Cyber Security II- Protecting Your Social Media Networks

“You are the weakest link in cyber security and hackers and social manipulators know it.” – U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation On April 21, 2013, a minimum of three CBS-affiliated social media news feeds were compromised and suspended after hackers posted anti-government messages. While one would think the ability to break into … Read more

Arizona Innovation Summit draws makers, cybersecurity experts and pirates

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Pacman, pirates and protons made an appearance at the 5th annual Arizona SciTech Festival Innovation Summit bringing STEAM education to the forefront of the community. Fifty exhibitors from across the state packed the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Thursday to share what their company does and how they help fuel STEAM … Read more

Cyber Dive aims to help parents keep kids safe on social media

Protecting our kids has never been harder, and the internet is one of the main reasons for that. It’s also something we can’t live without. The internet has become a hunting ground for predators, who lurk on social media sites hoping to take advantage of unsuspecting tweens and teens.  Gilbert-based startup Cyber Dive has built … Read more

Startup SimpleWan launches affordable cyber defense system for small businesses

Christmas Day. People are at home, businesses are closed and all is quiet on the streets. However, tucked away, hiding behind a computer, a hacker is busy at work finding weak points in a company’s system and capturing information to sell. CEO Erik Knight of SimpleWan said that December 25th is one of the biggest … Read more

Startup Avirtek combats hackers by scanning your cyber-DNA

Every time you use a computer, you leave behind a record of what you do, what programs you use and plenty of personal information. Tucson-based startup Avirtek wants to harness those digital fingerprints to help protect you. They call it user cyber-DNA. The company, born in a University of Arizona laboratory, offers software solutions to … Read more

How to play hide-and-seek online – tools to protect your privacy

Protecting our identity online is turning into a giant game of hide and seek. Some care about their privacy and some don’t, but the fact is, we’re being watched: Google tracks our searches, Facebook records our whereabouts and the NSA allegedly keeps surveillance on our texts, emails and phone calls. It’s been about a year … Read more

AZ Tech Council releases 2014 Public Policy Guide for AZ legislators

The Public Policy Committee from the Arizona Technology Council announced their publication of their Public Policy Guide for 2014 that is crafted specifically to aid elected officials at all levels of government. This guide provides principles and positions for elected officials to review while drafting policies for Arizona’s technology industry.  Steven G. Zylstra, president and … Read more

Inside the geekiest college in AZ

Cybersecurity, digital media, forensics, robotics maker labs and game development, just some of the programs found at the University of Advancing Technology. Considered one of the most technologically advanced private colleges in Arizona and 100 percent STEM focused, the college offers over 20 undergraduate degrees and their cybersecurity program is one of the top in … Read more

Make it, fail, make it again, sell it – interview with UAT Provost Dr. David Bolman

Video contribution by Xavier Smith Building a product, having it fail, going back to the drawing board and then figuring out how to get it to market is a “been there done that” mindset when a student leaves the University of Advancing Technology (UAT). “Learning has changed,” Provost UAT Dr. David Bolman said. The curriculum at UAT follows … Read more

Arizona Innovation Summit returns for 5th year

The Arizona Innovation Summit is returning for it’s 5th year, inviting innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the state to engage in a day long event as part of Arizona’s SciTech Festival. The Summit will be held October 1 at Scottsdale Center for the Arts. “This is a gathering which enables cross-sector relationships for education, … Read more

AZ Tech Council elects four new directors

The Arizona Technology Council names four new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms; the current Board includes 36 members, five of which are officers. “We have a deep bench of seasoned executives on our Board and are delighted to add these technology leaders,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the … Read more

XOXY self-credentialing app aims to protect daters from STDs and creepers

Co-written with Travis Arbon You’ve met up a few times, there’s a connection, an attraction-after dinner and a few glasses of wine you’ve both made your way back to the apartment. “We’re totally having sex,” you think. You flip on the music, dim the lights and the vibe of Al Green owns the room. Then it … Read more

7 ways to fortify your passwords

The other day I mulled over how many websites I have actually “logged into” and the number is daunting. From my personal banking to my New York Times subscription, I have probably logged into hundreds of websites. Some are as simple as logging in with the help of Facebook, where others require the dreaded six … Read more

#Hacked – Twitter's TweetDeck compromised

Hacking has become the world’s current pain-in-the-neck, with recent attacks on Target, eBay, and WordPress – to name a few. Companies are doing their best to combat hackers and secure their customer’s private information, but in a world of intellectual cyberpunks it is becoming easier for them to attack-and this time the little blue bird … Read more

Edward Snowden calls for more govt. "watch dogs" at SXSW

Earlier today at SXSW in Austin, Edward Snowden took the stage from an undisclosed location in Russia where he is seeking asylum for his whistle blowing on the NSA. The discussion was moderated by Ben Wizner, Snowden’s lawyer, with guest Chris Soghoian, a privacy researcher and activist at the American Civil Liberties Union. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPrDqoaHHSY&feature=share[/youtube] Throughout … Read more