6 Reasons Why Job Seekers Get Stuck

Stuck

Job seekers frequently get stuck because they don’t see the strategic paths leading from where they are to where they want to go.

Your resume is always about you, and it is always written for the benefit of another person. We’ll call these other people the audience for your resume.

  • If in your profession, you use language, acronyms and/or abbreviations that 100% of your audience does not use or clearly understand, you might get stuck.
  • Most people write resumes about themselves as if they’re writing their resume for themselves.  This approach will frequently get you stuck.
  • If your resume’s audience can’t figure out who you are, where you are, how to contact you, what you’re great at and how you can specifically solve their problems, you’ll likely find yourself getting stuck.
  • If you're ready for a leadership role and you're sending out resumes that carry laundry lists of technology rather than evidence of what you've done to lead, guide, mentor and grow other people, you'll likely get stuck in the hands-on individual contributor role you're in today. 
  • When employers are asking for job candidates who are visionary, strategic, collaborators who can influence, guide and execute and you aren't crystal clear as to which of those traits describe you, it will be very difficult to write a resume that addresses the traits and behaviors employers are seeking.
  • Your resume should give evidence of accomplishments, contributions and the value you've created for past employers in order to demonstrate that you can create similar value for the future employer.

By the way, research by The Ladders suggests that you now have 6 seconds to make a favorable first impression when you share your resume. In those first 6 seconds when a resume reviewer puts their eyes on your resume, you’re making a first impression.

The first impression your resume makes is either an impression that will open an interview door or it is an impression that will keep you stuck in your current situation.

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Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report, August 13, 2017

Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report

 

From our friends at

 Citadel Information Group

 

Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 26.0.0.151. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. To see which version you have, go to Adobe’s web page.

Adobe Reader: Adobe has released version 2017.012.20093. Updates are available through the program’s Help menu/Check for Updates or from Adobe’s website. There is also an update for Acrobat.

Avira Antivirus: Avira has released version 15.0.29.32 of its free Antivirus and Pro. Updates are available from Avira’s website.

Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 32.4.23 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]

LastPass: LastPass has released version 4.1.61 for its Free Password Manager. Updates are available from LastPass’ website.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released updates to address dozens of vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Office, and other Microsoft products. Additional details are available at Microsoft’s website.

Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 55.0.1. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.

Panda Free Antivirus: Panda Free Antivirus has released version 18.03.0. Updates are available on Panda Security’s website.

Spotify: Spotify has released version 1.0.60.492. Updates are available on Spotify’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 26.0.0.151

Adobe Reader DC 2017.012.20093

Dropbox 32.4.23 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]

Firefox 55.0.1 [Windows]

Google Chrome 60.0.3112.90

Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18763

Java SE 8 Update 144 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]

Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0

QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, 2016 US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]

Safari 10.1.2 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Skype 7.39.0.102

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in WebEx, and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

VMware: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in VMware NSX-V Edge. Additional details are available at VMware’s website.

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If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.

If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.

Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.

Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.

Copyright © 2017 Citadel Information Group. All rights reserved.

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Cyber Security News for the Week of, August 13, 2017

Cyber Security News

 

Cyber Security News

from our friends at Citadel Information Group

 

Individuals at Risk

Cyber Update

Google Patches 10 Critical Bugs in August Android Security Bulletin: Google patched 10 critical remote code execution bugs in its August Android Security Bulletin issued Monday. ThreatPost, August 8, 2017

Mozilla Fixes 29 Vulnerabilities in Firefox, Makes Flash Click-To-Activate: Mozilla fixed three critical vulnerabilities when it released Firefox 55 on Tuesday, including bugs that could have triggered a crash of the browser and allowed for the execution of arbitrary code. ThreatPost, August 9, 2017

Critical Security Fixes from Adobe, Microsoft: Adobe has released updates to fix dozens of vulnerabilities in its Acrobat, Reader and Flash Player software. KrebsOnSecurity, August 8, 2017

Cyber Defense

Five Cybersecurity Tips for Your Summer Vacation: Whether you’re hitting the same old beach town or taking a cycling tour of Provence, follow these Top Five steps to stay cyber secure while soaking up the sun. ITSP Magazine

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

Culture Change Metaphor: Teach everyone to avoid a hot stove and you have no-cost burn care: It’s ironic: when global threats are in the news every day, their ubiquity makes them easy to ignore.” Robert Braun, co-chair of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Group, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council. Cyber Security Lawyer Forum, August 3, 2017

New analysis shows cyber-breach has large impact on stock price: When it comes to thinking about cyber-attacks, many of the folks running businesses are relying on a heavy combination of faith (“it won’t happen to us”), reliance on cyber-insurance (“any losses will be covered”), and the unfounded belief that the long-term consequences won’t be that bad (“if it does happen, we’ll be back in business in no time”). ITSP Magazine, August 7, 2017

Data Breach Cost Calculator – IBM Security & Ponemon Institute: Companies face the constant, rising threat of data breaches each year. However, the cost of a data breach differs for every organization. How much would it cost yours? IBM Security, 2017

Cyber Awareness

Social cybersecurity: Influence people, make friends and keep them safe: Jason Hong talks about Carnegie Mellon’s work in social cybersecurity, a new discipline that uses techniques from social psychology to improve our ability to be secure online. Tech Target, August 2017

Cyber Warning

IRS Warns Tax Preparers of Fake Software Update Scheme that Steals Passwords: Just in time for the seasonal upgrading of tax software, the IRS is warning of phishing emails that try to trick tax professionals into downloading software updates, but in fact steer victims into divulging login credentials. BankInfoSecuirty, August 9, 2017

Cyber Defense

Assessing Risks and Remediating Threats With a Layered Approach to Vulnerability Management: Companies need to do more than just scan for known problems and provide huge vulnerability reports to system and network administrators for remediation. Security Intelligence, August 9, 2017

Most of what we know about passwords is wrong, and how businesses should respond: Bill Burr, who wrote the guidelines for modern password standards, claims that he gave the wrong advice on how people should go about creating passwords. TechRepublic, August 9, 2017

10 bad habits cybersecurity professionals must break: Cybersecurity workers face many challenges on the job. Here are 10 bad habits they must avoid in order to be most effective. TechRepublic, August 10, 2017

Beware of Security by Press Release: The DirectDefense – Carbon Black Brouhaha: On Wednesday, the security industry once again witnessed an all-too-familiar cycle: I call it “security by press release.” KrebsOnSecurity, August 10, 2017

