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May 29, 2009  1:59 AM

ID Analytics Service Validates Identity Exposure Index

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Identity Exposure Index, Identity Theft, Security, Security management

A new, free service offered by ID Analytics,, validates my Identity Exposure Index concept I proposed last month (What’s Your Identity...

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May 27, 2009  8:25 PM

How to Use the Windows Registry for Cyber Forensics: Part 1

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Computer Forensics, Cyber Forensics, Cybercrime, Microsoft Windows, Security, Windows Registry

I recently completed the free SANS mini-course on cyber forensics (see my post, Free Mini-courses from SANS). That course could not have shown up at a more opportune time as I had just...

May 20, 2009  7:24 PM

Three US Cyber Challenges to be Announced May 29

Posted by: Ken Harthun
InfoSec, Security, Security Challenge

Just received SANS NewsBites' May 19, 2009 issue (Vol. 11, Num. 39) and one article caught my eye. Seems that the sponsors of these Cyber Challenges need some help in naming them:

...a week from Friday...three national cyber games will be announced at a Center for Strategic and...

May 20, 2009  2:03 AM

Can Your iEi be Improved?

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Identity Exposure Index, Identity Theft, Secure Computing, Security

Last month, I posted "What’s Your Identity Exposure Index?" I've had some interesting feedback. This one stood out:

I was really interested in your...

May 11, 2009  8:44 PM

Real Spam Statistics

Posted by: Ken Harthun
email, Email security, Security, spam

Depending on whose reports you view, spam accounts for from 85 to 95 percent of all emails sent. This may hold true over the Internet at large, but as with any other statistical data, there are local and regional variations. My own inbox is an exception to the general rule; I get far more...

May 6, 2009  12:41 AM

Free Mini-courses from SANS

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Hacking, Security, Security management, Training and Certification

Without a doubt, SANS offers some of the best and most trusted computer security training and certifications. Today, I was thrilled to find that they’re currently offering four free mini-courses. I already completed the Windows Intrusion Discovery course and started on Cyber...

April 30, 2009  8:01 PM

What’s Your Identity Exposure Index?

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Identity Exposure Index, Identity Theft, Security management

Quick: On a scale of 0 to 5 (0 being nearly invisible, 5 being at risk), how much of your identity is exposed on the Internet? If you're wondering, there are some tests you can try that will give you a good idea of you Identity Exposure index (iEi). Here are the tests I performed and some...

April 30, 2009  1:21 AM

Swine Flu Breeds Spam

Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, Email security, Scam, Security, spam

As usually happens with major disaster events—in this case the impending Swine Flu pandemic—email scammers are busy perpetrating pharmaceutical and other types of scams. In some cases, they’re using celebrity names to grab attention. Spam is hitting inboxes with various subjects. The...

April 29, 2009  12:33 AM

10 Immutable Laws of Security Administration

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Secure Computing, Security, Security management, Security policy, Security practice

My last post on this subject discussed the 10 Immutable Laws of Security. This one takes the next step--also a Microsoft "archived" essay, but still relevant today. These are so self-evident that...

April 22, 2009  2:09 AM

It’s Not Your Fault

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, insecure, Malware, Opinion, Rant, Security

I’m going to take a lot of heat for this post. Maybe. Unless I’m right (which I usually am). So, let me just get it out of the way: The state of security on the Internet today is NOT YOUR FAULT. Neither is it the fault of the clueless surfers who click on any and every link in their email and...

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