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Monday, 17 January 2022 14:40

Security and the Small Business Owner

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“InfoSec” is a term that is most often associated with the enterprise class organization. However, information security is something that every business should be practicing. As we have talked about before the importance of building a security culture in even the smallest business is vital. Having good security practices for your business secures your revenue and your customers’ data (and money). A breach to a one 1-4 employee business can mean the end of the business. The downside is that most security tools are priced outside of the small business range or require a minimum license purchase that ends up having the same effect. So, what is a small business owner to do when it comes to ensuring they have a secure environment?

Thursday, 13 January 2022 13:05

Secure Infrastructure in the distributed workplace Featured

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There was a time when the thought of secure infrastructure would bring items like properly configured IDS/IPS, Firewalls, Switches and Routers with hefty ACLs and 802.1x to mind. However, after Covid and even a bit before the traditional walled layout of the business network design was starting to become outdated. Remote workers and BYOD meant that not everyone could shelter safely inside the castle walls (not that they were safe before). Now IT and Security teams now had a much bigger area to observe and protect. The task becomes harder; much, much harder, but not impossible. The tools change and how you deploy, monitor, and update these tools also change. Let’s look at how to expand the concept of secure infrastructure into the modern distributed workforce.

Thursday, 13 January 2022 05:09

All-in Vulnerability and Risk Management Featured

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It is a common belief that vulnerability management is nothing more than scanning and patching. However, as we have seen in many breaches and attacks, this is far from true. Vulnerability management is about understanding your organization and the risks it faces. Risks that an organization faces can include insider threats, public exposure, data leakage, improper configurations or safeguards, data integrity models, and quite a bit more. It is not enough to simply scan with a specific flavor of vulnerability scanner, it is a much larger effort and requires buy-in from every team and person in an organization.

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 17:37

Cylance PROTECT and the mystery of Script Control Featured

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As the title implies, we will be talking about Cylance PROTECT (now wholly owned by Blackberry). Our focus will not be on the inner workings, or any type of vulnerability. Our focus today will be all about Protect’s script control function and why many people do not enable it. If this sounds like a fun read, then you might be one of those security admins that have beat your head against the wall figuring out just how to get this working right in your environment.

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It seems that is the time once again to talk about the relationship between software vendors and the security posture of different business verticals. Why are we beating this particular dead horse? Well with the Covid-19 Pandemic, the rush to shift to remote work force and an increase in attacker activity aimed at the remote workforce and healthcare you would think that there would be an increase level of effort to fix vulnerabilities in remote access and healthcare services software. If you thought that, you would be wrong. Instead during this time, we are seeing more software vendors pushing FDA as law and healthcare organizations even refusing opportunities to patch critical software. This on top of an extremely slow response to threat to the remote workplace.

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In December 2019 a new virus was detected in Wuhan China, this virus (COVID-19 or the Coronavirus) has spread rapidly through out China and the rest of the world. With its apparent ease of transmission and difficulty in detecting (early stages can look like the Flu), many companies are looking into allowing employees to work from home more in an effort to slow down the spread of this potentially deadly virus. The question is, are these companies really ready to have so many people connecting in from home, or are we potentially opening or a massive hole that threat actors are bound to exploit.

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The IT Security industry has spent billions of dollars on software to keep you “safe” from malware and attackers. Whether that money was spent in marketing or actual product improvement is up for debate. Still the fact remains that each year we hear about new advances that can keep you and your systems safe from Malware and or threat actors. Almost all of these systems rely on software to do their job and in most cases cannot even see beyond the OS they reside on. This focus has caused the development of a massive blind spot, hardware-based attacks.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 17:15

New Tech, Stale Tech, and the Diminishing Security Skill Set Featured

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Although not a new subject here at DecryptedTech we thought it was time for us to dive into three of serious issues in the security world (out of many). The three we are covering today are emerging technologies, stale technologies and how the security, and IT, skill set seems to be diminishing. All three are cause for concern and often seen as at least contributing factors in breaches. What make this more interesting is that in many cases the three are connected.

Monday, 04 February 2019 12:07

When updates go wrong, horribly wrong Featured

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When you think about operating system updates you probably do not think about the security team. Sure, there are security patches and such, but those are on the operations team and not really pushed out by the security team. Well, that is when they are done properly by the OS vendor.

Saturday, 12 January 2019 18:35

We take a look at the Pico Pro Home Brewing Machine Featured

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Technology has brought us a ton of interesting and fun devices. We have smart phones, Smart TVs, Wireta… I mean home personal assistants and even home automated brewing systems. The latter is going to be the subject of our review toady. The concept of home brewing is not new at all. People have been spending lots of money to boil grain (and adding hops) to ferment it into the magnificent substance we call beer. However, boiling grain and inserting hops into your different mash stages can be both boring and time consuming for many. Enter IoT and the concept of the connected device. Beer enthusiasts realized that they could use a certain level of technology to pre-program temperature, mash time, bittering etc. all into a computer and push that information to the cloud. There are a few products on the market that fit this bill, today we will be looking at one of the more popular and efficient systems, the Pico Pro. The Pico Pro is not new technology, but I felt it was time to take look at this from both a “it makes beer” and a technology perspective.

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