Cyber 'capture the flag' contest will premiere at DefCon

Tuesday - 7/27/2010, 4:38pm EDT

Chris Hadnagy, Mati Aharoni and James O'Gorman, social-engineer.org

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  • The biggest threat to cybersecurity isn't faulty software or old computers. It's people. It's called 'social engineering' and the founders of the website www.social-engineer.org have organized a contest for this year's DefCon to crowdsource ideas. Chris Hadnagy, Mati Aharoni and James O'Gorman are with the site and explain how it will work. (Click on the audio above to hear our interview with them.)

  • What do healthcare professionals worry about the most? More than 60 percent say it's electronic medical records. That from a new survey by database management firm Embarcadero Technologies. The survey of more than 3,000 IT professionals found that 85 percent are either working on an electronic medical records project or plan to in the next 18 months. eweek.com reports that the reason for the jump in e-health projects has to do with the federal government. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has set aside more than $19 billion for e-health initiatives.

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