NIST Password Compliance and New Password Rules

First of all, who or what is NIST? NIST stands for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This organization is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce who provides security standards and guidelines for companies to meet the requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) through cost effective programs. […]

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The NEW GDPR Compliance Overview

First, what is GDPR and am I affected by the new compliance regulations? GDPR is the new General Data Protection Regulation that was adopted by the European Union (EU) in April 2016 and will be enforceable starting May 2018. The new GDPR compliance applies to everyone who provides goods and/or services to citizens in the […]

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Cyberattacks Force Businesses To Shut Down

Many times, the worst we think that would happen in the result of a data breach is the damage of a company’s reputation and the loss of customer trust. Both of these result in a decline of revenue in addition to the amount it will cost to rectify the data breach. According to IBM’s Cost […]

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Why You Don’t Need A Password Manager

OneLogin announced on May 31, 2017, that their company was hacked between the hours of 2:00 am to 9:00 am PST. No big deal, right? Wrong. OneLogin is an online service that lets users manage their multiple different logins and passwords with a single sign-on (SSO). Essentially, OneLogin is a password manager that entices customers […]

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Say Goodbye To Windows Hello

What is Windows Hello? Windows Hello, according to Microsoft, is a more personal way to authenticate your computer using either your face, fingerprint, or iris. The technology is equipped with the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, and some PCs. For example, you will hold your head still in front of your computer’s camera and it […]

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We Support Carnegie Mellon University’s Password Research

Carnegie Mellon University released a study in 2013 called “Measuring Password Guessability for an Entire University.” CMU has over 25,000 faculty, staff, and students with a single-sign-on password. With this research study, CMU wanted to analyze how guessable the passwords would be in a password attack by standard password cracking tools and algorithms. A standard […]

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Making An Informed Decision To Protect Your Network

Humans are very predictable and unless we see our company’s name plastered across every news channel and online search engine due to a data breach, we will probably assume our company’s network is safe and we are doing a decent job protecting it. Companies may slide by for years and not be on a hacker’s […]

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Hard Facts: Data Breaches

Joseph Demarest Jr., Assistant Director of FBI’s Cyber Division states: “You’re going to be hacked.” Do you have a plan for when this happens? Furthermore, are you enforcing the necessary precautions to ensure that your end-users are not making poor password choices? Password1 and Welcome1 are the top 2 business passwords and are both accepted […]

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Put Password Rules In The Hands Of The User

This topic might seem to alarm you since the fate of your company will be placed in the hands of your employees. When I talk to many prospective customers of nFront Security, I hear the common problem of end-users selecting the company name, seasons (Summer, Winter, Fall, and/or Spring), months (January, February, March, etc.), or […]

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Hacker and Cyber Insurance 101

Let’s talk about insurance and what it’s actually intended to do. According to Google’s dictionary, insurance has two meanings: 1. A practice or arrangement by which a company or government agency provides a guarantee of compensation for specified loss, damage, illness, or death in return for payment of a premium. 2. A thing providing protection […]

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