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Understanding What The FCI Means

At the present time, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is fast gaining steam in the defense industry. A previous whitepaper has explored the CMMC in much more detail, but essentially, this is where any defense contractors and any subcontractors must be certified at a certain level before the Department of Defense (DoD) will allow ...

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Microsoft advises ditching voice, SMS multi-factor authentication

Written by Deeba Ahmed – HackRead – November 16th, 2020 Microsoft wants users to opt for securer technologies citing multi-factor authentication (MFA) as the “least secure” method available nowadays. Microsoft’s identity security director, Alex Weinert, wrote in a blog post that the time has come to ditch SMS and voice multi-factor authentication (MFA) tools in favor of ...

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Protecting against new versions of Ransomware, using the Microsoft Security Stack

Ransomware is a threat variant that has existed for quite some time.  It is actually a sophisticated form of malware, and in these types of attacks, the victim’s device gets hijacked.  The screen becomes locked, and all of the files become encrypted with some unknown algorithm.  The only way that the victim can recover them ...

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Breakdown of a Break-in: A Manufacturer’s Ransomware Response

Written by Kelly Sheridan – November 16th, 2020 The analysis of an industrial ransomware attack reveals common tactics and proactive steps that businesses can take to avoid similar incidents. While no two organizations are the same, they can learn from one another's mistakes. A step-by step analysis of a ransomware investigation can prove fruitful in helping organizations ...

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Microsoft says three APTs have targeted seven COVID-19 vaccine makers

Written by Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day – November 13th, 2020 Microsoft says it detected three state-sponsored hacking operations (also known as APTs) that have launched cyber-attacks on at least seven prominent companies involved in COVID-19 vaccines research and treatments. Microsoft traced the attacks back to one threat actor in Russia and two North Korean hacking groups. Known ...

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Understanding What M365 Shared Mailboxes Are

For the most part, we all have our own individual email-based mailboxes, whether it is personal or for business use.  Typically, nobody else can access them, unless of course we give out our username and password (which would not be a good thing to do!).  But there are times, when it is necessary to create ...

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What You Need To Know About The Remote Desktop Protocol

Introduction In today’s virtual world, the need to connect and access to other devices is becoming of paramount importance, especially with the boom and longevity of the Remote Workforce.  There is one tool out there that has been used for quite some time. It is available from Microsoft, and it is known as the Remote Desktop ...

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Ransomware Group Turns to Facebook Ads

Written by Krebs on Security – November 10th 2020 It is bad enough that many ransomware gangs now have blogs where they publish data stolen from companies that refuse to make an extortion payment. Now, one crime group has started using hacked Facebook accounts to run ads publicly pressuring their ransomware victims into paying up On the ...

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The Unintended Consequences of Zero Trust on Enterprise Culture

Written by Grace F. Johnson – October 30th, 2020 It has been 10 years since John Kindervag, then with Forrester Research, first laid out the information systems security concept called the zero-trust model. In the decade since, few organizations could boldly claim that their information technology environments were safe from hazards and threats emanating from the ...

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Buyer Beware: Making Sure You Spend Your PC Dollars Wisely

In today’s financial landscape, both individuals and businesses have been tightening their belts to greater degrees than ever before. People simply want to conserve whatever cash they have, and this is rightfully so in these uncertain times. But keep in mind that with the remote workforce of today, there are certain gadgets that are an ...

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