Articles By Claudiu Popa

Smart study of Canadian businesses pushes the right buttons on infosec awareness and privacy practices

Did we really need a study to tell us that Canadians care about data security and have a degree of awareness about data protection? You bet. When the Nielsen study called Information Security

Published on: November 25th, 2015 Claudiu Popa

Privacy in, privacy out

Data Privacy Day is always an interesting time. For many, the E.U. and  U.S.-led initiative remains an obscure event in Canada. But every year on Jan. 28, organizations and individuals passionate about controlling

Published on: January 30th, 2015 Claudiu Popa

Why IBM i Systems Security is No Longer an Absolute and What To Do About It

Remember the 400? If you're reading this, I'll bet you have at least a passing familiarity with IBM's midrange systems. On June 21, 1988, IBM introduced the Application System/400 (AS/400) and it changed

Published on: December 1st, 2014 Claudiu Popa

How Qualys tackles an incident response

When a new global vulnerability threatens to take centre stage and capture the media's attention, the public naturally contemplates the individual and coordinated efforts of mitigating the risk. It's all hands on deck

Published on: October 28th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

What questions should we be asking about the eBay breach?

Shortly after the eBay press release hit the wire, the media started calling to ask for my feedback on the whys and the hows of this latest debacle. "Why did this happen?" "Why

Published on: May 21st, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Critics of Microsoft’s XP patch decision fail to see the big picture

Punditry is a never ending race to distract and influence large audiences with antagonistic points of view put forward by quasi-intellectual iconoclasts. Often derided as irrelevant, the practice is alive and well in

Published on: May 5th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Is Heartbleed deceptively easy to fix?

From the day the world learned about the infamous OpenSSL crypto vulnerability, the Heartbleed fix has been available and the organization's terse recommendation has been to apply the patch or re-compile the code

Published on: April 14th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

How to stop Heartbleed: 7-step checklist to fix OpenSSL security bug

A serious vulnerability has been revealed that could give anyone access to private data on the web that's supposed to be securely encrypted. According to recent estimates, the Heartbleed SSL/TLS bug may be

Published on: April 8th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

For many Canadian businesses, security is a balance between risk and return

In a recently media release, we announced that based on the numbers, the main reason for the failure of companies to adequately protect customer data is a fear of productivity loss. The announcement

Published on: March 11th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

The 6 most effective security measures for retailers

Data breaches are in the news in full force so far in 2014. First there was the colossal Target security breach that compromised over 100 million customer accounts and may yet impact hundreds of

Published on: February 5th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Bell customer data leak may lead to more phishing attacks

Bell Canada has suffered a breach of security. According to a company press release that blames an unspecified third party supplier in Ottawa, 22,421 user names and passwords and five valid credit card

Published on: February 3rd, 2014 Claudiu Popa

CSEC’s airport tracking in support of ‘lawful access’ erodes trust of Canadians

With an estimated 300 spy agency requests for help with domestic investigations, responsibility for sharing data with the "Five Eyes" foreign intelligence network and an oversight mechanism that has been called "flimsy at

Published on: January 31st, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Millions of Target customers should expect a surprise in their inboxes

What was already a catastrophically large security breach became ridiculously monumental today as Target notified the public that an additional 30 million customers have been added to the previous total of 40 million

Published on: January 10th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Do your PCs leak valuable intel with every Windows error report?

Anyone familiar with any version of Microsoft Windows is largely desensitized to the reality of occasional crashes. These range from process failures you never see to Windows Explorer shutdowns that cause all your

Published on: January 3rd, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Snapchat’s breach of trust: What’s the big deal?

Easily one of the most addictive time wasters ever to emerge from Silicon Valley, Snapchat has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two years.  Yet for anyone watching this juggernaut from

Published on: January 3rd, 2014 Claudiu Popa