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Security is the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. Computer systems now include a very wide variety of "smart" devices, including smartphones, televisions and tiny devices as part of the Internet of Things -– and networks include not only the Internet and private data networks, but also Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other wireless networks.

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Part Two of the two-part Q&A series with MalwareTech.
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Put Machine Learning to Work--Protect Your Clients
Put Machine Learning to Work--Protect Your Clients

Machine learning means Smarter Cybersecurity™ Solutions.
As technology continues to advance, managing and analyzing massive data sets just can’t be accomplished by humans alone. It requires huge amounts of memory and storage, as well as the high-speed power of the cloud.

Ever wonder what it's like to get hit by ransomware? "Tom" gives you all the dirty details first-hand – and conveys the hard lessons his company learned in the aftermath.
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Thanks for sharing your story. Ransomware is a topic I follow closely and have a lot of interest in. Sorry to hear you were hit by these criminal scum bags and while it irks me to know they profited from your misfortune not once, but twice, I understand the dilemma you were faced with. Backups are something we all tend to fall lax with at times and this story highlights the reasons we all need to stay vigilant. Good luck for the future.
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This article is written by John Gates, CISSP. Gates, the SNUG President-Elect, currently holds the position of Manager of Information Systems at Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois.
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The recent Petya-like ransomware attack served a big blow to hundreds of banks, corporations and government offices The Acronis blog takes a closer look at this damaging worm to see what’s behind it – and offers up tips on how you can safeguard yourself from future ransomware attacks.
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Part One of the two-part Q&A series with MalwareTech.
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Let's recap what we learned from yesterday's Skyport Systems webinar.
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A look at what happened in the Verizon cloud breach.
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I was able to do this easily last night by logging into my Verizon account online and going to settings to change the PIN.  I didn't even have to call customer service.
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With the rising number of cyber attacks in recent years, keeping your personal data safe has become more important than ever. The tips outlined in this article will help you keep your identitfy safe.
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This process allows computer passwords to be managed and secured without using LAPS. This is an improvement on an existing process, enhanced to store password encrypted, instead of clear-text files within SQL
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Make the most of your online learning experience.
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Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers
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Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers

Ransomware – malware that gets on your customers’ computers, encrypts their data, and extorts a hefty ransom for the decryption keys – is a surging new threat.  The purpose of this eBook is to educate the reader about ransomware attacks.

In this blog we highlight approaches to managed security as a service. We also look into ConnectWise’s value in aiding MSPs’ security management and indicate why critical alerting is a necessary integration.
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This article provides a convenient collection of links to Microsoft provided Security Patches for operating systems that have reached their End of Life support cycle. Included operating systems covered by this article are Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 - Both 32 and 64 Bit installs.
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Internet of Ransomware Things ...
The conference as a whole was very interesting, although if one has to make a choice between this one and some others, you may want to check out the others. This conference is aimed mainly at government agencies. So it addresses the various compliance issues with which they have to deal.
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In light of the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected millions of Windows machines, you might wonder if your Mac needs protecting. Yes, it does and here is how to do it.
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Turning on firmware passwords and encryption requires perfect password records and backup habits.
A dying encrypted drive is beyond my recovery skills.
I have dealt with the problems caused by both many times and have yet to deal with malware.
Adware, scareware, phishing, identity theft yes, I have been called to fix these.
But, I deal with individuals and small businesses.
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There is a lot to be said for protecting yourself and your accounts with 2 factor authentication. I found to my own chagrin, that there is a big downside as well.
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Recovering from what the press called "the largest-ever cyber-attack", IT departments worldwide are discussing ways to defend against this in the future. In this process, many people are looking for immediate actions while, instead, they need to thoroughly revise their security concepts.
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Andrew, thanks for the feedback. I am aware that this article is mainly raising question while not answering many.
Maybe it's rather a starting point for discussions than sharing solutions.

You ask "So what's the solution? Shutting it all down..." which is the same that I ask in the article and I answer with "no" immediately afterwards.
You write "it's not quite fair to point blame on IT administrator's shoulders ...These guys more often than not work with tied hands" - that's exactly what I am saying. If the admin is not comfortable making his concerns heard, then he is not employed at the right place and should not fear to be replaced but leave on his own.

Before you start discussing - let's wait for other comments.
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Some news that might be of interest for Americans: https://www.upguard.com/breaches/the-rnc-files
In short: US politicians payed for analysing voter opinions on US election-critical topics. Voter data (1,1 TB!) of 198 million Americans was uploaded to an amazon server but the access rights were incorrectly set - it was open to the public and the data was not encrypted. It leaked.
See what I am talking about?
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Here's a look at newsworthy articles and community happenings during the last month.
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Uncontrolled local administrators groups within any organization pose a huge security risk. Because these groups are locally managed it becomes difficult to audit and maintain them.
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Hi Shaun,

Why there is a need to use Configurator.exe (Configurator Editor) to do this?
I believe this can be done purely with Group Policy Preference for Windows Vista-Server 2008 and above.
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Enforcement, yes but not the part where group members are moved to AD. If you do it individually with Preferences you will how to create a preference item for each possible combination.
Also, the configurator is the configuration tool, admingroups.exe is the actual application.
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Email attacks are the most common methods for initiating ransomware and phishing scams. Attackers want you to open an infected attachment or click a malicious link, and unwittingly download malware to your machine. Here are 7 ways you can stay safe.
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What, When and Where - Security Threats from Q1
What, When and Where - Security Threats from Q1

Join Corey Nachreiner, CTO, and Marc Laliberte, Information Security Threat Analyst, on July 26th as they explore their key findings from the first quarter of 2017.

Liquid Web and Plesk discuss how to simplify server management with a single tool in their webinar.
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A 2007 NCSA Cyber Security survey revealed that a mere 4% of the population has a full understanding of firewalls. As business owner, you should be part of that 4% that has a full understanding.
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Ready for our next Course of the Month? Here's what's on tap for June.
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When it comes to security, close monitoring is a must. According to WhiteHat Security annual report, a substantial number of all web applications are vulnerable always. Monitis offers a new product - fully-featured Website security monitoring and protection.
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A hard and fast method for reducing Active Directory Administrators members.
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I was prompted to write this article after the recent World-Wide Ransomware outbreak. For years now, System Administrators around the world have used the excuse of "Waiting a Bit" before applying Security Patch Updates. This type of reasoning to me is flawed and borders on irresponsible behavior!
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Sometimes we will get "The update is not applicable to your computer" when updating the patches as well; so Wait a bit :)
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Hi SpiderlinK, thank you for your comment.  I've found that failure to often be a result of being behind in issued Service Packs. A patch will often fail on a Service Pack 1 or 2 installation if a SP3 has been released.

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Security

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Security is the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. Computer systems now include a very wide variety of "smart" devices, including smartphones, televisions and tiny devices as part of the Internet of Things -– and networks include not only the Internet and private data networks, but also Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other wireless networks.