Cyber Defense

Surviving a Ransomware Attack in Healthcare

The rising instances of ransomware attacks is harrowing to say the least. Attackers seek to achieve quick financial gains through the use of this tactic and to be frank, it is working. This blog provides some solutions to help you avoid becoming the next ransomware victim.

Vulnerability Assessment With Nessus Home - Part 1

If you work in the field of Information Technology, you have probably heard of Vulnerability Assessment (VA). VA is a process of identifying security vulnerabilities in a system. It is recommended that you conduct a VA against your organization's network every quarter, and if your organization follows certain policy and standards, such as PCI DSS, VA is a requirement. However, organizations should not be the only ones conducting VAs against their network; average home users should also conduct vulnerability assessment against their network. In this blog, I will guide you through the process of performing a VA against your network using Nessus Home.

Protecting Internet Communications

Today we all communicate constantly over the internet. Some people say we spend too much time on our mobile devices and we do not interact enough with the world and with the people around us. However, that is a discussion for another time. In this blog post we want to discuss how we keep our internet communications secure from eavesdropping.

CIS Control 1: The Beginning of Basic Cybersecurity

The CIS Critical Controls were developed as a framework to not only ensure the successful realization of basic cybersecurity hygiene, but to lead to the planning and implementation of a robust security protocol. To build any cybersecurity protection schemata, it is necessary to know the extent of what it is you are protecting.

CIS Controls: A Cybersecurity Blueprint to Prevent Cyber Attacks

At the small to midsize business level, cyberattacks aren't merely annoying — they can spell certain doom for those already struggling to get by. Hence the need for robust security protocol. That's exactly what the Center for Internet Security provides with its Top 20 list of Critical Security Controls. While these controls have been in the making for well over a decade, they've recently gained greater prominence at the federal and state level — and among private entities. In this blog we offer an in-depth overview of this critical security tool, as well as suggestions for implementation.

The Ultimate Guide to Cyber Threat Maps

A cyber threat map, also known as a cyber attack map, is a real-time map of the computer security attacks that are going on at any given time. One of the most famous was released by the company Norse and went so viral, even among non-hackers, that it got its own story in Newsweek in 2015.    

How to Perform a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment: A Step-by-Step Guide

Organizational leaders must understand that comprehensive, risk-based decisions are vital to balancing the force multiplying effects of information systems with the risk of those systems being inherently vulnerable to exploitation. If you want to prevent or reduce the likelihood of an attack, you have to risk management strategy: how your organization will frame, assess, respond to and monitor risk over time.

Two Keys to Stopping Cyber Attacks 

Protecting your agency or company from cyber crime is critical to keeping your business running smoothly and profitably in the digital age.

What are two of the most likely areas of vulnerability in your cyber defense strategy

Critical Security Controls: Part 0 - Introduction

Everyone knows that they need to improve the current state of their cybersecurity measures, but to many people this task is a daunting one.  “Where do I start?  What should I focus on first? What security measures will have the greatest impact on the security of my computer systems and network?” Don’t worry, the Center for Internet Security can answer all these questions, and help guide you to a more secure infrastructure.