Articles By Howard Solomon

IoT security needs to be tougher

Every vendor’s got a piece of the Internet of Things, including Wilson Sporting Goods, which on Monday revealed a Bluetooth-enabled football that captures data about the ball’s performance in the air and relays

Published on: August 10th, 2016 Howard Solomon

Canadian firms more likely to pay ransomware demands, survey suggests

Despite urgings from the RCMP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to not give in to ransomware, Canadian organizations seem more likely to surrender to blackmail than those in three other countries surveyed, a

Published on: August 4th, 2016 Howard Solomon

Cisco announces US$10 million in scholarships for cyber security training

The shortage of skilled IT staff has  been on CIOs' minds for years, particularly those with cyber security expertise. To meet that demand Cisco Systems has announced a global program of with free

Published on: June 14th, 2016 Howard Solomon

Patch quickly to detect ransomware, Canadian telecom industry warned

One of the best strategies to defeat ransomware is to patch systems as soon as possible, a senior official at a security vendor has warned the telecom industry. Attackers often reverse engineer a

Published on: June 7th, 2016 Howard Solomon

Mac breaches a target market for Malwarebytes

While Windows-based PCs comprise the overwhelming majority of desktop devices owned by enterprises, a number of OS X loyalists maintain they need a Mac to do their jobs. That’s forces their CISOs to

Published on: May 26th, 2016 Howard Solomon

Bell is buying Manitoba Telecom for $3.9 billion

The country's biggest phone company could get bigger if regulators and the government allow BCE Inc. to buy Manitoba's incumbent phone company, MTS. The two telecom firms announced the deal this morning, with

Published on: May 2nd, 2016 Howard Solomon

The actual cost of committing cybercrime

If you want to know why attackers are able to outflank CISOs take a look at the latest annual underground hacker market from Dell SecureWorks, which lists average prices data and services offered

Published on: April 7th, 2016 Howard Solomon

RCMP turned its back on Shared Services Canada: Report

Ten days ago Public Services minister Judy Foote praised the work of Shared Services Canada, the branch of her department that spends almost $2 billion a year operating, reducing and merging the government's

Published on: March 16th, 2016 Howard Solomon

Canadian flavour at the RSA conference

California wine was flowing this week at the trade show during RSA’s annual conference, but the booth it was being served from had a Canadian flavour. The stand was co-sponsored by the federal

Published on: March 4th, 2016 Howard Solomon

New next-gen firewall from Cisco, security mainframe from IBM

Two of the biggest names in IT have announced new products they say will help enterprises better secure their systems. Cisco Systems introduced a new next generation firewall line with an integrated management

Published on: February 16th, 2016 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