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The New Privacy Environment: European Union Leads the Way on Personal Data Protection

We all understand the risks in accidentally revealing a social security number. But are there other pieces of less identifying or even anonymous information that taken together act like a...

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The Definitive Guide to Cryptographic Hash Functions (Part II)

Last time I talked about how cryptographic hash functions are used to scramble passwords.  I also stressed why it is extremely important to not be able to take a hash...

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Lessons Learned from Mat Honan’s Epic Hacking

” Password-based security mechanisms — which can be cracked, reset, and socially engineered — no longer suffice in the era of cloud computing.” If you haven’t read Gizmodo writer Mat Honan’s...

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The Definitive Guide to Cryptographic Hash Functions (Part 1)

Give me any message and I will create a secret code to obscure it. Try it! Try another one. This is called hashing—a technique often used to secure passwords (among...

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Marco Arment on Dropbox: Don’t use it for anything valuable

If you haven’t heard of Marco Arment–creator of Instapaper, co-founder of Tumblr, and Internet-famous software developer–go follow him on Twitter…now. Not only is Marco an amazingly successful entrepreneur, but his...

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The Difference Between Everyone and Authenticated Users

In order to maintain proper access controls, it’s crucial to understand what every entity on an access control list (ACL) represents, including the implicit identities that are built into a...

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SharePoint Permissions Cheat Sheet

Complexity is dangerous in the security world.  The harder something is to understand, the harder it is to protect.  SharePoint falls squarely into this category.  Configuring permissions in SharePoint can...

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Data Classification Tips: Finding Credit Card Numbers

Data classification is a critical piece of the data governance puzzle.  In order to be successful at governing data, you have to know—at all times—where your sensitive data is concentrated,...

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Exchange Journaling and Diagnostics: How to

Journaling and Diagnostics Logging are services to monitor and audit activity on Microsoft Exchange servers. They provide basic auditing functionality for email activity (e.g. who sent which message to whom)...

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5 Things You Should Know About Big Data

Big data is a very hot topic, and with the Splunk IPO last week seeing a 1999-style spike, the bandwagon is overflowing.  We’re poised to see many businesses pivoting into...

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