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Don't Be A Hacker's Puppet
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Rajat Bhargava
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Rajat Bhargava,
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11/12/2013 | 9:57:07 PM
re: Don't Be A Hacker's Puppet
Hello G a contracted IT provider is a perfectly acceptable method of solving the problem. There are, of course, issues that need to be reviewed with any firm or consultant that you hire which is a separate, but important topic. I do believe an organizationGs data is important to them irrespective of if it is confidential, financial data, or personally identifiable information, but the challenge is how do you actually solve the problem of keeping it secure. For many organizations that is a daunting task and one that can be very expensive. I do believe that most organizations have the best of intentions, but how you get from here to there is not always clear nor easy which is why we are trying to help people understand the problem and potential options to solve it.
Rajat Bhargava
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Rajat Bhargava,
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11/12/2013 | 7:46:42 PM
re: Don't Be A Hacker's Puppet
Hi, Doug! For tracking and monitoring access, we'd recommend OSSEC. For server hardening, Nessus provides great suggestions for ways to lock down your servers. Snort can help you understand who your servers are talking to. As far as locking down access to your servers as well as gaining high-value security and patch monitoring, I recommend JumpCloud. Full disclosure: I'm CEO of JumpCloud.
PaulS681
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11/9/2013 | 10:11:59 PM
re: Don't Be A Hacker's Puppet
I think
you can cut your chances of being hacked by following some best practices:
-Make users change their passwords at least every 6 months, preferably 3.
-Keep your servers patched. Don't run unsupported OS's.
-Have antivirus on all machines that updates every day.
-Enforce complex passwords.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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11/9/2013 | 10:06:05 PM
re: Don't Be A Hacker's Puppet
Nice article
Rajat. It is all to common where companies don't spend the necessary time and
effort on security. To me it's worth getting a contracted IT provider to help
you with security. Weak passwords are a big concern or passwords that don't
need to be changed. You just have to say how important is your data and do you
want publicity from being hacked and unknowingly contributing to a bigger hack?
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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11/5/2013 | 6:30:17 PM
re: Don't Be A Hacker's Puppet
Rajat: How about sharing a few names of the kind of open source or inexpensive security tools you mention. This advice would be easier to implement if you point us in the right direction.


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