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Is your network pinging or are you just happy to hear us? Ping – A Firewalls.com Podcast keeps you up on the latest cyber threats & the network security tools you need to stop them. Featuring expert interviews, engineer tips, & more – plus a little fun.
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In the latest case of real world implications stemming from a cyber attack, operations of the Colonial Pipeline, supplying almost half of the gasoline to the east coast of the U.S., stopped suddenly. Why? Colonial was the victim of a ransomware attack connected to the DarkSide group. We dissect the details of the attack, how it happened, what it means, how Russia may factor in, and when things might return to normal in a supersized headlines segment.Also in headlines, hear about newly discovered vulnerabilities in IoT and OT devices thanks to Microsoft threat hunters, and how one UK company's phishing email training simulation couldn't have gone more wrong.See the stories:Colonial pipeline hack claimed by Russian group DarkSide spurs emergency order from White Househttps://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/colonial-pipeline-hack-claimed-russian-group-darkside-spurs-emergency-rcna878 https://www.axios.com/colonial-pipeline-hack-fbi-darkside-b9bce545-c37e-4377-ad35-4c280ce04460.htmlhttps://www.bbc.com/news/business-57050690 Microsoft Discovers 25 Critical Vulnerabilities in IoT Security Affecting Google, Amazon, Samsung, and Other Devices, SDKs and Librarieshttps://www.cpomagazine.com/cyber-security/microsoft-discovers-25-critical-vulnerabilities-in-iot-security-affecting-google-amazon-samsung-and-other-devices-sdks-and-libraries/Train firm’s ‘worker bonus’ email is actually cybersecurity testhttps://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/10/train-firms-worker-bonus-email-is-actually-cyber-security-testGet info on all things network security through our blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.Please do rate and review us wherever you listen, and reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review or comment, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first.Thanks for listening!
While HTML email is nothing new, a recently discovered trick means a pretty wide open security flaw has been there all along, too. Security researcher, engineer, & tech columnist Ax Sharma joins us to explain how just a bit of code in the wrong hands can manipulate the "external sender" warning on your organization's emails - to either remove it altogether or change it to trick unsuspecting users into malicious clicks. Ax also tells us what solutions are out there to cut your risk. See the full story: Attackers can hide 'external sender' email warnings with HTML and CSSPlus, we dive deeper into the story of Facebook and the 533 million users whose data was exposed. Ax discusses the difference between a breach and data scraping, how social media users should protect their privacy, and Facebook's responsibility in this incident.In headlines, we talk about a ransomware attack targeting a major police department, another update on SolarWinds & Russia's role, and we hear more about the current state of the ransomware threat.See the stories:Hackers threaten to release DC police data in apparent ransomware attackhttps://www.theverge.com/2021/4/27/22405339/washington-dc-police-hack-data-department-ransomeware-babuk Report: Russia 'likely' kept access to US networks after SolarWinds hackhttps://www.engadget.com/russia-us-network-access-after-solarwinds-hack-192305973.html Ransomware extortion demands are growing, and so is the downtime caused by attackshttps://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-extortion-demands-are-growing-and-so-is-the-downtime-caused-by-attacks/Ransomware: don’t expect a full recovery, however much you payhttps://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2021/04/27/ransomware-dont-expect-a-full-recovery/ Get info on all things network security through our blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.Please do rate and review us wherever you listen, and reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review or comment, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first.Thanks for listening!
