Data Protection: The 98 Percent Versus The 2 Percent

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Four steps for defending your most sensitive corporate information from the inside out. Successful criminals always have a target. The malicious groups that attack major organizations are trained, well-funded, and have diligently prepared for a successful data heist. But they’re not after all your data. Logically, they only want what they can leverage for other crimes or can easily re-sell to other nefarious groups. Capable threat actors are only targeting about two percent of the data on a given network — basically, where email, customer information, intellectual property, and regulated data are stored. Unfortunately, they are savvy enough to use the other 98 percent of your network (e.g., employee workstations, websites) to gain illegal access to that two percent. It makes sense. Why are banks armored and heavily guarded? Because it houses the most valuable resources in a given area or community — but criminals also know it’s there. Think of your data in the same way. SPONSOR VIDEO, MOUSEOVER FOR SOUND This begs the question: “Why don’t I start by protecting that two percent and make sure any connections coming over from the other 98 percent of my network are authenticated as legitimate traffic?” By now, you are rolling …

Time to change your master password, LastPass was hacked

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Password-management service LastPass announced today that it “discovered and blocked suspicious activity” on its network on Friday. While the company says that there is no evidence that user vault data (a user’s stored passwords) was taken or that accounts were accessed, it did acknowledge that user email addresses, authentication hashes, password reminders and server per user salts were compromised. LastPass is confident that its encryption is strong enough to make attacking those stolen hashes with any speed difficult. But yeah, if you’re a LastPass customer you should change your password. Even though LastPass recommends you change your password if you have a weak master password or use that password on multiple sites, you really should change your master password — and switch on multifactor authentication — just in case.

Are you guilty of the following password mistakes?

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This is a great time to be really honest with yourself! Because if you’re not worried about your security between you, all the hard work that you’ve put in to get to where you are today, then don’t be surprised or say you weren’t informed when someday you login to find you’ve been compromised. So do………..? You use the same password on all websites you are registered with. Your password is too short. Let’s take each case and from a hackers point see what he or she can do with current technology. 1. You use the same password on all websites you have registered with. This means if one site you use is breached i.e. your password is leaked the attacker can access every site you own Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Paypal and everything else. Secondly, a dishonest or incompetent website owner might store your password in plain text. Then if you register with that site the owner can take your password and email and try different websites to see if you have an account there. 2. Your password is too short. With current technology and say your password is something like “dinky1”, a computer programm can try all combinations of …