RockYou2021

Demystifying RockYou2021

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the RockYou2021 breached password list. Many articles have been published about this incident and password lists associated with it. However, some reported information is misleading or downright wrong. Let’s dive into what the RockYou2021 list means for you and organizations worldwide. What is RockYou2021? For a quick recap, RockYou2021 …

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COVID Tracing Apps. Mask Up, Digitally.

Many people are feeling hopeful in many areas about receiving their COVID vaccine. A welcome shift from the uncertainty and confusion of the last year. But there are now new challenges to be faced. Among them, the discussion of requiring a vaccine or immunity passport for individuals to take part in activities like international travel, as well as more minor …

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It’s Passwords, All the Way Down

We seem enamored with the idea of a ‘passwordless’ society. Not just because it would be an indicator of secure networks, but because trying to keep track of tens of unique, complex passwords is not ideal. There has been plenty of industry and media buzz around the concept of passwordless authentication strategies. Particular attention is paid to strategies like biometrics—which …

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Attacks on Digital Learning

How School Districts can defend themselves from increased cyberattacks. While there are changes for each generation of students to experience, it’s safe to say that the impact of the pandemic on the scholastic world in 2020 was dramatic and immediate. The transition from in-person classes to web-based learning was startling for everyone, but especially K-12 students because of the rigid …

health of security

The Health of Security

After experiencing a massive ransomware attack that caused the near-shutdown of 400 sites, the Universal Health Services (UHS) has become the most recent example to highlight the issue of cybersecurity in health care organizations. In a recent statement, UHS revealed that the attack affected acute care facilities and behavioral health hospitals, as well as corporate level systems, and caused UHS …

From Stolen Credentials to Full Network Compromise

From Stolen Credentials to Full Network Compromise

How Hackers Are Actually Using Exposed Passwords to Infiltrate Active Directory Recent reports like the Verizon DBIR have noted that stolen credentials are often the foothold that attackers use to compromise networks and systems. A simple phishing or credential stuffing attack becomes the entry point for a much larger enterprise, like data theft, ransomware, or system hijacking. This is rather …

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Trusting Passwords: Best Practices for Threat-Proofing Credentials

“Open, Sesame!”Upon reflection it’s easy to see that passwords have an incredibly long history: from shibboleths to military codes, they’ve been used in many situations to preserve privacy and identity. With the creation of computing technology, passwords became ubiquitous, and were codified in the digital world as strings of characters—numbers, letters, and symbols. Much like their historical counterparts, they were …

Digital Home Security: How to stay safe while the world works from home

Digital Home Security: How to stay safe while the world works from home

Working from home used to seem something of a luxury, reserved for those whose work might not rely on customer interaction or face to face meetings. But since April of this year, the number of people working from home has dramatically increased, due to the risks associated with COVID-19. This trend has spanned most major sectors of the industry—education, healthcare, …

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Response Required

Why organizations need to react urgently to the state of password security, according to data from 451 Research In a recent brief titled “Love ‘em or Hate ‘em, Passwords Are Here to Stay,” 451 Research indicated that despite the stirrings of a passwordless revolution, the widespread use of passwords won’t be changing in the foreseeable future. The 451 brief points …