What's your password? If you can come up with just one off the top of your head for all your accounts, you're probably doing it wrong. We take a look at just how wrong some are doing passwords courtesy of a British survey (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/national-pet-day-password-advice). But don't fret, we also offer tips on how to do your passwords right, without wracking your brain.In a second featured topic, we take a cybersecurity quiz that a surprising number of respondents have failed, and discuss why that may be. With questions on - you guessed it - passwords, as well as ransomware, spearphishing, USB drives, and more, you can follow along and imagine how you'd do as well. Plus, hear why network security training in and of itself is not enough to fix the problem. See the quiz and results: https://www.talentlms.com/blog/cybersecurity-statistics-survey/. Then, it's onto headlines, with stories on a Facebook (don't call it a) breach, Fed chairman Jerome Powell's cyber concerns, and a ParkMobile data breach.See the news:After Data Breach Exposes 530 Million, Facebook Says It Will Not Notify Usershttps://www.npr.org/2021/04/09/986005820/after-data-breach-exposes-530-million-facebook-says-it-will-not-notify-users Federal Reserve Chairman Says Cyber-Risk a Top Threat to National Economyhttps://www.darkreading.com/risk/federal-reserve-chairman-says-cyber-risk-a-top-threat-to-national-economy/d/d-id/1340647ParkMobile Breach Exposes License Plate Data, Mobile Numbers of 21M Usershttps://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/04/parkmobile-breach-exposes-license-plate-data-mobile-numbers-of-21m-users/Get info on all things network security through our new, improved blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
Cybersecurity laws are somewhat in their infancy in the U.S., but states are starting to get on board. Our guest Cynthia Brumfield, creator of the Metacurity newsletter and writer of all things cyber, tells us about states getting on board with liability protection for companies that take reasonable actions to secure themselves against threats. What's reasonable and what kind of safe harbor protections will states provide in court? What about data protection laws? And how does the Biden Administration plan to address cybersecurity regulations? We discuss all that and more.Find Cynthia's article on Safe Harbor laws here: https://www.csoonline.com/article/3613176/states-enact-safe-harbor-laws-against-cyberattacks-but-demand-adoption-of-cybersecurity-frameworks.htmlAnd learn about the Metacurity newsletter: https://metacurity.substack.com/In our headlines segment, we discuss a trio of ransomware stories, from a cyber insurance firm's targeting, to an inside look at a ransomware attack, to a ransomware cell gone straight.See the stories:Policyholders may be the primary target in hack of cyber insurance provider CNAhttps://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/ransomware/policyholders-may-be-the-primary-target-in-hack-of-cyber-insurance-provider-cna FatFace pays out $2 million to Conti ransomware ganghttps://grahamcluley.com/fatface-pays-out-2-million-to-conti-ransomware-gang Ransomware admin is refunding victims their ransom paymentshttps://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ransomware-admin-is-refunding-victims-their-ransom-payments/ Get info on all things network security through our new, improved blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening! 
The year 2020 will be remembered for many things - few positive. And another ignominious distinction has to do with cybercrime. SonicWall's 2021 Cyber Threat Report, just released on March 16, dives deep into the threat landscape to show us just how bad the year was when it comes to cyber attacks - or good if you happen to be launching them. SonicWall's Brook Chelmo joins us to go over some highlights, discussing ransomware, IoT device vulnerabilities, reasons why remote work has led to security issues, and much, much more.Get your hands on the report here: https://www.sonicwall.com/2021-cyber-threat-report/.in headlines, we go over the Hafnium Microsoft Exchange hack, a criminal communications bust, and ransomware affecting beer production - the horror!Here are the stories:"Hack everybody you can": What to know about the massive Microsoft Exchange breachhttps://www.cbsnews.com/news/microsoft-exchange-server-hack-what-to-know/ US Indicts Head of Alleged Crime Chat Comms Servicehttps://www.securityweek.com/us-indicts-head-alleged-crime-chat-comms-service?&web_view=true Molson Coors Cracks Open a Cyberattack Investigationhttps://threatpost.com/molson-coors-cyberattack-investigation/164722/Get info on all things network security through our blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
