James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It’s Official: 2013 Was the Busiest Year Yet for Cyber Criminals

When the history of computer security is written, 2013 is going to go down as something of a watershed year. It was the year of the Target breach that exposed the credit and debit card numbers of some 40 million consumers, and numerous attacks against Twitter, Facebook, Evernote and others. In short, it was a year when computer security incidents became something that mainstream people worried about a lot.
Yes, the number of overall attacks is on the rise. This is the bad news that you probably already knew. But there’s some oddly good news that may surprise you: Nearly all of the 1,300-plus data breaches confirmed last year were carried out using only nine basic attack patterns. Learn to better combat those nine patterns and you stand a better chance of resisting attacks, though as with all things related to computer security, what at first seems logical and easy is always messier and more difficult in practice.