Whiskey heist proves potent for cybersecurity age

April 22, 2015

An old-fashioned case of 200 missing bottles of prized Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, which Kentucky cops cracked on Tuesday, is almost refreshing in an era of daily digital theft. It was an inside job. Watching one’s own is as important and difficult as guarding against intruders.

Review: Choking on digital exhaust

April 2, 2015

Government and corporate mass surveillance of citizens is an aberration on a par with child labor or environmental pollution, claims security expert Bruce Schneier in “Data and Goliath.” He offers a rousing call for resistance, and hope for change - a few decades hence.

Bank cyberinsurance is overdue to come of age

December 23, 2014

It’s a confusing market, but growing fast. No wonder with a huge breach at JPMorgan in 2014, never mind monsters at Sony and Home Depot. Add a Washington campaign, and insurance may become standard. As well as financial cover, that could improve security – but only at the margin.

Sony email shareholders would like to see

December 17, 2014

The hacking scandal at the Japanese conglomerate’s Hollywood studio isn’t just embarrassing. It’s a business problem for a company already struggling to turn itself around. Herewith, a fictional selection of internal messages Sony’s board ought to be fielding.

Jamie Dimon returns to challenges old and new

October 14, 2014

JPMorgan’s boss is back after cancer treatment. But results missed estimates thanks to legal and other costs. The investment bank is punching below its weight. Cybersecurity is a growing worry. Even the timing of the bank’s earnings release was off. Dimon has his work cut out.

Uncle Sam gets wires crossed on data privacy

September 24, 2014

A hacker went to prison for exposing personal information AT&T didn’t protect. Now prosecutors are defending the legality of doing essentially the same thing in the Silk Road drug website case. Online privacy laws are flawed when enforcers can’t decide what’s allowed.

Home Depot hack scarier than Hollywood breach

September 3, 2014

Maybe Apple et al can make the cloud more secure, but celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence also probably need to be extra careful. Violations that expose millions of people to financial loss are in a different league. Investors should punish companies that skimp on security.

Confidence in cloud, cybersecurity key to growth

December 29, 2011

They’re both hot $60 bln markets. But faith in cloud computing took a blow in 2011 with outages at Amazon and elsewhere. And the hacking of targets from Sony to Scarlett Johansson showed shortcomings in security. The tech industry needs to stay ahead if it wants to keep growth going.