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Yearly Archives: 2018

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 […]

These 6 Upstarts Are Reprogramming the Future–Starting With Microbes, Daycare

San Antonio, Tech Hotspot Austin gets the glory. But just an hour south, San Antonio, Texas, quietly dominates cybersecurity. Its sector bona fides date back to 1985, when the Air Force consolidated its electronic security mission there. Defense contractors followed, and then a former chip-manufacturing plant was converted into a sprawling National Security Agency outpost. […]