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Breaking out of password Groundhog Day

In the classic comedy “Groundhog Day,”  weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, must repeat the same day of his life over and over again until he finally changes his ways. It feels uncomfortably close to home to watch Murray’s character repeat the same routine, and make the same mistakes, until he finally takes a…
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Consumer data privacy regulation at the federal level: An opportunity for MSPs?

After Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) paperwork in June 2018, shock waves reverberated throughout Silicon Valley. Lobbyists at the Information Technology Industry Council, a Google-backed think tank, quickly went to work drafting proposals for a federal law that would supersede the stringent California bill. Twelve states subsequently followed California’s lead and…
Executive Insight, Opinion, Security News

How to build a successful offensive security research team

Over the last several years, as the threat landscape has continually evolved, the severity and sheer volume of security vulnerabilities and attacks has accelerated dramatically, causing the tech industry across the world to look for new ways to prevent crippling cyber attacks. In an effort to outthink and outmaneuver attackers, organizations have begun creating offensive…
Executive Insight, Opinion, Security News

Comparing 5G to Wi-Fi 6 from a security perspective

Enterprise-grade Wi-Fi systems have proven to be secure for thousands of demanding customers across virtually all industries. With the recent hype around 5G and service providers promoting 5G as an alternative to Wi-Fi in the enterprise, it pays to understand how 5G security stacks up against Wi-Fi security. Cellular security has improved with each generation.…
Executive Insight, Phishing

Going stealth: Bad guys embrace the power of branding

By Stu Sjouwerman Since the very dawn of organized phishing attacks, the bad guys have recognized the power of exploiting trusted brands and online services. Our original experience with phishing was defined by spoofed emails purporting to hail from popular banks. Their objective was simple: trick users into coughing up their online banking credentials with…
Executive Insight, Opinion

Automate your mobile application security without the staff

Mobile devices have overtaken desktop devices as the leading means to access applications and the internet. The growing demand for mobile apps creates a need for developers to improve their processes and release new features at an unprecedented rate to stay ahead of the competition. Consequently, the development community embraces newer processes such as Agile…
Executive Insight, Opinions

Giving the game away: Five obvious “tells” in malicious emails

By Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4 As the online threats to organizations have grown over the past 10-15 years, security awareness training (SAT) has become a critical component of the security infrastructure deployed by IT departments to protect their networks from attacks by malicious actors, whether those attacks are driven by increasingly sophisticated phishing campaigns, voice-driven…
Executive Insight

Authentication and the Movies: How Hollywood predicted our cybersecurity present

Spaceships and little green men; self-driving cars and self-flying drones; virtual reality and alternative universes; and, if you can believe it, the cybersecurity authentication in use today, all “predicted” decades ago. The movies aren’t just a place to go to get away from it all; they’re a place to go to learn about what we…
Executive Insight

When an App is Released into the App Store, Its Security Will Be Wildly and Fiercely Tested….Instantly. Are You Prepared?

Most of the apps published in a public app store are at the mercy of the users who download them.  Unfortunately, not everyone who downloads your app has good intentions. In fact, some people have decidedly malicious intentions, and you won’t know that your app is in harm’s way until the damage is done. Before…
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The Debate is Over: Artificial Intelligence is the Future for Cybersecurity

In January Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announced the launch of Chronicle – an artificial intelligence-based solution for the cybersecurity industry – promising “the power to fight cybercrime on a global scale.” There are mixed opinions on the value and readiness of artificial intelligence (AI) in our industry. Just last year Google’s own Heather Adkins, director…
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