Category: Business

Who Should You Believe?

I read your book and it all made sense to me. I like that there are simple and cheap options for the problems I’ve struggled to deal with (no salesman has ever pointed that out oddly enough). But I was…

Old, Old School

Today’s edition of “how in the world is that possible?” I bring you the curious case of the antique shop. Well, the business is not about buying and selling antiques, its a widget (actual line of business obfuscated to protect…

101: Yes, Your Company is a Target

/* The first in a series of posts that will focus on fundamentals, with an eye towards providing no- or low-cost options to the SMB community, who are simultaneously target-rich and knowledge poor. */   No company is too small…

You Always Have Options

A “Florida man” story, ransomware edition: The city manager of Lake City, Joe Helfenberg confirmed that the director of information technology, Brian Hawkins, was fired. The decision comes after a “Triple Threat” cyber attack that disables city servers, phones, and…

Pay the Ransom (Its OK, Really)

Nobody likes to be held hostage. I get it. I do. But when it comes to ransomware I’ve said from the beginning – and now others are starting to say it to – this is not personal: its just business.…

Pay the Ransom #912

Be careful around companies that charge to recover a computer from a ransomware attack. A sting operation has uncovered evidence that one such ransomware recovery provider in the UK has simply been paying off the hackers to release the computers — and…

Write Down Your Passwords

Want to start a security nerd slap fight? Ask two of them their opinions of one of these little gems: For years the conventional wisdom has been: never write down your passwords. Conventional wisdom has also said: use unique, long,…

Do I HAVE to Use a Password Manager?

From a client: I understand the reasons why you recommend the use of password managers. I’m not sure that we’re going to have widespread adoption. As we discussed, my people know how to do their jobs, and things that get…

Pay the Ransom #872

BALTIMORE SAYS IT WILL NOT PAY RANSOM AFTER CYBERATTACK The US city of Baltimore, a victim this month of a cyberattack that paralyzed part of its computer network, will not pay a ransom to undo the damage, Mayor Bernard Young said…

So Much for the Cloud?

Google on Tuesday said that some passwords for its G Suite customers were stored in an unhashed format since 2005. “We are writing to inform you that due to legacy functionality that enabled customer Domain Admins to view passwords, some…