Weekend Update

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

Tiny Hardware Firewall VPN Client

Here are a couple of tiny, portable security devices that provide hardware firewall, VPN, and TOR capability.  Check them out.

FTC Releases Cyber Resources for Small Businesses

10/25/2018 09:15 PM EDT  Original release date: October 25, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released new cyber resources for small businesses, including non-profit and charity organizations. These resources, which cover topics such as ransomware, phishing, and email authentication, aim to help smaller organizations protect their network and information.

NCCIC encourages small businesses and consumers to review FTC’s Cybersecurity Resources for Non-Profits article, FTC’s Cybersecurity for Small Business web page, and NCCIC’s Resources for Small and Midsize Businesses web page for more information.

Apple Releases Multiple Security Updates

10/30/2018 02:57 PM EDT  Original release date: October 30, 2018

Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.  NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the Apple security pages for the following products and apply the necessary updates:

ST18-005: Proper Disposal of Electronic Devices

10/30/2018 06:52 AM EDT  Original release date: October 30, 2018

This article covers electronic devices disposal and data destruction methods.  Many counties have electronic waste disposal facilities available.  Read the full article for details.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Staying Secure

10/30/2018 06:22 AM EDT  Original release date: October 30, 2018

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is over, but your work securing your home and business systems and networks is not.  NCCIC recommends users and administrators subscribe to NCCIC National Cyber Awareness System product notifications to keep on top of cybersecurity threats as they emerge.



About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.

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