Circles are Bad. OVAL is Good.

In information assurance, it is critical to have the best reporting about your vulnerabilities.  Vulnerabilities, as you may recall from an earlier blog, are software flaws that may leave a system open to exploitation.  There are tools that help identify and assess vulnerabilities.  They are called vulnerability scanners, or VA tools. These are tools designed […]
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Internet Crime Help From Uncle Sam

One of the more interesting places to get information about crime on the Internet is the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. According to their site  the IC3 “was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a means to receive […]
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Encrypt Early, Encrypt Often

My last post was about malicious update notices that pop up when using public network connections. I advised checking digital signatures on the updates. I want to add to that and expand a bit on public communication channels and storage. First, when you use a public network, wired or wireless, your data may not be […]
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User Account Controls and False Security

It’s true that our friends at Microsoft have come a long way toward implementing good security. No, really.  Adobe and Oracle/Java have become the big targets of cyberthieves.  MS operating systems no longer regularly cause the Blue Screen of Death. And, ta-da, we have User Activation Controls to protect us. UAC, as it is called, […]
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This Java Threat Is Really Confusing

For several months, there were rumblings in the hacker underground about some serious threats to Java and Apple’s OS X.  ComputerWorld reported in late February 2012 that a new variant of an exploit called Flashback was making its rounds of Macs by using the browser and Java to get in.  CNN followed by reporting that […]
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