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Password Security – Is rotating passwords helpful?

Many companies require that you change your password a number of times per year.  It usually ranges between 30 to 90 days.  However, does this provide any actual benefits to the overall user account security?  I do understand the logic behind it, your network will be more secure if all your users account passwords are changed frequently.  There are a few issues with this however.  The first issue is people tend to have issues remembering...

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The Economics of Security

At the RSA Conference in San Francisco I was able to listen to many interesting topics on security during the week I was there. This one covered the economics of security, and the five laws of security. Law 1: Most attackers aren’t evil or insane; they just want something. At first you might wonder why the distinction. The reason is, if a truly evil or insane person was attacking your system, or property you will not prevail. We simply do...

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The 5 top reported cyber scams

Internet scams, phishing attacks, email spam, we all deal with these numerous times a day.  If we stay on our toes, and remain alert chances are you will never fall victim to one of these attacks. With National Cyber Security Awareness month reaching the half way mark I thought I would share an infographic from Stay Safe Online.  Feel free to download the infographic and share it with friends and family and spread the word on Information...

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Sophos UTM – Web Filtering Options

Sophos UTM – Web Filtering Options

One of the great features of the Sophos UTM firewall is the ability to filter and monitor web traffic on your network.  If you are using this in a home network you will more than likely have it filtering far less than a corporate environment would.  You can be as permissive or restrictive as you wish.  You can also setup multiple policies and apply them to certain hosts, or users.  This will allow you to be more restrictive for young...

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Sophos UTM Firewall

Sophos UTM Firewall

I have been wanting to upgrade from my PIX 515E firewall for some time now.  I was originally looking into an ASA 5510, however seeing this is for my home network it is hard to justify the costs of such devices, even purchased off eBay.  I looked into other vendors as well, and while many of the devices are “doable” in cost, although still stretching it in the budget, it is the licensing that always gets me.  Many of them...

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RSA Conference – San Francisco

RSA Conference – San Francisco

I will be attending the RSA Conference in San Francisco later on this month.  The various topics all look very interesting, and I have scheduled out the sessions I will be attending while there.  I plan on writing up information on what I learn while I am there. My Schedule Monday – April 20, 2015 Security Basic Seminar Tuesday – April 21, 2015 Security’s Age of Enlightenment Enhancing Cloud Trust Security on Offense The...

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