Life hasn’t been easy for security professionals since the first quarter of 2013. We’re now in phase three of a series of concerted attacks against banks and other financial institutions. In fact, the annual DDoS Threat and Impact Survey published by DDoS mitigation vendor Neustar, 44 percent of the companies in the financial sector participating in the survey were attacked in 2012. And as 2013 continues, we unfortunately continue to see that traditional forms of security protection are proving ineffective.
I’m not a regular denizen of the ivory halls of academia, but I’ve recently become aware of a journal paper submission scam for which even a quasi-academic is apparently a suitable target. At any rate, I recently received a minor blizzard of emails offering me the opportunity to submit a paper to one of several dozen open access, peer-reviewed online journals, and to join them as an editorial board member or reviewer.