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May 14 2013   8:01PM GMT

Book giveaway: Hacking for Dummies (part 2)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Major security surveys and reports continually show that passwords are one of the greatest weaknesses on enterprise networks. Criminal hackers exploit weak passwords for their ill-gotten gains as do malicious employees and other insiders. Even advance malware can take advantage of weak passwords. Something has to change. But you can’t fix what you don’t acknowledge. That’s why Kevin Beaver’s book, Hacking for Dummies: 4th edition, presents the latest tools and techniques you can use to cover weak passwords in your environment and to minimize password risks once and for all. We have an excerpt of the book on our IT Bookworm Blog.

Since we’re feeling generous, we’re giving away five more copies of the book, all signed by Kevin Beaver himself! To win a copy, tell us “What do you believe is the greatest contributor to information security problems in your organization, or if you’re not into self-incrimination, society as a whole?” Good luck!

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  • bethcalub
    I still believe that the the greatest contributor to information security problems is IGNORANCE.
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  • Jeff280
    I believe the greatest current contributor is lack of user awareness.
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  • m44r00n33d
    the lack of proper education 
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  • mandukulkarni
    Greatest contributor to information security problems is that organizations still do not realize or act as info security is a business level issue and not just an IT or technical issue.
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  • Markieamark
    The greatest contributor to information security problems are those that use their PC's at work the same way they do at home. No concern for security and that the Antivirus will solve and fix everything. They didn't go to that site!
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Great points everyone! The biggest problem we face is indeed a human problem. Here's a great quote from Wayne Sales that sums it up nicely:"Making a decision usually means taking one of two roads. One is doing the right thing. To take the other road, you have to sit back and spin a story around the decision or action you are taking. If you find yourself thinking up an elaborate justification for what you are doing, you are not doing the right thing." Sound familiar to anyone?
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  • Pop59
    I think that it is curiosity, ignorance and "it can not happen to me, I know what I am doing" way of thinking
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  • Berret
    I think the greatest contributor to information security problems is the "disconnect" between IT/IS personnel and the everyday user.  The everyday user could be totally ignorant of the dangers present on the Internet, whereas the IT personnel could be assuming that everyone else is as knowledgeable as they are about security problems.  Training and communication can help bridge the gap.
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    All great answers everyone! We have only three days left in the contest so keep those answers coming.
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    We have our winners! Congratulations to Berret, Pop59, bethcalub, mandukulkarni and markieamark! Look out for an email for me so I can send you the books. Thanks to everyone who participated.
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  • slartybartfast
    Poor password policy.
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