Macs Need Security Too

The Mac platform has become a popular target of cyber-criminals, partly because they have increased their percentage of the personal computer marketplace from 3% to 7%, partly due to the popularity of the iPhone, and partly because the consumer demographics of Apple customers generally point to people with more money who willing spend more to get the “best.”  In any event, if you are an Apple user clinging to the belief that the Mac is invulnerable, you are wrong.  You ...

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Weakest Cybersecurity Link – It’s Your Staff

coworkersAll the expensive high-tech cybersecurity goodies cannot prevent someone in your employ from clicking a malicious link in an email and opening a gateway to further network exploitation.  That is the findings of ProofPoint in The Human Factor Report 2015.  The discouraging point for those of us who advocate employee training as an important part of an overall cybersecurity strategy is that in spite of training, people are still more likely ...

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I’ve Been Hacked – Forensic Issues

forensicsWhen you discover that one or more computers in your business has been breached, it is easy to get very excited and try to eliminate your risk by taking systems offline, and having your computer support personnel wipe the hard drive and re-install a fresh operating system and set of applications.  This is the wrong course of action if you were hoping to take legal action against the perpetrators.

Most local police ...

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Cyber Attacker Using Fake “Updates”

updatesCyber criminals are using fake software “updates” to trick company employees into downloading Trojan horse malware to allow the attackers to gain access to the company network.

This is an especially nasty bit of trickery, as we advise our clients repeatedly to keep their software and operating systems updated to maintain the security and integrity of the software.

Once the malware is installed the cyber attackers are able to move around the company ...

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Traffic Lights Are Easy To Hack

green lightAccording to a presentation made by Cesar Cerruda, a security researcher and CTO at IOActive Labs, computerized city infrastructure components such as traffic lights and other utilities are vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Remember the scene in the movie “The Italian Job” where “the Napster” took control of the traffic lights in order to give his cohorts a literal green light to escape?  Or the scene in “Live Free and Die Hard” ...

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Cybersecurity Pros Train Free at Cybrary

cybraryInformation technology certification has always been a daunting proposition.  The books and study materials are expensive, and classroom training is expensive, and the exams themselves are not cheap either.  Couple these costs with the time it takes to study, prepared, and test, time that can’t be billed to a client, and therefore hits your bottom line.

Finally, some good news for cybersecurity professionals, and those that would like to be:  Cybrary ...

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Windows 10 Security Upgrades: Hello, Passport, FIDO

Windows10HelloWindows 10 will be featuring a built in security feature called Hello, as well as Passport, for online security, and is supporting the FIDO Alliance as well.  Hello will use fingerprint, facial recognition or iris scanning to authenticate you to your computer, and from there, authenticate you to your domain or workgroup resources.  The facial recognition camera will ...

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Nanny Cam Takeover

I’ve been hearing stories about baby cams, nanny cams, laptop cams, computer cams, and inexpensive home security cameras that have been hijacked due to poor or non-existent security setting, and set up for viewing on the camera feed aggregation site www.insecam.org.  These feeds are not just nurseries, but bedrooms, living rooms, and a variety of exterior locations.  These feds also display GPS coordinates, which makes it trivial to find the exact location of the feed source.  See an ...

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