Protecting Yourself Against Phishing

Be Online Aware! October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Protecting Yourself Against Phishing

Phishing is, by far, the greatest threat to your privacy. More importantly, phishing is constantly evolving and changing, and it is your responsibility to do your research and remain informed. Want to know how you can avoid phishing? Read more below!

Latest CMMC Information

Upcoming Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Requirement Progressing Quickly

Department of Defense Contractors should be DFARS 252.204-7012 ("DFARS-7012") compliant, already. But, while implementing 100% NIST SP 800-171 ("NIST-171") security controls didn't have a specific deadline, Contractors are strongly advised to complete that work. It is the best way to ensure continued ability to win future work from the DoD. In addition to DFARS-7012 and NIST-171, DoD contractors will be required to meet certain Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification levels between 1 and 5. The exact level is contract specific and will be called out in RFP Sections L & M. The current expected date for RFPs to include the CMMC is September 2020.

Click Read More to get the latest details as of July 26, 2019.  

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Non-Compliance can cost WAY MORE than Compliance?

Employee uses False Claims Act to sue Employer over DFARS/NIST Compliance

Non-Compliance can cost WAY MORE than Compliance?

 Department of Defense Contractors have struggled to meet the DFARS 252.204-7012 ("DFARS-7012") regulation, partularly with compliance on the referenced NIST SP 800-171 ("NIST-171") security controls. 

scale moneyNow, an employee has successfully brought suit against his employer using the False Claims Act (FCA) for falsely claiming compliance on DFARS-7012/NIST-171. There hasn't been a judgement lodged against the company yet and it could still rule in the company's favor. However, other DoD contractors should take note of the details of this case so far.

2019 Smartphone Cyber Threats

CSO article discusses threats you should take seriously

2019 Smartphone Cyber Threats

Hundreds of millions of people use smartphones on a daily, if not hourly basis. It likely contains your most important personal and financial information. It is a critical 'weak link' in your life from a cyber threat perspective.

CSO Magazine has just published an article discussing the six top mobile phone cyber threats and we agree you should keep these in mind. 

Click here for tips on protecting your smart phone.

So You’re Being Tracked Online – Now What?

Be Online Aware! October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

So You’re Being Tracked Online – Now What?

Consider the idea that Facebook, Google, and Twitter are all collectively tracking us for targeted advertising. These social media companies do not necessarily sell your data directly, but they do sell access to you. Read more to learn how to limit their access!

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Tech that Smarts or Smart Technology: The Internet of Things

Be Online Aware! October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Tech that Smarts or Smart Technology: The Internet of Things

18 billion devices were connected to the internet in 2018. That’s equivalent to roughly two devices per human on the planet. Now washing machines, refrigerators, headphones, smart AI devices, and among other things join our cell phones on the world wide web. Which such a dramatic increase in smart technology, what are the effects on the populous?

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To x.509 or not to x.509. That is the Question.

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and the x.509 Certificate.

While it might seem fairly visible in today's world why authentication measures should meet this standard, there is some expense to incorporate the practice. Alternatively, most private sector businesses still use single-factor (User, password) or non x.509 (Web of Trust a.k.a WoT) dual-factor authentication.