Javelin in the News

Jul 11, 2011

Fortune - If a team of mastermind computer experts wants to hack your company's network, it probably will. But if any rookie hacker with some time to kill can crack your system, that's a problem. And the problem doesn't start with poor technology; it starts with management. Take, for example, the series of hacks on Sony (SNE) that began in April: they were launched by a prank hacker group called LulzSec, which used a method so simple that a high school kid could master it, says Phil Blank, Senior Security Analyst at Javelin Strategy & Research.

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Jul 8, 2011

Entrepreneur - What's more, the problems have likely only expanded as smartphone use has escalated. In the U.S., smartphone ownership grew 60 percent from 2009 to 2010. And then from 2010 to 2011, the increase was 42 percent, according to Javelin Strategy & Research's July Second Annual Antivirus, Browser, and Mobile Security Report.

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Jul 8, 2011

Time - According to a recent study by Javelin Strategy & Research, 70 percent of the biggest credit card issuers in the U.S. use them in at least some cases as a way to verify a customer’s identity when he or she contacts the company. “It’s easy and they haven’t changed their systems,” says Phil Blanks, the study’s author and head security and risk analyst at Javelin. “My guess is they’d tell you they’ve done it this way for years.” Plus, financial institutions collect your Social Security number when you fill out a credit card application (or open a bank account), so they already have the numbers on hand.

 

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