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Top Security Misconfigurations to Watch Out For

Misconfigurations continue to be a leading cause of cybersecurity breaches. Luckily, you can prevent and correct them with the right knowledge and tools on your side. The National Security Agency (NSA) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently released a joint cybersecurity advisory (CSA) sharing the most common misconfigurations observed by their Red and Blue team...
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Ex-worker phished former employer to illegally hack network and steal data

Once again, companies are being warned to be wary of past employees who may turn rogue. 28-year-old Andrew Mahn, of Derry, New Hampshire, has pleaded guilty to charges that he illegally hacked the network of his former company, telecoms firm Motorola after he successfully tricked current staff into handing over their login credentials Mahn, who had previously worked for Motorola as an RF Network...
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Holiday Shopping: Tips and Best Practices to Help you Stay Secure

As we approach the holiday season, in addition to our busy work schedules, we need to plan for family visits, develop menus for special meals, and do a little shopping while the deals are good! It’s a lot to keep track of. Just remember it’s when you are distracted that you tend to put your digital security most at risk. Cybercriminals don’t take holidays. In fact, cyberattacks surge during this...
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Building Fortra as Your Cybersecurity Ally

At our recent Energy and NERC Compliance Working Group, we took some time to share more about Fortra, the cybersecurity company that Tripwire is a part of. In case you missed it, Fortra is a rebranding of HelpSystems, an already established and trusted company that has acquired a few valuable cybersecurity companies along the way. One such company, Tripwire, is already a familiar name in the...
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What Cybersecurity Pros Think of Zero Trust Today

Zero trust isn’t a new model, but its influence on the cybersecurity industry has strengthened over time since 1994. Zero trust became especially top-of-mind a few years ago when remote work and cloud services took off, prompting organizational leaders to rethink the way they enforced cybersecurity controls in an increasingly perimeter-less world. Is zero trust just another cybersecurity buzzword...
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QR Code Phishing –What Is It?

Phishing is a longstanding danger of the digital world that most people are aware of. Whether it happens via email, text message, social media, or any other means, phishing presents a risk to all users. In recent years, the growing popularity of QR codes for all manner of operations has created an environment ripe for cybercriminals to take advantage of. All of the dangers of other sorts of...
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How Does NIST's AI Risk Management Framework Affect You?

While the EU AI Act is poised to introduce binding legal requirements, there's another noteworthy player making waves—the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) AI Risk Management Framework (AI RMF) , published in January 2023. This framework promises to reshape the future of responsible AI uniquely and voluntarily, setting it apart from traditional regulatory approaches. Let's...
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Guarding the Grid: Navigating the Current and Future Landscape of Utility Cybersecurity

Tripwire recently held its annual Energy and NERC Compliance Working Group. This year's attendees included more than 200 Tripwire customer utility personnel representing over 80 different registered entities from all across the US and Canada. The company sizes ranged from public utility districts and city municipalities to medium and larger-sized investor-owned utilities, including many of the...
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NIST NCCoE Publishes Cybersecurity Framework Profile for Hybrid Satellite Networks

In late September 2023, the US-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its Cybersecurity Framework Profile for Hybrid Satellite Networks, otherwise known as NIST IR 8441. This blog will explore the reasons behind NIST developing the framework, outline its intentions, and summarize its key points. What is a Hybrid Satellite Network? To understand IR 8441, we must first...
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$9 million seized from "pig butchering" scammers who preyed on lonely hearts

US authorities have seized almost $9 million worth of cryptocurrency linked to a gang engaged in cryptocurrency investment fraud and romance scams. The US Department of Justice has announced that the seized funds are connected to cryptocurrency wallet addresses alleged to be associated with a " pig butchering " gang that has claimed over 70 victims around the world. "Pig butchering" is one of the...
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The Cybersecurity Skills Gap: You’re Looking at the Wrong Gap

How many times have you heard “There is a skills gap in Cybersecurity!” If you go on social media, you’ll likely hear it at least once a day. The government is big on it, and organisations lament how difficult it is to find the ‘right talent’. But here’s some news for you... There is NO SKILLS GAP. Why there’s no gap I have written on this topic previously , but let me come at it from a different...
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UK Finance Reports Slight Decrease in FinTech Cyberattacks

Overview of UK Finance's Report The latest report from UK Finance paints a mixed picture of financial fraud in the United Kingdom, with losses exceeding £500 million in the first half of the year. However, amidst these concerning figures, there is a glimmer of hope as cyber fraud rates have shown a slight 2% decrease from the previous year. This report offers a comprehensive view of the financial...
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AI-Enabled Information Manipulation Poses Threat to EU Elections: ENISA Report

Amid growing concerns about the integrity of upcoming European elections in 2024, the 11th edition of the Threat Landscape report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) , released on October 19, 2023, reveals alarming findings about the rising threats posed by AI-enabled information manipulation. Key Insights The ENISA Threat Landscape report for 2023 paints a concerning picture of...
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SMB Protocol Explained: Understanding its Security Risks and Best Practices

Server Message Block (SMB) protocol is a communication protocol that allows users to communicate with remote servers and computers, which they can open, share, edit files, and even share and utilize resources. With the expansion of telecommunications, this protocol has been a prime target for threat actors to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data and devices. In 2017, we introduced 5 general...
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Phishing Trends Examined by the SANS Institute

Earlier this year, the SANS Institute published a blog exploring emerging phishing trends. This kind of research is an invaluable resource for all individuals and organizations looking to identify and rebuff phishing attacks. In this article, we'll cover some of the key findings from that report. Changing Platforms Traditionally, phishing attacks relied on email as a primary communication channel...
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Change Variance: How Tiny Differences Can Impact Your IT World

In the vast and ever-evolving universe of information technology, there's one constant: change (that and cliches about constants!). Servers, systems, and software – they all get updated and modified. But, have you ever stopped to consider how even tiny differences between these digital entities can sometimes lead to unexpected challenges? In the world of Tripwire, we like to call this phenomenon...
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The Six Pillars of Cybersecurity

Winter is coming In the ever-evolving landscape of cloud computing, ensuring robust security measures has never been more important. In the new ISO 27001:2022 standard, there is a new requirement for organisations to establish control of their Cloud services, which includes every flavor of cloud from Software as a Service (SaaS) to Platform as a Service (PaaS). Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a...
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Secure Access Control in 2024: 6 Trends to Watch Out For

What Is Secure Access Control? Secure access control, part of the broader field of user management , is a key concept in the realm of information security, particularly in the business environment. It refers to the process of selectively restricting and allowing access to a place or resource. In the context of information technology, it is a vital element of data protection, dictating who or what...
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Financial Institutions in New York Face Stricter Cybersecurity Rules

Boards of directors need to maintain an appropriate level of cyber expertise, incidents must be reported within 72 hours after determination, and all ransom payments made must be reported within a day. Those are just some of the changes made by The New York State Department of Financial Services to its Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services (23 NYCRR 500) , effective November 1, 2023...
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VERT Threat Alert: November 2023 Patch Tuesday Analysis

Today’s VERT Alert addresses Microsoft’s November 2023 Security Updates . VERT is actively working on coverage for these vulnerabilities and expects to ship ASPL-1082 on Wednesday, November 15th. In-The-Wild & Disclosed CVEs CVE-2023-36033 A vulnerability in the Microsoft Desktop Window Manager (DWM) could allow an attacker to gain SYSTEM level privileges. This vulnerability has been publicly...