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Research Suggests Your Battery Might be the Key to Thwarting the World’s Most Elusive Malware

Micro-architectural attacks are arguably the most dangerous and difficult of all forms of systems compromise to detect. Micro-architectural attacks leverage flaws in the chip hardware design of computer components. These kinds of flaws are...

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5 Mistakes Made In the Capital One Breach and How to Avoid Them

If an amateur hacker could bring down a Fortune 500 company, how can your company hope to avoid the same fate? Take heart - from what we know at this point, it seems that Capital One overlooked some very obvious safeguards and there are a...
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How Manufacturers Can Protect Against Ransomware Attacks

You might think your company doesn’t have much in common with the largest shipping company in the world, but if you’re a manufacturer, it’s increasingly likely that your business will be targeted via ransomware.

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5 Starter Questions to Keep Your Smart Devices Secure

As the popularity of “smart homes” increases, new research continues to find concerns about the use of IoT (Internet of Things).

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What Data Breaches and the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Have in Common

On April 15, 2019, a flame ignited Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and many watched as roughly 500 firefighters struggled to contain the fire. The cause of the flame still remains unclear. According to a recent report, the security guard in charge...

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5 Lesser Known Impacts of Poor Security

You wouldn’t leave the doors to your business unlocked, would you? Of course you wouldn’t. In the same vein, companies go to great lengths – installing alarms and cameras and hiring security – to ensure their locations are physically secure. Yet...

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5 Questions You Should Ask to Ensure You’re Approaching Data Security Correctly

Industries are transforming with the help of digital technologies and IT, and as competition increases across almost every industry, the pressure to digitally transform also intensifies. However, many companies start this process without thinking...

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Surprise on the Dark Web Underscores Need to Understand Security Technology

Author: Tim O'Connor

Impersonation, often called “spoofing” in information security lingo, is one of the most used and critical techniques in the toolboxes of both con artists and evil hackers. Evil hackers can impersonate people, equipment (such...

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Security Trends and Takeaways for the Second Half of 2019

So much has happened in terms of information security and breaches in 2018 that it can be a little overwhelming. Now that we’ve had time to reflect on 2018, we can summarize important lessons and takeaways as we head into the second half of...

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The Shadow Cloud Knows

Author: Tim O'Connor

You may have heard of “Shadow IT”. Shadow IT is the term that describes when employees install their own hardware or software without the approval or even the knowledge of the people responsible for supporting, approving,...

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New Research Finds Flaws in Perceived Cyber Security; Visual Clues Sometimes Help

Author: Tim O'Connor

Encouraging employees to improve their security hygiene can feel like an endless battle. Sometimes it feels like having modern medical knowledge and time-travelling back to plague-ridden middle ages. That is why it’s a...

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If your company experiences an information security breach, will customers order from you again?

Author: Tim O'Connor

New psychological studies could be a game changer.

Damage to reputation and brand name are often some of the most significant hits an organization takes when knowledge of a security breach becomes public. At last...

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Why Security Won’t be the Reason You Succeed, but may be the Reason You Fail

At Cadre, we like to say that security isn’t the reason your company succeeds, but it could be the reason it fails. There’s a lot at risk when a company fails to implement a thorough and successful security eco-system and some companies will...

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5 Ways to be Sure You’re not Over- or Under-Solving for Security

Remember the story of Goldilocks breaking into the three bears’ cottage and wreaking havoc? Goldilocks was eager to eat the porridge left by the bears, so she tried the first bowl and soon realized it was too hot. The next bowl was too cold, but...

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Grab-n-Go Baldr Malware: A Stunning New Type of Malware

Author: Tim O'Connor

A revolutionary new type of malware toolset is starting to show up in dark web hacking forums. The new malware architecture is being called “Grab-n-Go”.

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Why the Citrix Breach Happened and 6 Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Company

What happened?