“White Hat” Hackers: Privileged Accounts Provide Fastest Access to Sensitive, Critical Data: Nearly 75 percent state traditional perimeter security firewalls and antivirus are now irrelevant or obsolete. DarkReading, August 9, 2017

Protecting Personal Information: A Practical Guide for Business – FTC: Most companies keep sensitive personal information in their files—names, Social Security numbers, credit card, or other account data—that identifies customers or employees. Federal Trade Commission

Cyber Law

Nationwide Insurance Breach Settlement Agreement: $5.5 million & stronger security management practices: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. will pay a $5.5 million settlement and update its security practices as a result of an agreement with attorneys general in 32 states and the District of Columbia in the wake of a 2012 data breach affecting more than 1.2 million individuals. BankInfoSecurity, August 9, 2017

Cyber Talent

Majority of MSPs struggle to find enough cybersecurity pros to hire: Two out of three managed service providers (MSPs) suffer from a shortage of qualified cybersecurity staff—leading to challenges keeping customers safe from ransomware attacks, according to a report from Kaspersky Lab, released Wednesday. TechRepublic, August 10, 2017

Five strategies to address the cybersecurity skills shortage: The ability to detect and respond to threats is greatly impeded by a lack of cybersecurity skills and staff. CSO, August 10, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

HBO Cyber Attack

Game of Thrones stars’ personal details leaked as HBO hackers demand ransom: Hackers of US television network HBO have released personal phone numbers of Game of Thrones actors, emails and scripts in the latest dump of data stolen from the company, and are demanding a multimillion-dollar ransom to prevent the release of whole TV shows and further emails. The Guardian, August 8, 2017

Watch the ransom video hackers sent to HBO (set to Game of Thrones music): HBO is at the center of a massive cyberattack putting 1.5 terabytes of valuable intellectual property and private information at risk. Mashable, August 9, 2017

HBO Hackers Leak Email From Network That Offers Them $250,000: The email dated July 27 indicates a negotiation between the network and the hackers. Hollywood Reporter, August 10, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Hackers & Pirate Websites Conspire In Malware Extortion Schemes: Hackers have become an inescapable part of the Hollywood narrative, on and off the screen. Deadline, August 8, 2017

Russia’s ‘Fancy Bear’ Hackers Used Leaked NSA Tool to Target Hotel Guests: Since as early as last fall, the Russian hacker group known as APT28, or Fancy Bear, has targeted victims via their connections to hacked hotel Wi-Fi networks, according to a new report from security firm FireEye, which has closely tracked the group’s intrusions, including its breach of the Democratic National Committee ahead of last year’s election. Wired, August 11, 2017

Cyber Freedom

Voting Machine “White-Hat” Hackers Have 5 Tips to Save the Next Election: American Democracy depends on the sanctity of the vote. Wired, August 6, 2017

National Cyber Security

A Vulnerable Castle in Cyberspace … Embracing the ‘information warfare’ mindset: The topic of cybersecurity seems to affect just about everything these days. US News, August 11, 2017

Financial Cyber Security

Uptick in Malware Targets the Banking Community: A number of recent attacks, using tactics old and new, have made off with an astonishing amount of money. DarkReading, August 9, 2017

Cyber Medical

DHS Warning: Vulnerabilities Found in Some Siemens Medical Imaging Devices Open Door to Hackers: The Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert warning about cyber vulnerabilities in certain Siemens medical imaging products running Windows 7 that could enable hackers to “remotely execute arbitrary code.” BankInfoSecurity, August 8, 2017

Cyber Sunshine

Alleged sextortionist caught after FBI plants malware on video of victim: A Bakersfield, Calif. man who allegedly tried to extort pornographic video footage from underage victims was tracked down and apprehended after investigators secretly hid malware on a digital video file sent from the intended victim’s computer, according to a criminal complaint filed in Indiana. SC Media, August 10, 2017

Alleged vDOS Operators Arrested, Charged — Krebs on Security: Two young Israeli men alleged by this author to have co-founded vDOS — until recently the largest and most profitable cyber attack-for-hire service online — were arrested and formally indicted this week in Israel on conspiracy and hacking charges. KrebsOnSecurity, August 09, 2017

 SecureTheVillage Calendar

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will speak on High-Performance Information Security Management & Leadership Teams. August 17, 2017, 7:30 -10AM. Datastream, Glendale.

National Assn of Corporate Directors — Southern California Chapter: Join SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl, the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA) CEO and former secret service agent Matt Lavigna, Apria Healthcare’s CISO Jerry Sto. Thomas and former SaaS CEO and PwC Partner, Bob Zukis. Learn about Southern California’s unique risks and local efforts to fight cybercrime. September 6, Noon Luncheon, California Club.

PIHRA: Information Security Awareness: The Cyber Tsunami!: Citadel’s Kimberly Pease will facilitate a discussion of (i) steps to take to protect a company’s information from hackers and cyber criminals; (ii)tips to protect yourselves as consumers; (iii) understanding who the criminals are and why you are a target; (iv) real stories and scary examples that could happen to you. September 20, 7:30 – 9:30, The City Club

SecureTheVillage: Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable: The Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable is a cross-organizational, cross-functional “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from bank fraud, credit card theft, identity theft and other forms of cyber crime. September 22, 7:30 – 10:00, Grandpoint Bank

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: The San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable is designed to support communication and collaboration between C-Suite executives, IT managers, and cybersecurity experts. The San Fernando Valley-East Roundtable is intended for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The Roundtable functions as a cross-organizational “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from cybercrime. September 28, 7:30 -10AM. Datastream, Glendale.

Glendale Tech Week: SecureTheVillage and Citadel President Stan Stahl will join Louie Sadd, Datastream Managing Partner and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council member, and other cybersecurity panelists. October 12, 10:00 – 11:00, Glendale Central Library.

SecureTheVillage: Cybersecure Los Angeles 2017 — Get Cyber Prepared: SecureTheVillage joins UCLA Extension for its first cybersecurity conference. Learn from leading information security professionals and law enforcement, including: information security providers, cyber-insurance, financial services, law, the FBI, LA County District Attorney’s Office, and more. Leave with SecureTheVillage’s Information Security Management and Leadership ResourceKit: A practical guide for implementing an information security management and leadership program in your organization. October 19, 9:00 – 2:00, UCLA Extension, Figueroa Courtyard

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Can You be a Courageous Leader?

Courageous Leadership

Dictionary.com defines Courage like this: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

Many authors have suggested that leadership requires courage.  The Clifton StrengthsFinder™ specifically isolates and measures a person’s courage in a trait called Self-Assurance®.

