Weekend Update

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


September is National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared, Not Scared

Original release date: August 28, 2019

National Preparedness Month (NPM) promotes family and community disaster and emergency planning. This year’s theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.”

Although most people understand that being prepared is essential to getting through an emergency such as a natural disaster, there is less awareness about the necessity of cybersecurity preparedness. Cybersecurity preparedness is often a deciding factor on how much an impact a cyber-related event—such as a ransomware infection, identify theft, or data breach—has on an individual or an organization.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages individuals and organizations to develop their own cyber emergency response plans that include guidance on protections and controls such as keeping software and operating systems updated, regularly backing up files, keeping encrypted copies of important documents offline, and routinely running anti-virus scans.

Learn more about National Preparedness Month at Ready.gov/September and see Ready.gov/Cybersecurity and the following CISA Tips for resources on preparing for, and responding to, unexpected cyber-related events:
•    Protecting Against Ransomware
•    Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft
•    Handling Destructive Malware
•    Protecting Against Malicious Code


Hacked devices can be turned into acoustic weapons

Security researcher Matt Wixey found that many gadgets aren’t protected from being turned into hearing-damaging weapons. Or melting.


The unbelievable life story of Frank Abagnale

TechRepublic’s Karen Roby sat down with Frank Abagnale, the real-life inspiration behind Steven Spielberg’s hit movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio, to discuss everything from cybersecurity and credit protection to cryptocurrency and the tech he fears most.

Also check out this link as well:

Mastermind con man behind Catch Me If You Can talks cybersecurity (free pdf)


Android users menaced by pre-installed malware

Google Project Zero researcher Maddie Stone has found a new and concerning route for malware to find its way on to Android devices – malicious apps that have been factory pre-installed.


Patch time! Microsoft warns of new worm-ready RDP bugs

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday brought some bad news yesterday: more worm-ready RDP vulnerabilities, this time affecting Windows 10 users.  Especially if you are using Remote Desktop Protocol over the Internet, this update is for you.


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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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