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Cybersecurity in Hospitals

Hospitals have hundreds—even thousands—of workers using countless electronic devices that are vulnerable to security breaches, data thefts and ransomware attacks. Health care data breaches are a growing threat to the health care industry, causing data loss and monetary theft but also attack on medical devices and infrastructure. Hospital data security breaches in particular have the potential to …

Extending Cybersecurity Awareness through a Web-based laboratory

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is coming to an end in Canada. This is an opportunity to introduce another initiative to enhance outreach, research and education for cybersecurity. It is a well-known fact that there is a shortage of trained cybersecurity professional. Industries and governments are looking for ways to attract students into the field of cybersecurity …

A language Model for Compromised User Analysis

Accounts of social network users can be compromised in a number of ways. When malware infects a user account, that account can be used to spread spam and malware as well as to gather personal information. Current online systems employ authentication mechanism to verify user’s identities and determine their corresponding authorities. Once authenticated, users are …

Assessing the Macro-Level correlates of Malware Infections using a routine Activities framework

Malicious software poses a massive threat to individuals worldwide. Malicious software, or malware, can automate attacks in order to acquire sensitive information or interrupt critical infrastructures. In this study, Thomas Holt and his colleagues looked at malicious software from a criminology point of view. By using a routine activities framework, the authors examined the macro-correlates …

Determinants of reporting cybercrime

Criminology studies on determinants of reporting crimes have been growing for the past decades. It is important for victims to report crimes to help police organizations acknowledge the prevalence of different types of crime. Prevalence of cybercrime has increased and is now becoming part of individuals’ everyday life. While the literature about determinants of reporting …

The dark side of ubiquitous connectivity

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are often referred as the ‘Swiss pocketknives’ of today’s individual, as they serve a range of needs, activities and purposes. Along with the rapid spread of smartphones, smartphone-based Social Networking Service (SNS) has penetrated into our daily lives by allowing people to maintain close and intimate relationships with …

Why don’t employees follow security policy ?

Information Security Policy Compliance: An Empirical Study of Rationality-Based Beliefs and Information Security Awareness Burcu Bulgurcu and researchers from the Saunders School of Business at the University of British Colombia looked into the problem of employees not complying with security policy.  Security policy is (generally) put in place to protect the company from attacks directed …