Citrix, an American software company, disclosed a security breach in which hackers potentially exposed customer data. On March 6, 2019, the FBI contacted Citrix to advise they had reason to believe that cyber criminals had gained...

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Did we miss China’s Quantum Sputnik?

Author: Tim O'Connor

On October 4, 1957 the Sputnik 1 satellite woke up the world and launched (pun intended) the Sputnik crisis, a period of public fear and anxiety across the Western nations. Until Sputnik 1, the western world had an ingrained...

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Common Security Assessment Questions

Penetration tests and network vulnerability assessments are essential components to a company's information security playbook.

Below are frequent questions we receive regarding vulnerability assessments and penetration tests and why they are...

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Security Awareness Training FAQs

Author: Tim O'Connor

We receive a number of questions regarding security awareness training. Below are some common questions. 

What’s the best way to convince my management team to implement a security awareness program?                

A lunch...

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5 Things to keep in mind when Implementing a Security Awareness Program

Author: Tim O'Connor

What are the 5 most important things to keep in mind when implementing a security awareness program?

  1. Adult Learning. A security awareness program is a waste of time and money if information is not retained and a positive...

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2019 Cyber Attack Trends

In 2018, threat actors consistently improved their cyber weapons, quickly adopted new methods and adapted their attacks to emerging technologies. Today’s threat trends increasingly point to more stealth-like cyber attacks with malware,...

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Malware-as-a-Service Empowers Cyber Attackers

Cyber crime is now democratized. In today’s cyber threat landscape, launching a cyber attack is no longer limited to technically savvy hackers. The underground marketplace has made it possible for anyone to become a threat actor. In the...

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8 Steps to Prevent the Next Data Breach

Sensitive data is being exposed at an alarming rate due to unwanted data breaches. Is your business protected? Recently the Facebook data breach allowed hackers to gain access up to 50 million users, 3 billion users were exposed in the Yahoo! Data

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Cadre’s Security Awareness Services Meet Requirements for Major Compliance Standards

Cadre’s Security Awareness class, course design and consulting services are now able to meet requirements for all major compliance standards.

Cadre’s cutting-edge security awareness offerings leverage fun adult-learning and neuroscience...

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Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

Almost every organization has moved at least part of their operation to the cloud. You can’t browse the Internet or do email without a partial cloud presence. With so many of your competitors flocking to the cloud, you can’t afford to overlook...

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How IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) can cut down your IT spend

IaaS is the first tier of a triad of outsourced cloud services. The top two are PaaS (platform as a service) and SaaS (software as a service). Each “…aaS” involves the customer’s doing less work and the cloud provider taking on more...

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Encryption Methods in the Cloud

If you’re going to fly with the eagles in the cloud, you need to be grounded in the best cloud encryption practices. The majority of people know the value of data backup and security. Backup is your insurance against loss; security in the wilds...

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Honoring the Code Talker, Alfred Newman

Author: Tim O'Connor

This piece is honoring the hero, Alfred Newman.

Alfred Newman passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Mr. Newman was a key part of something extraordinary. He contributed to a tool more successful than the most powerful...

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Three Wrong Assumptions Business Owners Have About Cloud Security

Moving data and other company solutions to the cloud can pay off in significant ways for businesses. Small and medium enterprises gain by no longer needing to shell out additional money for the costs of maintaining data servers and other...

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Join us Today at the Information Security Summit in Cleveland

Cleveland I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio

Earn CPE credits and enjoy a great lineup of educational expert-led sessions. Click here to view the full agenda. 

This year the Summit has added two new places to visit.  The SUMMIT Chateau Café and the...

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Creating an Effective Security Awareness Program

"Social engineering bypasses all technologies, including firewalls." -Kevin Mitnick

Social engineering is often regarded as the most effective and powerful skill used by black-hat hackers and, until recently, it is one of the least addressed...

