When Encryption Is A Crime Only Criminals Will Have Encryption

As we enter the silly season of another Presidential Election, and possibly because of a psychological condition that I am calling COVID Mania*, the government is once again making boneheaded moves to introduce and pass legislation that would allow the federal government and law enforcement agencies easier access to encrypted messages from criminal sources.  This issue comes up every five to ten years.  It seems that agencies such as the ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


US Department of Justice reignites the Battle to Break Encryption

Every 5 to 10 years, the government and law enforcement agencies try to pass a law that provides easy access or a “back door” to encryption keys because criminals use encryption and this makes arrest and prosecution harder.  The problem is that anything that weakens encryption for criminals weakens ...

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Telehealth and Healthcare Security Resources

Are you concerned about telemedicine and healthcare security?  Today’s article provides a list of resources from the National Cyber Security Alliance.

The convergence of the internet and healthcare has created many benefits for patients and healthcare providers, but has also created vulnerabilities that cyber criminals regularly attempt to exploit. Download NCSA’s Week 3 infographic and video to learn some of the most common ways patients and medical practitioners ...

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Security and Medical Devices

Are you using an implantable medical device such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, or infusion pump?  These devices are not as secure as you might expect.  October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this week’s theme is “Securing Internet connected devices in health care.”   Parts of this article appeared previously in posts from January 16, 2016 and April 11 2016.  We have come ...

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Guest Post – Internet Safety Guide For Seniors

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  This week’s theme is “Securing devices at home and work.”  Today’s guest article is by Brian Adams, and first appeared on VPNSmash.

The internet is full of potential dangers. From children to the elderly, it appears that no one is safe. Among the most vulnerable are the senior citizens. Seniors often have the most to lose in dangers involving the ...

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Guest Post – Remote Desktop Protocol Users Have Highest Incidence of Ransomware Attacks

As more schools and businesses find themselves going online, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) users are more vulnerable than ever to a ransomware attack. Learn more about the latest threat from Drovorub malware, and what organizations can do to protect themselves.  This article is offered as a part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the week two theme, “Securing devices ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


CISA Releases Telework Essentials Toolkit

Original release date: September 30, 2020

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released the Telework Essentials Toolkit, a comprehensive resource of telework best practices. The Toolkit provides three personalized modules for executive leaders, IT professionals, and teleworkers. Each module outlines distinctive security considerations appropriate for their ...

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If You Connect It, Protect It

Keeping our connected devices secure has become easier – and harder!  Easier because we have more tools to defend our online assets, and harder because the opposition has grown much larger and become more sophisticated.  And the enemy is not limited to criminals, there are terrorist groups, nation-state sponsored cyber operations teams, hacktivists, and other with malicious intent and nefarious schemes.

When I started writing this blog in October 2006, almost ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Who is Tech Investor John Bernard?

John Bernard, the subject of a story here last week about a self-proclaimed millionaire investor who has bilked countless tech startups, appears to be a pseudonym for John Clifton Davies, a U.K. man who absconded from justice before being convicted on multiple counts of fraud in ...

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