March 31 is World Backup Day

Tuesday, March 31 is World Backup Day.  Wednesday April 1st is “I don’t backup day.”  It is also April Fool’s Day.  Is there a connection?

In the era of crypto-ransomware attacks, backup is considered one of the cornerstones of a good cybersecurity program.  Having a automatic backup system, and full set of recent and tested backups is critical for businesses of any size.  Current ransomware exploits often will encrypt network attached backup solutions too.  Would your current ...

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Weekend Update

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


Will working and schooling from home break the Internet?

I have been getting this question a lot lately.  Quick answer, it is unlikely, so no it won’t break the Internet.  But is is changing usage from downtown areas to suburbs.  See the map.  From Tech Republic.


Remote working ...

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Weekend Update

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


How to Sanitize Electronics During COVID-19 Pandemic

Usually when I am talking about sanitizing a computer, I am talking about irreversibly deleting all the personal data.  If you work on a computer, especially a SHARED COMPUTER, the keyboard and mouse needs to be sanitized periodically.  A keyboard can have more germs than a toilet seat, and is ...

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“Sandworm” Is The True Story About Russian Cyberwarfare

Last month I read the book Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers, by Andy Greenberg, senior writer for Wired magazine.  If you want to understand how cyber-war has changed the face of military operations in the 21st century, this book explains everything.  This book has put the threat of ...

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Weekend Update

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


Hidden Cobra:  North Korean Malicious Cyber Activity

Original release date: February 14, 2020

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Defense (DoD) have identified the following malware variants used by the North Korean government. The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government as ...

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Ransomware Can Kill Your Business

Can a cyber attack force you to go out of business?  Ransomware attacks are causing small business targets of these attacks to close their doors, even after they paid the attackers for the decryption key.  The financial losses and impacts of the attack are just not survivable for some businesses..

In 2019, we saw a dramatic increase in both the ...

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Weekend Update

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


Sanity Finally Reigns in Iowa

From Brian Krebs:  Dallas County, Iowa has dropped trespassing charges against two penetration testers who were arrested and jailed last year on September 11, and held in jail until yesterday for doing the job they were hired to do The news broke as Brian was in the middle of a video interview with ...

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Weekend Update

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


AA20-006A: Potential for Iranian Cyber Response to U.S. Military Strike in Baghdad

Original release date: January 6, 2020

Summary

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is sharing the following information with the cybersecurity community as a primer for assisting in the protection of our Nation’s critical infrastructure in light of the current tensions between the Islamic Republic of ...

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