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How to know if your Facebook Account has been Breached

Watch this video to determine if your Facebook Account has been compromised:

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Join us at Three Rivers Information Security Symposium in Pittsburgh

Three Rivers Information Security Symposium (TRISS) is hosting a symposium on October 19th from 8:00 am till 4:30 pm at the Monroeville Convention Center –South Hall

This community conference is packed with presentations containing overviews of...

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NKU Cybersecurity Symposium

We are delighted to be a sponsor and presenter at the NKU Cybersecurity Symposium in Highland Heights, Kentucky. 

Stop by our booth at Northern Kentucky University in the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union. Register today and you can...

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Serve & Protect Cincinnati Style

Join Cadre's Exclusive Security Event with our Technology Partners   

When: Thursday, September 27th starting at 4 pm.

Location: MadTree Brewing - 3301 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209

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Join us in Memphis, Tennessee at the SIM Strategy Series for Executives

Stop by our booth for the 32nd Annual SIM Strategies Series. This year’s conference is being held at the Hilton Memphis and they will be providing breakfast, lunch and conference materials.  View the full conference agenda.

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If you think Iranian and Russian disinformation memes are designed to change people’s minds and opinions, you might already be deceived!

Author: Tim O'Connor

Let me begin by saying I am not an expert on Iranian and Russian disinformation campaigns, although I have been researching them with great interest. What I do have is many years of experience in the information security...

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Cadre is proud to be a sponsor at the 14th Annual Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo in Lexington

Visit our booth this year at the Lexington Convention Center for the MBE conference. It is a full day conference with registration starting at 7:00 am followed by a continental breakfast. Please click to view the full conference agenda.

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Join us at the Data Connector’s Tech - Security Strategies conference

Pop on over to our booth at the Data Connector’s Tech-Security Strategies conference. This year’s conference is being held at The Westin in downtown Cincinnati.  Register today and you can earn CPE credits!  They will be providing breakfast,...

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Talk About Cloud First or Get There Last

By: Phil Swaim

There is no doubt one of the greatest innovations in IT of the last 10 years has been the public cloud and virtualization. Being able to deploy resources for storage, computing, and communication with 0 capital expenditure, little...

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GRC Roadmap Webinar

In this webinar we discuss what GRC is, why you need a GRC Strategy Roadmap, and how you can leverage a Roadmap to guide you through the GRC implementation journey.

Wherever you are in that journey, the roadmap will allow you to establish...

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Visit us at the VMUG in Indianapolis

Stop by our booth at the VMware User Group conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Indianapolis Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. They will be providing breakfast, lunch and conference materials.  View the full...

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Circle City Con - Indianapolis

Cadre Information Security is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the Circle City Con in Indianapolis. 

Stop by our booth at the Circle City Con security conference. We are co-hosting this year with Symantec, the global leader in...

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CircleCity Crossroads - Indianapolis

Cadre Information Security is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the CircleCity Crossroads. 

This is the first year that CircleCityCon, Infragard, and ISSA have joined together to create this extraordinary event for Information Security...

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Visit us at Tech Pros 2018 in Pittsburgh PA

Cadre Information Security is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the Tech Pros at Penn State Dickinson Law. 

Visit our booth on Thursday or Friday, May 24th and 25th, at Penn State Dickinson Law.  The conference begins each day at 9 am. Click 

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Internal use of SSL/TLS: Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities for Further Consideration

Author: Paul Griggs

SSL is a ubiquitous technology introduced in 1994.  The use of SSL, and it’s descendant, TLS, is first and foremost based on established trust.  A trusted authority validates a domain name as belonging to a particular entity. ...

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Do You Worry About Who Is Accessing Your Data?

Cadre Information Security is proud to be co-hosting an exclusive security event with SecurityScorecard.   

When: Friday, May 25th

Location: Cinemark Theatres, 6001 Canal Road, Valley View, OH 44125

Wondering who SecurityScorecard is?  Well come...

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Be a Jedi by Protecting Your Galaxy!

