The Danger of the Leaked NSA and CIA Hacking Tools

The Danger of the Leaked NSA and CIA Hacking Tools

In terms of security, the year 2017 is shaping up to be one of the most challenging and hazardous for users of enterprise networks. From booby-trapped Microsoft Word documents to highly technical leaks of exploits used by United States intelligence and espionage communities, the information security (infosec) threat environment has been at historically elevated levels…

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Cloudbleed A Potential Risk for High Desert Business Owners

Cloudbleed: A Potential Risk for High Desert Business Owners

Cloudbleed, the first major internet vulnerability of 2017, was announced by cyber security analysts in mid-February. It took less than two weeks for analysts to determine that this particular problem could affect millions of internet users around the world; in terms of potential damage to High Desert companies, business owners who are Cloudflare clients should…

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Firewalls The First Step in Information Security

Firewalls: The First Step in Information Security

A couple of plotlines in the biggest movie of the 2016 holiday season were loosely related to network security. A few scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featured hacking of smart devices, data theft, and even social engineering. Interestingly, one of the main plot points in the film involves a group of rebels…

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Why Private Cloud Solutions Make Sense for 2017

Why Private Cloud Solutions Make Sense for 2017

Information security analysts will likely remember 2016 as a year of spectacular cybercrime events, particularly data breaches involving major organizations and even providers of cloud computing services. Yahoo, Wendy’s, LinkedIn, Oracle, Dropbox, and the University of Central Florida were some of the biggest targets of data breach attacks in 2016. Cyber Security Issues Against Cloud…

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Avoiding Hefty HIPAA Fines in California

Avoiding Hefty HIPAA Fines in California

The largest fine ever assessed under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has sent providers of medical services scrambling to audit their information systems. The Importance of Securing Information Advocate Health Care is a network that operates various hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area. A single, self-reported incident in 2013 prompted government regulators…

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Lessons from the Delta Airlines IT Shutdown

Lessons from the Delta Airlines IT Shutdown

In the first week of August, thousands of air travelers around the world were stranded and delayed by a computer network fiasco at a major airline based in the United States. Delta Airlines made headlines on August 8 as a power outage managed to bring down its network for several hours, which in turn affected…

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Dangerous Data Breach Discovered in California Electric Utility

Dangerous Data Breach Discovered in California Electric Utility

A stern reminder about the need for computer network security was discovered in late May as a major California utility reportedly left a sensitive database open to anyone who wished to download it. The Dangers of Unprotected Databases According to Vickery, PG&E left an asset management database unprotected. The database apparently contained a detailed inventory…

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Facebook Learned Hard Lessons About Corporate IT Security

Facebook Learned Hard Lessons About Corporate IT Security

One of the problems business owners face when providing security for their own companies is that they fail to think about the whole picture, and this is something that social networking giant Facebook recently learned. When it comes to providing security for its billion-plus users, Facebook generally gets high marks. Security cannot be thought of…

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The Panama Papers IT Security Lessons to Learn in Apple Valley

The Panama Papers: IT Security Lessons to Learn in Apple Valley

In early April, the most significant data leak in history made headlines around the world and began causing major repercussions. The Panama Papers affair, an effort between journalists and whistleblowers, is providing an amazing glimpse at the financial affairs of the rich and powerful around the world. How This Affects Local Businesses in the High…

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