Category Archives: Cyber Security

NIST 800-63-3

Authentication Token Cybersecurity and NIST 800-63-3

In June 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its updated Digital Identity Guidelines in Special Publication 800-63-3.  The draft of this publication gained a lot of press in 2016 for highlighting the cybersecurity risks when using SMS for multi-factor authentication.  While the final version has not had as much focus, the

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Ransomware and 3 Rays of Hope

Ransomware and 3 Rays of Hope

This week we received news of another global ransomware attack that has reportedly affected FedEx, Rosneft, Moller-Maersk, and Merck.  This comes hot on the heels of last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack that affected 300,000 computers in 150 countries.  It seems these two attacks are linked because they both use the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol

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Offline LINUX Repository

Does President Trump Want an Offline LINUX Repository?

On May 11th President Trump signed a Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.  In that Executive Order the President stated that, “Known but unmitigated vulnerabilities are among the highest cybersecurity risks faced by executive departments and agencies.  Known vulnerabilities include using operating systems or hardware beyond the vendor’s

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