Drew Amorosi

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Deputy Editor, Infosecurity Magazine

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Drew is the Deputy Editor of Infosecurity magazine and has spent more than a decade covering the science and technology industry. A graduate of Rutgers University, he specializes in research on the intersection of technology and public policy, with a focus on socio-political trends and impacts.

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My Apology Letter to Edward Snowden
Nine months and counting – nine months since Edward Snowden first told the world that the US government logged the metadata of all telephone traffic. Shortly after came PRISM, involvement by the UK government’s GCHQ, and XKeyscore. We’ve learned that the NSA monitored communication ...
Posted 17 March 2014 by Drew Amorosi
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 Is Edward Snowden a hero, or a criminal? Is he a champion of human rights, or a traitor to his country? These are complicated questions, but I wonder if we should be asking them at all. As I write this, Snowden is marooned in the transit zone of a Moscow airport – the victim of a revoke ...
Posted 10 July 2013 by Drew Amorosi
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Can you prevent and advanced persistent threat from taking hold within your enterprise network? Can you thwart a determined and targeted cyber-attacker – bent on the theft of your most sensitive information – from achieving successful entry? If you ask George Kurtz of security start-up C ...
Posted 25 June 2013 by Drew Amorosi
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Last week we published accompanying editorials from our most recent print edition that asked a rather simple question: Should information security professionals be licensed to practice? Arguing in favor of such a licensing scheme, ISACA’s Alan Boardman lays out several reasons why infosec pro ...
Posted 02 May 2013 by Drew Amorosi
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Commercial Anti-virus vs. Microsoft
It’s often the case when I set out and write a news feature that I typically end up with far more copy than space allotted in our print edition. My most recent feature on Windows 8 security is no exception. Thank goodness for this blog, and its ability to serve as a venue for all those unused ...
Posted 19 December 2012 by Drew Amorosi
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Cybersecurity’s “Fiscal Cliff”
Regardless of how the profession has evolved, or what the specific challenges are facing your sector, one thing has remained constant in the information security field for some time: the demand for qualified professionals has generated nearly full employment for the industry. This comes at a time wh ...
Posted 13 December 2012 by Drew Amorosi
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How Do You Define a Data Breach?
As I have promised in previous posts, I will continue to use this space to publish comments and letters we receive on our coverage. This most recent comment came from someone read our news item a few weeks ago about the recent spearphishing attack on the White House. Our reader noted: "Infos ...
Posted 19 October 2012 by Drew Amorosi
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What exactly constitutes a data breach? How do we define it? Is it simply when an attacker runs off with thousands of customer details, or does it also include the theft of IP? Perhaps it’s any action that leads to the compromise of organizational data, networks, or assets? What about when our ...
Posted 09 October 2012 by Drew Amorosi
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Debunking the Gospel of Security Marketing
Identity and access management are critical for most, if not all organizations – whether its employee access to enterprise networks, or customers who need access to your products and services. Authentication – and the credentials that make it possible – is at the heart of many data ...
Posted 27 August 2012 by Drew Amorosi
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BYOD, Big Data, and My Breakfast with Steve
Our digital world makes frequent communications with colleagues across the globe a seamless occurrence these days. Yet, it’s still nice – and my preferred method – to meet with people face to face. So when the Information Security Forum’s global executive VP, Steve Durbin, wa ...
Posted 20 August 2012 by Drew Amorosi
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American politicians love to bash the Europeans. A common refrain during many campaigns here in the states is ‘my opponent’s policies will make us more like Europe’, as if the entire continent was a monolithic monster spewing forth a subversive socialist agenda. I would like to thi ...
Posted 13 June 2012 by Drew Amorosi
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A recent law enforcement sting corralled 25 alleged members of the Anonymous hacktivist group. As it turns out, the information fed to the FBI and other participating agencies came from within: Hector Xavier Monsegur (aka, ‘Sabu’) leader of the Anonymous offshoot LulzSec, had appare ...
Posted 03 April 2012 by Drew Amorosi
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I was driving home today from a conference on online copyright enforcement, and in case you missed our frenzy of Tweets ( #copyrightcitp) live from the event, I promise to write more about it in our upcoming news feature on anti-piracy legislation. But this blog is not about digital pirates. My att ...
Posted 14 March 2012 by Drew Amorosi
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First, please excuse me for letting my inner Archie Bunker vent a little. If you are anything like me, then you could care less about updating your Facebook page on an hourly basis. Sure, I have a page, but maintaining it is both a bore and a chore (pardon my weak rhyming scheme). What are even wors ...
Posted 02 February 2012 by Drew Amorosi
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From time to time, I try to share some of our reader feedback via this blog, whether it is positive or negative. As each year draws to a close, our editorial inbox gets bombarded with threat predictions of all kinds for the upcoming year. Some are company-wide predictions, others come from individua ...
Posted 19 December 2011 by Drew Amorosi
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In what may qualify as a profound understatement, the past year has been challenging for security professionals across the globe. Much of what infosec professionals do goes unnoticed, except when things go wrong. And 2011 has had no shortage of these black-eye events. Allow me, however, to highlig ...
Posted 14 December 2011 by Drew Amorosi
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Cyberespionage: The Chinese State of Denial
Today I spoke with Roger Cressey, a cybersecurity and counterterrorism expert for both the Clinton and Bush administrations, and now a senior VP with Booz Allen Hamilton. I asked him if he was equally amused by the Chinese government’s continuous denials that hackers within its borders activel ...
Posted 16 November 2011 by Drew Amorosi
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Many large organizations make preparations for disaster, but the recent hurricane that hit the East Coast of the US illustrates why long-term business continuity planning on a local level can be critical to survival – and your employees’ well being. While much of what we cover here at I ...
Posted 13 October 2011 by Drew Amorosi
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Earthquakes and Cloud Servers
It was at about 2 PM when I had settled into my chair to begin moderating our latest webinar on securing cloud servers. Not far into my introductions, I noticed a bit of a rumble beneath my feet, as if someone where taking a jackhammer to the ceiling on the floor below. It was a slight hum at first, ...
Posted 24 August 2011 by Drew Amorosi
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The Cost of a Data Breach
As I have done in a previous post, I am taking this opportunity to share with our online audience some of the letters we receive regarding our online and print coverage. This letter comes from a reader of our most recent issue, and my response to his comments can be found below the letter. As always ...
Posted 08 July 2011 by Drew Amorosi
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