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The Fact and Fiction of the Business Risks Posed by IOT Devices

A casino hacked through an aquarium heater* sounds like fiction—but this recent headline news was an all-too-real demonstration of the risk that Internet of Things (IOT) devices bring to organizations of all sizes. 

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How to Prevent 4 Network Security Threats that Cost Financial Services Millions

The Capital One breach exposed over 100 million customers’ sensitive information.In 2017, 147.9 million consumers were affected by the Equifax Breach.Over the past few years, data breaches have affected over 1 trillion user accounts and the...

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Myth Busted: Small Organizations are at Low Risk of Hacking Because they are not Desirable Targets For Hackers

All of these are common myths, but only one has dangerous misinformation. Can you figure it out?

  1. George Washington chopped down a cherry tree. 
  2. After you die, your fingernails continue to grow. 
  3. You don’t have to worry about your small business...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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