The Clifton StrengthsFinder™ defines Self-Assurance® like this: People exceptionally talented in the Self-Assurance® theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right.

More than 16.7 million people globally have now taken a Clifton StrengthsFinder™ assessment. When 15,000,000 had taken a Clifton StrengthsFinder™, I crunched some interesting numbers.

Out of 34 traits, Self-Assurance® comes in at number 33 in terms of how often it shows up in a person’s Top 5 traits or themes.  Out of 15,001,435 StrengthsFinder™ assessments, Self-Assurance came up 710,060 times in assessment taker’s Top 5 Traits.  This number equates to .047% of the time.

When I dug further, I found that for men, Self-Assurance® came up .061% of the time in their Top 5 themes. For women, Self-Assurance came up .025% of the time in their Top 5 themes.

Self-Assurance®, as measured by the Clifton StrengthsFinder, ™ is a powerful influencing theme.  What this means is that people who have this trait and people to turn this trait into a strength are specially equipped with a talent that fits well in leadership roles.

If you lead or you want to lead, find out where the Self-Assurance® falls among your 34 traits on the Clifton StrengthsFinder™. Don’t stop once you find out. The power behind the Clifton StrengthsFinder™ occurs when a person learns their potential strengths, when:

  • they take ownership of their potential strengths
  • when they turn their traits into strengths and
  • when they properly aim their strengths towards work or activities where they can produce the best version of themselves.

This is what an experienced Strengths Coach can do when you engage with them in their Strengths Coaching methodology.

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Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report, August 6, 2017

Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report

 

From our friends at

 Citadel Information Group

 

Important Security Updates

AxCrypt: AxCrypt has released version 2.1.1526.0. Updates are available from AxCrypt’s website.

Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 31.4.24 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]

Evernote: Evernote has released version 6.6.4.5512. Updates are available on Evernote’s website.

Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 60.0.3112.90. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

Skype: Skype has released Skype 7.39.0.102. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 26.0.0.137

Adobe Reader DC 17.009.20044

Dropbox 30.4.24 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]

Firefox 54.0.1 [Windows]

Google Chrome 60.0.3112.90

Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18739

Java SE 8 Update 144 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]

Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0

QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, 2016 US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]

Safari 10.1.2 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Skype 7.39.0.102

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Adaptive Security Appliance, Videoscape Distribution Suite, Identity Services Engine, Unified Communications Manager, Smart Net Total Care Software, Prime Collaboration, Meeting Server H.264, Firepower, Jabber Guest Server, Finesse, and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

 

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If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.

If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.

Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.

Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.

Copyright © 2017 Citadel Information Group. All rights reserved.

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Cyber Security News for the Week, August 6, 2017

Cyber Security News

Cyber Security News

from our friends at Citadel Information Group

 

Individuals at Risk

Cyber Privacy

Google wants to track you in real life – privacy group says, ‘No way!’: There’s a long-term marketing bugaboo that Google has plans to fix: how to convince its clients that their ad dollars are turning into sweet payola. NakedSecurity, August 4, 2017

Cyber Defense

Mozilla sets up private, encrypted file sharing service for large files: Mozilla has launched an online service for private sharing of encrypted files between two users. It’s called Send, and it’s meant to ensure users’ shared files do not remain online forever. HelpNetSecurity, August 4, 2017

Flash Player is Dead, Long Live Flash Player!: Adobe last week detailed plans to retire its Flash Player software, a cross-platform browser plugin so powerful and so packed with security holes that it has become the favorite target of malware developers. To help eradicate this ubiquitous liability, Adobe is enlisting the help of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla. But don’t break out the bubbly just yet: Adobe says Flash won’t be put down officially until 2020. KrebsOnSecurity, August 2, 2017

Backup and Recovery – Securing the Human: If you use a computer or mobile device long enough, sooner or later something will go wrong, resulting in you losing your personal files, documents, or photos. For example, you may accidently delete the wrong files, have a hardware failure, lose a device, or become infected with malware, such as ransomware. At times like these, backups are often the only way you can rebuild your digital life. In this newsletter, we explain what backups are, how to back up your data, and how to develop a simple strategy that’s right for you. SANS, August 2017

Cyber Warning

iOS users beware: You’re the biggest target for mobile phishing attacks: Phishing continues to be a problem, and attacks are moving away from the email inbox. A new report found that iOS is the biggest target, with most attacks coming from game apps. TechRepublic, August 4, 2017

How Cyber Criminals Are Targeting You Through Text Messages: Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting victims through a text message scam called “smishing” that can infect your smartphone and let thieves steal your personal information. NBC, July 20, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

How to Budget Cybersecurity Spending At Your Firm: Businesses understand today that poor cybersecurity protocols are not just a security risk, but a financial and reputational risk which can cost firms greatly whether through a data breach or ransomware. As a result, global cybersecurity spending is set to reach new highs in 2017, with global spending on informational security to reach $90 billion in 2017 and $113 billion by 2020. AccountingWeb, August 4, 2017

Separation of duties and IT security: Muddied responsibilities create unwanted risk and conflicts of interest. New regulations such as GDPR now require that you pay more attention to roles and duties on your security team. CSO, August 3, 2017

Cyber Warning

Business Email Compromise: The Cybercrime Scheme That Attacks Email Accounts And Your Bank Accounts: Cybercrime is ever present, and there is one particular fraud we all should be aware of—particularly anyone who sends or receives bank wiring instructions or the funds themselves. The fraud involves the hacking or impersonating of email accounts, it might be called business email compromise (BEC) fraud, CEO fraud, or CFO fraud, and it demonstrates that criminal participants are infinitely adaptable in pursuit of profitable schemes. Cybercrime is not always a technical attack, but often about social engineering—tricking a person into performing an action—which means we need to stay informed, be alert, and exercise sound judgment. Huffington Post, August 3, 2017

Cyber Defense

Amazon reaches out to AWS customers with bad security before the crooks do: We’ve read plenty of stories recently about the accidental exposure of data stored in the cloud because of users’ poor configuration choices. NakedSecurity, August 4, 2017

New Survey. Same Old Story. Poor Network Security Hygiene & Inadequate User Awareness Makes it Easy for Hackers: The level of security of Wi-Fi networks and user awareness regarding information security has fallen significantly; a Positive Technologies security audit says mostly due to common vulnerabilities not needing much skill to implement. SC Magazine, August 4, 2017

