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23% Of All Data Breaches Occur In The Healthcare Industry

When it comes to records, what are some of the most personal and sensitive records associated with your name that could be detrimental if they were exposed in a data breach? You may be thinking your IRS record, which includes your filing history, or you may be thinking of your checking and savings account information […]

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Why the Windows Password Policy is Not Enough

First and foremost, I would like point out that a password policy is only as good as the settings that you select. For example, you could pay a company millions of dollars for the most secure password policy in the world, but if you do not enable settings that will make a password secure, the […]

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What would happen if a Public Utility District (PUD) was hacked?

We all know what happens when our email or social media websites are hacked. If our email is hacked, we receive an email to inform us that a hacking occurred and it would be in our best interest to change our password. The same goes for a social media hacking. Furthermore, we are told that […]

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10 Interesting Facts About Hackings

The hacking industry is one of the most profitable industries in the world. Each week we are receiving news of new hackings, or how last week’s hack is more devastating than previously reported. Business Insider reports that some hackers make more than $80,000 a month! We are in the year 2016 and it is time for […]

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How Vendors Are Making You Vulnerable

How many different categories of accounts do you currently have in your Active Directory? There are so many to distinguish between! Just to mention a few: employee accounts, shared mailboxes, vendor accounts, patient/customer accounts, service accounts, and so many more! When it comes to writing your company’s password policy, are you also incorporating non-employee accounts […]

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Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Password Choice Should Concern You

Earlier this month, Mark Zuckerberg’s accounts on Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn were hacked. A hacker group, known as OurMine, posted on Zuckerberg’s “Hey @finkd (Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter handle) we got access to your Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest, we are just testing your security, please dm (direct message) us.” OurMine later posted, “You were in […]

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Five Tips to a Safer and Stronger Password Policy

One of the questions that I am asked weekly is: “What are a few tips that you would share for creating/enforcing a better password policy?” The question is very generic, yet very complex! Some people are referring to what should they change their password policy to so that they are not hacked. Other people are […]

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Microsoft Attempts to Blacklist Common Passwords

We have all seen on the news and social media lately that approximately 117 million LinkedIn usernames and passwords are being sold on TheReadDeal Marketplace for 5 bitcoins (this is about $2,200 USD). What most of us don’t know is that the LinkedIn hack occurred back in 2012 and the hacker, known as Peace, is just […]

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Top 5 Password Policy Mistakes

Every day when I speak to various members of IT departments that are interested in the nFront Password Filter, there are a few common topics that we speak about during our conversations. First, he or she will mention that they have a written password policy that every employee is instructed to follow. They will further […]

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Passwords Aren’t The Problem – We Are!

For the past few years, certain IT and security professionals have associated passwords as being negative due to recent data breaches. They recommend using biometrics, smart card readers, and other similar technology. The first password was used back in 1961 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Passwords have been around for over fifty years! These […]

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