft

October 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Juan Rombado, a former Wachovia Bank employee, has been convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft arising from several schemes aimed at defrauding his employer through the theft of customer identities, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced. Indicted and arrested in August 2009, Rombado pleaded guilty to both counts before United States District Judge Vanessa Gilmore.

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Coalition for Patient Privacy Calls on HHS to Repeal the Breach Notification Rule

October 28, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Coalition for Patient Privacy urges the Department of Health and Human Services to revise and repeal the interim final rule (IFR) establishing requirements for notification of breaches of unsecured protected health information.

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Sun Tzu quotes from The Art of War compared to Information Security

October 26, 2009 Added by:Sean Inman

I just finished up this great book The Art of War, by Sun Tzu.  There are many different versions the one I read was “The Art of War for Managers; 50 Strategic Rules”.  I wanted to share some quotes from Sun Tzu and how I think they tie to Information Security.

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