Spring has sprung - or at least is springing - in many areas, and a major tradition of the season is spring cleaning. And just like you decide which boxes to keep and which ones to dump from your home, your network needs a similar evaluation. How old is your equipment? Does it still do all you need it to? Do you need a few tweaks, or a whole new setup? Firewalls.com Director of Sales Anthony Mercho tells us what you factors to consider when evaluating your network, from the age of your equipment to changes in your organization, to improvements in technology. We also discuss getting back into the office with the hopefully coming soon drawdown of the pandemic, and what settings you may need to revisit when turning back to an in office or hybrid environment rather than exclusively work from home. Oh, and there's lots of WiFi 6, too.In headlines, hear about Congress taking a closer look at the SolarWinds hack and the lessons learned from it, why zero trust should take over, and the aftermath of the water system attack in Florida.See the stories:Congress confronts US cybersecurity weaknesses in wake of SolarWinds hacking campaignhttps://www.cnet.com/news/congress-confronts-us-cybersecurity-weaknesses-in-wake-of-solarwinds-hacking-campaign/NSA, Microsoft promote a Zero Trust approach to cybersecurityhttps://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/nsa-microsoft-promote-a-zero-trust-approach-to-cybersecurity/After Oldsmar attack, Nikki Fried calls for Florida cybersecurity updatehttps://www.tampabay.com/news/business/2021/02/19/after-oldsmar-attack-nikki-fried-calls-for-florida-cybersecurity-update/ Get info on all things network security through our blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
Employees can either be your first line of defense or your greatest cybersecurity vulnerability if they’re unprepared to deal with online threats. But what’s the best way to prepare them? We talk to Rebecca McKeown, an independent Chartered Psychologist and special advisor to Immersive Labs, for some answers. Rebecca specializes in Cognitive Readiness, which helps prepare people to respond in a crisis, like a cyber attack for instance. We discuss how regular, ongoing training (aka micro-drilling) along with after action follow-ups, is the most effective method of improving crisis response, and how it’s an even more effective tool in our current remote work environment. Plus much more on the psychology of crises and challenges of working from home.In our headlines segment, Andrew & Kevin discuss the top 25 companies most commonly used in phishing emails, the people most likely to be phished (watch out Australia), and the India/Kashmir conflict going cyber.See the stories:The Top 25 Most Phished Brandshttps://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/94574-the-top-25-most-phished-brandsHybrid, Older Users Most-Targeted by Gmail Attackershttps://threatpost.com/hybrid-older-users-gmail-attackers/163826/Military, Nuclear Entities Under Target By Novel Android Malwarehttps://threatpost.com/military-nuclear-entities-under-target-by-novel-android-malware/163830/Get info on all things network security through our blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening! 
February 7, 2021 marks Super Bowl LV - or 55 for those of us not well-versed in Roman numerals. And just like any other major event, there are cybersecurity implications. We explore them in a pop quiz featuring Tom Brady, the Kansas City Chiefs, Windows,  and even Armenia. Listen on to find out how cybersecurity and football intersect.In Ransomware Reckoning, learn just how much ransomware cost last year, and what the outlook is moving forward.For headlines, we tackle - get it? - stories on a major Emotet bust, some creative business email compromise tactics on Microsoft 365, and a switch to paper for US courts thanks to the SolarWinds hack.See the stories:Police dismantle world's 'most dangerous' criminal hacking network https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-cyber-takedown/police-dismantle-worlds-most-dangerous-criminal-hacking-network-idUSKBN29W1Q0 Microsoft 365 Becomes Haven for BEC Innovationhttps://threatpost.com/microsoft-365-bec-innovation/163508/  US court system ditches electronic filing, goes paper-only for sensitive documents following SolarWinds hackhttps://www.theregister.com/2021/02/01/us_court_papers/?&web_view=trueGet info on all things network security through our blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
