"privacy" articles

Last week, half the Internet was shut down by an unprecedented hacker attack on the servers of Dyn, a major U.S. domain name server (DNS) host for media companies such as Netflix, Facebook, and Twitter.  The hackers used what is commonly referred to as a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. DDoS attacks basically bombard a server with so many requests it has to slow down or shut down because it can’t handle the traffic. Even with sophisticated DDoS protection software in...
 
by Brad Russell | Oct. 25, 2016
Tags: Internet of Things, privacy, security
Before attending CONNECTIONS™Europe  in Amsterdam, Christopher Schouten , Senior Director Product Marketing at Kudelski Security, answered several industry questions: Where do you feel the largest opportunity is for the smart home industry in Europe? The largest opportunity for the smart home industry in Europe is to continue to make itself relevant to the daily lives of consumers; to ensure the solutions they provide meet real needs in four major areas: security,...
Safety and security in the home has expanded beyond the long-term mainstays of burglar and fire alarms. There are now varied smart home devices that provide security and safety in the home  as well as convenience and peace of mind for the consumer. Key industry players are leading various sales channels for these devices, with security system providers at the forefront of that effort. Security system providers represent the sales channel for about one-third of all the safety...
This week in the Wall Street Journal , Brad Russell , Research Analyst at Parks Associates, provided some tips on what Yahoo users can do to protect themselves after yesterday’s news of a security breach in 2014. Brad’s recommended actions include: Be watchful for any communication from Yahoo that clarifies whether you are affected and to what degree. Immediately change your Yahoo password and any similar passwords you use for other online accounts....
 
On July 5th, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued its opinion on whether password sharing violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). I read the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit opinion on password sharing , and I suggest you do as well. Judge McKeown and Judge Reinhardt make compelling and insightful comments. For those of you who don’t have the time or energy to read it yourselves, I’ve summarized the major points: The case which...
It seems that everyone is talking about security nowadays. Each week, news stories present headlines of new breaches or, more troubling, breaches that happened months or years ago that were only recently discovered. In the past two weeks alone, security-related stories ran regarding recognizable brands and government organizations, such as Morgan Stanley , LinkedIn , Myspace , and school districts in New Hampshire and Colorado . Each story underscores the scope of the...
 
by Brett Sappington | Jun. 27, 2016
Tags: OTT, pay TV, privacy, security
One of the highlights of Day 1 of the CONNECTIONS™ conference for me was when Lee Gruenfeld, VP of Strategic Initiatives for Support.com , in responding to a question about the impact of security and privacy concerns on the growth of the smart home, said that consumers in general are uncritical about security lapses. For example, Target’s stock price is now higher than it was before the company’s highly publicized security breach. He made a great point, and I think it’s 100%...
 
by David Mitchel | May. 26, 2016
Tags: CONNECTIONS, privacy, smart home

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