Posts by Nida Tahir

Businesses ill-prepared to combat cyber attacks

(Jun. 12, 2011)

Reports of data breaches at big companies such as Sony and Epsilon are regularly in the headlines these days; it makes one wonder how just safe are businesses against the threat of cyber attacks? An alarmingly large number, about 71 … Continue reading

War on “cyber terror”: The next battlefield

(Jun. 12, 2011)

The Pentagon is drafting a formal strategy that will categorize certain cyber attacks as acts of war – -allowing the U.S. to use military force in retaliation to such attacks, according to a Wall Street Journal article. Security experts, however, … Continue reading

How safe are the clouds?

(Jun. 12, 2011)

Cloud computing is all the rage these days. It’s being hailed as a breakthrough technology that will revolutionize the IT landscape and the way we use the Internet: we won’t be restricted to one device or machine – all our … Continue reading

Data Mining and Cyber Security

(Jun. 12, 2011)

Data mining can be a useful tool in tracking down cyber gangs, but its usefulness in proactively guarding against cyber threats is doubtful. “Where there is lots and lots of data, which you have to analyze and sift through, then … Continue reading

The State of Cybersecurity in the U.S.

(May. 30, 2011)

Joseph Giordano, director of the cybersecurity program at Utica College, discusses the state of cybersecurity in the U.S. Prior to joining the faculty, Giordano served as a program manager for the Information Directorate of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. … Continue reading

Cybercrime goes social

(May. 28, 2011)

We upload our pictures, our videos and post intimate details about our lives here. We reach out to friends and family here. And this very place is becoming a hotbed for cybercrime. Social networking sites will be the focus of … Continue reading

Internet Kill Switch:”A control in search of a risk”

(May. 09, 2011)

Proposed legislation giving the President power to shut down parts of the Internet in a national emergency is often described as an Internet “Kill Switch”. Proponents of this bill believe it would secure critical infrastructure systems against catastrophic cyber attacks, … Continue reading

White House Proposes DHS Control Civilian Cyber Networks

(May. 03, 2011)

The White House is circulating a proposal that will give the Department of Homeland Security broad oversight over cyber security at civilian agency networks, according to a Federal News Radio report. This piece of draft legislation will also give DHS … Continue reading