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September 19, 2017

ST16-001: Securing Voter Registration Data

By |September 19th, 2017

Original release date: September 15, 2016 | Last revised: September 30, 2016

OverviewVoter registration databases (VRDB) are rich targets and may be an attractive target for computer intrusions. This problem is not unique to individual states—it is shared across the nation. The keys to good cybersecurity are awareness and constant vigilance.What are the threats that […]

Review: 4 online backup services keep your data safe

By |September 19th, 2017

In the 15 years that I’ve been running a small company, I have survived several malware attacks. The only thing that kept me in business was a reliable backup of my data.When it comes to my data (if not my pants), I’m a belt and suspenders kind of person: In addition to periodically copying […]

Outlook security patches intentionally break custom forms

By |September 19th, 2017

When Microsoft released its Outlook security patches on Sept. 12, several readers complained that their custom form printing capabilities disappeared. Ends up the bug that broke VBScript printing isn’t a bug at all.Microsoft announced over the weekend that it intentionally disabled scripts in custom forms, and those with printable custom forms need to make […]

Only you can improve the 2018 Interoperability Standards Advisory Reference Edition

By |September 19th, 2017

Yes, it’s that time again. The federal fiscal year is coming to a close, the kids are going back to school, and you’ve got that déjà vu feeling like you should be preparing to comment on the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). Trust your instincts, because the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information […]

Black Hat, White Hat hackers agree: Phishing is best way to steal data

By |September 19th, 2017

On the other hand, password protection, facial recognition and access controls are the three least effective security measures, report finds. …read more

September 8, 2016

IDG Contributor Network: AppDirect scores ‘major milestone’ partnership with Canadian telco

By |September 8th, 2016

A decade or so ago I was involved in a consulting project with a large telco that wanted to “smart the dumb pipes” and add extra services to its regular phone and tolls packages.
The theory went, back then, that since regular tolls and phone line services were being disrupted by Voice over IP (VoIP) […]

Quantum computing has the cybersecurity world white-knuckled

By |September 7th, 2016

As quantum computers inch closer to reality, experts are sweating over their potential to render many of today’s cybersecurity technologies useless. Earlier this year the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a call for help on the matter, and this week the Global Risk Institute added its voice to the mix.
Because of […]

Azure Roundup: New high-performance compute instances and more

By |September 6th, 2016

August was a slow month for tech news, but Microsoft continued to update its Azure cloud platform with a variety of new features, including a new type of instance for high-performance computing. Here’s the breakdown of all the features you need to know about:A new instance type powered by Nvidia Tesla GPUs

Microsoft announced the […]

Sophos’ false positive ruins the weekend for some Windows users

By |September 5th, 2016

A bad malware signature caused Sophos antivirus products to detect a critical Windows file as malicious on Sunday, preventing some users from accessing their computers.The false positive detection flagged winlogon.exe, an important component of the Windows Login subsystem, as a Trojan program called Troj/FarFli-CT. Because the file was blocked, some users who attempted to […]

March 23, 2016

NIH and ONC Launch the Sync for Science (S4S) Pilot: Enabling Individual Health Data Access and Donation

By |March 23rd, 2016

S4S pilots are coming! On February 25, 2016, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), announced the launch of Sync for Science (S4S), a pilot to allow individuals to access their health data and send it to researchers in support […]