Articles By Howard Solomon

NASA breach shows again that brute force password attacks work

It isn't uncommon for hackers to boast about their exploits; it adds a bit of credibility to their work. So infosec teams should pay attention to claims from a group called AnonSec, which

Published on: February 3rd, 2016 Howard Solomon

Top 12 security predictions for 2016

Twelve months ago when I started covering cybersecurity the state of things was pretty bleak: 2014 marked another record year of data breaches, there was no miracle technology that would seal the cracks

Published on: January 11th, 2016 Howard Solomon

SecTor 2015: How Toronto’s Pam Am Games blocked security problems

There were 88 major IT security incidents in the lead up to and during last summer's Toronto Pan Am / Para Pan Am Games, according to a leader in the event's security operations

Published on: October 22nd, 2015 Howard Solomon

New government will deal with privacy regulations, wireless

When Justin Trudeau is sworn into office as the country’s newest Prime Minister shortly, he’ll have a lot on his plate. But privacy officers will be looking for one thing that’s already on

Published on: October 20th, 2015 Howard Solomon

Behind the rise in Canada of managed security providers

It’s taken a while but Canadian CISOs are increasingly outsourcing elements of IT protection to managed security service providers (MSSPs). The logic is inevitable: Faced with attackers who are well funded — sometimes

Published on: August 25th, 2015 Howard Solomon

BlackBerry adds crisis communications solution to its portfolio

BlackBerry is extending its security portfolio with the acquisition of a provider of crisis communications solutions for response teams. The company said this morning it is buying San Mateo, Calif.-based AtHoc Inc., whose

Published on: July 22nd, 2015 Howard Solomon

Without threat intelligence ‘you’re just throwing darts at a board,’ Cdn IT pros told

A threat intelligence system is essential for organizations to have today to meet the challenge of sophisticated attackers, a security conference audience of Canadian infosec pros has been told. “Without the intelligence-led program

Published on: June 15th, 2015 Howard Solomon

Insider threats blamed on loss of access control, mistreating employees

CSOs are increasingly worried about their worst nightmare — insider data theft. After all, insiders have legitimate access to the organization’s most valuable data. Despite the screening employees go through, a number —

Published on: June 12th, 2015 Howard Solomon

Intel Security chief on going back to IT fundamentals, consolidating solutions and the channel

There’s a war going on between IT security pros and hackers, so Toronto’s Royal Canadian Military Institute seemed a fitting place to meet the new man leading Intel Corp.’s charge. Christopher Young is

Published on: June 10th, 2015 Howard Solomon

Two security vendors unveil easier encryption and certificate management

Two security vendors have added to the capabilities of their offerings, one by expanding the ability of organizations to encrypt more data easily, and another giving customers a better way to manage the

Published on: April 15th, 2015 Howard Solomon

5 ways to raise security awareness in the workplace

Educating staff about safe IT practices is a never-ending process — at least it is in the best organizations. But what’s the best way to do it? E-mail pleas, memos left on desks,

Published on: February 13th, 2015 Howard Solomon

BlackBerry CEO forges new partnerships

When John Chen took over as executive chair and CEO of financially-troubled BlackBerry exactly a year ago, he decided the company had to focus more on serving enterprise customers. Today, the company released

Published on: November 13th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Huawei to invest $500 million in Ontario, promises 325 new jobs

Chinese network equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies is increasing its investment in Ontario in hopes that will persuade enterprises to buy its switches and routers. The company said on the weekend it is committing

Published on: November 3rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Tablet terror revealed at SecTor security show

TORONTO - The first day of the annual SecTor security conference was filled with presentations on what to do — and not to do — to enhance enterprise protection. Here’s a synopsis of

Published on: October 22nd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Citrix security chief says cloud equals “loss of control”

Cloud computing and mobility have been in the headlines recently, but not for showing how enterprises use them for making huge productivity gains. Instead they’re signs for some of insecure systems thanks after

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Howard Solomon