J.M. Porup

Senior Writer

J.M. Porup has been a security geek since 2002, when he got his first job in IT. Since then he's covered national security and information security for a variety of publications, and now calls CSOonline home. He previously reported from Colombia for four years, where he wrote travel guidebooks to Latin America, and speaks Spanish fluently with a hilarious gringo-Colombian accent.

IT services giant HCL left employee passwords, other sensitive data exposed online

Will the U.S. government draft cybersecurity professionals?

Will the U.S. government draft cybersecurity professionals?

A Congressional commission might soon recommend conscription of cybersecurity professionals to serve in both the military and civil service. Will the government force security pros to work for Uncle Sam?

200 million-record breach: Why collecting too much data raises risk

200 million-record breach: Why collecting too much data raises risk

Avoid the siren song of big data and collect only what you need. This is the big takeaway from a 200-million record direct marketing list, including home address, telephone, religious affiliation and financial information now...

How and why deepfake videos work — and what is at risk

How and why deepfake videos work — and what is at risk

Once the bailiwick of Hollywood special effects studios with multi-million-dollar budgets, now anyone can download deepfake software and use machine learning to make believable fake videos. This makes a lot of people nervous.

9 top hacker movies and TV shows of all time

9 top hacker movies and TV shows of all time

Movies and TV shows have long influenced how lawmakers and society think about information security. We all have our personal favorite we're obsessed with. What's yours?

SoftNAS Cloud 0day found: Upgrade ASAP

SoftNAS Cloud 0day found: Upgrade ASAP

SoftNAS Cloud users should upgrade immediately following a report by Digital Defense that the virtual cloud appliance is vulnerable to a session management security issue.

What is Mimikatz? And how to defend against this password stealing tool

What is Mimikatz? And how to defend against this password stealing tool

Mimikatz is a leading post-exploitation tool that dumps passwords from memory, as well as hashes, PINs and Kerberos tickets.

Better, badder, bigger SIEM coming your way, folks, courtesy of Google

Better, badder, bigger SIEM coming your way, folks, courtesy of Google

Google/Alphabet's Chronicle cybersecurity moonshot has a doozy of a mega-gargantuan SIEM with huge pluses--and minuses. Take note.

Add cybersecurity to Doomsday Clock concerns, says Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Add cybersecurity to Doomsday Clock concerns, says Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

The Doomsday Clock, once a ritual feature of the Cold War, warns that cybersecurity issues like IoT and cyber-enabled information warfare endanger humanity.

Fear and loathing defending ICS security at DoE's CyberForce Competition

Fear and loathing defending ICS security at DoE's CyberForce Competition

Defending critical infrastructure from determined attackers is not an easy task, CSO reporter J.M. Porup learned competing in the Department of Energy's CyberForce Competition 2018, a cyber security training initiative.

BlackBerry's acquisition of Cylance raises eyebrows in the security community

BlackBerry's acquisition of Cylance raises eyebrows in the security community

BlackBerry's move into the endpoint security game may create public safety issues, given the company's history with encryption backdoors, experts say.

Cylance researchers discover powerful new nation-state APT

Cylance researchers discover powerful new nation-state APT

A new APT, dubbed White Company, is flexing its muscle on the world stage, and it has security researchers worried.

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