• URL shortener

    When even .gov sites lead you down the wrong path

    The recent exploit of open redirect in some shortened .gov Web addresses underscores the importance of server configuration to guard against easily prevented problems.

  • Cyberspace

    Obama, Romney give lip service to cybersecurity

    Despite the critical role played by IT in both the economy and national security, the need to protect online assets gets little attention from candidates.

  • Retired couple

    Want secure BYOD? Hire only rich retirees

    A recent survey on password use suggests that the more established and stable you are, the more likely you are to use a strong password.

  • Electric grid

    Solar-power system flaws shine light on Smart Grid threats

    A DHS alert on vulnerabilities found in control systems for solar power equipment underscores the importance of security in a complex and varied power grid.

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  • Lessons from Transportation's telework stress test

    DOT shut down its headquarters last spring and discovered that telework works, but problems can crop up in a few areas.

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  • Is the new secure hash algorithm really necessary?

    NIST is about to name the winner of a four-year competition for SHA-3. But one of the finalists questions whether we need it.

  • Blackhole exploit site turns the tables on spammers

    Online criminals get a taste of their own medicine.

  • Powerful new government cybersecurity system: U.S. courts

    With Microsoft’s successful use of federal law and courts to shut down botnets, most recently Nitol, the legal system is emerging as an effective tool for cybersecurity.

  • Lone western marshall faces a gang of gunfighters

    The hack-back vs. the rule of law: Who wins?

    With the option of retaliating against cyber criminals, make sure the rule of law trumps the immediate gratification of doing unto others.