Cadre Information Security is proud to be co-hosting an exclusive security event with Fortinet and Gemalto.   

When: Friday, May 25th

Location: Envision Cinemas, 4780 Cornell Road, Blue Ash, OH 45241

Protecting your Galaxy from the Death Star is...

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Your ISP Potentially Knows EVERYTHING that you do through your Internet Connection

Q. Who knows more about your internet use then Facebook, Amazon or even your browser?

A. Your ISP and NOW they can collect and sell your internet usage information!

Q. How can you protect yourself?

A. Keep reading this blog!

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How to Legally Practice Social Engineering

Category:   Security Awareness

Author: Tim O'Connor

Social Engineering is without question the most powerful and successful hacker skill of all time, but how can you become fluent enough in this skill to learn and defend...

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Should we Fear the Amazon Echo or Other Smart Speakers in our Home?

Author: Tim O’Connor

I am a cyber security professional and when I tell some of my peers that I have several Amazon Echo smart speakers in my home and workshop they sometimes look at me like I just said Edward Snowden was my roommate or that I...

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Cadre Information Security is Hosting a Governance, Risk and Compliance Roadmap Strategy Workshop at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Luncheon – Louisville, KY  

Are you in compliance with regulatory requirements?  Join us on April 12th at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at 11:30am to meet our GRC team.

Come take a break from your daily work assignments to hear more about Governance,...

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HID Proximity Access Cards:  Unsafe at Any Speed!

Author: Paul Griggs

Many workers are familiar with the venerable HID access card.  You present the card to a badge reader and the door opens.  The badge itself, about the same size as a credit card, identifies the holder to the access control...

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Don't Lose Face with your Friends over Facebook

Author: Tim O'Connor

You have likely been hearing about the personal privacy leakage court cases involving data mining your Facebook account and maybe even its link to “spy vs. spy” stuff like Russian election influence. You might have even heard...

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Cadre Information Security is hosting a Happy Hour at The District Tap in Indianapolis

Ready for a nice cold beverage?  Join us on Thursday, March 1st at The District Tap to meet our local security team.   

Enjoy a great afternoon of networking with like-minded peers while sampling some food and beverages.  The goal is to introduce...

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Cadre to Offer RSA Archer Solutions

Cadre Information Security has expanded its partnership with RSA, a Dell Technologies Company, and a leader in the enterprise Risk Management and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) market.

Cadre is broadening its strategic role with RSA, by...

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Cadre's Digital Training Classroom 

Cadre’s new upgraded classroom brings better than state-of-the-art security training for students at ANY LOCATION to our already advanced training solutions.

Students can now attend all of Cadre’s course offerings remotely without the expense of...

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Benefits of a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer Service (vCISO)

By now you are probably aware of the advantages of using a virtual computer (VM) and how that compares with utilizing and operating a physical one.

A Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO), similar to a virtual machine, is a new...

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Security Awareness Evaluation - Don't Fall for the "Streetlight Effect!"

A policeman sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks what the drunk has lost. He says he lost his keys and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes the policeman asks if he is sure he lost...

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Cadre Now Offers Managed Services

When it comes to managing IT for your business, you can never have too much help.  That's why Cadre is now offering Managed Security Services. 

Maintaining and upgrading a security system requires a defined, comprehensive process for updating...

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Monitor the Security State of your Internal Network with Virtual Network Vulnerability Scanning

Keeping abreast of your network and infrastructure can be a daunting task. Vulnerabilities are much more than a nuisance, they leave your company open to attacks that can lead to serious consequences. Patching vulnerabilities, monitoring email...

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What is GRC?

GRC stands for Governance, Risk and Compliance.

The Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG) has published one of the most comprehensive GRC definitions. In its GRC Capability Model, Red Book, 2.0, the OCEG defines GRC as a system of people,...

