Articles By 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

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