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Fahmida Y. Rashid

Senior Managing Editor

Fahmida brings over a decade of IT security news reporting along with ten years of network administration and software development to Decipher.

Every security story has a human face, and her goal is to bring those stories to light. As the senior managing editor of Decipher, she will focus on ways security can impact how people live, work, and play. She enjoys working on stories that speak to those outside the security industry, highlighting the intersection of security and other technology areas. Over the years, she has seen enough to make her overzealous about her personal threat-model, but she doesn’t hold it against anyone for having a more relaxed worldview.

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185 articles by Fahmida Y. Rashid

Mapping the Internet, One Device at a Time (Part One)

Just as people use search engines such as Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo to find specific information on the Internet, there are special search engines that can find information about Internet-connected devices and networks. Think webcams, printers, smart light bulbs, industrial control systems, monitoring systems. Information about these devices are just a special search query away.

Internet, Cartography

Attackers Lie, Leave False Trails

We still don't know who was behind the Olympic Destroyer malware that targeted South Korea during the Winter Olympics, but we know all those supposed clues to their origins were false clues planted by the attackers. As defenders, assume everything you can't verify completely is a lie the attackers deliberately crafted.

Hackers, Malware

LinkedIn CISO: The Stories We Tell

As CISO of LinkedIn, Cory Scott understands the importance of matching people to the right team. Instead of looking for specific skills or job titles, he asks people for their personal narratives.

CISO, Hackers

A Word From the Decipher Editors

Newcomers to information security frequently don't know where to begin, and industry veterans need information that goes beyond the initial news to understand the implications and impact.

Decipher

Are You Your Phone Number? Identity in Mobile Apps

We tend to think of phone numbers as part of our identity, and that impression is reinforced when we use our phone numbers to register for mobile apps. For many mobile apps, however, phone number is a handy username. We are still looking for a proper identifier in the mobile world.

Mobile, Authentication, Identity Proofing