8 Tips to Secure Those IoT Devices

By Michelle Drolet . 20 Jun 2016

Make sure the Internet of Things isn’t a route for hackers to get into your home or workplace   As more and more Internet-connected devices find their way into our homes and businesses, it’s important to remember that they represent a security risk. The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, and in the rush … Continue reading 8 Tips to Secure Those IoT Devices

5 InfoSec concerns for colleges and universities

By Michelle Drolet . 14 Jun 2016

Higher education institutions are a prime target for cybercriminals, and IT needs resources to prevent attacks and provide a proper level of security   No industry or sector is immune to data breaches, but some are targeted more often than others. Education came ahead of government, retail and financial sectors, and it was second only … Continue reading 5 InfoSec concerns for colleges and universities

3 Ways to Protect Data and Control Access to It

By Michelle Drolet . 23 May 2016

Your company’s data is its crown jewels, and you must protect it all times. CIS Controls 13, 14 and 15 will help you.   Earlier we delved into disaster recovery and network security. Now it’s time to take a look at Critical Security Controls 13, 14 and 15, which cover data protection and access control. The … Continue reading 3 Ways to Protect Data and Control Access to It

Join Towerwall at these Upcoming InfoSec Events

By Michelle Drolet . 18 May 2016

We will be attending, sponsoring and hosting the following InfoSec events this Spring / Summer. Join us!   Security BSides Boston 2016 Saturday, May 21 2016 Security BSides is the first grass roots, DIY, open security conference in the world! Security BSides is a great combination of two event styles: structured anchor events and grass-roots … Continue reading Join Towerwall at these Upcoming InfoSec Events

10 Things I Know About… Ransomware Protection

By Michelle Drolet . 11 May 2016

10. Backup files every night. If you can access yesterday’s files, then there is no need to pay to unlock them today. 9. Patch automatically. Make sure operating systems software on all devices (phones, tablets, laptops) and browsers are patched automatically with security updates. 8. Update software. Make sure your endpoints and network devices are … Continue reading 10 Things I Know About… Ransomware Protection

7 Potential Security Concerns for Wearables

By Michelle Drolet . 28 Apr 2016

Is your organization safe from all these connected devices? Wearables are rapidly invading the workplace in much the same way that smartphones did. Fitness trackers, smartwatches, head-mounted displays and other new form factors are beginning to capture the public imagination. Sales of wearable electronic devices topped 232 million in 2015, and Gartner forecasts they’ll rise … Continue reading 7 Potential Security Concerns for Wearables

Bugs for cash: Bounty hunters in the new wild west of security

By Michelle Drolet . 20 Apr 2016

How security researchers and programmers hunt software bugs for cash rewards   The business of bug hunting is a potentially lucrative one for both seasoned security researchers and amateurs with an interest in hacking. It’s an area that’s gaining legitimacy thanks to official bug bounty programs and hacking contests, but there’s still a seedy underbelly … Continue reading Bugs for cash: Bounty hunters in the new wild west of security

Towerwall Information Security Alert Vol 14.07 – Watch out for April Fools scamming on Friday

By Michelle Drolet . 1 Apr 2016

Watch out for April Fools scamming on Friday by Kevin Frey Annually, businesses and organizations often put up jokes or pranks for April Fools’ Day. Google, Starbucks, Amazon, etc. are frequent participants. E.g. Last year, Amazon revamped their site to look their old, original 1999 version… and Google (known for multiples) turned its “Maps” app … Continue reading Towerwall Information Security Alert Vol 14.07 – Watch out for April Fools scamming on Friday

Hundreds of cloud apps still vulnerable to DROWN

By Michelle Drolet . 22 Mar 2016

Complacency in addressing known vulnerabilities puts users at risk   If you have even a passing interest in security vulnerabilities, there’s no chance that you missed the news about the DROWN vulnerability. It’s one of the biggest vulnerabilities to hit since Heartbleed, potentially impacting a third of all HTTPS websites. By exploiting the obsolete SSLv2 … Continue reading Hundreds of cloud apps still vulnerable to DROWN

Do you have the right person for the job?

By Michelle Drolet . 14 Mar 2016

According to Cisco’s 2015 Annual Security Report, 91 percent of companies have an executive with direct responsibility for security, but only 29 percent of them have a Chief Information Security Officer. The enterprise is facing a dangerous combination of mounting cybersecurity threats of increasing subtlety, and a widening gap in the skills required to identify … Continue reading Do you have the right person for the job?

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