“Cyber Security” or “Cybersecurity” ?

“Cybersecurity” and “cyber security” are getting more and more mixed usage lately, so much that they are becoming almost as ambiguous as the term “cloud” was a few years back. The challenge information security executives and professionals are faced with is knowing  ̶  as the title implies  ̶  when and why the term should be used and how it should be presented, as a single word or two. While there isn’t any recognized authority on the subject per se, there are at least some credible sources providing guidance that can help those of us in the industry to decide on “when, why and how” to use the term. Read more here   Conclusion: Cybersecurity is the right term!    

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Quoted in the because of the DNSChanger malware   “If your computer was infected at some point in time and it was using one of the DNS servers which are now controlled by FBI, after March 8, it will no longer be able to make any DNS requests through these servers,” Avira product manager and data security expert Sorin Mustaca said in a blog post. “In layman’s terms, you will no longer be able to browse the web, read emails and do everything you usually do on Internet.”     Article written in Techblog on Monday,23.1.2012, question from the journalist sent on Tuesday with deadline one hour (or less), article published the same day. I love online media 🙂  

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Complex passwords aren’t always better

Recently I’ve had the exam for the CompTIA Security+ Certification. While practicing for the exam, I’ve had the following question. Q:When setting password rules, which of the following will lower the level of security of a network ? A: Complex passwords that users can not remotely changed are randomly generated by the administrator and given to users Why ? Very simple, actually 🙂 Because the users will write these passwords on stickers and hang them on their monitors 🙂 So, IT guys, please make your life simpler and let the users to change the passwords. There you must definitely enforce some policies !

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To IEEE or not to IEEE, that’s the question

Yes, that’s the question: To continue being an IEEE member or not  ? Of course, if I say YES, I have to pay about 140 euro.(+ Computer Security & Privacy which is an extra service) If I say NO, I don’t, but I will not receive anymore the IEEE Spectrum Computer Security & Privacy So, I have to think hard … My first thought is .. NO ! Why ? Because I consider that IEEE brings me nothing .. well… almost nothing beside the two magazines. IEEE Spectrum is not something special, but Computer Security & Privacy is pretty good. I would like have more from IEEE. Being the major technical engineering association I feel that I am part of something big. But, on the other side, IEEE does absolutely nothing to keep me close to them… They ask for more money every year without giving absolutely nothing back. And .. that joke called IEEE Career doesn’t count !  There’s only Google there 🙁 Tough decision …  I’ll see what I’ll do.

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