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DDoS and the Democratization of Censorship

cyber disaster recovery planning

In the past, most concepts of censorship — like those in the works of George Orwell or Aldous Huxley — imagined that those in power would use their influence to decide what can and cannot be said or printed. However, just as the internet has created a space for more voices to be heard (e.g., on social media platforms), it ...

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The Cyber World War: Is It Already Here?


Analysts have watched the international stage closely for years as nation-states compete in an ever-intensifying arms race. Unlike in the past, however, it’s not nuclear weapons or missile caches at the center of the contest. Instead, world superpowers and a number of developing nations have been fortifying their hacking capabilities and targeting one another for multiple ends: intelligence gathering, sabotage, ...

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Cyber Security: You Get What You Pay For

security spending

Sometimes it pays to shop for the absolute lowest price, such as airline tickets, or brand-name consumer products you can get at several locations. Other times — like in houses, cars or healthcare — going too far in the bargain hunt can bite you in the butt. Cyber security is one area in which you simply do not want to ...

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Hacking the Heartland (Part 3): Safeguarding Farming Data


Drive through any stretch of American farmland, and you’ll see miles of reinforced fencing that protects crops and keeps out unauthorized visitors. It’s clear that security is a high priority at these critical purveyors of the U.S. food supply — and, of course, that’s for good reason. However, in an increasingly data-centered world, U.S. farms and agricultural companies have rapidly ...

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