All posts tagged: infosec

Network-based attacks

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Cyberattacks come in all shapes and forms. They are everywhere, and whether you know it or not, you’ve likely been a victim of one at some point. Even an occasional look at IT news will tell you just how widespread cybercrime is and how many areas of life it affects. Yet many of us don’t have more than a superficial idea of how cyberattacks work, where they originate, and how severe their repercussions can be. 

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First American Financial Corp facing the heat after data exposure

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Company sued by client; Data leak under investigation

Real estate giant First American Financial Corp (NYSE:FAF), that suffered a serious data leak recently, was sued by a client late last month for failing to implement “even rudimentary security measures” and putting millions of clients’ information at risk.

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SANS 2019 Cloud Security Survey findings

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The SANS Institute released a new cloud security report recently based on a survey of several hundred companies across the US, Asia, Europe, and Canada. The companies surveyed ranged from the small (under 1000 employees) to the very large (over 50000 employees) and represented a variety of industries including 32 percent from the technology sector and 11 percent from the finance sector.

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Adobe releases 87 patches for vulnerabilities in Acrobat, Reader, Flash Player, Media Encoder

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In a massive patch update on Tuesday, Adobe released security patches for 87 vulnerabilities in four of its products – Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Media Encoder. As many as 84 of the 87 patches address vulnerabilities in Acrobat and Reader.

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A few tips to find out if that suspicious-seeming email you received is really malicious

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We all receive malicious or spammy emails from time to time, and while most are easy to tell apart from legitimate mail, there are some that require greater attention to detect. An Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE), more commonly known as spam, may be an irritant, but it is not a threat to you. Malicious emails, on the other hand, are intended to swindle or steal, and are far more dangerous.

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CISA releases BOD 19-02 setting out Vulnerability Remediation Requirements for Federal Agencies

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released its latest Binding Operational Directive (BOD 19-02), “Vulnerability Remediation Requirements for Internet-Accessible Systems”, this week. The directive supersedes BOD 15-01, “Critical Vulnerability Mitigation Requirement for Federal Civilian Executive Branch Departments and Agencies’ Internet-Accessible Systems”, which came out in 2015. BOD 15-01 required federal agencies to remediate critical infosec vulnerabilities within 30 days of detection, in addition to initiating ongoing tracking and monitoring, and led to a significant improvement in the federal government’s security posture.

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