Jaikumar Vijayan

Jaikumar Vijayan is a freelance technology writer specializing in computer security and privacy topics. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

Shadow cloud services pose a growing risk to enterprises

Shadow cloud services pose a growing risk to enterprises

A growing tendency by business units and workgroups to sign up for cloud services without asking their IT organization creates serious risks for enterprises.

UPS now the third company in a week to disclose data breach

Credit and debit card information belonging to customers who did business at 51 UPS Store Inc. locations in 24 U.S. states this year may have been compromised.

Healthcare organizations still too lax on security

Healthcare organizations still too lax on security

The data breach at Community Health Systems that exposed the personal information on more than 4.5 million people is a symptom of the chronic lack of attention to patient data security and privacy within the healthcare industry.

About 4.5M face risk of ID theft after hospital network hacked

About 4.5M face risk of ID theft after hospital network hacked

About 4.5 million people in 28 states face the risk of identity theft due to a massive data breach at Community Health Systems (CHS) a Franklin, Tenn., based health network.

Supervalu breach shows why move to smartcards is long overdue

The data breach disclosed by Supervalu is another reminder about why the ongoing migration of the U.S. payment system to smartcard technology can't happen fast enough.

Grocery stores in multiple states hit by data breach

A data breach at Supervalu Inc., one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S., could affect thousands of people who shopped at the company's stores in June and July.

Tennessee firm blames bank for $193K cybertheft

A lawsuit filed in Tennessee earlier this month has resurfaced questions about a bank's responsibility in protecting customers against cyberheists.

Senator wants curbs placed on fitness data use

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate the data gathering and sharing practices of makers of personal fitness devices and applications.

PCI Security Council moves to boost service providers' credit card security

The PCI Security Standards Council has updated its guidance to help merchants better determine whether third party service providers have implemented security measures to protect credit and debit cardholder data.

Russian credential theft shows why the password is dead

News that Russian hackers amassed log-in credentials belonging to more than 1.2 billion Internet users hammers home why companies that have not implemented strong authentication measures really need to get moving on it.

Cybersecurity should be professionalized

The time is ripe for professionalizing cybersecurity, according to Salve Regina University's Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.

Retail industry rallies behind open standard for tokenization

A coalition of retail industry trade groups this week called for the creation of an open tokenization standard for protecting credit and debit card data from theft and misuse.

Microsoft ordered to turn over customer data stored in the cloud

Microsoft has been ordered to comply with a U.S. government demand for a customer's emails stored on a company server in Dublin, Ireland.

Attackers exploit remote access tools to compromise retail systems

Malicious hackers are using remote access tools to break into retail point-of-sale systems and plant malware on them, the Department of Homeland Security warned.

CISOs still struggle for respect from peers

Chief information security officers (CISOs) continue to have a hard time gaining the respect of other C-suite executives despite the heightened focus overall on information security.

There's still a security disconnect on BYOD

Corporate employees are taking a surprisingly lax approach towards security issues raised by the business use of personally owned mobile devices.

New docs show DHS was more worried about critical infrastructure flaw in '07 than it let on

The Department of Homeland Security mistakenly released details on an experiment in which a 27-ton generator was destroyed via a cyberattack.

NSA defends collecting data from U.S. residents not suspected of terrorist activities

The National Security Agency Monday defended its data collection practices amid revelations that almost 90% of the data it sweeps up involves ordinary Internet users not suspected of crimes.

Hackers hit more businesses through remote access accounts

Hackers recently broke into payment systems at several northwestern U.S. restaurants and food service companies via a remote access account belonging to one of their vendors, another example of the need for companies to monitor...

Critics blast Microsoft's takedown of No-IP domains

Microsoft's tactics in using a court order to seize nearly two-dozen No-IP.com domains it said were used to distribute Windows malware tools were called ham-handed by several critics.

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