Encryption: What it is and Where it’s Going.

In order to demonstrate private and public key encryption, it is best to have a cast of characters. Meet Alice, Eve, and Bob.     Alice wants to send Bob some sensitive information. Eve has been trying to get this information from Alice. She has been watching her communications in anticipation. How can Alice send this information to Bob without Eve seeing the information? Let’s assume that Alice and Bob are not able to meet in-person, so physically handing off the information is not an option. Symmetrical Key Encryption If this were a physical box containing sensitive information, then Alice …

How Do I Secure the Cloud?

Cloud security spending has been growing at an annual rate of 28% according to Forrester Research. By 2021, cloud security spending will be at $3.5 billion. Some of the biggest spenders are the financial and healthcare industries. The Forrester report states, “We expect most companies to look to commercial off the shelf solutions for their cloud security needs.” These off the shelf solutions are becoming more and more available as the cloud security market expands, but not all companies have made the move to secure the cloud. (Cloud security spending to hit $3.5bn by 2021, says Forrester  By James Bourne). …

An Introduction to Passwords

Most of us – especially those reading this blog – have used one or more passwords in the past 24 hours. Passwords protect our personal and business information, but how secure are they? The first computer passwords were developed in 1961 by MIT for CTSS applications. Since then, passwords have become ever more present and important. Some of us use one password for everything. The teachings of cyber security deem that one password for everything – no matter how secure or complex – is a vulnerability. This is because if a hacker were to breach a single site that does …