CISA – 3 key Ransomware safeguards July 2019

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) shares excellent guidance for reducing impacts for a constant stream of Ransomware attacks https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/07/30/steps-safeguard-against-ransomware-attacks https://www.us-cert.gov/Ransomware The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), National Governors Association (NGA), and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) have released a Joint Ransomware […]

Data breach – Capital One reports 100M impacts July 2019

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Capital One customers should carefully monitor for any possible impacts from a major data breach in weeks ahead. https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/capital-one-data-breach-social-security-bank/ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-29/capital-one-data-systems-breached-by-seattle-woman-u-s-says A massive data breach of Capital One exposed the personal data of approximately 100 million people, including nearly about 80,000 bank account numbers and 140,000 Social Security numbers.  Capital One Financial Corp. said data from […]

Windows 10 – Preview of FALL 2019 19H2 update July 2019

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The 19H2 FALL 2019 will be a more minor release with more fixes & improvements for current WIN10 functions.  Very few new features have materialized, as key goal appears to tune WIN10 for better reliability & performance.  And improved quality is still is excellent benefit of release.  More details can be found in link below.  […]

Leadership – 5 major pitfalls to avoid July 2019

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This IIL article shares 5 major Leadership fallacies to avoid — so that greater success is achieved for company, stakeholder, and implementation teams. The 5 “Don’ts” of Project Management I have seen some major “do nots” throughout a 27-year career in project management and it is only in hindsight that these became my lessons for […]

IRS – cryptocurrency investments are subject to taxation

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https://www.pcmag.com/news/369797/irs-dont-forget-to-pay-taxes-on-your-cryptocurrency-invest The IRS is reminding everyone they need to pay taxes on their cryptocurrency investments.  On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service said it’s been sending letters to taxpayers who’ve made cryptocurrency transactions, but potentially failed to report the income they earned on them.  “Taxpayers should take these letters very seriously by reviewing their tax filings and […]

Security – IRS data security plan is mandatory for Tax Preparers

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The IRS has issued an important bulletin highlighting that a written & advice data security plan is mandatory for Tax Preparers https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/07/24/irs-reminds-tax-professionals-create-data-security-plan https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-security-2-point-0-a-taxes-security-together-checklist The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a news release reminding professional tax preparers that they are required by law to have a written data security plan. Creating and maintaining a data […]

ICCS 2019 – FBI Director Christopher Wray keynote address

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Key points from FBI Director Christopher Wray’s keynote address can be found in following link. He spoke at the International Conference on Cyber Security 2019 https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/wray-speaks-at-international-conference-on-cyber-security-072519 QUOTE:   The FBI is working to address evolving cyber threats facing the country, including foreign influence and foreign investment, FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a cybersecurity conference […]

ICCS 2019 – Attorney General Bill Barr keynote address

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U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr delivers opening keynote address at International Conference on Cyber Security 2019 KEYNOTE SPEECH starts at 35 minute point in video below (and other earlier speakers have good presentations also on cybersecurity vulnerabilities

Security – Dangers of bypassing ADMIN account best practices July 2019

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The ADMIN account must be protected at all times, so that ADMIN authority is restricted to only the truly vital needs.  Otherwise this group of users can better executive malware based scripts & macros in an unblocked manner — as this informative SANS ISC article documents https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/When+Users+Attack+Users+and+Admins+Thwarting+Security+Controls/25170/ QUOTE:   Today, I’d like to discuss a few […]

CISA – Protect 2020 focuses on foreign interference security

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/07/22/building-resilience-foreign-interference-misinformation-activities QUOTE:  As part of the effort to #Protect2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is working with national partners to build resilience to foreign interferences, particularly information activities (e.g., disinformation, misinformation). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) views foreign interference as malign actions taken by foreign governments or actors designed to sow discord, […]


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