Articles By Ellen Messmer

New PCI standards ignore mobile payments

The second version of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) is being released this afternoon by the organization PCI Security Standards Council, which sets the network and security requirements for

Published on: October 29th, 2010 Ellen Messmer

Limitations of software-as-a-service

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) may offer the advantage of application-based computing you can pay for as needed, but there are pitfalls, too, that are becoming increasingly evident, according to Gartner analyst Robert DeSisto.SaaS is a

Published on: October 21st, 2010 Ellen Messmer

‘LikeJacking’ fraud entices Facebook users with risqu

Facebook users are falling for yet another clickjacking scam that fools them into "liking" a page. This one lures victims with the message "Paramore n-a-k-ed photo leaked," which claims to point to a

Published on: June 4th, 2010 Ellen Messmer

Botnet toolkit lets hackers completely control compromised PCs

New capabilities are strengthening the ZeuS botnet, which criminals use to steal financial credentials and execute unauthorized transactions in online banking, automated clearing house (ACH) networks and payroll systems. The latest version of

Published on: March 15th, 2010 Ellen Messmer

$6.75 million – the cost of a data breach in 2009

The cost of a data breach increased last year to $204 per compromised customer record, according to the Ponemon Institute's annual study. The average total cost of a data breach rose from $6.65

Published on: January 26th, 2010 Ellen Messmer

Countries may be ordering botnet attacks to confound enemies

Nations that want to disrupt their enemies' banking, media and government resources don't need their own technical skills; they can simply order botnets from cybercriminals.That's a point made in McAfee's new report "Virtually

Published on: November 18th, 2009 Ellen Messmer

Many women in IT pushed to brink of burnout

Though IT remains largely a male-dominated realm in the United States, women are now believed to constitute 15 per cent to 25 per cent of technical professionals -- though women's ranks in management

Published on: August 24th, 2009 Ellen Messmer

Former Google staffers offer service that detects malware on Web sites

Security startup Dasient debuts Tuesday with a cloud-based service designed to detect malware on Web sites and quarantine it away from visitors prior to it being removed.Dasient's three co-founders include two former Google

Published on: June 18th, 2009 Ellen Messmer

28 per cent work in bed with laptop – ticking off their partners

More than a quarter of 329 London workers surveyed admit they routinely take their laptop or other mobile computing device to bed to do work.The same survey indicated that 57 per cent of

Published on: May 21st, 2009 Ellen Messmer

How to prevent unhappy employees from stealing company data

The insider threat has always existed, but in an era of economic upheaval and uncertainty, the problem is only magnified. A recent Ponemon Institute LLC survey of 945 people who were laid off,

Published on: April 29th, 2009 Ellen Messmer

Nearly 60 per cent of fired workers “steal company data” before quitting

A survey of 945 individuals who were laid off, fired or quit their jobs in the past 12 months shows that 59 per cent admitted to stealing company data and 67per cent used

Published on: February 24th, 2009 Ellen Messmer

Employees have “too much access” to information resources, IT pros believe

Two separate security surveys this week on network access control reach similar conclusions: Employees have immoderate access rights, and management should face up to the challenge of reining in out-of-control access without sacrificing

Published on: February 7th, 2008 Ellen Messmer

Tool tests for online gullibility

Do your company's employees seem like easy dupes for e-mail phishing attacks and other scams? A vulnerability-assessment tool from Core Security Technologies lets you set up automated tests to find out. Impact 7.0

Published on: August 1st, 2007 Ellen Messmer

30 countries looks to protect consumers online

Spurred to find ways to protect consumers as online shopping grows, the 30 countries belonging to the international economic and social-development group Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) announced Monday an accord

Published on: July 16th, 2007 Ellen Messmer