Cyber Talent

What Women in Cybersecurity Really Think About Their Careers: New survey conducted by a female security pro of other female security pros dispels a few myths. DarkReading, August 4, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Someone has emptied the ransom accounts from the WannaCry attack: For months, the ransom money from the massive WannaCry cyberattack sat untouched in online accounts. Now, someone has moved it. CNN, August 3, 2017

Cyber Attack

Spoiler Alert: Hackers Are Gunning for Hollywood (Guest Column): The 2014 hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment was a watershed moment for the entertainment industry. This week, yet another targeted attack — this one against HBO — reminds us that cybercriminals continue to target Hollywood. Variety, August 4, 2017

HBO Hack: New Threat Promises Emails to Be Released Sunday: An email purported to be from the hacker or hackers behind the HBO breach is making a fresh wave of threats against the network. While the sender of the email, received by The Hollywood Reporter, appeared to use a pseudonym, the sender offered evidence of hacked materials to buttress the claim. Hollywood Reporter, August 3, 2017

HBO says full email system likely not compromised in data breach: HBO is the latest victim of a large-scale security breach, and the company is still investigating just how big it is. CNN, August 3, 2017

HBO Hack: Insiders Fear Leaked Emails as FBI Joins Investigation: The company is reeling from a sophisticated cyberattack that potentially compromised seven times the amount of data stolen in the Sony hack as the FBI investigates potential culprits. Hollywood Reporter, August 2, 2017

HBO hacked: Upcoming episodes, Game of Thrones data leaked online: HBO has joined the ranks of Hollywood entertainment companies to suffer a major cyber attack. Entertainment Weekly, July 31, 2017

Cyber Freedom

DEF CON Hackers Got Into Many Voting Machines and an E-Poll Book: How long will defenders of America’s electronic voting systems ignore the present danger hacking presents to U.S. elections? Alternet, August 2, 2017

“White Hat” Hackers easily break into voting machines at security conference: When the password for a voting machine is “abcde” and can’t be changed, the integrity of our democracy might be in trouble. CNet, July 30, 2017

National Cyber Security

States Take a Comprehensive Approach to Improving Cybersecurity: The National Governors Association has been focused on engaging states when it comes to cybersecurity, and now a multistate compact stands as another positive sign of progress. Governemnt Technology, August 3, 2017

White House officials tricked by email prankster: (CNN)A self-described “email prankster” in the UK fooled a number of White House officials into thinking he was other officials, including an episode where he convinced the White House official tasked with cyber security that he was Jared Kushner and received that official’s private email address unsolicited. CNN, August 1, 2017

Internet of Things

New Bill Seeks Basic IoT Security Standards: Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate today introduced a bill that would set baseline security standards for the government’s purchase and use of a broad range of Internet-connected devices, including computers, routers and security cameras. The legislation, which also seeks to remedy some widely-perceived shortcomings in existing cybercrime law, was developed in direct response to a series of massive cyber attacks in 2016 that were fueled for the most part by poorly-secured “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices. KrebsOnSecurity, August 1, 2017

Cyber Research

Arrest of WannaCry researcher sends chill through security community: The Wednesday arrest of cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins is sending chills through the cyber community. The Hill, August 4, 2017

SecureTheVillage Calendar

Cyber Security Awareness Presented by Marcum LLP, DiamondIT, LBW Insurance & Citadel Information Group: Speakers Include: David Rice, COO of DiamondIT; Stan Stahl, President of Citadel Information Group / President of SecureTheVillage; Howard Miller, Senior Vice President of LBW Insurance. Event Date: August 10, 2017, 4 – 7 PM.

SecureTheVillage Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable: The Financial Services Cybersecurity Roundtable is a cross-organizational, cross-functional “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from bank fraud, credit card theft, identity theft and other forms of cyber crime. Event Date: August 11, 2017, 7;30 – 10AM

SecureTheVillage: San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable: The San Fernando Valley-East (Pasadena / Glendale) Cybersecurity Roundtable is designed to support communication and collaboration between C-Suite executives, IT managers, and cybersecurity experts. The San Fernando Valley-East Roundtable is intended for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The Roundtable functions as a cross-organizational “learning community” committed to working together to better protect our community from cybercrime. Event Date: August 17, 2017, 7:30 -10AM

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Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 30, 2017

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report

 

From our friends at

 Citadel Information Group

 

Important Security Updates

Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 60.0.3112.78. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

Google Earth Pro: Google has released version 7.3.0.3830 for Google Earth Pro. Updates are available from Google’s website.

Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 144. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]

RoboForm: Siber Systems has released Version 8.3.9. Updates are available from within the program or from RoboForm’s website.

Viber for Windows: Viber has released version 6.8.6.5 for Windows. Updates are available on Viber’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 26.0.0.137

Adobe Reader DC 17.009.20044

Dropbox 30.4.22 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]

Firefox 54.0.1 [Windows]

Google Chrome 60.0.3112.78

Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18739

Java SE 8 Update 144 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]

Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0

QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, 2016 US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]

Safari 10.1.2 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Skype 7.38.0.101

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in IOS and IOS XE, Access Control System, Multiple Cisco Products OSPF and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

McAfee: McAfee has released a security bulletin to address multiple vulnerabilities in Web Gateway. Updates are available from McAfee’s website.

TeamViewer: TeamViewer has released version 12.1.15448.0. Updates are available from TeamViewer’s website.

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If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.

If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.

Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.

Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.

Copyright © 2017 Citadel Information Group. All rights reserved.

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Cyber Security News for the Week, July 30, 2017

Cyber Security News

Cyber Security News

from our friends at Citadel Information Group

 

Individuals at Risk

Cyber Privacy

Crossing the U.S. Border? Here’s How to Securely Wipe Your Computer: Many people crossing the U.S. border are concerned about the amount of power that the government has asserted to search and examine travelers’ possessions, including searching through or copying contents of digital devices, like photos, emails, and browsing history. The frequency of these intrusive practices has been increasing over time. Electronic Frontier Foundation, July 26, 2017

“Perverse” malware infecting hundreds of Macs remained undetected for years: A mysterious piece of malware that gives attackers surreptitious control over webcams, keyboards, and other sensitive resources has been infecting Macs for at least five years. The infections—known to number nearly 400 and possibly much higher—remained undetected until recently and may have been active for almost a decade. ars technica, July 24, 2017

