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Botz Security Bytes Newsletter — September 2014

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 SECURITY BYTES


   Solving information security problems                           September 2014

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It's Encrypted. Don't Worry!

 

Encryption: Not a Panacea September 8, 2014 — I just have to chuckle when I see a web site or hear a commercial touting how my personal information is secure because “we use encryption."

 

I guarantee you that Target did — and does — encrypt your personal information at rest. In fact, I strongly suspect they were doing a better job of protecting personal information than the average retail company.

 

You may have thought that encrypted data is much harder to steal than unencrypted data.....

 

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Is Open Source More Secure?

 

Is open source secure?A hot debate over the inherent security benefits of open source software — or lack thereof — has been raging (again) since the “heartbleed” bug came to light last spring.

 

So…..from a security expert’s point of view (yes, mine!), is open source really more secure than closed source (or proprietary) software?

 

Let's start by reviewing the arguments presented by pundits.....

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