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Jeff Petters

Threat Modeling: 6 Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Threat modeling is the new normal for modern cybersecurity teams. Predicting threats and testing all possible permutations of those threats and vulnerabilities is a difficult job. Companies spend hundreds of...

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5 Ways to Protect Active Directory with Varonis

The fastest way to break into someone’s network is through Active Directory (AD) – it’s the key to the entire kingdom. If you need access to any server, you need...

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CryptoLocker: Everything You Need to Know

CryptoLocker is by now a well known piece of malware that can be especially damaging for any data-driven organization. Once the code has been executed, it encrypts files on desktops...

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Cerber Ransomware: What You Need to Know

Cerber ransomware is ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS), which means that the attacker licenses Cerber ransomware over the internet and splits the ransom with the developer. For a 40% cut of the ransom,...

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What is Incident Response? A 6-Step Plan

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” – Archilochus Incident Response is the art of cleanup and recovery when you...

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What is a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack?

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to crush a web server or online system by overwhelming it with data. DDoS attacks can be simple mischief, revenge,...

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What is the Colorado Privacy Law?

On September 1, 2018, the Colorado Protections for Consumer Data Privacy law, HB 18-1128, goes into effect. A bi-partisan group introduced HB 18-1128 in January, and after the usual negotiations,...

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What is SAML and How Does it Work?

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is an open standard that allows identity providers (IdP) to pass authorization credentials to service providers (SP). What that jargon means is that you can...

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CISM vs. CISSP Certification: Which One is Best for You?

It’s a perfect time to be CISM or CISSP certified, or have any cybersecurity certification: according to Gartner, the unemployment rate for cybersecurity professionals is zero – as in there...

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5 Basic Port Scanning Techniques

Imagine a long hallway with doors on either side. There are a total of 131,082 doors. The ones on the right of the hall are TCP, on the left UDP....

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