Cyber Update

Bug in top smartphones could lead to unstoppable malware, researcher says: A recently patched bug found in the chips used to provide wifi in iPhones, Samsung Galaxies and Google Nexus devices could be used to build malware which jumps unstoppably from device to device, according to Nitay Artenstein, the researcher who discovered the flaw. The Guardian, July 27, 2017

Cyber Defense

Going on holiday? Here are our tips for a security-minded trip: With August looming, we at Naked Security won’t be the only ones getting ready to head off on holiday, so with the beach in mind, we’ve come up with some tips to help you plan a safer summer holiday (and with apologies to our readers in the southern hemisphere winter!) Naked Security, July 28, 2017

How to guard against identity theft and bank fraud: Reports of data breaches involving credit card networks at stores and hotels seem to be increasing. So maybe it’s not surprising that consumers are worrying more about it happening to them, and what it might mean. Consumer Affairs, July 27, 2017

NIST Has Spoken – Death to Entropy, Love Live the Passphrase!: PMNIST has spoken, and I could not be more excited. For years the security community has inflicted one of the most painful behaviors to date, the dreaded, complex password. I’ve watched many times in horror as security researchers made fun of ordinary computer users for using simple passwords, often calling out hacked databases of passwords and bemoaning what is wrong with the world. In reality, these very same people should have taken the time to look in the mirror and see what they were inflicting on others. SANS, July 27, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

CSO survey: 61% of boards still see security as IT issue rather than corporate governance issue: The past year has been tough for enterprise security teams. Attacks like Petya and NotPetya suggest that the impact scale is increasing dramatically. The recent leak of government-developed malware and hoarded vulnerabilities has given cybercriminals greater capabilities. IT is struggling to keep pace with the flow of important security software patches and updates, and the continued adoption of new technologies like the internet of things (IoT) creates new vulnerabilities to contend with. CSO, July 28. 2017

Cyber Defense

How the DHS responds to cyberthreats, and what businesses can learn: Any organization can fall victim to cybercrime. Learn how the DHS deals with threats and how to apply their response plan to your business. TechRepublic, July 27, 2017

Facebook’s Stamos preaches defensive security research in Black Hat keynote: LAS VEGAS — Black Hat 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the conference and during the show’s opening keynote, Facebook CSO Alex Stamos urged the community to take advantage of the voice it had and focus on bigger problems than just those that make good presentations and to expand that focus beyond traditional defensive security efforts. SearchSecurity, July 26, 2017

Cyber Career

How to Build a Path Toward Diversity in Information Security: Hiring women and minorities only addresses half the issue for the IT security industry — the next step is retaining these workers. DarkReading, July 27, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Google Study Quantifies Ransomware Profits: LAS VEGAS—Over the past two years, 35 unique ransomware strains earned cybercriminals $25 million, with Locky and its many variants being the most profitable. ThreatPost, July 27, 2017

Cyber Defense

State Attorneys General Appear in Anti-Piracy PSA Campaign: WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of 15 state attorneys general have launched a public service campaign to warn consumers about the risk of malware from visiting piracy sites. Variety, July 25, 2017

Cyber Espionage

Iranian hackers used female ‘honey pot’ on social media to lure targets, finds new research: Hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have impersonated a young female photographer on social media for more than a year, luring men working in industries strategically important to Tehran’s regional adversaries, according to new research. The Independent, July 28, 2017

Know Your Enemy

North Korea hackers ‘want cash not secrets’: North Korean hackers are increasingly trying to steal cash rather than secrets, a South Korean government-backed report suggests. BBC, July 28, 2017

The rise and rise of Cybercrime as a Service: When cybercriminals wanted to launch cyberattacks, they once had to know how to code. No longer. Bad actors can now search among any number of underground online sites to buy or lease potent cyberweapons. CSO, July 27, 2017

The Lazy Habits of Phishing Attackers: Most hackers who phish accounts do little to hide their tracks or even mine all of the data they can from phished accounts, mostly because they can afford to be lazy. DarkReading, July 27, 2017

It’s a myth that most cyber-criminals are ‘sophisticated’: News reports and pop culture continually paint cyber-criminals as cunning and devious hackers, with almost magical computer skills. Is that actually true? BBC, July 26, 2017

Cyber Freedom

“White Hat” Hackers Scour Voting Machines for Election Bugs: LAS VEGAS — Hackers attending this weekend’s Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas were invited to break into voting machines and voter databases in a bid to uncover vulnerabilities that could be exploited to sway election results. The New York Times, July 28, 2017

U.S. elections are an easier target for Russian hackers than once thought: When Chris Grayson pointed his Web browser in the direction of Georgia’s elections system earlier this year, what he found there shocked him. The LA Times, July 28, 2017

Over 100 cybersecurity and voting experts advise Congress on securing U.S. elections : More than 100 cybersecurity and voting experts are urging the government to make the U.S. voting system more secure. CNN, June 21, 2017

Cyber Government

IRS fails to resolve dozens of information security deficiencies, GAO says: The IRS’s ability to protect sensitive financial and taxpayer data is limited by its failure to resolve numerous information security deficiencies identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Hill, July 27, 2017

Financial Cyber Security

Hackers are making their online bank-fraud malware more powerful by copying WannaCry and Petya ransomware tricks: Hackers responsible for one of the most common forms of banking Trojans have learned lessons from the global WannaCry ransomware outbreak and the Petya cyberattack, and have equipped their malware with a worm propagation module to help it spread more efficiently. ZDNet, July 28, 2017

HIPAA

HIPAA “Wall of Shame” Gets Update from OCR: Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced the launch of a newly revised HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool. The tool, commonly referred to as the “Wall of Shame,” is a publically available listing of reported breaches of unsecured protected health information (“PHI”) affecting 500 or more individuals. National Law Review, July 27, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Should you stay awake at night worrying about hackers on the grid?: Analysis The energy sector across multiple Western countries is under intensified assault by hackers. Security experts warn that industrial systems are wide open to potential exploit once hackers secure a foothold, the most difficult part of the hacking process, using targeted phishing or similar tactics. The Register, July 28, 2017

Researchers Release Free Tool to Analyze ICS Malware: CrashOverride/Industroyer malware used against Ukraine’s power grid the inspiration for the reverse-engineering tool. DarkReading, July 27, 2017

Internet of Things

Will Blockchain Improve Internet of Things (IoT) Security?: Because the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating its own ecosystem, the biggest challenge for the industry is how companies secure and manage the exponential growth of decentralized endpoint devices. Unfortunately, most security experts only know how to defend against attacks from a centralized perspective. Most Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) only understand centralized networks and depend on choke points or linear cyber kill chains that focus on traditional perimeter and inbound security protocols to defend against malware, viruses and other attacks that inevitably overwhelm networks and damage servers, devices and workstations. One of the potential solutions available to improve the distributed nature of IoT security is blockchain. Forbes, July 28, 2017

