Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Users and companies: Two ways to understand cybersecurity

Several elements are doomed to live in harmony in cyberspace. One of them is the companies offering their products and services to users. Both businesses and users seek share the same space, trying yo strengthen their positions, in an eternal dispute over the complex digital balance.

User is most concerned about privacy while companies are about security. You sometimes have to give up a bit on one side to gain on the other, and just the opposite. Thus, it seems interesting to spend some minutes reading about these two topics, right? Let's begin.

Here you have two interviews. The first of them relates to user's interests. It is signed by a reference in the  Spanish hacker literature, Mercè Molist, while she also collaborates with CIGTR. She talks with Manuel Medina, president of the Anti Phishing Working Group Europe, who traces a journey through user privacy and explains the reason for this apparent abuse of the term.

The other interview was made by TripWire to Thom Langford, CISO of State of Texas, regarding the role of Chief Information Security Office within an organization.

However there are bad news for privacy advocates. Cybercriminals behind the attack on Target and Home Depot are back. Their target is the parking booking service Book2Park.com. This company recently discovered an intrusion that put at risk customers’ credit card data. In addition, denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks increased by 90% in the last quarter compared to the previous one, according to Akamai Technologies.

Google is again in the spotlight of European regulatory agencies. UK could force the American corporation to change its privacy policy because the current one leaves some loopholes that could be exploited to the detriment of users.

While Google closed its borders to prying eyes, the US Defense Department releases the code of one of its cyber defense tools. This can be understood as an example of transparency which will allow the developer community to audit this service and evolve it at a much faster rate.

The question is that we all contribute our bit to make this (digital) environment a more peaceful place, and above all, more secure one.


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