As now President Biden enters office, his administration faces a variety of major issues, not only related to the pandemic, but also to cybersecurity and the online world. The continually developing SolarWinds supply chain attack that led to breaches of multiple federal agencies is still making headlines. And data privacy concerns, ransomware, Section 230, and net neutrality all count themselves as significant as well. How will the new administration (and Congress) address them and where are they on the priority list? Washington D.C.-based policy analyst Caitlin Chin answers those questions and more. We go deeper into the government breach and what made this one different, then move into what policymakers could do when it comes to cybersecurity and regulations of social media and internet access in the next 4 years.Check out a few of Caitlin's recent articles:After the SolarWinds hack, the Biden Administration must address Russian cybersecurity threatshttps://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2021/01/11/after-the-solarwinds-hack-the-biden-administration-must-address-russian-cybersecurity-threats/What to expect from a Biden FCC on Section 230, net neutrality, and 5Ghttps://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2020/12/03/what-to-expect-from-a-biden-fcc-on-section-230-net-neutrality-and-5g/ How the 2020 elections will shape the federal privacy debatehttps://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2020/10/26/how-the-2020-elections-will-shape-the-federal-privacy-debate/The U.S. privacy landscape post GDPRhttps://gppreview.com/2018/08/01/the-u-s-privacy-landscape-post-gdpr/In headlines, we talk about a ransomware-stopping collaboration, how cybersecurity pros worry AI will replace them, and the Biden-Peloton controversy.See the news stories:New coalition aims to combat growing wave of ransomware attackshttps://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/534544-new-coalition-aims-to-combat-growing-wave-of-ransomware-attacksAI set to replace humans in cybersecurity by 2030, says Trend Microhttps://www.zdnet.com/article/ai-set-to-replace-humans-in-cybersecurity-by-2030-says-trend-micro/ So long, Peloton: Joe Biden may need new exercise equipment when he moves to White Househttps://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/15/joe-bidens-peloton-could-be-a-white-house-security-risk-report-says.htmlGet info on all things network security through our blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
We like to look forward at Ping, even when the view isn’t always rosy. So for our first episode of 2021, we take a look at predictions by top security firms to give us an idea what to expect in network security for the coming year. After all, knowing is half the battle when it comes to preparation. Andrew and Kevin talk ransomware, AI-enhanced phishing, remote work related dangers, and more as we ring – or ping – in the new year.Find predictions from WatchGuard: https://www.watchguard.com/wgrd-resource-center/cyber-security-predictions-2021, Sophos: https://www.sophos.com/en-us/press-office/press-releases/2020/11/sophos-threat-report-flags-ransomware.aspx, Fortinet: https://www.fortinet.com/blog/threat-research/new-cybersecurity-threat-predictions-for-2021 and Barracuda: https://lp.barracuda.com/BEU-AMER-WBN-20210107-SAppSec-2021-applications-security-predictions_LP-Registration1.html.  In our headlines segment, we follow up with the latest on the federal government/FireEye/SolarWinds/Russia hack, discuss why fear may not be the answer for cybersecure employees, and a new form of swatting using doorbell and security cameras.See the stories:SolarWinds hack may be much worse than originally fearedhttps://www.theverge.com/2021/1/2/22210667/solarwinds-hack-worse-government-microsoft-cybersecurityWhy Companies Should Stop Scaring Employees About Cybersecurityhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/why-companies-should-stop-scaring-employees-about-cybersecurity-11607364000FBI Warn Hackers are Using Hijacked Home Security Devices for ‘Swatting’https://threatpost.com/fbi-warn-home-security-devices-swatting/162678/Get info on all things network security through our blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening and Happy New Year!
Here at Ping, we like to celebrate the holiday season by sharing stories. And since we’re in the network security business, they tend to have a bit of an unusual twist. Last year, we presented a CyberSecurity Christmas Carol (check it out here: https://www.firewalls.com/blog/cybersecurity-christmas-carol-ping-podcast-episode-9). And this Christmas, we offer a twist on another classic tale. Gather ‘round as we recite the holiday poem, ‘Twas the Hack Before Christmas.In our headlines segment, Andrew & Kevin discuss some pretty major cyber stories, including a federal government hack, concerns about COVID-19 vaccine cybersecurity, and a Google outage that stopped the world briefly.See the stories:US agencies hacked in months-long global cyber-spying campaignhttps://apnews.com/article/us-agencies-hacked-global-cyberspying-e8a2e819f7cc6982f6a72f8c85209b72 Hackers threaten to disrupt COVID-19 vaccine supply chainhttps://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/528852-hackers-threaten-to-disrupt-covid-19-vaccine-supply-chainGoogle: Here's what caused our big global outagehttps://www.zdnet.com/article/google-heres-what-caused-our-big-global-outage/Get info on all things network security through our blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening and Happy Holidays!
