Security – Best practices for 3rd party users

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SANS ISC shares best security practices for non-employees who are often clients, business partners, vendors, etc.  The theme is to always “verify before you fully trust” … Additionally ADMINs must continuously log + monitor security events actively & implement best technical defenses for all users https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Managing+Remote+Access+for+Partners+Contractors/26614/ Here are some tips to increase the operations security […]

Seagate HAMR – 20TB worlds largest disk drive

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https://www.pcmag.com/news/seagate-confirms-worlds-largest-hard-disk-drive-on-track-for-december Seagate’s first hard drives with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) are set to arrive later this year.  According to the company’s product roadmap, the first HAMR drives on order will include the world’s largest hard disk drive capacity at 20TB, TechRadar Pro reports, and we can expect to see it in December. While we were previously made aware that […]

Microsoft Ignite 2020 – keynote and conference highlights

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From the Microsoft Ignite 2020 conference, below are u-tube videos capturing the keynote and conference highlights

Microsoft Defender – new rebranded name for enterprise suite

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Microsoft is centering on naming conventions of “Microsoft Defender” for it’s suite of enterprise protection products: https://redmondmag.com/articles/2020/09/28/microsoft-rebrands-enterprise-security-solutions.aspx Security Product Name Changes — Here are those new enterprise security product name changes, per an announcement by Rob Lefferts, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365 security: Microsoft 365 Defender (previously Microsoft Threat Protection). Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (previously Microsoft […]

Malware – LokiBot alert by CISA SEP-2020

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CISA has issued special awareness regarding increased activity by this stealth malware which captures USER-ID & PSWD information as user keys this information https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-266a LokiBot—also known as Lokibot, Loki PWS, and Loki-bot—employs Trojan malware to steal sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, cryptocurrency wallets, and other credentials. The malware steals credentials through the use of […]

Leadership – Building rapport while wearing MASK

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This Harvard Business Review article focuses on how to maintain & build rapport while wearing a MASK during the virus pandemic .. and to add one more recommendation is to dress well for video conferences, with a professional setting, and that mask also looks professional as possibly solid color  https://hbr.org/2020/09/how-to-build-rapport-while-wearing-a-mask?ab=hero-subleft-1 Nonverbal communication in the workplace […]

Microsoft Exchange 365 – Best Security Practices SEP-2020

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SANS ISC shares an in-depth list of Best Security Practices for Azure cloud based Microsoft Exchange 365 protection https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Securing+Exchange+Online+Guest+Diary/26600/ The shared security model adopted by most cloud service shifts a portion of securing data to the customer. Microsoft is no different in this respect, and they have published their security support matrix here:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/fundamentals/shared-responsibility. In this […]

Wireshark v3.2.7 release SEP-2020

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A new release of this key network tracing & monitoring tool has been released to patch a security vulnerability: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Wireshark+327+Released/26604/ Wireshark version 3.2.7 was released.  It has vulnerability and bug fixes.   One of the vulnerabilities (CVE-2020-25862) can be abused to cause a crash in the TCP dissector.

Security – Unpatched Domain Controllers vulnerable to NetLogon Exploit

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All servers & workstations should already be on AUG-2020 Microsoft Patch Tuesday updates — as active exploits in-wild are present https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/09/24/unpatched-domain-controllers-remain-vulnerable-netlogon The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is aware of active exploitation of CVE-2020-1472, an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Microsoft’s Netlogon. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to breach unpatched Active Directory domain […]

Leadership – 5 Steps to improved Gravitas

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This Harvard Business Review article focuses on self-improvement tips that all professionals can benefit from through a focus on skill & human relations improvements https://hbr.org/2020/09/gravitas-is-a-quality-you-can-develop Having gravitas at work means you are taken seriously, your contributions are considered important, and you are trusted and respected. Gravitas increases your ability to persuade and influence and is […]


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