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Teach an employee to phish and he will protect you for a lifetime

Welcome to 2016, where malware is engineered to mutate to avoid detection, and 93% of all phishing emails contain ransomware.  If you were hoping for a quiet life in the field of information security, abandon all hope ye who subscribed to that fantasy. Upon a time, infosec was casually patching holes in PCAnywhere and delicately shaming C-levels for opening the I Love You virus. Today, the difference between your healthy company’s … Continue reading Teach an employee to phish and he will protect you for a lifetime

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Ransomware Backup Strategy: RPO and RTO

Fundamental to your ransomware mitigation strategy is backup. If your plan is to pay your way out of this, consider that not a plan.  For one, you have no assurance the threat actor can actually recover your files.  Two, you have no assurance the threat actor really will recover your files once you pay. Backup is a complex science actually, but let’s distill a basic strategy into … Continue reading Ransomware Backup Strategy: RPO and RTO

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Does External Storage Make Sense?

Last night I returned home and heard the unmistakable, unnerving, familiar destiny of all mechanical hard drives: the click of death.  My Time Machine drive had given up after exactly 4 years and 6 days on the job.  That’s probably a fair length of service, especially for a Seagate drive; a brand which evokes mixed emotions in most product reviews. My reaction is visceral and … Continue reading Does External Storage Make Sense?

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It’s time for Twitter to go

A hot trend on Twitter this week is the use of imposter financial institution accounts originating from Hostinger‘s 16mb.com domain. I did what I could to curb the Chase Bank scheme that I encountered last Friday, and I’ve since found several others, all attempting to direct distressed users to elaborately staged fake web frontends.  Santander and PayPal are the ones that immediately come to memory, and then there’s this … Continue reading It’s time for Twitter to go