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Web Vulnerabilities Up, IoT Flaws Down

Companies need to automate both their scanning for vulnerabilities and use agile develop methodologies to fix security issues as early in the software-development cycle as possible, says Dan Cornell, chief technology officer for the Denim Group, a software-security firm. “I think we are still at the saturation point, where organizations have a much greater focus […]

Don’t send sensitive info on Facebook Messenger, cybersecurity experts warn

“Messages in Facebook Messenger are likely more sensitive than the information many Facebook users reveal to friends and family in their profiles,” said John Dickson, principal at Denim Group. He warned that Facebook was trading user safety for profit. “Facebook has been able to make billions by selling user information and behavior information in exchange for access […]

Marriott’s $13.6 Billion Starwood Deal Bought Security Risk

“The hospitality industry’s rhetoric about cybersecurity far outpaces its actual investment in it,” said John Dickson, principal at Denim Group, a cybersecurity firm. “For having so much personal information, they’re too cavalier about cybersecurity.” The biggest risk facing the company is that the breach will harm Marriott’s relationship with the frequent guests it paid so […]

The Cybersecurity 202: Lawmakers seek to quash ‘Grinch bots’ inflating holiday toy prices

Of course, the threat goes beyond just toys. “For me it’s interesting to see the willingness of potentially malicious actors to misuse systems in a variety of ways, and the evolution of those ways over time,” said Dan Cornell, chief technology officer of a Texas-based cybersecurity consulting firm called the Denim Group. Still, lawmakers sponsoring the […]

How to make sure your vote gets counted on Election Day

Setting up mass robocalls for Election Day that purport to be from election offices but actually give voters wrong information is “very easy, very straight-forward” to do for those with malicious intent, said John Dickson, principal at Denim Group, a cybersecurity firm in San Antonio, Texas. “It might say, ‘Hey, we’re calling from the Tarrant County […]

Ready or not, states are about to find out if their election security investments worked

“What I worry about candidly is that government is creating a TSA for elections,” cybersecurity consultant John Dickson told StateScoop. “It’s the lack of creativity and original thinking that will create a default where the only thing we can do is spend money and do rote testing.” Dickson said state and local officials should be […]