The cyber threats of this year aren't going away when the calendar flips to 2021. They'll just continue to evolve. For a primer on the online hazards you can expect next year, we welcome back WatchGuard's Marc Laliberte, who - along with his team - has released a set of 2021 Cybersecurity Predictions. We start off by looking back at WatchGuard's 2020 Cybersecurity Predictions and how the pandemic influenced their outcomes. Then, we discuss why the remote work dangers we've seen this year are only the beginning, and the desperate need for multifactor authentication. Finally, Marc tells us why to think twice before charging your electric car just anywhere.See the 2021 Cybersecurity Predictions here: https://www.watchguard.com/wgrd-resource-center/cyber-security-predictions-2021.In our Ransomware Reckoning segment, we highlight an attack that closed schools in Baltimore beyond Thanksgiving.Then, it's on to cyber news headlines, with stories on cyber threats facing home users, another cyber crime bust, and cyberbiosecurity.Here are the headlines:Cybersecurity report: Average household hit with 104 threats each month https://www.techrepublic.com/article/cybersecurity-report-average-household-hit-with-104-threats-each-month/ Three Arrested for Cybercrime Operation Targeting 150 Countrieshttps://www.securityweek.com/three-nigerians-arrested-cybercrime-operation-targeting-150-countriesThis new cyberattack can dupe DNA scientists into creating dangerous viruses and toxinshttps://www.zdnet.com/article/this-new-cyberattack-can-dupe-scientists-into-creating-dangerous-viruses-toxins  And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
In a year unlike any other, holiday shoppers are dealing with changes as well. The tradition of a one-day Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) sale, has been replaced with a month-long drip of deals. Our guest Dan Lohrmann dubs this COVID-19-related change, "Cyber November." On this episode, Dan discusses why things have gone even more online than inline, and why that may lead to new cybersecurity concerns. He also goes over some tips for safe online shopping, and even touches on how the 2020 election went when it comes to security.You can find Dan's article on the holiday shopping season here: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/covid-19-turning-black-friday-into-cyber-november.html.And follow him on Twitter @govcso.In our Ransomware Reckoning segment, we highlight an attack against Capcom, maker of Resident Evil, Street Fighter, and more - and how the Japanese video game company made the best of a bad situation.Then, it's on to cyber news headlines, with stories on cybersecurity for tax pros & the financial sector, and even a warning about network security in space!Here are the headlines:Why Cybersecurity Should Mean Everything to Every Tax Prohttps://www.accountingtoday.com/opinion/why-cybersecurity-should-mean-everything-to-every-tax-professionalCheck Please: Adding Up the Costs of a Financial Data Breachhttps://securityboulevard.com/2020/11/check-please-adding-up-the-costs-of-a-financial-data-breach/Op-Ed: Space System Cybersecurity Challenges Ahead - Translating Policy to Practicehttps://spacenews.com/op-ed-space-system-cybersecurity-challenges-ahead-translating-policy-to-practice/And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
A broad federal warning outlines how hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country are in the crosshairs of a wave of ransomware attacks. To discuss this unprecedented coordinated threat, we welcome SonicWall's Barbara Vibbert, who provides context on the variety of vulnerabilities healthcare organizations face, why a successful attack can be so devastating, and what can be done to improve hospital and healthcare cybersecurity.See Barbara's recent blog post on the subject: https://blog.sonicwall.com/en-us/2020/10/securing-internet-connected-devices-in-healthcare/.In cyber headlines, we discuss a major hotel chain facing a fine for a breach, the astronomical numbers of email attacks a well-known organization deals with day to day, and the top cybersecurity career opportunities in the U.S. for the coming years.See the cyber news stories:Marriott fined 18.4 million pounds by UK watchdog over customer data breachhttps://www.zdnet.com/article/marriott-fined-gbp18-4-million-by-uk-watchdog-over-customer-data-breach/The BBC experiences 250,000 malicious email attacks per dayhttps://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/bbc-experiences-malicious-email/ What are the fastest growing cybersecurity skills in 2021https://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2020/11/01/what-are-the-fastest-growing-cybersecurity-skills-in-2021/?sh=119663175d73Get info on all things network security through our new, improved blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and that means it’s a great time to take a hard look at your online posture, protection, and habits to see where there’s room for improvement. Among the organizations with resources to help, is the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA. On this episode, we welcome James Stanley of CISA to talk about why raising awareness of cybersecurity is so important this month (and all year) and the need for personal responsibility in cybersecurity. Plus, since 2020 is the year of the teleworker, we get into some telework tips from CISA for remote workers, IT staff, and business leadership.Learn more about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month https://www.cisa.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-monthSee CISA’s Telework resources, including toolkits and morehttps://www.cisa.gov/teleworkOn our Ransomware Reckoning segment, Andrew N goes over a new approach to hacking affecting remote learners and the schools they learn from.In our headlines segment, Andrew H & Kevin discuss a breach involving some Robinhood investors, the need for a cyber resilience strategy, and a British government campaign to get more cybersecurity workers that went a bit wrong.See the stories:Robinhood Kicks Cybersecurity Month Off by Getting Hackedhttps://www.investopedia.com/robinhood-kicks-cybersecurity-month-off-by-getting-hacked-5082845The Important Difference Between Cybersecurity And Cyber Resilience (And Why You Need Both)https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2020/10/14/the-important-difference-between-cybersecurity-and-cyber-resilience-and-why-you-need-both/#1578dc481721Gov-Linked “Fatima” Cybersecurity Career Advert Removed After Backlashhttps://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/fatima-advert-removed-backlash/https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54553828But wait, we have one more special Halloween surprise in store. Join Kevin and Andrew H as we browse the shelves for some network security related costumes. How are they network security related? Be sure you listen to the end.Get info on all things network security through our new, improved blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening! 
