Tag: United States

The “Do Something” Dilemma in Workplace Violence Threats

Security practitioners can find themselves in a difficult position when they respond to workplace violence threats without a concrete plan, so that senior management can see how they will protect the organization from current or former employees; job applicants; current or former vendors or contractors; the domestic partner of an employee; or a stranger with […]

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Security Lapse Leads to Massive Leak of Sensitive Financial Information

A server containing a staggering 24-plus million financial documents collected over more than a decade was discovered to be hemorrhaging data. The documents contained some of the most sensitive personal information possible: financial and banking information relating to mortgages and loans written by several banks in the United States. A data breach of this scale […]

New Trends in Mass Attacks Go Beyond the Use of Guns

Recent workplace violence attacks in the United States continue to show the weapon of choice for mass-attack perpetrators is still a handgun, rifle, or assault weapon. However, for attackers in other countries, especially Asia and Europe, where firearms are harder to obtain, the choice for the most damage in a terroristic attack is the car […]

Is There a Value to Professional Security Certifications?

The security world is full of professional certifications, ranging from the plethora of initials offered by ASIS, to homeland security designations, to a fraud examiner’s certification, to others related to crisis management, threat management, and even critical incident stress. Do the examination costs, recertification fees and costs, and study time make sense for security professionals […]

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Tim Cook Suggests Implementing GDPR-Like Policy in the United States

Speaking at the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in Brussels, Belgium, Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined the chorus of privacy advocates calling for stricter privacy regulations. His keynote speech hammered (not by name) the numerous tech companies whose business models thrive by vacuuming up the personal information of their […]

Being an Expert Witness in a Security Case

Serving as an expert witness on a civil case related to security issues or perceived failures can be challenging, stimulating, lucrative, and difficult, all rolled into one project. There will always be a need for forensically-qualified experts for the civil suit process, but you must be prepared for the demands of the case and the […]

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An Eye-Opening Trip Inside a Spyware Vendor

There is an ongoing competition among developers, ethical hackers, and hackers with malicious intent to discover and exploit zero-day flaws in new or updated hardware and software. But there’s another subset of hackers, operating in the liminal spaces between these groups, hoping to quietly exploit these flaws without anyone else ever finding out. Driven by […]

Attacks on Lawyers Call for a Threat Assessment Approach

Incidents of attorneys being shot or assaulted by angry clients have a long history in this country, as the patched-over bullet holes in courthouses around the United States can attest. Whether these attacks occur on the street (Van Nuys, 2003), in an office (in Phoenix, 2013), or in a high-rise complex (the 1993 rampage at […]