Tips to Protect Your Business From Ransomware

By Michelle Drolet . 16 Aug 2017

Over the last few years we’ve observed the steady rise of ransomware with some trepidation. It is fast becoming a multi-million dollar business, and it’s getting surprisingly sophisticated. The ransomware industry is continually innovating, offering cybercriminals new technology, various business models, and all the support they need to conduct successful attacks on unsuspecting individuals and … Continue reading Tips to Protect Your Business From Ransomware

IoT Could Be Our Downfall

By Michelle Drolet . 3 Jan 2017

We need to secure the internet of things. The internet of things (IoT) is all about connecting devices to the internet so that they can talk to each other and to us, to make life more convenient. That might mean turning on the lights when we get up, or allowing us to use our phones … Continue reading IoT Could Be Our Downfall

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

Another Successful Information Security Summit

By Michelle Drolet . 19 Jun 2015

Once again, the Information Security Summit hosted by Towerwall and MassBay was a resounding success. Hundreds of attendees and vendors participated in  diverse data security panels and networked with industry leaders and peers. The Summit opened with Michelle Drolet, CEO of Towerwall, and Shamsi Moussav, Computer Science Professor at MassBay Community College, presenting scholarships to … Continue reading Another Successful Information Security Summit

Throw your vendor under the bus? Not quite so fast

By Michelle Drolet . 20 Mar 2015

  Tips for your third-party risk management program “Home Depot said the crooks initially broke in using credentials stolen from a third-party vendor […] Recall that the Target breach also started with a hacked vendor…” — Brian Krebs, Krebs on Security In everyday business, a complex set of external relationships is commonplace. Services, infrastructure, and … Continue reading Throw your vendor under the bus? Not quite so fast

The Cybersecurity Skills Gap

By Michelle Drolet . 9 Dec 2014

The information security profession, which evolved largely in reaction to threats, is now paying the price of an entire “missing generation.” Companies are challenged finding pros with the combination of business and technical savvy that is needed to combat growing threats. Compounding this problem, educational institutions are not graduating enough students with the necessary skills … Continue reading The Cybersecurity Skills Gap

Debunking 5 Reasons Businesses Use to Not Invest In Computer Security

By Michelle Drolet . 8 Dec 2014

The rise of malware seems to have passed some people by. As the ranks of cybercriminals grow and they find new ways to exploit our systems and steal our data, a lot of computer users and small-business owners have convinced themselves that it won’t happen to them. Here are five common excuses that explain why … Continue reading Debunking 5 Reasons Businesses Use to Not Invest In Computer Security

Towerwall Information Security Update Vol 13.78 – 3 ways to make your Outlook.com account safer

By Michelle Drolet . 31 Oct 2014

3 ways to make your Outlook.com account safer by John Hawes   Following on from our detailed guide to securing your webmail, here’s a quick breakdown of how to make the most important fixes for users of Microsoft’s Outlook.com (formerly known as Hotmail and, for a while, Windows Live Hotmail). Controls affecting Outlook.com security are mainly found … Continue reading Towerwall Information Security Update Vol 13.78 – 3 ways to make your Outlook.com account safer

Shellshock , The Latest Mac OSX and Linux Vulnerabilty—

By Michelle Drolet . 29 Sep 2014

By: Solange_Desc1 Security researchers have discovered a new software bug known as the “Bash Bug” or “Shellshock,” or to those more technically “in-the-know” as GNU Bash Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2014-6271)(link is external). This bug, more correctly termed, ‘vulnerability’, potentially allows attackers to gain control over targeted computers. The bug is present in a piece of computer … Continue reading Shellshock , The Latest Mac OSX and Linux Vulnerabilty—

Firefox 32.0 fixes holes, shakes out some old SSL certs, introduces certificate pinning

By Michelle Drolet . 3 Sep 2014

by Paul Ducklin on September 3, 2014   Yesterday was Firefox’s most recent Fortytwosday(updates come out every 42 days, on Tuesdays, in a nod to Douglas Adams), bringing us to Firefox 32.0. For those who like to keep their feature set behind the leading edge, yet stay on top of security fixes, there’s also ESR 24.8 and ESR 31.1. ESR is short for Extended Support … Continue reading Firefox 32.0 fixes holes, shakes out some old SSL certs, introduces certificate pinning

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