December 31, 2012  11:40 PM

Ten New Year security resolutions



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Encryption, Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management

We all do it at this time of the year: We make resolutions to do things better in the New Year. And why not? It's a great thing to do, starting with fresh goals and a resolve to do better. Here are some ideas for you choose from with a security twist:

  • I will change my critical...


December 30, 2012  10:38 PM

The risks of using social media



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Security, Security best practice, Security management, Social media, Social media security

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November 30, 2012  10:52 AM

Beware “changlog” spam: It’s malware



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Malware, Secure Computing, Security, Security management, spam

If you receive any email with a subject line similar to "Re: Changlog 10.2011," or something similar, delete it immediately: it's malware. This isn't a new one, it just seems to be going through a resurgence at the moment. Sophos identified it and wrote about it in February...


November 11, 2012  2:51 PM

Final update on physical security failure



Posted by: Ken Harthun
physical security, Security, Security best practice, Security management

As you may recall, last month I had a physical security issue at one of my campuses. This post gave an update and on Wednesday of last week, I put in place...


October 30, 2012  4:31 PM

Update on physical security failure



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Security, Security best practice, Security management

Hollering on the right channels seems to have gotten results. Here's the update on the physical security problem I mentioned in my last post. These are excerpts from emails. Us: We are experiencing another issue with our network cable in the Phone/Data Closet.  Our server was...


October 27, 2012  12:50 PM

Tale from the trenches: Physical security failure



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Physical security, Security, Security best practice, Security management

Last Friday, a trouble ticket came in saying someone from our satellite campus could not access our database application. I immediately attempted to log in remotely and was unable to do so. The next check revealed that our NLAN link was down and had been since approximately 7 p.m. the night before....


October 20, 2012  10:22 PM

Distributed passwords: A simple security precaution that works



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management

Everyone of us has one: A user who has a "book" of passwords sitting in plain view at their workstation. This person absolutely insists on keeping passwords written down in longhand and refuses to use any type of password manager software. Yes, the book is usually closed and it's not obviously...


September 23, 2012  8:44 PM

Carry your passwords in your wallet



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Security, Security best practice, Security management

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September 7, 2012  1:59 AM

How to protect your password manager?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management

If the bad guys already know how to get your "clever" passwords, what kind of password do you put on your password manager? You can't risk their getting...


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