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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Keeping Your Accounts Offline Is Not More Secure

You think you are the clever one because you never use the Internet for online banking, online shopping, or managing accounts like your retirement account, gas and electric utilities, telephone, cell phone, and Internet.  Open a Facebook account?  Never!  You think you are safer from account hijacking and identity theft because you never set up any online accounts.  If you don’t have it, they can’t hack it – right?  Wrong!

If you ...

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Weekend Update

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


Potential Hurricane Florence Phishing Scams

09/14/2018 02:19 PM EDT

NCCIC warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to exploit interest in Hurricane Florence. Fraudulent emails commonly appear after major natural disasters and often contain links or attachments that direct users to malicious websites. Users should exercise caution in handling any email with a subject line, attachments, ...

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More Proof Legislators Suck At Tech

From former Senator Ted Stevens announcing that “the Internet is a series of tubes,” to the recent revocation of network neutrality to this current idiotic “bipartisan” idea (Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) announced the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act (S.3378) on August 23rd.) our elected officials prove over and over why lawyers in general and legislators specifically suck at tech.

It appears that these two gentlemen attended ...

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Your Tax Dollars At Work – Governmental Surveillance

We know that the US government is spying on us.  Just how deep the surveillance goes is a question that is hard to answer.  If you are one of those people who thinks this surveillance is OK because you “have nothing to hide,”  I suppose you could skip this article.  But here’s my question – why do you get upset when your identity is stolen by a cyber-criminal, but yet you are unmoved when your own government does the same ...

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9-11 Remembered

Today is the 18th anniversary of a day that I will never forget.  I was driving home from dropping my son off at school, and listening to the radio when they started reporting that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.  I made it home in time to see the second plane crash into the second tower on television.  Still gives ...

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