Scott Youngs Key Information Systems CIO: Everyone Needs Cybersecurity Education

Key Information SystemsScott Youngs, CIO of Key Information Systems, and I spoke about how everyone in your company needs cybersecurity training. And not just an annual refresher either. Everyone needs continuous training and feedback on that training to maintain vigilance and awareness of actual threats to corporate security.

Scott and I suggest keeping security in front of everyone with a multi-phase approach:

  • Formal training (Classroom, scenario, webinar)
  • Email reminders
  • Informal training (Signage, policies)
  • Involvement (Discussions)

Scott Youngs CIO Key Information Systems Employees can fall prey to phishing and social engineering schemes, even if they’ve just gone through training. Regular scenario-based training works quite well to keep employees safe and your network secure. We understand that security training and vigilance requires dedication and resource commitment. We’re not unsympathetic to the resources required. There are a lot of free and unobtrusive things you can do to maintain a secure environment. There’s plenty of free training and information available to you.

One final point that Scott made and I repeated in the podcast is that you have to customize security training for your employees. For example, retail employees have different security training needs than manufacturing employees do. Similarly, C-level employees have different security training needs than IT department employees do.

Key Information Systems covers Southern California but also has clients in other regions as well. If you require assistance for your security needs, please go to keyinfo.com and select a Contact Us link to engage their capable staff.

Podcast details:

Length: 18:36 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G.

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Ken “The Virus Doctor” Dwight on Malware Threats at SpiceWorld 2017

The Virus DoctorKen “The Virus Doctor” Dwight and I sat down at SpiceWorld 2017 to discuss ransomware and other malware threats to you and your security. Ken Dwight has been in the cybersecurity business for as long as cybersecurity has been a thing and long before anyone coined the term, cybersecurity.

Ken also offers his book and a Virus Remediation class from his website. He has helped many companies recover from virus infestations, ransomware attacks, and various malware infections. He is a consultant, a speaker, and a practitioner in the dark art of virus killing.

It was a pleasure to speak with Mr. Dwight on camera at SpiceWorld 2017.

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Data Science and Security with SOPHOS Data Scientist Hillary Sanders

SOPHOSHillary Sanders and I sat down for a chat at SpiceWorld 2017 in Austin about data science and security. We discussed the ins and outs of data science, machine learning, neural networks, and how this data helps security researchers. Ms. Sanders is a data scientist and data science researcher at SOPHOS. As you’ll see in the video, she loses me in part of the discussion. I’m very familiar with biological neural networks but the computer ones are pretty complex. These neural networks and their reliance on big data is the significant first step toward some pretty impressive artificial intelligence (AI) possibilities.

Although Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have warned us about the future of AI, I think that AI is the true future of computing. And I’ve thought so for a very long time, beginning back in the day when I wanted to learn LISP and Prolog programming. Unfortunately, I did not have the financial resources to learn those languages at the time. I digress.

Hillary explains data science and her work in such a way that I hope many more young people will be inspired to follow her into this next exciting chapter of computing. She is also an accomplished artist and you should view her work at hillarysanders.com. Her site isn’t just art, it’s also about her work as a data scientist and a programmer. Check out the Cheatsheets page.

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Online Shopping Hazards with guest WWPass VP of Strategy Perry Chaffee

Perry Chaffee of WWPassPerry Chaffee, WWPass VP of Strategy, and I turn our attention toward online shopping because it is the holiday shopping season and security is a big concern, or should be, for anyone making online purchases. You don’t want your shopping experience to be tainted with unusual charges, identity theft, or account compromise of any kind. For these reasons, you need to be aware of your shopping experience and your security.

Here are a few guidelines that Perry and I talk about during the podcast:

  1. Use a strong password.
  2. Use a password manager.
  3. Use a credit card rather than a debit card for purchases.
  4. Enable two-factor authentication for better security.
  5. Before entering passwords or credit card information, look for the https in your browser’s URL.
  6. Close your browser after shopping on a site and reopen it for your next purchase.
  7. Be sure that the site you’re on is the one you want to use.
  8. Never give anyone your password over the phone.
  9. Be VERY careful of links embedded in emails as they can look very similar to real sites.
  10. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t speak your credit card information out loud in public places.

WWPassThis is not a sponsored podcast but WWPass is a commercial security solution for individuals and businesses to help keep all your online transactions and shopping experiences secure.

Length: 18:02 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G

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Absolute’s Global Security Strategist Richard Henderson discusses 2018’s Security Threats

Richard HendersonRecurring guest Richard Henderson (Global Security Strategist for Absolute) and I discuss what we think are the greatest threats to security in 2018. We ponder ransomware, standard threats, cryptocurrencies, and other advanced persistent threats.  Richard and I agree that 2018 will be another significant security threat year. One thing to note is that while attackers are more persistent, there are some threats that are actually waning such as certain types of ransomware, viruses, and malware that’s easily stopped by smarter browsers, host-based firewalls, and operating system security. That said, we don’t expect attacks to decrease in 2018.

As always, our podcasts are licensed CC BY and are rated G for all audiences and venues.

Length: 29:07 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G.

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ClearSky Data CTO and Co-founder Laz Vekiarides Discusses a New Approach to Cloud Storage

Laz VekiaridesLaz Vekiarides, CTO and Co-founder of ClearSky Data and I discuss a new approach to cloud storage–which deprecates the old 3-2-1 rule of making backups. Every year businesses consume more and more expensive disk space to copy, re-copy, and store data as backups, as disaster recovery, and for archival purposes. Preventing that waste is the main thrust of ClearSky Data’s primary storage, cloud backup, and disaster recovery solutions. The service is elastic and uses a “pay-as-you-use” philosophy.

Laz explains why this solution is more economical for your business and also makes your business more resilient to failure. We discuss a paradigm shift in backup methodology and the importance of business continuity.

Podcast details:

Length: 21:36 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

ClearSky allows enterprises to access all data wherever it’s needed, on-prem or in the cloud, without ever needing to replicate the data. That’s right, no more making copies. The ClearSky service is fully elastic; pay for only what you use and scale up or down on-demand.

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A Ransomware Discussion with Absolute’s Richard Henderson (Podcast)

RansomwareRichard Henderson, The Global Security Strategist for Absolute, and I spoke about the global Ransomware threat, its prevention, and what to do if you’re victimized by an attack. Richard and I disagree a bit on what you should do if you’re a Ransomware victim. I say that you should never pay. He says that there are circumstances where it makes more sense to pay the ransom.

I write the introductory column for ADMIN magazine and in the most recent issue (Number 40), I wrote about this very topic. I titled it, “Feeding Seagulls is Wrong.” It is a light-hearted look at feeding seagulls, which I compare to ransomware writers. To me, paying ransomware writers is like feeding seagulls: You’re down a bag of Cheetos (Some amount of Bitcoin) and the seagulls (Ransomware writers) are never satisfied.

Listen to the podcast. Read my column. Make a decision. And feel free to tweet me @kenhess to start a discussion.

Podcast details:

Length: 24:11 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

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