20th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day

From SysAdminDay.com

Your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free. Why? Because you’ve got an awesome sysadmin (or maybe a whole IT department) keeping your business up and running. So say IT loud; say IT proud …

Happy SysAdmin Day!

Wait… what exactly is SysAdmin Day? Oh, it’s only the single greatest 24 hours on the planet… and pretty much the most important ...

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Remote Desktop Protocol is Still a Top Attack Vector

Phishing for login credentials may still be the way most network breaches happen, but insecure use of remote desktop protocol is another favorite vulnerability used by attackers to enter a network..  Sophos Naked Security reported their findings on the use of RDP or the Remote Desktop Protocol as a launch vector for accessing and compromising ...

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Hash and Salt – A Recipe for Password Security

I love hash, especially corned beef hash, with a little salt.  Maybe a couple of poached or over-easy eggs perched on top.  Wait!  This is not a foodie blog!  That’s not what I am writing about today.  As it turns out, using a hash plus a salt is a great recipe for keeping passwords secure on a web server or an authentication database.

If your password has been extracted from a web ...

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Weekend Update

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


50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six ...

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Guest Post – Evolution of Phishing: Spear Phishing and Whaling Scams Explained

Due to the high-profile cases of cybercrime in recent years, including the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal back in 2018, the Equifax data breach in 2017, and the Russian interference with the US presidential election in 2016, cybersecurity is now a top priority for businesses, institutions, and individuals alike.

In order to implement effective countermeasures against cyber attacks, one has to have ...

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The Internet Is Not Killing Newspapers – They are Killing Themselves

The newspaper industry has been blaming the Internet for its immanent and perhaps inevitable demise for decades.  Let’s forget the convenient facts like paywalls don’t work because I can get the information elsewhere for free.  Or that the subscription price of a newspaper I buy at the store or have delivered to my door covers the cost of physical delivery of the physical ...

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Weekend Update

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


Cop awarded $585K after colleagues snooped on her via license database

A local story made the international press.  Why do Twin Cities and Minnesota cops think the driver’s license database is a dating app?  Krekelberg alleged that 58 fellow officers broke a federal privacy law by searching for her driver’s license data without any reason.


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