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Social Engineering: Hacking the Human Brain

How do you hack a network with every modern safeguard and tool in place and a seasoned team of veteran professionals at the helm of your IT department? Surprisingly enough it doesn’t take that much. After all, who needs to be an all-star hacker looking for a small crack to wiggle through if they can convince your users to open the front door? That’s basically what social engineering is all about. Attackers have one target – the mind of the user – and the objective is to hack their brain so they can circumvent the technical and physical security safeguards and entice them to forget or ignore organization policies, procedures, and training. Anyone, at any time can be targeted by these attacks and

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The Equifax Hack – A Huge Deal

Important Updates 9/13/17  – Since the last posting it was discovered that Equifax had the default login credentials of “admin” for user and password on an Argentina server which exposed the personal information of 14,000 employees. 9/14/17  – The actual exploit that disclosed the 143 million US credit records was CVE-2017-5638. It was announced/released March … Continued

Cybersecurity Cultures Aren’t Built in a Day

Do your users look at every link in every email with suspicion – even if it appears to come from an internal email address?  Do they look at each social media link as a potential danger to the wellbeing of their friends and family? Or do they think it’s crazy they can’t share the latest … Continued

ePHI – Most Valuable Data Records Sold on the Dark Web

“HIPAA Security Officers – Your networks really ARE the PRIMARY target of the ‘Bad Guys’, ‘Bad Actors’, ‘Hackers’, etc. Whatever you want to call them, make no mistake – you are charged with safeguarding what they want. Do your security countermeasures rise to the level of the threat or are you simply content with being … Continued

What Cyber Security Certification Do We Need?

  That is the question (or something very similar) that I invariably get after presenting the results of a security engagement where the seemingly obvious were exploited.  These are the kinds of exploits that lead to administrator-level access to systems in hours (or even minutes), and that could expose sensitive organizational data or PII. Whenever … Continued