Top Paying Information Technology Jobs

Looking at a career in IT?  Got a techie kid heading off to college?  Or just trying to puff some life into your current IT career?

I found this list in a report from training company Global Knowledge and thought it was worth passing on.  Not surprisingly, the big bucks are going to IT professionals with certifications and experience in hot, in-demand sectors such as cloud computing, project management, agile ...

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Sunday Funnies – Printer’s Down

I was surprised when I started teaching the CompTIA A+ class how much of the course was devoted to printer problems.  Then I had three calls in the same week from clients with printer problems.  This is a big source of computer problems, and based on the following cartoon, has been for a long time.  From Pinterest.  Enjoy.

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Weekend Update

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


The Computer Programmer Who Ran a Global Drug Trafficking Empire

A new book uncovers the intricacies of Paul Le Roux’s cartel and how it fueled the opioid epidemic ravaging the U.S. today.  This facinating story is covered in detail on the Smithsonian website.  Or read Evan Ratliff’s new book The Mastermind.  I did, and the ...

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New Container Security Bug – Fix Now!

Virtualization and containerization technologies allow developers, pentesters, network admins and server admins to create multiple virtual instances of a computer system, running inside the actual, physical host system.  This is an easy way to quickly deploy and manage dozens or even hundreds of systems used in a learning lab, test network, or even to run full fledged user systems on a single server.

Virtual machines (VM) are created using hypervisor products such ...

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Global Cyber Threats to the United States

In our last post we singled out North Korea as a key source of cyber-war action against the United States and other countries.  But they are not the only countries that the US is actively engaged with in cyber-space.  On January 29, 2019, Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence, released a report to the Senate, titled Worldwide Threat Assessment of ...

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North Korean Botnet Attacked by FBI

The North Korean Cyberwar Operations group is known variously as Lazarus Group, Guardians of Peace, or Hidden Cobra. A few of their notable achievements include the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures inspired by the satirical Seth Rogan film “The Interview, ” the $81 million cyber bank heist  against Bangladesh’s central bank, and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack.

In June 2017, US-CERT sent a   Continue Reading →

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Weekend Update

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


OUCH! Ransomware Attack Via MSP Locks Customers Out of Systems

If your computer technical support is provided by an outside vendor, you need to know this.  We have warned about this problem before.

Earlier this week, an unidentified threat actor managed to launch a ransomware attack resulting in the encryption of between 1,500 to 2,000 endpoint ...

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Cyber Attacks Against Businesses – Frequency and Methodology

Cyber attacks against businesses, regardless of size, are increasing in the number of attacks, the types of attacks, and the costs of the attacks.  Company losses include theft of cash assets, employee identity information, stolen files and proprietary information, network downtime, loss of sales, and reputation costs.  For a small privately held business, a serious breach can put them out of business.

For large ...

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