Hoarders on the Internet – The Wayback Machine

The Internet Archive is an organization whose self-proclaimed task is to save a copy of everything on the Internet – forever.  If you want to see what a website looked like and the content it contained at a certain point in historical time, you can use the Wayback Machine to find it.  The Internet Archive is currently adding 4 petabytes (4 million gigabytes) per year to its treasure trove.

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The Must Have Characteristics of a Cybersecurity Pro

So you think you want to be a cybersecurity professional?  Or maybe you know (or are) a middle school (that’s right, start ’em young),  high school, or college student who is looking at cybersec as a career path.  What personality characteristics would you need to be successful?  What drives, motivates, and challenges a cybersecurity professional?  Just what kind of wingnut are ...

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Security Policies That Respect Users

Often it seems that security policies are designed with the assumption that average computer users are ID10Ts (idiot users).  Related terms such as PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair), PICNIC (Problem In Chair, Not In Computer), IBM error (Idiot Behind Machine error) and other similar phrases illustrate the dark side of our interactions with our users.  Sometimes we allow our ...

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Make Cyber Awareness Training Fun

There are members of the cybersecurity profession who say that Cybersecurity Awareness Training is a waste of time and money, because the average computer user just doesn’t care or can’t retain technical information.  To them, I repeat a quote from Eppie Lederer aka Ann Landers –  “If you think education is expensive – try ignorance.”  I firmly believe that one of the best returns on investment in the cybersecurity realm is Cybersecurity Awareness Training for your employees.

You and your employees are ...

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How Valuable Is Cybersecurity Training?

We are a big proponent of cybersecurity awareness training for your employees. Humans are always the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain, so enlisting your employees in the fight against cyber-attacks has to begin with some basic training, and ideally continue with periodic refreshers, and activities like phishing simulation exercises.

Today’s infographic is a guest post by security training firm Everycloud Technologies.

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Safe and Legal Places to Exercise Your Pen-Testing Foo

In our last post we looked at a great way to set up a pen-testing lab.  Fortunately, the quandary over finding a safe place to practice your pen-testing skills has led to the creation of dozens of hacker-friendly learning sites.  Several have been provided by OWASP, and there are other contributors out there with multiple sites.  Here are a bunch of good options.

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Tools for Pentration Testing

I have been fortunate to have had time to pursue a couple of information technology certifications recently.  I have added CompTIA’s Network+ and CASP (Certified Advanced Security Professional), and I am working on the brand new CompTIA Pentest+.  The certification is so new there are no text books yet, and the exam was just released on July 31.  I have been taking the ...

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Weekend Update

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


Windows 10 security can be bypassed by Settings page weakness

The file type used by Windows 10’s settings page can be used to trick Windows into running files it’s supposed to block.


Here are the 4 best ways to train employees for better cybersecurity

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Happy World Wide Web Day

World Wide Web Day is a global celebration dedicated to web browsing, the online activity that brings the world at your fingertips and a wealth of knowledge at your feet.

The World Wide Web was conceived by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 at the CERN center in Geneva, Switzerland, as a way for him to communicate with co-workers via hyperlinks. A quarter of a century later, WWW has become the main means of ...

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