Patch Tuesday January 2014 – Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle by Chester Wisniewski As expected Microsoft delivered four patches on patch Tuesday covering Windows XP, 2003, 7, 2008 R2, Word and Dynamics. All four patches are rated important, the first time in memory that none of the fixes were critical. The Word fix applies to all … Continue reading Towerwall Security Patch Alert Vol 13.63
10. Be clever Create passwords from easy-to-remember sentences, such as < Patriots Win the Super Bowl>, using the first letter of each word and adding numbers and special characters at the beginning or end. (e.g., <12=PwtSB!>) 9. Create a management system Consider creating one, very strong password and appending it with identifiers, such as <!Kr0y-W3n$TOM> … Continue reading 10 Things I Know About … Passwords
3 Keys To Keep Enterprise Clouds Secure Outsourcing has won out over ownership, and the rush to the cloud continues to gather pace. Where security is concerned there are two major trends that threaten to expose your company to unnecessary risk. There’s a lack of planning and due diligence when choosing cloud providers, and there’s … Continue reading 3 Keys To Keep Enterprise Clouds Secure
And it keeps getting worse… A widespread outbreak of a sneaky, file-encrypting piece of ransomware called Cryptolocker has many people talking. One very important question raised by Cryptolocker’s success to date: Should you ever pay a ransom to a cybercriminal? Sophos security expert James Lyne, head of global security research at Sophos, went on cable … Continue reading Sophos expert talks about Cryptolocker and bitcoin ransom on CNBC (Video)
Published by Michele Drolet, CEO of Towerwall Proper analysis will flag suspicious behavior and allow the IT department to assess the threat and take action to close it down Cybercriminals are employing more sophisticated techniques all the time and far too many companies and organizations still don’t have the protection they really need to safeguard … Continue reading How to Expose Cyber-Attacks and Combat Threats
Earlier this week a colleague pointed out an intriguing phishing sample that he had come across. It was interesting not because of any great sophistication or complexity, but rather that it illustrated the reuse of an old social engineering trick. The brand being targeted in the phish campaign is Poste Italiane, a well-known Italian group … Continue reading Towerwall Information Security Alert Vol 13.50 – Making phishing more complex – on purpose
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Cyber-attacks take many forms, from cybercrime, to hacktivism, to cyber warfare, and espionage. We’re all used to hearing about phishing attacks and the threat of malware, but organized cyber-attacks perpetrated by groups with political motivations, and sometimes affiliated with foreign governments, are on the rise, and they could represent a much graver threat. Major concerns … Continue reading Could Syria Launch a Major Cyberattack Against the U.S.?
Cybercriminals are employing more sophisticated techniques all the time and far too many companies and organizations still don’t have the protection they really need to safeguard their systems. The prevalence of targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats (APTs) is disturbing. The risk is that security is breached, typically through manipulation of employees using a technique … Continue reading How Can you Expose Targeted Attacks and Combat APTs?
Windows admins will have their hands full with the large number of security updates in this month’s Patch Tuesday. There are fixes for 47 vulnerabilities in 13 bulletins for September’s Patch Tuesday cycle. Four of this month’s bulletins are critical. This year’s total for bulletins is up to 79, a considerable increase from 62 at … Continue reading Critical fixes for Office, Outlook and IE in September Patch Tuesday