Passwords

Is it Time to Stop Relying on SMS for Multifactor Authentication?

Multifactor authentication is a way of authenticating to a device or software with a password plus another factor, usually one-time code or biometrics.  The easy way to think of it is “something you have and something you know.” The most common form of multifactor authentication involves SMS messaging. After entering your password (something you know), …

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Could The Principle of Least Privilege Have Prevented Surveillance Camera Hack?

The principle of least privilege (POLP) “is the practice of limiting access rights for users to the bare minimum permissions they need to perform their work.” Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case at Verkada where their “super admin” account was shared with more than 100 internal users.  Those super admin credentials were also found on the …

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Why Human Error is Your Biggest Cyber Security Risk

When it comes to cyber security, your business’s biggest risk factor is your own staff. Researchers from Stanford University and a top cybersecurity organization found that approximately 88% of all data breaches are caused by human error. Knowing the risks and learning how to mitigate these risks can help you better fortify your network.  Datto’s Global state …

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3 Ways to Avoid Phishing Email Scams

Phishing scams have been around for a long time. Phishing emails work often enough that there is no reason for scammers to stop.  Indeed, there was a real increase in COVID-19-related phishing scams at the beginning of 2020. These scams will continue, as users are still looking for COVID-19 vaccine information. So, what can you …

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Why Passwords are a big Problem

Passwords are everywhere! We need them to access workstations, mobile devices, social media and ecommerce.  The trouble with passwords is that they are weak when it comes to securing all of those things.  You may have heard of brute force or password spraying as forms of attacks a hacker might use to gain access to …

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Why the Oldsmar Water Facility breach is a Wake Up Call to Update Cyber Security Measures

It sounds like something from a spy movie. Someone tries to poison a small city’s water supply by remotely accessing the computer for the water treatment system and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, by a factor of more than 100. It sounds like a sinister plot where James Bond appears at …

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Why Data Privacy is Good for Business

Tomorrow is International Data Privacy Day! If you didn’t know, International Data Privacy Day is held annually on January 28 to raise awareness and promote data privacy and data protection best practices. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the website Stay Safe Online offers tips for consumers to stay safe online and to …

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