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Encryption in the Hands of End Users

Organizations are increasingly investing in encryption capabilities. One form of encryption that is seeing increased deployment is end-user managed encryption; however, such deployments present many challenges for the enterprise. Such tools typically lack centralized management and control capabilities, either forcing or allowing users to make security decisions on their own. This makes monitoring and enforcement of proper usage difficult and leaves doubts over whether users are using encryption properly, if at all. In addition, monitoring and data loss prevention tools are often rendered mute because most solutions lack escrow and security infrastructure integration. In this article we will discuss some of the challenges and risks in deploying end-user managed encryption and will also evaluate alternative centralized solutions and their benefits.

1 May 2016   ::   Security   ::   #encryption #human factors #zip #siem #journal article

Help your users protect themselves from family member fraud

Social networks and similar service providers must take proactive actions to protect their users from fraud attempts and account abuse perpetrated by friends and family members. With easy physical access and intimate knowledge, these threat actors can impact not just the victim, but other users and the overall quality and reputation of your service. While service providers cannot force technical controls, such as screen saver passwords, on their users, they can adopt techniques and strategies to reduce their potential exposure and to help their users to take proactive measures to protect themselves and practice good security hygiene.

1 Nov 2015   ::   Security   ::   #fraud #social media #accounts #password management #redaction #journal article

Customize the Joomla Frontpage / Home Page Template in Joomla 1.5

When visitors first land at your homepage, often you want to do something special. You may want to show a special message, change the header, or do a number of different things. Using the normal backend administration, you can set various modules to display based upon the menu item in Joomla 1.5; however, an empty module position may throw off your design. For example, if you have a three column layout, but only want to show two columns on the frontpage this can be problematic to setup each individual module position, and if you change, add, or remove modules this can be a real headache to implement. Furthermore, if you are developing a template for third party users…

21 Mar 2011   ::   Web Development   ::   #Joomla #templates

Vulnerability Report: Information Exposure in Oracle's iRecruitment

Oracle's iRecruitment software is a HR system used by many government agencies and large private corporations. The system can be used to manage hiring information as well as current employee records. Upon using one such company's hiring system as an external applicant, I followed a hyperlink and was able to recover the entire company's corporate hierarchy, which includes employees names, contact information (primarily business-centric, but some personal information such as cell phones). More importantly, the vulnerability shows departmental breakdowns and reporting relationships in the hierarchy. Depending upon the amount of information stored and where by a particular organization, this could result in violation of employee privacy protection laws such as those from the state of Massachusetts…

27 Apr 2010   ::   Security   ::   #Oracle #Vulnerability Report