Category Archives: Data Security

5 Cybersecurity Concerns of Industry Insiders

5 Cybersecurity Concerns of Industry Insiders

We asked professionals attending two of the world’s biggest cybersecurity conferences – RSA in San Francisco and Infosecurity in London – five questions to gauge their opinions and attitudes about current issues and concerns on everything from GDPR and the Facebook data scandal to cloud security. Read on to discover what we found after surveying folks who live and breathe security every day. Question 1: Should the U.S. and/or individual states standardize data privacy laws…

12 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Look at Business Cybersecurity

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The cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving. New security threats pop up daily, and threat actors can be an employee in the next cubicle or a blackhat hacker in a coffee shop in Bangkok. Additionally, cybersecurity has real-world implications that reach far beyond the boardroom — everything from Internet-connected teddy bears to the stability of world governments is impacted by cyber. As such, it’s more important than ever that everyone in your organization is up to…

5 Basic Port Scanning Techniques

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Imagine a long hallway with doors on either side. There are a total of 131,082 doors. The ones on the right of the hall are TCP, on the left UDP. Some of those doors are marked, but most of them aren’t. Some of them have locks or security cameras, but most of them don’t. This is what a cybercriminal might see when they look at one of your computers, except they can look through many…

Ponemon and NetDiligence Remind Us Data Breach Costs Can Be Huuuge!

Ponemon and NetDiligence Remind Us Data Breach Costs Can Be Huuuge!

Those of us in the infosec community eagerly await the publication of Ponemon’s annual breach cost analysis in the early summer months. What would summer be without scrolling through the Ponemon analysis to learn about last year’s average incident costs, average per record costs, and detailed industry breakdowns? You can find all this in the current report. But then Ponemon did something astonishing. The poor souls who made it through my posts on breach costs…

Are These 10 Cybersecurity Myths Putting Your Business at Risk?

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Cybersecurity preparedness is one of the major obstacles facing businesses today. Despite the increased focus on making companies cybersafe, there are several common cybersecurity misconceptions that still pervade the business world. If you or your employees believe any of the myths below, you could be opening up your business to unknown risk. Check out the full list, or jump to our infographic for tips on how you can bust these myths and keep your business…

Kerberos Authentication Explained

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According to myth, Kerberos (you might know him as Cerberus) guards the Gates to the Underworld. He’s a big 3 headed dog with a snake for a tail and a really bad temper. In the modern world, MIT Computer Scientists used the name and visual of Kerberos for their computer network authentication protocol. Kerberos uses symmetric key cryptography and requires trusted third-party authorization to verify user identities. Since Kerberos requires 3 entities to authenticate and…

Kerberos Attack: Silver Ticket Edition

Kerberos Attack: Silver Ticket Edition

With a name like Silver Ticket, you might think it’s not as scary as its cousin the Golden Ticket – you’d be horribly mistaken. A Silver Ticket is just as nasty and invasive, and even stealthier. Important technical note: Kerberos uses authentication tokens, or tickets, to verify identities of Active Directory entities. This includes users, service accounts, domain admins, and computers. All of those entities have a password in Active Directory (AD), even though you might…

The World in Data Breaches

The World in Data Breaches

Data security is one of the largest concerns impacting the world today. The increasing sophistication of cyber attacks coupled with the overall lack of cybersecurity has led to the greatest data breaches and the loss of data records on a global scale. However, not all data breaches are the same worldwide — various factors such as laws, population, and the size of data breaches influence the number of stolen records in each country. The number…

What is DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model)?

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DCOM is a programming construct that allows a computer to run programs over the network on a different computer as if the program was running locally. DCOM is an acronym that stands for Distributed Component Object Model. DCOM is a proprietary Microsoft software component that allows COM objects to communicate with each other over the network. (Network OLE was the precursor to DCOM if anyone remembers seeing that in Windows 3.1.) An extension of COM,…

The Difference between a Computer Virus and Computer Worm

The Difference between a Computer Virus and Computer Worm

Viruses and worms are often used interchangeably: there are a few key differences in how they work. Both viruses and worms are a type of malware: a worm is a type of virus. Computer viruses are named after human viruses that spread from person to person. A computer virus is a program made of malicious code that can propagate itself from device to device. Like a cold that alters your well-being, when your computer is…

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR): Everything You Need to Know

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Endpoints are a favorite target of attackers – they’re everywhere, prone to security vulnerabilities, and difficult to defend. 2017’s WannaCry attack, for example, is reported to have affected more than 230,000 endpoints across the globe. Endpoint detection and response (EDR) platforms are solutions that monitor endpoints (computers on the network, not the network itself) for suspicious activity. Coined by Gartner analyst Anton Chuvakin in 2013, EDR solutions focus on end-user devices – laptops, desktops, and…