Coronavirus & Elections Pose Security Threats: 4 Cloud Bets

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Coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 8 million people to date, globally, per John Hopkins university data, led to a spurt in usage of cloud services on the back of work-from-home, web-based learning and remote health diagnosis wave.

Markedly, the usage of cloud storage, collaboration apps, video conferencing and virtual meetings software increased exponentially in the past 100 days, ever since coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

On the flip side, this growing usage of cloud-based services is aggravating security lapses, inducing risks of hacking and phishing mails in the garb of coronavirus as content of the subject.

Moreover, usage of own devices and equipment that are not properly configured or can be infected with malware during teleworking or accessing information to and fro from cloud further raises possible security breaches for enterprises.

November Elections Raise Further Concerns

The intensified cybersecurity risks certainly don’t

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5 cyber security tools to protect yourself from online shopping fraud

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It’s another Saturday afternoon during lockdown, and you’re back on Amazon, filling your cart with household items and groceries. You haven’t been able to make your typical Target and Walmart runs lately, so you’re stocking up virtually instead.

Online shopping: everyone does it so it’s pretty harmless, right? Well, not always. Fraud is a possibility any time you shop online, according to Experian. And during a worldwide pandemic or even the holiday season, you’re especially vulnerable to hackers, phishers, and identity thieves. Covid-related fraud has already robbed a cumulative $13.4 million from unsuspecting Americans, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

That’s because

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Cyber Security: Need of the hour

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Jaspreet Singh, Partner- Cyber Security, EY

By Jaspreet Singh, Partner- Cyber Security, EY

The world has witnessed a paradigm shift in the way, of how an enterprise works due to COVID-19. With more than 2.5M people getting effected due to coronavirus worldwide, and an onset of lockdowns, a lot of industries are directly impacted. Remote working is increasing as a means of practising social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. All the Board meetings, overall performance and other business critical discussions are also happening remotely. However, one of the most important factors to be considered is, whether these connections are secure, whether the information about their enterprise level business strategies and financial updates are safe and not getting leaked outside.

Recent Maze Ransomware cyber-attack on an IT giant has left the company disarrayed due to its compromised internal systems and impacted its IT services to some of the Company’s

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How Changing Technology Affects Security

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Security is a tradeoff, a balancing act between attacker and defender. Unfortunately, that balance is never static. Changes in technology affect both sides. Society uses new technologies to decrease what I call the scope of defection — what attackers can get away with — and attackers use new technologies to increase it. What’s interesting is the difference between how the two groups incorporate new technologies.

Changes in security systems can be slow. Society has to implement any new security technology as a group, which implies agreement and coordination and — in some instances — a lengthy bureaucratic procurement process. Meanwhile, an attacker can just use the new technology. For example, at the end of the horse-and-buggy era, it was easier for a bank robber to use his new motorcar as a getaway vehicle than it was for a town’s police department to decide it needed a police car, get the

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CS142 Web Programming and Security

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Winter 2009

The web uses complex applications that run on heterogeneous
browsers that may be built using programming technologies such as
Javascript, AJAX, Google Web Toolkit, Apache Struts, Java Server
Faces, and Rails. This course covers how core web technologies
work; common security vulnerabilities; and how to build secure web
applications that avoid them.

Prerequisities: CS107 and CS108.


Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, Friday,
11:00-11:50am, CERAS 300
Sections: Friday, 4:15-5:05pm, in 380-380Y.
Newsgroup: su.class.cs142 (for discussion with TAs
and other students)
Questions for TAs:


  Time Location
Regular Friday Mar-20-2009 08:30-11:30AM HERRIN T175
Alternate Thursday Mar-19-2009 08:30-11:30AM HERRIN T175

Note: if you need to take the alternate final and have not yet told us, contact the TAs now

The final will be open-book and open-laptop, but not open-Internet: you will need to disable your wireless receivers.

Review Session Slides



Due: Wednesday, January 14, 11:59pm


Due: Wednesday, January 21



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Software Security: Building Security In.

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“When it comes to software security, the devil is in the details. This book tackles the details.”

—Bruce Schneier
CTO and founder, Counterpane
Author of Beyond Fear and Secrets and Lies

Software Security: Building Security In
Buy the book!

Beginning where the best-selling book Building Secure Software left off, Software Security teaches you how to put software security into practice. The software security best practices, or touchpoints, described in this book have their basis in good software engineering and involve explicitly pondering security throughout the software development lifecycle. This means knowing and understanding common risks (including implementation bugs and architectural flaws), designing for security, and subjecting all software artifacts to thorough, objective risk analyses and testing.

Software Security is about putting the touchpoints to work for you. Because you can apply these touchpoints to the kinds of software artifacts you already produce as you develop software,

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Computer Security Act of 1987

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Computer Security Act of 1987

In 1987, the U.S. Congress, led by Rep. Jack Brooks, enacted a law reaffirming that the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), a division of the Department of Commerce, was responsible for the security of unclassified, non-military government computer systems. Under the law, the role of the National Security Agency (NSA) was limited to providing technical assistance in the civilian security realm. Congress rightly felt that it was inappropriate for a military intelligence agency to have control over the dissemination of unclassified information.

The law was enacted after President Reagan issued the controversial National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 145 in 1984. The Reagan directive gave NSA control over all government computer systems containing “sensitive but unclassified” information. This was followed by a second directive issued by National Security Advisor John Poindexter that extended NSA authority over non-government computer systems.

Since the enactment of the

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Window Films, Security Mirrors, Drill Glass, Commercial Door Hardware

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LK Technologies a Gordon Glass Co. Celebrates its 100 Years in Business!

LK Technologies, Inc. has been in the Glass Industry since 1920. We started as a local glass shop providing glass- and mirror-related services to the Cleveland community. Being a fabricating facility we posses the first-hand experience in all the aspects of glass and mirror manufacturing, fabricating, and installations. We don’t just sell our products; we know how they work and are always happy to share our rich experience with you.

Our primary goal is to provide you with a safe, secure environment to browse and shop for popular hardware items. If you have questions or comments that aren’t addressed below please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or call us at 1.888.663.9830.

Our ordering procedure: Within 30 minutes of placing your

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Computer Security | FTC Consumer Information

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Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal your personal information – and your money. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself, like keeping your computer software up-to-date and giving out your personal information only when you have good reason.

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Update Your Software. Keep your software – including your operating system, the web browsers you use to connect to the Internet, and your apps – up to date to protect against the latest threats. Most software can update automatically, so make sure to set yours to do so.

Outdated software is easier for criminals to break into. If you think you have a virus or bad software on your computer, check out how to detect and get rid of malware.

Protect Your Personal Information. Don’t hand it out to just anyone. Your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers can be

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Biometrics Technology | Transportation Security Administration

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In November 2018, TSA began testing facial recognition technology at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Terminal F as an alternative means to verify a passenger’s identity when they begin screening at a TSA security checkpoint. This ongoing pilot is in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and tests biometric technology for identity verification. The technology used is the Traveler Verification System maintained by CBP. We also tested this system in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport from August to October 2018.

Participation in the facial recognition test is voluntary. Passengers who choose not to have their picture taken should notify a TSA officer.

What passengers can expect

When passengers present their boarding passes, a TSA officer will ask if they would like to have their picture taken instead of providing physical identification documents. CBP’s system will attempt to compare that picture to

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