US Gov Ups Its Cybersecurity Game

white-houseI was surprised to discover proof that my business is a target of cyber-criminals.  After installing some security and reporting tools on my websites, I was alerted to the almost constant state of attack that they were under.  And all I am doing is writing a cybersecurity blog.  And you, dear reader, what of your business?  There is a good chance that you are too, but simply don’t know it because ...

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Good Question

free-wifiMy Facebook friend Jeff Wegge asked:  “Security question Bob. Is the hotspot on my mobile verizon phone any more secure than public Wi-Fi?”

This is a most excellent question! Generally speaking, the mobile hotspot will be more secure for two reasons The first is that only you are likely to be using it, unless you explicitly shared the SSID (network name) and passphrase with someone else. The second reason is ...

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There Is No Perimeter

castle2Classical computer and network security has relied on perimeter defense, in the form of firewalls, intrusion detection devices, and similar technologies for quite some time.  This is usually coupled with some form of endpoint security, typically in the form of a security software package.  We are finding that this no longer is working. The reasons are many, but the big one is ...

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Getting Employees Involved In Cybersecurity

teamworkThis week we have focused on the people part of the security puzzle.  As we know, people are the weakest link and the easiest point of access.  But beating this point into your employees will not help them be better at computer and network security, and just make them feel hopeless and badgered.

Getting employee buy-in requires a little bit of strategy mixed in with a lot of fun.

  • Sharing the actual experiences of ...
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The Human Factor

employee_trainingOn Monday we discussed the effect that living in a code yellow world has on creating security fatigue.  Peter Herzog, in his blog Dark Matters expanded on this theme recently, giving examples of how teaching your employees how to stay secure in an insecure world may be counter-intuitive to the way we usually accomplish this.

Here are his recommendations:

  • Teach your employees to say “I don’t want ...
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Extended Vigilance and Security Fatigue

It seems like we are being barraged with a never ending string of news stories about cybersecurity events, breaches, and lapses.  Often these stories will provide helpful tips or advise us how to avoid or recover from these security incidents.  This author, in our own humble way, is contributing to the constant ringing alarms about cybersecurity.  Maybe it is getting to be too much.

I ...

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Facebook Hardens Authentication

facebookFacebook recently announced an improvement to it’s logon system.  Login security seems to be taking a position from and center lately.  Wednesday we wrote about Yahoo’s new authentication system, and today we will move on to Facebook’s Login Approvals.

Previously, Facebook users were able to get Login Notifications. When you entered your user name (usually your email address) and password from a new location, browser, or device, Facebook Notifications would send users an ...

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Google Apps Features Single Sign-On

google-logoIf you are having trouble managing “all those passwords” for your online resources, one solution would be to use a password manager like LastPass or Dashlane.  Google has come up with a single sign-on (SSO) product that not only will log you into all your Google apps (Gmail, Voice, Blogger, YouTube, Apps, Drive, Analytics, AdWords, etc) but  also integrates access into 17 other ...

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Comcast Subscribers: Change Your Password

comcastAccording to a post on Sophos, Comcast has reset the passwords on 200,000 customers after a security researcher discovered an advertisement on the Dark Web offering to sell 500,000 Comcast passwords in pain text for $1000 in BitCoin.  Investigation by Comcast found that “only” 200,000 of there accounts were active and proactively reset the passwords on all the affected accounts.  Comcast ...

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