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ImageQuest’s Shutt and Ramsay attend KnowBe4 conference

ImageQuest’s Sammi Jo Shutt and Tracy Ramsay increased their expertise in security training, ongoing phishing tests, and other security training strategies by attending the annual KnowBe4 security education conference. Sammi Jo, ImageQuest’s Lead Information Security Advisor, and Tracy, who is also an Information Advisor, attended training sessions on security awareness, security culture, global cyberwar incidents, …

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U.S. creates Cyber Safety Review Board

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has established a new review board to study cybersecurity called the Cyber Safety Review Board or CSRB. The new review board is “loosely modeled on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigates air crashes, train derailments, and other transportation accidents,” Tech Crunch reported. The new review board “will …

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Meet a Cybercriminal accused of hacking Kaseya

Polish authorities arrested 22-year-old Ukranian Yaroslav Vasinskyi on Oct. 8 in connection with attacks on software provider Kaseya and others. In an indictment a month later, the U.S. Department of Justice accused Vasinskyi of unleashing Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware on Kaseya and other victims. Vasinkyi and a co-defendant, 28-year-old Russian Yevgeniy Polyanin, “deployed some of the internet’s …

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Our IT New Year’s resolutions: Worry less about ransomware, phishing

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you: Worry less about ransomware. Ha! you say, impossible! Well, not if you take certain steps. And if your internal IT team is stretched thin (hello, log4j) some steps might have been missed. We have a checklist to help you achieve this New Year’s resolution – and for another …

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CISA recommends establishing secure Web browsing

Have you heard of the term “malvertising”? As the “mal” in the name suggests, it’s another problem to be wary of online. The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) defines it as “the use of malicious or hijacked website advertisements to spread malware. … It bypasses built-in browser protections against pop-ups and forced redirects …

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ImageQuest promotes Shutt to Lead Information Security Analyst

ImageQuest’s Sammi Jo Shutt has been promoted to Lead Information Security Analyst. In this role, Sammi Jo will help hire, train, and develop a team of Information Security Advisors focused on doubling ImageQuest’s Advisory Services business for the third consecutive year. ImageQuest hired Sammi Jo in January 2019 to join Lee Walton as a security …

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Meet a Cybercriminal: Oleksandr Vitalyevich Ieremenko

Ukrainian Oleksandr Ieremenko, 30, tops a recently re-launched Most Wanted List from the U.S. Secret Service. We say “tops” because Ieremenko and a colleague each have a $1 million reward for information on their whereabouts. The U.S. wants Ieremenko for 2010 hacks into newswires that host business press releases. The stolen releases provided insider knowledge …

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What is a security-based Clean Desk Policy?

Does your organization have a “Clean Desk Policy”? If this makes you think of a well-organized, clean, and tidy desk, we understand. But that’s not the definition I’m referencing. I am talking about a security policy that helps safeguard your workspace and secure sensitive, confidential information. So what exactly is a “Clean Desk Policy”? A …

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Federal government cracking down on contractors with poor cybersecurity

Do you do business with the government? If you or your firm are a government contractor and suffer a security incident or misrepresent your cybersecurity practices, heads up. The U.S. Department of Justice could sue you. The DOJ recently said it would leverage the existing False Claims Act (FCA) to pursue cybersecurity-related fraud by government …

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Ransomware group runs help public wanted ads for skilled hackers

You know how cyber training warns you to look for poor English to avoid getting ransomware in a phishing email? How about looking for poor English on a jobs page? Cybersecurity jobs, to be specific. A company calling itself Bastion Secure advertised for a Reverse Engineer, a System Administrator, and programmers experienced in PHP, Python, …

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