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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 expensive software on their premises. Companies that have the most to gain hesitate to make that move because of misconceptions they harbor about the se...

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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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Talk About Cloud First or Get There Last

By: Phil Swaim This blog post is the first part of a series of posts on the Cloud. Later posts will cover topics such as Role Based Access, Identity Access Management, Key Management, DevOps, the need for virtual network services. 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 s...

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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.  This trusted authority issues a Certificate to the entity, which is then used to “prove” ownership to any user of the domain. But this model br...

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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! Quietly last March, Senate Joint Resolution 34 repealed US broadband privacy regulations that had been in place through the FCC. What does this mean? It means that...

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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 system that controls door access.  But are these badges secure? In the physical lock industry, there is a concept known as a “restricted keyway."  ...

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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 players. As important as it is to create strong firewalls and defend against external threats, one of a company’s biggest vulnerabilities can come ...

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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.  Malware runs the gamut of "black hat" software developers wanting a laugh for the wrong reasons to criminal organizations and the intelligence community who want to access their targets' devices and networks to get the...

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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.  This was spurred largely by the news that a Google Project 0 Researcher found many major vulnerabilities in the code of LastPass plugins for Chrome and Firefox, two of the most used web-browsers. When any software is found to have ser...

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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.   As with any proverbial cat, there are many ways to skin it. However, technology becomes a great friend to many a security program with promises of providing compliance with regulations and standards, stopping zero-day vul...

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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 been prevented if AOL had in place a DLP policy that protected sensitive data from being transmitted to their web servers. Often, a data loss ev...

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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 traffic to important network resources. The importance of best practices in the realms of data loss prevention (DLP), media control, and physica...

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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 methods, i.e., a passcode or in the case of biometrics, a fingerprint. For this to be successful the user must retrieve information from at least tw...

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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 appropriate. Let’s take a look at the differences between and proper usage of encoding, hashing, and encryption. Encoding To encode something is to...

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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 firms to focus on increasing value, efficiency, and productivity. Our team of experienced strategists can help identify the security solutions ...

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Inspecting Encrypted Network Traffic

Encrypted traffic is becoming increasingly prevalent on corporate networks.  By some estimates, over half of the traffic on the Internet will be encrypted by the end of 2015.This poses a problem to organizations who value the security and integrity of their intellectual property and how their employees use the Internet.  Because of limitations of many of today’s network devices, this tra...

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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 running. When configured properly, you should have interfaces in Master on one device and interfaces in Backup on the other device. Once the Loki m...

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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 news in 2014 and in 2015. Breaches have increased.  In fact, we’ve almost become numb to the news reports of yet another data breach or, worse ...

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