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SOAR in the Cloud: 7 Factors to Consider

As cybercrime increases, it’s impossible for employees to keep up with every threat. It’s crucial for cybersecurity teams to work more efficiently with fewer resources. In this never-ending quest to stay ahead of threats, an increasing number of...

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A Former CTO of the FBI Cyber Division on the State of Cybersecurity

Part 3 of a three-part series

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The Advice a Former CTO of the FBI Cyber Division Would Give His Best Friend About Cybersecurity

Milan Patel has seen a thing or two. He can’t talk about some of it, which makes sense, given that he’s the former CTO of the FBI Cyber Division. While there, he organized and co-led the Joint Requirements Team, facilitated by the White House...

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What a Former CTO of the FBI Cyber Division Thinks Should Keep You Up At Night

Part 1 of a three-part series

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9 Questions You Should Ask When Considering Cloud-Based Tech

To paraphrase Zoolander, cloud-based technology is so hot right now. There are good reasons for that—cost, scalability, and convenience—but if you haven’t asked the right questions, you may face an unpleasant surprise later on. It sounds...

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How to Improve Your IT Security for the Upcoming Elections

Small governments seem to be stuck between a rock and several hard places.

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New Tools to Protect Credit Cards at Gas Stations But Who Gets to Use Them?

If you live in the U.S. and have ever noticed false charges on your credit card statement and had to call your bank to have your card canceled, chances are that you are the victim of skimming.  

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If Your Healthcare Data is Leaked Chances are Your Doctor’s Office, not an Evil Hacker, is to Blame

New research from Michigan State and Johns Hopkins Universities show that failed internal information handling and negligence at healthcare providers’ offices accounts for more than half of personal health information (PHI) breaches.

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New Advances Show Evil Hackers can use Cell Phone Apps to Capture your Information by Sound

Evil hackers and corporate spies have had the ability to record the loud tap-tap-tap of computer keyboards to decipher a log of keystrokes for years. The risk of losing your credentials to such a hack has been low because the attacker would have...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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