The damaging impact data breaches have on American society as a whole

July 14, 2020 | Sam Bocetta
Sam Bocetta

Sam Bocetta

Sam Bocetta is a freelance journalist specializing in U.S. diplomacy and national security, with emphases on technology trends in cyberwarfare, cyberdefense, and cryptography.

July 14, 2020 | Sam Bocetta

The damaging impact data breaches have on American society as a whole

This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. In the age of the internet where everyone has a mobile phone and multiple social media profiles, one phrase has become synonymous with doom and dread - data breach. It seems like these breaches have become a regular occurrence in modern society. Small businesses may be particularly susceptible to security hacks,…

April 21, 2020 | Sam Bocetta

How Blockchain could transform smart-home privacy tech

About the time that Bitcoin was becoming a household name in the cryptocurrency business, an associated up-and-coming technology called blockchain was making waves and being hailed as the next big thing. Then it all but disappeared from the pages of the tech journals and websites. In other words, the big splash never materialized. Looking back, the problem was that it…

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March 2, 2020 | Sam Bocetta

How a small business can achieve Zero Trust security

Contrary to popular belief, small businesses don’t need to be restricted by their budgets and productive capacity - especially when it comes to security. By using the right Zero Trust approach, businesses can prevent data breaches, all while continuing to grow. New technologies such as databases, the cloud, the internet-of-things, and countless network devices help a business save…

December 15, 2019 | Sam Bocetta

Should cities pay a ransomware demand?

UPDATE: In a “ripped from the headlines” moment, we have real world confirmation of the growing risk discussed in this article. Breaking news over the weekend revealed that both the city of New Orleans and New Jersey's largest hospital network are in the midst of dealing with serious ransomware attacks. When you hear about data breaches…

December 7, 2019 | Sam Bocetta

A Guide to Mobile TLS Certificate Pinning

Cybersecurity professionals know what they’re up against. The type, number and severity of cyberattacks grows with time. Hackers display no shortage of cunning and ingenuity in exploiting security vulnerabilities, compromising important data and inflicting damage to both individuals and organizations. Cybersecurity professionals also know that their defenses must evolve along with the attacks, requiring them to display even…

November 13, 2019 | Sam Bocetta

The future job market for cybersecurity professionals

If you work in IT – and even if you don’t – you’re probably aware of the huge shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Most companies are desperate for analysts trained to protect their valuable data from theft. On the surface, then, the future of the job market for cybersecurity seems bright. Look a little deeper, though, and…

September 18, 2019 | Sam Bocetta

Does your government take cybersecurity seriously enough?

Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash Cybercrime is global, but the response isn’t. Governments in the west are slowly waking up to the importance of cybersecurity, and are (equally slowly) helping businesses to safeguard data and home users to protect their homes from cyberattack. Look outside Europe and the US, though, and the picture is…

August 5, 2019 | Sam Bocetta

Deepfakes are a problem, what’s the solution?

Deepfakes are the latest moral panic, but the issues about consent, fake news, and political manipulation they raise are not new. They are also not issues that can be solved at a tech level. A deepfake is essentially a video of something that didn’t happen, but made to look extremely realistic. That might sound like a basic case…

July 10, 2019 | Sam Bocetta

What is Chaos Engineering in penetration testing?

Being proactive is the key to staying safe online, especially for businesses and organizations that operate websites and mobile applications. If you wait for threats to appear, then in most cases it is too late to defend against them. Many data breaches come about this way, with hackers uncovering security gaps that had gone previously undetected. The average web developer…