Cyber Warning

Researchers at Black Hat show how hackers ‘could make car wash attack’: Researchers say they have found a way to hack an internet-enabled carwash and make it “attack” users. BBC, July 28, 2017

Cyber Enforcement

Feds Indict Russian Over BTC-e Bitcoin Exchange: Police in Greece on Tuesday arrested Alexander Vinnik, 38, for allegedly running a massive money laundering operation that processed $4 billion in bitcoins, many of which may be tied to the largest bitcoin exchange heist in history. BankInfoSecurity, July 27, 2017

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Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 23, 2017

 

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Important Security Updates

Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 12.6.2 (64-bit and 32-bit) of iTunes. Updates are available from Apple’s website.

Apple Multiple Products: Apple has released updates in tvOS 10.2.2, iCloud for Windows 6.2.2, Safari 10.1.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, IOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3 and others. Additional details are available on Apple’s website.

Avast: Avast! Free Antivirus has released version 17.5.2303. Updates are available on Avast’s website. Avast! has also released updates for Premier Antivirus, Pro Antivirus and Internet Security.

Opera: Opera has released version 46.0.2597.57. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.

Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 141. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 26.0.0.137

Adobe Reader DC 17.009.20044

Dropbox 30.4.22 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]

Firefox 54.0.1 [Windows]

Google Chrome 59.0.3071.115

Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18739

Java SE 8 Update 141 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]

Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0

QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, 2016 US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]

Safari 10.1.2 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Skype 7.38.0.101

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in SNMP, WebEx, Web Security Appliance, Prime, ASR 5000 Series and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

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If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.

If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.

Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.

Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.

Copyright © 2017 Citadel Information Group. All rights reserved.

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Cyber Security News for the Week, July 23, 2017

Cyber Security News

from our friends at Citadel Information Group

 

Individuals at Risk

Cyber Warning

How A Billion-Dollar Internet Scam Is Breaking Hearts And Bank Accounts. Criminal networks defraud lonely people around the world with false promises of love and romance. … Modern online romance scams are premeditated, organized crimes that steal millions ― potentially billions ― of dollars from vulnerable, lonely people over the internet. HuffPost, July 20, 2017
 

Cyber criminals are targeting you a new way: through ‘smishing.’ Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting victims through a text message scam called “smishing” that can infect your smartphone and let thieves steal your personal information. … That means social security numbers, addresses, and even your credit card information can all be vulnerable through a simple, unassuming text message you receive. NBC News, July 20, 2017

Cyber Update

Apple Patches BroadPwn Bug in iOS 10.3.3. Apple released iOS 10.3.3 Wednesday, which serves as a cumulative update that includes patches for multiple vulnerabilities including the high-profile BroadPwn bug that allowed an attacker to seize control of a targeted iOS device. threatpost, july 19, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Cyber Awareness

Who’s responsible for cybersecurity: the employee or the firm? Question: All we keep hearing about at my firm is “cybersecurity.” I get what I’m supposed to do: Don’t click on strange links in e-mails. Watch out for phishing attempts. Verify distribution requests with my clients verbally. Beyond that, isn’t it the firm’s responsibility to make sure its systems are buttoned up? Financial Planning, July 21, 2017
 

Your Organization’s Greatest Threat? It’s Bob. You know Bob who works for your organization? That’s right, Bob, the CFO. Nice guy. Organized, always on time, gets the job done. Good guy (except when he got tanked at the Christmas party but let’s not talk about that). Well, there’s something you might not know about Bob: He’s incredibly dangerous to your business. He’s potentially a one man wrecking crew who could put you out of business and you know why? It’s your fault; you haven’t trained him. ITSP, July, 2017
 

Cyber Defense

Companies unprepared to measure incident response. Companies struggle to keep up with and respond to cyberattacks due to lack of resources, according to Demisto. For example, more than 40 percent of respondents said their organizations are not prepared to measure incident response, and only 14.5 percent of respondents are measuring MTTR (Mean Time to Respond). Help Net Security, July 21, 2017

35 cyber security statistics every CIO should know in 2017. Cybercrime is now part of every business and IT decision. Discover the latest trends, and the implications behind them, in our essential round-up of the key stats you need to know. HP, February 17, 2017

HIPAA

Five Steps to Ensuring Your Risk Assessment Complies with OCR Guidelines. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and healthcare technology have changed significantly over the past 20 years. Covered entities and their business associates face an ever-evolving risk environment in which they must protect electronic protected health information (ePHI). Although healthcare security budgets may increase this year, the cost of implementing and maintaining adequate security controls to protect an entity’s ePHI far exceeds what is often budgeted. As a result, some ePHI may be under-protected and vulnerable to data breach. A long-term, consistent and cost-conscious approach to HIPAA compliance is needed. Healthcare Informatics Magazine, July 14, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

In each “Evil Internet Minute,” $858,153 is Lost to Cybercrime: RiskIQ Report. With cybercriminals costing the global economy $454 billion last year alone, RiskIQ took a closer look at the growing volume of malicious activity on the internet during a single “internet minute.” … Every minute, close to $858,153 is lost to cybercrime, and 1,080 people fall victim. Despite businesses’ best efforts to guard against external cyberthreats, which spend up to $143,936 in 60 seconds, bad actors continue to proliferate online. RiskIQ, July 2017

$32 million worth of digital currency ether stolen by hackers. Around 153,000 ether tokens , a digital currency similar to bitcoin, worth $32.6 million were taken by hackers on Wednesday. A vulnerability in Parity’s multisignature wallet was exploited by the hackers. This latest theft follows an incident on Monday where $7 million worth of ether tokens were stolen.

