Tag: Security

Has it really come down to a bag of chips?

A recent vending machine company had some of its POS systems compromised at waterparks in Wisconsin and Tennessee. This was a major breach…up to 40,000! Go figure. People can’t even buy some snacks or what not from a vending machine without having...

/ September 20, 2011

Security Faux Pas

Organizations and the press do a pretty good job of keeping the average person aware of the latest big technology vulnerability or exploit.  And yet, we still see some common mistakes people make that could make them a susceptible to being exploited....

/ August 12, 2011

Too Extreme? I don’t think so. Tying security to compensation.

A colleague of mine recently posted a blog about the Black Hats getting the job done and rightfully so. Hackers have been pillaging the countryside lately. How many company compromises have there been over the last 3 months? More than there should...

/ August 8, 2011

Keep living in a fantasy world…

It will never happen to us. We know what we are doing. We are too small to be a target. Besides, we have a firewall, intrusion detection system and some really talented people in place to protect us from these so-called hackers....

/ July 11, 2011

Don’t Panic Yet

The recent Lockheed Martin disclosure that it had thwarted a tenacious cyber-attack was an interesting headline, primarily because publicizing a failed attack is highly unusual.  More importantly, the “unauthorized” articles and leaks that appeared and pointed back to the theft of RSA...

/ June 7, 2011

RSA SecurID Breach: Are Your Tokens Safe?

The news of a security breach at one of the world’s trusted security firms has raised concerns among companies across the globe. While RSA is not releasing the details around the breach at this time, which they have categorized as an “advanced...

/ March 21, 2011

P3 Cubed: Focus on the Basics Part III

From my previous discussions on the three P’s – Passwords, Patching and Ports, let’s talk finally about Ports. The Third P – Ports: Open TCP and UDP ports, especially open ports that are not required for business purposes, continue to be something...

/ January 21, 2011

P3 Cubed: Focus on the Basics Part II

Continuing from the previous discussion on the most significant areas of technical concern in the area of information security and assurance and the three P’s – Passwords, Patching and Ports, let’s talk next about Patching. 

/ January 21, 2011

P3 Cubed: Focus on the Basics

One of the most significant areas of technical concern in the area of information security and assurance is what we have come to call the three P’s – Passwords, Patching and Ports.? Default and weak passwords continue to impact organizations, especially on...

/ January 1, 2011
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