Ransomware gets the spotlight on Episode 30 of Ping: A Firewalls.com Podcast. We start with our latest edition of Ransomware Reckoning, spotlighting a case that affected COVID-19 clinical trials.Then it's onto headlines. We discuss a Europol survey suggesting many victims don't report ransomware attacks to authorities, and why that's a bad thing. Plus how U.S.-based organizations may face major penalties for paying ransoms to certain organizations.In other news, hear about a new version of Google Chrome with a feature to help better ID phishing. And in another case of cyber attacks affecting day to day life, we discuss a breach of multiple Switzerland universities that led to stolen employee paychecks.Read the stories:Clinical Trial Software Company Hit By Massive Ransomware Attackhttps://www.biospace.com/article/clinical-trial-software-company-eresearchtechnology-hit-by-ransomware-attack/Ransomware victims aren't reporting attacks to police. That's causing a big problem…https://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-victims-arent-reporting-attacks-to-police-thats-causing-a-big-problem/Ransomware Victims That Pay Up Could Incur Steep Fines from Uncle Samhttps://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/10/ransomware-victims-that-pay-up-could-incur-steep-fines-from-uncle-sam/comment-page-1/Truncated URLs Look to Make Big Dent in Phishinghttps://www.darkreading.com/risk/truncated-urls-look-to-make-big-dent-in-phishing/a/d-id/1338969Hackers stole a six-figure amount from Swiss universitieshttps://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/109100/hacking/swiss-universities-hacked.html?web_view=true  Get info on all things network security through our new, improved blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
The need for strong cybersecurity is ever present, but the needs of specific organizations – and the challenges they face – vary. State & local government agencies are responsible for a wide variety of essential services and data. And that makes finding the right fit for securing their networks against online threats complicated. We welcome Fortinet Field Chief Information Security Officer Jim Richberg to discuss how state & local cybersecurity against the backdrop of shrinking budgets and staffing shortages is especially challenging, yet also how evolving technology is making it more & more possible.See Jim’s article on the subject: https://www.fortinet.com/blog/industry-trends/prioritizing-cybersecurity-in-state-and-local-agencies. On our Ransomware Reckoning segment, Andrew N, discusses an attack on the BlackBaud fundraising database. Learn more: https://www.cpomagazine.com/cyber-security/blackbaud-ransomware-demonstrates-the-potential-devastation-caused-by-supply-chain-attacks/.In cybersecurity headlines, Andrew H & Kevin discuss a death related to a hospital ransomware attack, Dunkin Donuts paying up for a breach underreaction, & the status of TikTok in the U.S.See the stories:Patient dies after ransomware attack reroutes her to remote hospitalhttps://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/09/patient-dies-after-ransomware-attack-reroutes-her-to-remote-hospital/Dunkin' Donuts settles data breach lawsuithttps://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/93393-dunkin-donuts-settles-data-breach-lawsuitTrump approves TikTok deal. But big questions remainhttps://www.cnn.com/2020/09/21/tech/tiktok-oracle-walmart-explained/index.html Get info on all things network security through our new, improved blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening! 
