Data Breach – JP Morgan intrusion details emerging

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More details emerge on JP Morgan banking breach earlier this year: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/23/daily-report-simple-flaw-allowed-jp-morgan-computer-breach/   The computer breach at JPMorgan Chase this summer — the largest intrusion of an American bank to date — might have been thwarted if the bank had installed a simple security fix to an overlooked server in its vast network, said people […]

Ransomware – NEW OphionLocker family emerges

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The new OphionLocker ransomware malware agent is described in following links: http://trojan7malware.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/ophionlocker-new-ransomware-on-scene.html https://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002777.html   Last August, we wrote about a series of ransomware that included  SynoLocker and CryptoWall. In our Cryptowall post, we briefly mentioned the more advanced family of ransomware, CTB-Locker, which uses elliptic curve cryptography for file encryption and Tor for communication with the […]

Wireless Technology – Projections for 2015

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Some projections for 2015 are noted in following article: http://www.bidnessetc.com/31708-what-to-expect-from-the-wireless-industry-in-2015/ QUOTE:  2014 was a tumultuous year for wireless carriers. The telecom sector has underperformed the overall market due to failed merger attempts, intensifying price wars, and expensive spectrum auctions, The telecom ETF, iShares Dow Jones US Telecom has risen 0.34% year-to-date (YTD), compared to the […]

Windows 10 – New Spartan web browser project may be in process

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Microsoft may be working on a major update in it’s browser technology as part of the Windows 10 initiative.  Further developments are likely to emerge in future. http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-is-building-a-new-browser-as-part-of-its-windows-10-push/   There’s been talk for a while that Microsoft was going to make some big changes to Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 time frame, making IE “Spartan” […]

CyberSecurity – Gaming Networks offline Christmas

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Cyberattacks were launched during holiday season as documented in article below: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/26/sony-and-microsoft-game-console-networks-disrupted/   The computer networks for Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation 4 video game consoles were off line for most of Christmas Day, possibly because of an attack by a group of hackers with a history of targeting video games. The hackers who call […]

Leadership – Travel High Road effective for difficult people

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Another excellent leadership article: http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/want-a-better-holiday-follow-my-dads-advice   There’s lots of great advice out there about handling relational conflict over the holidays – from setting healthy boundaries to sharing feelings kindly but honestly. And it’s all valuable advice. Today, I’d like to share with you one behavior that my dad modeled in my family growing up, and […]

Anti-Virus Testing- Android Security Applications NOV2014

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AV-Test is an independent software testing firm. Their latest testing focus on how well Android security products can protect devices with most products scoring well in the evaluation http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/330168-report-android-security-apps-improving FULL REPORT AV-TEST – Android Security Applications NOV2014 http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/mobile-devices/android/november-2014/   While there aren’t nearly as many malicious applications aimed at Android devices as there are targeting […]

Anti-Virus Testing- AV-Comparatives tests Virus cleaning DEC2014

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AV-Comparatives is an independent software testing firm. The latest AV product tests focus on how well they can clean infected systems in removing malware and correcting damages to the registry and overall Windows system. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/330210-pc-infected-which-antivirus-does-the-best-cleanup FULL DETAILED PDF – AV-Comparatives tests Virus cleaning DEC2014 http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/avc_rem_201411_en.pdf TABLE SUMMARIZING TEST RESULTS BY VENDOR http://www.pcmag.com/image_popup/0,1740,iid=441354,00.asp   The AV-Comparatives […]

Anti-Virus protection – one key defense for 2015

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While safe practices can go along way in protecting users, this brief article highlights the complementary need for technology defenses as well. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/330459-why-you-need-antivirus-software   These days, “antivirus” is just a word for a tool that protects your data and your PC against viruses, Trojans, botnets, rootkits, rogue security software, ransomware, and all types of malicious […]

Leadership – Five Techniques to sharpen skills for 2015

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Excellent advice for coming year is found at John Maxwell’s leadership blog.  These strategies can provide improved techniques to help take on the challenges for coming year: http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/5-surefire-ways-to-sharpen-your-skills QUOTE: Recently, another leader asked me about how he should go about sharpening his skills in the areas where he was naturally gifted. Here are the thoughts […]


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