Articles By Howard Solomon

Federal budget: RCMP, CSE to get new cyber crime fighting centres

The country's biggest law enforcement and electronic security agencies are about to have their cyber crime fight capabilities increased by tens of millions of dollars. In its budget announced Tuesday the government proposes giving

Published on: February 28th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Cyber crime costs the world almost US$600 billion a year: Report

Cyber crime may now cost the world almost $600 billion USD a year, up from $445 billion USD three years ago. That estimate comes from the latest Economic Impact of Cybercrime report by

Published on: February 26th, 2018 Howard Solomon

Bell acknowledges data breach

Bell Canada has acknowledged hackers have accessed personal information of what it has told CBC News are less than 100,000 customers. The telco says information accessed included names, email addresses, account user names

Published on: January 23rd, 2018 Howard Solomon

Canadians still don’t know if they are among 57 million victims of Uber breach

As the ramifications of Uber’s stunning admission it hid from the public that hackers made off in 2016 with personal information on 57 million riders and drivers around the world are still shaking

Published on: November 23rd, 2017 Howard Solomon

Cyber Security Awareness Month: Where Canada’s SMBs should start

Small and mid-sized businesses make up the majority of companies in this country and employ about 90 per cent of the workforce, yet many have valuable intellectual property, personal information on customers or

Published on: October 5th, 2017 Howard Solomon

Equifax CEO retires in wake of breach

Equifax CEO Richard Smith has become the latest casualty of the company’s huge and mis-handled data breach. The company announced this morning that Smith has joined the CIO and CISO in leaving the

Published on: September 26th, 2017 Howard Solomon

Equifax CIO, CSO retire after breach disclosed

Senior officials at many organizations are able to escape the fallout from data breaches, at least publicly. However, when the breach reaches a certain size some firms have to show the public they're

Published on: September 18th, 2017 Howard Solomon

Equifax breach could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Forrester analyst says

The Equifax data breach could cost the international credit rating company hundreds of millions of dollars in direct damages, says an industry analyst who just wrote a report on calculating the costs of

Published on: September 11th, 2017 Howard Solomon

Samsung head sentenced to five years in bribery trial

Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee has been convicted of bribing former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and sentenced to five years for bribery, hiding assets abroad, embezzlement and perjury. According to the Guardian,

Published on: August 25th, 2017 Howard Solomon

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky fires back at critics

In the semi-opaque world of cyberspace, where attribution of attacks is more art than science and governments and the private sector often work together, a security vendor’s reputation is paramount. With U.S. government

Published on: July 12th, 2017 Howard Solomon

Marketers more concerned than IT pros about company brand and reputation: Survey

Marketing officers and IT professionals don’t always see eye to eye on lots of issues. According to a new survey, one of them is the impact of a data breach on their company’s

Published on: May 16th, 2017 Howard Solomon

Bell Canada says it’s been hacked, apologizes to customers

Bell Canada says its customer subscriber database has been hacked, with the exposure of almost 2 million email addresses, 1,700 customer names and/or telephone numbers. “There is no indication that any financial, password

Published on: May 16th, 2017 Howard Solomon

Weak, stolen passwords still a leading factor in breaches: Verizon

Odds are your organization will be breached through a hack than any other method, and most likely by attackers leveraging users’ weak or stolen passwords, according to the annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations

Published on: May 2nd, 2017 Howard Solomon

45% of employees admit to unsafe data access practices, Dell finds

Most employees know how important it is to protect sensitive enterprise information, but in practice many admit they engage in risky behavior. That's the conclusion of a new Dell survey of 2,608 professionals who

Published on: April 21st, 2017 Howard Solomon

Canadian among four charged by U.S. in 2014 Yahoo hack

American law enforcement officials have worked with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) to help stop cyber crime. However on Wednesday the Justice department accused the FSB of recruiting a man with dual Canadian and Kazakh

Published on: March 16th, 2017 Howard Solomon