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Protecting Your Organization Against the Nobelium Attacks

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has recently issued guidance to organizations in response to a series of attacks. This guidance was released following a notification in which Microsoft indicated that it had identified new activity tied to an... Read More

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Top 5 Hacker Groups and their Attacks

One of the frightening cybersecurity risks for businesses today is undoubtedly ransomware. It doesn’t discriminate and leaves in its wake encrypted, unreadable files, threats of data leaks, and often millions of dollars in damages. Moreover, large-scale and sophisticated ransomware... Read More

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What metrics should sysadmins use to show improvement over time?

To illustrate how essential IT systems are to the proper functioning of the business, system administrators should use a number of metrics to communicate key KPIs with non-technical leadership. This can help justify the overall budget of the IT department, as well as the... Read More

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Death of the password? It’s only 60!

We marked our calendars, counting down the months, days, and minutes. Now, the day we’ve all been waiting for is here: the 60th anniversary of the computer password!  Since its beginning in an MIT lab in the fall of... Read More

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NYDFS cybersecurity regulation requirements

Financial organizations house a myriad of sensitive customer data, including login credentials, personally identifiable information (PII), and account numbers. With valuable data at stake, the financial services industry repeatedly has the highest cost of cybercrime. As the threat of breaches looms across the industry, and remote work introduces more variables into the cybersecurity equation, it’s clear that... Read More

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FFIEC password requirements

Cyberattacks often target the financial industry due to the nature of the information they possess. One of the organizations that provide cybersecurity guidance and standards for financial institutions is the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC). While the FFIEC does not offer specific password characteristics... Read More

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Troubleshooting tips for Azure AD banned password list

Not all implementations of Azure AD password protection go smoothly. This blog explores some quirks with the banned password lists, and offers remediation tips related to them.   Understanding the Scoring System  Many teams get tripped up when establishing their password policies in Azure AD. While the banned password list... Read More