The firewall is the cornerstone of any network security setup. But a firewall without the right configuration can cause a world of problems. On this episode of Ping, Firewalls.com Director of Sales Anthony Mercho tells Andrew & Kevin what to consider when it comes to specific configuration scenarios, why the setup wizard (and one size fits all) is a no go, what settings are generally best to avoid, and why the right professional configuration not only maximizes your security, but also your network performance.Learn how to get an expertly done configuration: https://www.firewalls.com/professional-services.html.In our headlines segment, we discuss a survey that says business leaders aren't showing their employees they take cybersecurity seriously, criminal charges against a former Uber security leader for trying to hide a cyber attack, and the idea that CEOs and other business leaders of the future will face consequences themselves for hacks.See the stories:1 in 3 Employees Believe Their Company’s Cybersecurity is a Moderate or Major Problemhttps://smallbiztrends.com/2020/09/employee-worries-cyber-security.htmlU.S. charges former Uber security chief with covering up massive 2016 hackinghttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-hack-charges/u-s-charges-former-uber-security-chief-with-covering-up-massive-2016-hacking-idUSKBN25G2GICEOs Could Be Held Personally Liable for Cyberattacks that Killhttps://threatpost.com/ceos-personally-liable-cyberattacks-kill/158990/Then it's the second edition of Ransomware Reckoning, where we spotlight an attempt on Teslahttps://techcrunch.com/2020/08/28/daily-crunch-tesla-ransomware/.Get info on all things network security through our new, improved blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are normally released every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, cyber threats are ever evolving. Yet the evolution has been particularly notable in the last six months, as the coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of day to day life, with cybersecurity no exception. To talk about the state of the threat landscape, Kevin and Andrew welcome back returning guest SonicWall’s Brook Chelmo – armed with the Mid Year Update to SonicWall’s Cyber Threat Report. Brook discusses the latest cyber threat trends, from COVID-19 themed phishing emails & malware, to the troubling targeting of schools, governments, and other soft targets with ransomware. He also explains the continuing concern around internet of things (IoT) vulnerabilities, and the difference between zero day and never before seen threats – plus much more.Get the SonicWall 2020 Cyber Threat Report Mid-Year Update https://www.sonicwall.com/2020-cyber-threat-report/.In cybersecurity headlines, we discuss more about coronavirus scams, how COVID-19 has accelerated the digital transformation, and take a trip to the DarkSide.See the stories:The Cybersecurity 202: Coronavirus crisis spawned more scams than any other event in the last decadehttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/08/24/cybersecurity-202-coronavirus-crisis-spawned-more-scams-than-any-other-event-last-decade/Microsoft says the pandemic has changed the future of cybersecurity in these five wayshttps://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsoft-says-the-pandemic-has-changed-the-future-of-cybersecurity-in-these-five-ways/Beware This Sinister New ‘Dark Side’ $1 Million Cyber Threat, You Musthttps://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/08/23/beware-of-the-dark-side-a-sinister-new-1-million-cybersecurity-threat-darkside-ransomware/#2733ea7c20e9And finally, we debut a new segment, Ransomware Reckoning, hosted by a new Andrew, as we spotlight a particular ransomware case – this time affecting a beloved whiskey by the name of Jack Daniels. See the full story…https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/jack-daniel-s-manufacturer-was-target-of-apparent-ransomware-attack-1.1480295 Get info on all things network security through our new, improved blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are out every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
As the coronavirus pandemic wears on and back to school time is upon us, districts are facing decisions about reopening in person, offering virtual learning options, or doing both. To talk about the challenges of distance education including access, funding, student learning, and, of course, cybersecurity, we welcome Amy McLaughlin, Cybersecurity Project Director for the Consortium for School Networking – www.cosn.org. Amy discusses solutions some schools have come up with, why different age groups are better suited for virtual learning than others, why funding formulas are challenging, and her biggest concern with online education moving forward during COVID-19.Our cybersecurity headlines segment includes some scary news about email vulnerabilities, a GandCrabber getting caught, and updates on the Twitter hack and WastedLocker ransomware stories from our previous episode.Read along:Decades-Old Email Flaws Could Let Attackers Mask Their Identitieshttps://www.wired.com/story/decades-old-email-flaws-could-let-attackers-mask-identities/GandCrab ransomware hacker arrested in Belarushttps://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2020/08/04/gandcrab-ransomware-hacker-arrested-in-belarus/Tampa teenager accused in Twitter hack pleads not guiltyhttps://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/tampa-teenager-accused-twitter-hack-pleads-guilty-72168491WastedLocker Ransomware abuses Windows feature to avoid detectionhttps://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/wastedlocker-ransomware-abuses-windows-feature-to-evade-detection/Get info on all things network security through our new, improved blog, https://firewalls.com/blog.And please do reach out, as we want to hear from you. Suggest an episode topic, ask a question, or just say hi in a review, or by emailing podcast@firewalls.com. New episodes are out every other Wednesday, so subscribe/follow to ensure you get the latest first - and again, please rate and review.Thanks for listening!
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