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Good vs. Evil:  Dealing with today's cyber threats

Cadre Information Security is proud to be co-hosting an exclusive security event with SentinelOne.   

When: Friday, November 3rd starting at 10:30am 

Location: Cobb Theatre, 7514 Bales Street, Liberty Township, OH 45069

SentinelOne’s security...

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InfoSec Summit SSW-2017 Cleveland Ohio

Cadre Information Security is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the Security Summit in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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Data Connectors - Nashville

Cadre Information Security is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the Data Connectors in Nashville. 

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SecureWorld Cincinnati

Cadre Information Security is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor at the SecureWorld Cincinnati.

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Building CyberSecurity Awareness

October is National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

This campaign was created as an effort to ensure Americans have the resources and information they need to be safe and more secure online. 

There's been a massive number of cyberattacks...

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How to Encourage Your Team to use Stronger Passwords

If you work in any sort of IT/cyber security role, you know it’s imperative to be concerned with hacking. It’s scary out there, especially with increasing reports of organized cyber-criminals going after any sized company, not just the bigger...

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What is Malware?

Malware is a portmanteau of "malicious" and "software". As the name implies, malware is created solely to harm and inconvenience people by corrupting devices and/or data. 

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What is a value-added reseller?

A value-added reseller (VAR) is a company that takes an existing product and adds extra features and/or services to it. This is typically in order to sell an integrated product to end users as a turnkey solution. Value-added resellers can do just...

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Understanding Password Manager’s Risks and Rewards

These last several weeks have brought up a lot of interesting discussions around passwords and password management, both personally and in the enterprise. 

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When a Technology Becomes a Security Control

As a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or Information Security manager, you have to make decisions on how to best mitigate and handle risks for your business.  

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Small Vulnerabilities Can Lead To Catastrophic Results [Part 2]

Not all leaks are the result of malice.

In 2006, America On-Line (AOL) negligently published 20 million web queries from over 650,000 of its users. This simple accident resulted in an incalculable amount of brand damage to AOL, and it could have...
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Small Vulnerabilities can lead to Catastrophic Results [part 1]

When it comes to security, most IT departments focus primarily on network and application security.

By now, we've all read news stories about vulnerabilities in various software and are familiar with the importance of preventing unwanted network...

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It’s Not Fear Factor, it’s Multi-Factor

What is multi-factor authentication?

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a method used to grant access to a computer or application. Of course the access is only granted after the user has provided a username and two types of authentication...

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5 Major Benefits of Security Assessments

Security assessments should be a part of any company’s security program. At a high level, they measure a company’s security posture against industry best practices, compliance requirements and industry frameworks.  It takes into consideration...

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Encoding, Hashing, and Encryption: What’s the difference?

Encoding, hashing, and encrypting are common concepts applied and discussed when trying to secure data.  Many vendors claim to use strong encryption methods and standards, but it is necessary for a security team to assess whether it really is...

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Your Single Source for Security Guidance

Your network is important to you and it's critically important to us.

Does alignment of business, organizational and technical goals seem impossible to you? 

Not to us. 

Since 1996, Cadre has been the single source for security guidance, enabling...

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Inspecting Encrypted Network Traffic

Encrypted traffic is becoming increasingly prevalent on corporate networks.  

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Taking Over Master Membership and Securing VRRP

Topology:

Part 1 (No Firewall Module)

Instructions for setup are in the link above. You must install two firewalls and configure VRRP on both of them to act as a cluster.  The first part of this exercise is pure VRRP with no firewall module...

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Breach Mitigation: Will It Take a Village?

No one is immune from data breaches. We’ve witnessed department stores, hospitals, insurance companies, media giants, dating websites, the federal government and so many others in the news almost daily with yet another breach.

This dominated the...

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Cadre's Story

Very few people were talking about network security when Cadre was formed back in late 1991. By most accounts, the first firewall was invented a year later, circa 1992, to the credit of multiple inventors. In the world of security technology,...

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