Miscreants pillaged credit cards from Trump Hotels’ booking system. If you stayed at one of 14 Trump hotel properties between July 2016 and March 2017, there’s a chance your credit card data and other personal information may have been pilfered. ars technica, july 12, 2017

Cyber Freedom

Read the Undisclosed Plan to Counter Russian Hacking on Election Day. Time Exclusive. resident Obama’s White House quietly produced a plan in October to counter a possible Election Day cyber attack that included extraordinary measures like sending armed federal law enforcement agents to polling places, mobilizing components of the military and launching counter-propaganda efforts.Time Magazine, July 20, 2017
 

Security experts from Google, Facebook, Crowdstrike join with Harvard group to save US elections. A new group at Harvard University staffed by the former campaign managers of the Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney campaigns, along with other top security experts, have banded together to help mitigate various types of online attacks that threaten American democracy. … The initiative, dubbed “Defending Digital Democracy,” will be run by former chief of staff for the secretary of defense, Eric Rosenbachars technica, july 18, 2017

Microsoft using lawsuits to attack Russian hacking group Fancy Bear. Microsoft is going after Fancy Bear, the Russian hacking group that targeted the DNC, by wresting control of domain names controlled by the foreign spies. … A new offensive by Microsoft has been making inroads against the Russian government hackers behind last year’s election meddling, identifying over 120 new targets of the Kremlin’s cyber spying, and control-alt-deleting segments of Putin’s hacking apparatus. … How are they doing it? It turns out Microsoft has something even more formidable than Moscow’s malware: Lawyers. Daily Beast, July 20, 2017

Please Prove You’re Not a Robot. When science fiction writers first imagined robot invasions, the idea was that bots would become smart and powerful enough to take over the world by force, whether on their own or as directed by some evildoer. In reality, something only slightly less scary is happening. Robots are getting better, every day, at impersonating humans. When directed by opportunists, malefactors and sometimes even nation-states, they pose a particular threat to democratic societies, which are premised on being open to the people. The New York Times, July 15, 2017

National Cyber Security

UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari govt sites, planted fake news, say U.S. intelligence officials. The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials. Washington Post, July 16, 2017
 

Cyber Government

FCC has no documentation of DDoS attack that hit net neutrality comments. The US Federal Communications Commission says it has no written analysis of DDoS attacks that hit the commission’s net neutrality comment system in May. … In its response to a Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request filed by Gizmodo, the FCC said its analysis of DDoS attacks “stemmed from real time observation and feedback by Commission IT staff and did not result in written documentation.” Gizmodo had asked for a copy of any records related to the FCC analysis that concluded DDoS attacks had taken place. Because there was no “written documentation,” the FCC provided no documents in response to this portion of the Gizmodo FoIA request. ars technica, july 20, 2017

Financial Cyber Security

US Banks Targeted with Trickbot Trojan. The Necurs botnet has begun delivering the Trickbot banking Trojan to financial institutions in the United States, a sign of increasingly larger and more complex attacks on the industry. … Trickbot, which specifically threatens businesses in the financial sector, has been behind man-in-the-browser (MitB) attacks since 2016. Until now, its webinject configuration was only used to hit organizations outside the US. DARKReading, July 20, 2017

Cyber Medical

Healthcare Industry Lacks Awareness of IoT Threat, Survey Says. Healthcare networks are teeming with IoT devices from glucometers to infusion pumps, but a study found that the majority of IT decision makers may be operating with a false sense of security regarding their ability to protect these devices from cyber attacks. … According to a survey of more than 200 healthcare IT decision makers, more than 90% of healthcare IT networks have IoT devices connected to the systems, according to a report released Wednesday by ZingBox. DARKReading, July 20, 2017 

Internet of Things

IoT in the Enterprise: The Next Big Thing. Millions of connected devices already have been potentially compromised – inside and outside of the enterprise. Phil Marshall discusses when and how attackers will take advantage of these in the next big IoT strike. Phil Marshall, Tolaga Research. BankInfo Security, July 20, 2017

Experts in Lather Over ‘gSOAP’ Security Flaw. Axis Communications — a maker of high-end security cameras whose devices can be found in many high-security areas — recently patched a dangerous coding flaw in virtually all of its products that an attacker could use to remotely seize control over or crash the devices. … The problem wasn’t specific to Axis, which seems to have reacted far more quickly than competitors to quash the bug. Rather, the vulnerability resides in open-source, third-party computer code that has been used in countless products and technologies (including a great many security cameras), meaning it may be some time before most vulnerable vendors ship out a fix — and even longer before users install it. Krebs on Security, July 18, 2017

A smart fish tank left a casino vulnerable to hackers. Most people know about phishing — but one casino recently learned about the dangers of actual fish tanks. … Hackers attempted to steal data from a North American casino through a fish tank connected to the internet, according to a report from security firm Darktrace. … Despite extra security precautions set up on the fish tank, hackers still managed to compromise the tank to send data to a device in Finland before the threat was discovered and stopped. CNN Tech, July 19, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Surprisingly stealthy botnet has been targeting users for years. ESET researchers have unearthed a botnet of some 500,000 infected machines engaged mostly in ad-related fraud by using malicious Chrome extensions, but also Facebook fraud and brute-forcing Joomla and WordPress websites. The compromised machines are also equipped with a fully featured backdoor, which allows the operators to spy on all the victims, and to download additional malware on the computers. Help Net Security, July 21, 2017

Cyber Enforcement

Police Seize World’s Two Largest Darknet Marketplaces. At a Thursday news conference, the FBI and Europol announced that they’ve jointly seized the world’s two biggest darknet – or dark web – marketplaces, AlphaBay and Hansa, which were collectively responsible for more than 10 times the volume of sales as the notorius Silk Road marketplaceBankInfo Security, July 20, 2017

After AlphaBay’s Demise, Customers Flocked to Dark Market Run by Dutch Police. Earlier this month, news broke that authorities had seized the Dark Web marketplace AlphaBay, an online black market that peddled everything from heroin to stolen identity and credit card data. But it wasn’t until today, when the U.S. Justice Department held a press conference to detail the AlphaBay takedown that the other shoe dropped: Police in The Netherlands for the past month have been operating Hansa Market, a competing Dark Web bazaar that enjoyed a massive influx of new customers immediately after the AlphaBay takedown. Krebs on Security, July 20, 2017

Krebs Exclusive: Dutch Cops on AlphaBay ‘Refugees.’  Following today’s breaking newsabout U.S. and international authorities taking down the competing Dark Web drug bazaars AlphaBay and Hansa Market, KrebsOnSecurity caught up with the Dutch investigators who took over Hansa on June 20, 2017. When U.S. authorities shuttered AlphaBay on July 5, police in The Netherlands saw a massive influx of AlphaBay refugees who were unwittingly fleeing directly into the arms of investigators. What follows are snippets from an exclusive interview with Petra Haandrikman, team leader of the Dutch police unit that infiltrated Hansa. Krebs on Security, July 20, 2017

Cyber Law

Anthem Settles Data Breach Litigation for Record-Setting $115M. Health insurance giant Anthem, Inc. agreed to the largest data breach settlement to-date last week, ending multi-district consumer litigation over a 2015 data breach for $115 million.  The data breach, which resulted from a hacker-orchestrated cyberattack following the theft of an employee password, exposed personally identifiable information (“PII”) and protected health information (“PHI”) of nearly 80 million people.  The stolen information included the names of current and former clients, dates of birth, addresses, social security numbers, and other medical information. Alston & Bird Privacy & Data SecurityBlog, July 2017

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Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 16, 2017

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report

 

From our friends at

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Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 16, 2017

 

Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 26.0.0.137. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. To see which version you have, go to Adobe’s web page.

