Author Archives: fkenney

Let’s Talk About Google Talk

With the announcement last week that Google is adding file transfer to Google Talk, I had some thoughts.   1). Are there security challenges posed by the Google Talk news? These challenges are similar to those we’ve seen with Windows Live, AIM, ICQ, Trillian, Skype and others, which all offer peer-to-peer mechanisms. […]

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TJX Hacker Gets 20 Years – Right Sentence?

Convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in prison today for leading a gang of cyberthieves who stole more than 90 million credit and debit card numbers from TJX and other retailers.  The sentence for the largest computer-crime case ever prosecuted is the lengthiest ever imposed in […]

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Striking a balance between productivity and security

I participated on a panel discussion at SecureWorld Boston yesterday. The discussion topic was striking a balance between productivity and security and it yielded three thoughts that I would like to discuss in today’s blog. The notion that our companies are going to employ the same type of security policies that […]

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FTC Shouldn’t Catch Your Breaches

Using free online storage and collaboration systems dramatically increases a company’s risk of a data breach.  Many of these tools automatically synchronize desktop folders with folders in the cloud.  Compromised credentials can give hackers easy access to all of a company’s sensitive information. Companies need to monitor traffic over known […]

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Ipswitch’s insight on Cleo & Stonebranch: It all depends on what happens next

Multi-enterprise collaborative implementations and deployments can be extremely difficult to benefit from because all too often the companies deploying these solutions overly emphasize the security mechanisms and protocol support. While those aspects are important, the ecosystems around companies are expanding to include smaller partners and Prosumers that need to be […]

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I’m not a lawyer I just play one on TV OR getting whipped by the tail of the e-mail offloading

Frank: “Hey Dad, before I go off into the world what is the one bit of advice that you would give me?” Frank’s Dad: “If I had to give you one piece of advice it would be save all your receipts and tax returns for seven years in a file […]

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Homeland alert! Beware of the Internet (but e-mailing, web browsing and file sharing are okay)

There was yet another security breach inside the government this week and this one involved an employee sending personal information via the Internet. What in the world does that mean? Open letter to the White House CIO: please better define what you mean by Internet. As I said in earlier […]

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