Topic: security

The EFF files amicus brief in favor of Apple

Multiple technology companies have been offering support to Apple during the FBI encrypted iPhone dispute, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is among the many organizations that disagree with the government’s request to break into an iPhone. Yesterday, the EFF filed an amicus brief in support of Apple’s fight against the court order. The brief is … continue reading

RSA conference has machine-learning, cloud-based solutions on display

It’s no secret that computer security is a difficult area of expertise. At the annual RSA Conference in San Francisco this week, attendees were treated to a host of solutions to solve their security woes. As usual, however, software development is not the focus. Robert Griffin, chief security architect at RSA, agreed that developing secure … continue reading

Cryptography pioneers receive Turing Award

The ACM Turing Award, presented by the Association for Computing Machinery, is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing.” Today, Whitfield Diffie, former chief security officer at Sun Microsystems, and Martin E. Hellman, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford University, were recipients of the 2015 award for their contributions to modern cryptography. … continue reading

Apple is developing new iPhone security to thwart the FBI

Recent reports show Google and other technology companies are standing with Apple in the FBI/Apple conflict, while others like Bill Gates sided with the FBI. Meanwhile, Apple’s engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone, even if they do win the fight. … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Let the FBI hack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

Personal privacy vs. national security. That’s the issue at stake today as the FBI has asked Apple to hack into the phone of one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, Calif., terror attack in December. On the face of it, the stance by Apple’s Tim Cook seems genuine enough. People have come to trust … continue reading

Tim Cook releases statement on FBI unlocking iPhone, Microsoft’s C++ compiler tool set, and Google’s EarlGrey—SD Times news digest: Feb. 17, 2016

Tim Cook released a message to Apple customers yesterday, saying the United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step that threatens the security of Apple customers. Cook wrote that the company opposes this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand. He said that for years Apple has used … continue reading

PostgreSQL security update release, Transcrypt Python 3.5 to JavaScript transpiler, and a new IntelliJ IDEA 16 EAP build—SD Times digest: Feb. 12, 2016

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released an update to all supported versions of the database system. Versions include 9.5.1, 9.4.6, 9.3.11, 9.2.15 and 9.1.20. This release fixes two security issues, as well as several bugs that were discovered over the last four months. Users vulnerable to those security issues should update their installations immediately, … continue reading

Enigma security conference confronts end-point security, false positives

Digital security is tough to get right, and on the software side of the equation, it’s even harder. Traditionally, software security has come in the form of edge-of-network devices, like firewalls and intrusion detection systems. It is the software itself, however, that often offers up the exploitable surface area to an attacker. USENIX Enigma, a … continue reading

Microsoft expands its R services reach, a Windows security update, and Google’s focus on VR—SD Times news digest: Jan. 13, 2016

Microsoft wants to make R the enterprise standard for cross-platform analytics. The company has unveiled its plan to deliver R-based analytics to new platforms, developers and the R community. When the company acquired Revolution Analytics (a provider of software and services for R) less than a year ago, it obtained Revolution R Open and Revolution … continue reading

Black Duck adds container-scanning capabilities

The growth of container usage has created new challenges for DevOps teams, which is why Black Duck Software announced today that it will be adding container-scanning capabilities to its Hub software. This addition will help DevOps teams map open-source security vulnerabilities for applications. It will also allow them to map Linux distributions and other software … continue reading

2015: Security remains a stepchild

Software security is improving, but this past year still saw hacks and security breaches. In 2015, companies were creating new tools or initiatives to make sure data and critical information were protected, but with a fair share of leaks and hacks, the wait for a solution to software security continues. Unlike other approaches to security, … continue reading

Abode’s Project Comet, Apple shuts down Topsy, and Microsoft and Tobii on Windows Hello—SD Times news digest: Dec. 16, 2015

Adobe has provided an update on where the company is and what’s to come with Project Comet, its new solution for UX designers and developers. Project Comet is designed as an end-to-end solution for creating and prototyping websites and mobile apps. The company expects to release a public beta of the solution early next year, … continue reading

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