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Stephen Cobb
Stephen Cobb
Senior Security Researcher

Education: CISSP (1996)

Highlights of your career? The Stephen Cobb Guide to PC and LAN Security (1992); The first anti-spam router (2001); Privacy for Business (2002)

Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET: 2011. Current title: Senior Security Researcher

What malware do you hate the most? Reveton.

Favorite activities? Reading and writing, and some arithmetic.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Don’t put anything on the Internet you wouldn’t want your mother to see.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1982 KayPro II portable computer with dual floppy drives, weighing 26 lbs or 12 Kg.

Favorite computer game/activity? Reading Wikipedia.

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New Harris poll shows NSA revelations impact online shopping, banking, and more

A new Harris poll shows that revelations about the National Security Agency’s digital surveillance activities are changing online behavior for many Americans and some say they are doing less online banking and less online shopping because of what they have learned about the NSA.

Welcome to We Live Security!

Welcome to the new ESET blog: We Live Security. In fact, We Live Security is a lot more than a blog: it contains the same great content you have enjoyed on blog.eset.com, but also includes new features and a wider range of content. For example, here’s a podcast talking about the new site, one of

STEM education, the Target data breach, and the Apple SSL vulnerability

Could holes in security code and major information systems in America be due, at least in part, to the dire state of education in subjects like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)?

Urgent iPhone and iPad security update, Mac OS X as well

Users of Apple iPhone and/or iPad need to install iOS 7.0.6 right away to patch a vulnerability in the SSL code that protects connections with websites and other computers. Users of Mac OS X should be on alert for a similar fix, due shortly.

Hacktivists try tampering with facebook.com domain

The group of hackers that calls itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) briefly claimed control of the facebook.com domain via an attack on MarkMonitor. It appears normal Facebook service has been resumed, but here’s what you need to know.

January 28 is Data Privacy Day 2014

We want to make sure everyone takes note of Data Privacy Day 2014 (Twitter hashtag #DPD14). It is the perfect time to take a moment to consider the challenges and rewards of data privacy.

Yes there is a Data Privacy Day, and it will be here soon

The Target security breach and the Snowden revelations about NSA surveillance have raised awareness of data privacy to new levels, making Data Privacy Day more relevant than ever in 2014. And yes, Data Privacy Day is a real thing, observed on January 28.

A buffet of 2014 security and privacy predictions

Have you been wondering what trends in security and privacy ESET researchers are predicting for 2014? The following is a sampling, a year-end snack plate if you will, featuring predictions from Aryeh Goretsky, Righard Zwienenberg, David Harley, Cameron Camp, Lysa Myers, and more.

Why your small business needs an information security policy and a WISP

Information security policy can make a big difference for small business. Here we offer advice, resources, and a free recorded webinar on the subject to help your small firm beat the bad guys, and the competition.

When malware goes bad: an historical sampler

A look back at malware failures, malicious code that did not work out as well as the folks behind it had hoped. Can malware spread to quickly for its own good? Can malware authors ever test their wares well enough to work perfectly?

Do consumers pass the buck on online safety? New survey reveals mixed messages

Who is responsible for privacy and online safety on social networks? ESET asked Harris Interactive to poll American adults and found some interesting responses, positive advances in cyber-citizenship, but also some apparent disconnects.

NSA and Wall Street: online activity shrinks, changes post-Snowden

News of the NSA’s mass electronic surveillance is having a negative impact on consumer sentiment toward online technology and tech companies, according to recent survey that suggests it could hurt GDP and corporate profits.

Survey says 77% of Americans reject NSA mass electronic surveillance, of Americans

In light of the Snowden/NSA revelations of mass surveillance, 77% of American adults say it is not okay for the government secretly to monitor all of their communications. And some of us are changing how we use the Internet as a result.

The Preliminary NIST Cybersecurity Framework published and Workshop #5 scheduled

The newly published Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework from NIST, part of the federal effort to help critical infrastructure owners and operators reduce cybersecurity risks, is now available for review, with some interesting new language and a final workshop scheduled for November.

Is cybersecurity by fiat dead on arrival?

Are legislation and regulation a viable means of making people and organizations do better at securing data systems and devices? I’m not talking about FIAT the car maker, but fiat: “an official order given by someone who has power.” How’s that working in light of NIST CSF and HIPAA?

HIPAA 9/23 compliance deadline looms as breaches continue

This is a quick reminder that the September 23 deadline for compliance with the new HIPAA regulations is rapidly approaching. Organizations that handle protected health information (PHI) need to be sure they are up to speed on the changes and ready to withstand scrutiny. In general, you will need new NPPs and BAAs (Notices of

Encryption advice for companies in the wake of Snowden NSA revelations

What are the immediate practical implications of the Snowden-prompted revelation that the NSA has broken or circumvented a lot of commercially available encryption? For a start, you should not stop using encryption, but you may want to review how you use it moving forward, Stephen Cobb explains.

Healthcare IT security: infographic stats point to big privacy holes

An infographic of recent healthcare IT security statistics paints a striking picture of much security work yet to be done, even as new medical privacy regulations go into effect.

September 23, 2013: HIPAA health data security compliance deadline looms

Is your company ready for September 23, 2013, the deadline for compliance with HIPAA 2.0? The revised omnibus privacy and security regulations incorporating HITECH expose a lot more companies to possible fines.

NIST cybersecurity framework rolls on amid murmurs of regulation

What needs to happen before the President of the United States can stand before the American people and assure them that a comprehensive and good faith effort has been made to stop cyber attacks disrupting the delivery of essential goods and services? The NIST workshops are seeking answers to that question.

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