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U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says the country’s digital infrastructure is under constant attack by state-sponsored cyber attackers from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. He even compares the situation today to the months before September 11, 2001, adding “here we are nearly two decades later, and the warning lights are blinking red […]

By Rene Kolga Microsoft has built its Windows Defender Antivirus solution into the Windows 10 operating system, and that provides a good foundation for protecting your endpoints. But as the recent discovery of a new zero-day attack reminds us, it’s not good enough. Several journalists including Tara Seals at Threatpost, Lucian Armasu with Tom’s Hardware […]

By Rene Kolga It’s Back to School time again for students, faculty and administrators… and apparently for Iranian cyber attackers too. Kelly Sheridan at Dark Reading reports that COBALT DICKENS, a threat group linked to Iran’s government, is targeting universities around the world with a large-scale credential theft campaign. This should serve as a reminder […]

By Rene Kolga I recently reported on an NSS Labs evaluation of 20 Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) solutions that revealed their inability to block unknown threats. I highlighted some statistics around how their efficacy rates drop to as low as 46%. While the rows and columns of numbers from NSS Labs’ controlled testing environment are […]

By Rene Kolga OK, we had some fun, and now let’s get serious. Here’s my list of the presentations I found to be the most interesting and/or educational from last week’s security conferences in Vegas. Favorites: Black Hat: Understanding and Exploiting Implanted Medical Devices Taking the torch from Barnaby Jack, researchers Billy Rios and Jonathan […]

By Rene Kolga I’ve lost count of how many demonstrations of PARANOID we gave during Black Hat. But no matter how many we do, one thing never gets old: the moment when I can tell the person “gets it”. You can almost see a little animated light bulb go off over their head, like the […]

We all strive to achieve a balance between our commitments to our work and personal lives. No matter the sport, a team must have both a good offense and a good defense to win games. When your paycheck arrives, you can spend some money, but you also need to contribute to your savings. This same […]

By Rene Kolga St. Elsewhere, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Med, Code Black – those are just some of the many TV dramas about the life-and-death situations that occur in hospital emergency rooms. While I haven’t seen every episode of every series, I’m confident none ever devoted a single show to the information security professionals who […]

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