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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 the third and final bowl was just the right temperature. It might seem strange to draw lessons about your business’ security practices from a ch...

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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”. Until now, malware was designed to infect a computer, network or mobile device and stay resident collecting all of the information it can. The new grab-n-go malware does not wait around for a full virus scan nor does...

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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 access to the internal Citrix network. In many cases when dealing with these types of security breaches, one may never receive the full story. Us...

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Category: Security Awareness

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 and learn presentation on what security awareness is, why it is important and what outcomes can be predicted is an excellent and low cost way to ...

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Category: Security Awareness

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? Adult Learning. A security awareness program is a waste of time and money if information is not retained and a positive culture change is not initiated. Content must be relevant to the audience. While some content may be mandated by a compliance standard (NIST/HIPAA e...

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Category: Security Awareness

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 techniques to achieve the best retention of information as well as the most effective buy-in and security culture-changing results for clients. Instructo...

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Category: Security Awareness

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 cybersecurity issues.   Studies show that 70% of US employees lack basic security and privacy skills                                                ...

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Category: Security Awareness

How to Legally Practice Social Engineering

Date: 03-APR-2018 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 against it if the practice is illegal? If you want to learn a skill to protect yourself, your employees or your customers, you must be able practice that...

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Category: Security Awareness

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 just beamed in from the alternate universe where Spock has a beard. They immediately tell me that these smart speakers send recordings of my voice...

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Category: Security Awareness

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 about the fact that not only was your personal information possibly mined but also the data of your unsuspecting friends. One thing that I have...

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Category: Security Awareness

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 them here, and the drunk replies, no, and that he lost them in the park. The policeman asks why he is searching here, and the drunk replies, "This...

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Category: Security Awareness

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 that have occurred recently, and we wanted to share some helpful posts this month to help you outsmart the hackers.  Our trusted partners at Gig...

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