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5/26/2017
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8 Most Overlooked Security Threats

Businesses know the obvious security threats to watch for, but some of the biggest dangers may not at top-of-mind.
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tcritchley07
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5/26/2017 | 5:58:54 PM
8 Most Overlooked Security Threats
Interestng article but there is a 90 degree view of this which is disaster recovery when the attack actually works.

The reent Wanna Cry attcaks immobilised large parts of Britain's NHS and it is apparent they did not have a DR plan rto revocover. Moving on, and thinking laterally, there is a case for scrapping the use of Windows in many cases as the bad guys are obviously very proficient in this area. How would they fare with z/OS, Linux and Unix??

Just a few thoughts out of the box.
Dr.T
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5/30/2017 | 12:17:53 PM
Re: 8 Most Overlooked Security Threats
"The reent Wanna Cry attcaks immobilised large parts of Britain's NHS and it is apparent they did not have a DR plan rto revocover"

Agree. That is becoming major issue, if there is nothing to fall back it is downtime obviously. 
Dr.T
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5/30/2017 | 12:19:39 PM
Re: 8 Most Overlooked Security Threats
How would they fare with z/OS, Linux and Unix??

I say the same way, it is not about OS, there is always vulnerabilities in all OSes.
tcritchley07
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5/30/2017 | 2:23:39 PM
Re: 8 Most Overlooked Security Threats
I'm afraid all OSes are not the same. Windows is a ramshackle lash-up which changes every version and is wide open to abuse. z/OS is far more robust and defendable than Windows and is capable of protecting Linux running under it. The 3rd party apps that run with Windows to give the total internet environment were not designed together and are bolt-ons with the same potential for interference with each other and by the bad guys. We all know that certain apps will not coexist on Windows and some have brought my system down before I uninstalled them.

PS I am not an apprentice but have nearly 50 years in IT as practitioner latterly as an author.
ronbo1963
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5/31/2017 | 11:54:53 AM
Re: 8 Most Overlooked Security Threats
Spot on. I started my IT career working in a IBM Mainframe environment. The economy of scale of going back to that platform would be a tremendous benefit to any corporate enterprise. When the top 50 banks in the world rely on z/OS as their primary server environment what do they know that the rest of the corporate world do not....... P.S. 35 years IT. Also performed the Common Criteria Evaluation of two to the z/OS security filters. Much more robust and safe than other platform implementations.....
ebyjeeby
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6/6/2017 | 2:04:45 PM
Re: 8 Most Overlooked Security Threats
z/OS and NSK are very secure, nothing like *nix and Windows.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/29/2017 | 9:06:24 PM
Malvertising
Worth noting that malvertising has also been used to deliver malware.

Yet another reason to disable/block Flash, Java, and HTML5 on all but the most trusted of sites.
Dr.T
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5/30/2017 | 12:21:17 PM
Re: Malvertising
"Yet another reason to disable/block Flash, Java, and HTML5 on all but the most trusted of sites."

HTML5? Then no sites could run on any browsers, correct?
Joe Stanganelli
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6/2/2017 | 4:32:13 PM
Re: Malvertising
@Dr.T: Incorrect. But most if not all video would be disabled. And then for the sites you explicitly trust, you could enable as needed.
stevejennings
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6/7/2017 | 9:00:53 AM
Re: Malvertising
64% of Americans work from home? Really? Perhaps you meant 64% of IT professionals? And even that sounds high.
LindsayCybSafe
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5/30/2017 | 6:57:40 AM
Awareness training
Interesting how many of the overlooked security threats come down to No. 8 - employee awareness. Mobilisation, IoT, in-memory phishing attacks push the ball into the court of employees and their devices...a disproportionate focus technology is happening, when hackers are focusing on people more than ever.
Dr.T
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5/30/2017 | 12:22:37 PM
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"when hackers are focusing on people more than ever"

Agree. It becomes more human hacking than machine.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/30/2017 | 4:39:24 PM
Re: Awareness training
This is the bigger issue in security: Creating a culture of security.  Having the best security systems in the world technologically do little good if people are just willing to hand over login information, click on links willy-nilly, and let strangers into their datacenters.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/2/2017 | 4:33:51 PM
Re: Awareness training
@Dr.T: I'm not even so sure about the "more than ever"... Hackers have long known that social engineering is where it's at.  And Kevin Mitnick taught us this through his own exploits back in the day.
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6/13/2017 | 2:57:17 PM
Re: Awareness training
It's easy to get excited about 0-days and network security because technology solutions are easier than human solutions. Education is important, but so is accountability: Security teams need to start bringing other teams (infrastructure, dev) into the fray.
Dr.T
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5/30/2017 | 11:54:32 AM
Evil maid
This is most likely a common one that we are not that much aware of.
Dr.T
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5/30/2017 | 12:23:02 PM
Undereducated employees
 

This is more critical one I would say.
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6/5/2017 | 2:48:12 PM
IOT
The threat of connected devices can't be overstated enough. It needs to be the next phishing, in terms of public awareness. Particularly as voice-activated assistants are widely adopted.
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1/7/2019 | 9:16:51 PM
Newbie
I am a 33-year-old female, with no military affiliation just getting started with my bachelor's in cybersecurity.  Any thoughts or help to get started? Will my age and the fact that I have no prior military hurt me? 
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