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Cyber Attacks – “Greater Concern than Terrorism”

Cyber Security and Cyber Terrorism

Cybersecurity Starts in High School with Tomorrow’s Hires By Sandrine Rastello & Jeanna Smialek | Article Courtesy of:  Bloomberg Sean Gallup/Getty Images Security breaches experienced by institutions ranging from Facebook Inc. to the Federal Reserve are spurring spending on cybersecurity. Five dozen teenagers hunched over computers in a hotel conference room near Washington, decrypting codes, cleaning malware and fending off network intrusions to score points in the finals of a national cybersecurity contest. A participant in last year’s CyberPatriot contest earned certifications and went from high-school to a job paying $62,000 said Bernie Skoch, the commissioner for the … [Read more...]

Big Data & the Boston Marathon Probe

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Extracting Key Investigative Data from the "Noise" Over Ten Terabytes of Data did not overwhelm federal, local and state investigators.   What follows is a fascinating story involving advanced data access, tracking and retrieval technologies.  Boston probe's big data use hints at the future By Frank Konkel - Article Courtesy of:  FCW Less than 24 hours after two explosions killed three people and injured dozens more at the April 15 Boston Marathon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had compiled 10 terabytes of data in hopes of finding needles in haystacks of information that might lead to the suspects. The tensest part of the ongoing investigation – the death of one suspect and the capture … [Read more...]

Can your boss demand Social Media passwords?

Investigate Social Media "Like a Boss"

Bill amendment would let bosses demand Facebook passwords during investigations in Washington state Article Courtesy of: The Associated Press SEATTLE — A bill amendment proposed Tuesday could allow employers to ask for a worker's Facebook or other social media password during company investigations. The provision was proposed for a bill that safeguards social network passwords of workers and job applicants. The measure bars employers from asking for social media credentials during job interviews. The amendment was introduced at the House Labor Committee at the request of business groups. The Associated Press reported last year that some employers around the country were asking … [Read more...]

Facebook & Big Data Collide

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Big Data Could Cripple Facebook Article Courtesy of:  TechCrunch & JON EVANS So there’s this startup called SmogFarm, which does big-data sentiment analysis, “pulse of the planet” stuff. I spotted them last year, and now they’ve got an actual product with an actual business model up and running in private beta: KredStreet, “The Social Stock Trader Rankings,” which performs sentiment analysis on StockTwits data and a sampling of the Twitter firehose to determine traders’ overall bullish/bearish feeling. They also compare reality against past sentiment to score and rank traders based on their accuracy, which is more interesting. It’s a first iteration, but it looks pretty nifty, and I like … [Read more...]

Your Identity Is Your Biggest Asset

Social Security Card - Identity Theft

5 Places Where You Should Never Give Your Social Security Number Article Courtesy of:  Adam Levin and the Huffington Post Adam Levin is the Former Director New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs; founder of Credit.com and Identity Theft 911 Every time you go to a new doctor or dentist and they give you a clipboard brimming with documents to fill out and sign, notice how they always ask for your Social Security number? Do you dutifully give it up? Did you ever wonder if they really need it? I once asked a doctor why he wanted it. His response: "I don't really know. I guess it's because we've always asked for it." (In actuality, most doctors ask in case your insurance doesn't pay … [Read more...]

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