Avira Antivirus: Avira has released version 15.0.28.28 of its free Antivirus and Pro. Updates are available from Avira’s website.

Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 30.4.22 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]

Google Drive: Google has released version 3.35.5978.2967 of its Google Drive. Updates are available from Google’s website.

LastPass: LastPass has released version 4.1.60 for its Free Password Manager. Updates are available from LastPass’ website.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released updates to address almost a hundred vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Office, and other Microsoft products. Additional details are available at Microsoft’s website.

Opera: Opera has released version 46.0.2597.46. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.

Piriform CCleaner: Piriform has released version 5.32.6129 for CCleaner. Updates are available from Piriform’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 26.0.0.137

Adobe Reader DC 17.009.20044

Dropbox 30.4.22 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]

Firefox 54.0.1 [Windows]

Google Chrome 59.0.3071.115

Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18739

Java SE 8 Update 131 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]

Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0

QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, 2016 US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]

Safari 10.1.1 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Skype 7.38.0.101

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in SNMP, Samba Affecting Cisco Products and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

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If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.

If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.

Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.

Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.

Copyright © 2017 Citadel Information Group. All rights reserved.

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Cyber Security News for the Week, July 16, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Cyber Privacy

White House releases sensitive personal information of voters worried about their sensitive personal information: The White House on Thursday made public a trove of emails it received from voters offering comment on its Election Integrity Commission. The commission drew widespread criticism when it emerged into public view by asking for personal information, including addresses, partial social security numbers and party affiliation, on every voter in the country. The Washington Post, July 14, 2017

Cyber Update

Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes: It’s Patch Tuesday, again. That is, if you run Microsoft Windows or Adobe products. Microsoft issued a dozen patch bundles to fix at least 54 security flaws in Windows and associated software. Separately, Adobe’s got a new version of its Flash Player available that addresses at least three vulnerabilities. KrebsOnSecurity, July 11, 2017

Cyber Defense

Keep security in mind on your summer vacation: When you travel, there probably are a few must-haves in your suitcase: your toothbrush, deodorant, socks, shoes – you get the idea. But one travel must-have we don’t always think about is security. While you’re away from home, you might be using public Wi-Fi, tagging your locations (whether or not you realize it), carrying around your passport, and using your credit card more often. Those things could put you at a higher risk of identity theft. Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Information, July 13, 2017

Cyber Warning

macOS users beware: A new and nearly undetectable malware is on the rise: Often thought of as impenetrable, macOS is falling prey to a sneaky malware that’s stealing bank credentials, bypassing Gatekeeper, and disabling attempts to remove it. Find out more here. TechRepublic, July 14, 2017

Watch out for this money stealing macOS malware which mimics your online bank: OSX Dok now attempts to steal money from Apple Mac users — and could be being prepared for use in further attacks. ZDNet, July 14, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

Beyond Breach Notification: Ever since California adopted the nation’s first breach notification law in 2002, companies that have suffered a data breach have focused on whether and how to notify their customers, employees and others of the nature and extent of the breach. California’s law has been amended multiple times, and has been followed by breach notification laws in almost every state, as well as the notification requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPPA”). As these laws developed, a tandem requirement has emerged: the obligation to take reasonable steps to protect data, and companies are, increasingly focused on taking steps to ensure the security of their data. Robert Braun, SecureTheVillage Leadership Council, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell Cybersecurity Lawyer Forum, July 7, 2017

Cyber Awareness

How to Avoid Being the Weakest Link in Your Company’s Information Security: When you think of hackers, you probably think of some spy movie where they come down from the ceiling to steal a computer off of a desk and then whisk it away to their laboratory where they input lines of code to crack the encryption. In reality, hacking is often as simple as learning about a user and then guessing their password or even asking them for it: a process called social engineering. INC, July 13, 2017

Why your company needs clear security policies: A cautionary tale: An IT employee was recently almost fired for storing documents on Dropbox. Here’s how the employee and the company could have prevented that situation. TechRepublic, July 13, 2017

Using Feedback Loops to Enhance End User Security: The security world abounds with case studies demonstrating that end users are a weak point within the organization. End users are constantly bombarded by phishing attacks, are notorious for using weak account credentials and are preyed on by malware relying on the user to introduce malicious software into an environment. All of these examples may lead to significant damage to the organization and negative headlines. SecurityIntellegicen, August 9, 2017

Cyber Warning

Darkweb Hackers Begin Offering Functional Mac Malware and Ransomware as a Service: With the popularity of both ransomware and the creation of macOS malware on the rise with hackers, Apple users face a growing number of threats. It now appears that others have turned their attention to the creation of new malware to spy on Mac users — but these programmers have gone a step further. Rather than developing a tool and deploying it personally, they have taken to the dark web to offer their products for sale. Known respectively as MacSpy and MacRansom, the hackers provide the malware to users while operating a centralized web portal. The authors’ continued involvement is why this threat is often called malware- or “ransomware-as-a-service.” SecureMac, June 29, 2017

Cyber Defense

To update or not to update: There is no question: Updating software has become one of the many keys to data security. Jack Wallen explains why the excuses for failing to update must become a thing of the past. TechRepublic, July 13, 2017

IT is NOT Cybersecurity: Having IT isn’t enough anymore, businesses need a separate security team also. Policemen and firefighters are a good examples of this, both of them will help you in your time of need, but each of them has very specific training for specific functions. CSO, July 11, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Half-Year Roundup: The Top Five Data Breaches of 2017 — So Far: Data breaches aren’t slowing down. If anything, they’re set to break last year’s record pace. As noted by 24/7 Wall Street, the 758 breaches reported this year mark nearly a 30 percent increase from 2016. If cybercriminals keep it up, the total number of attacks could break 1,500 by the end of 2017. SecurityIntelligence, July 13, 2017

Self-Service Food Kiosk Vendor Avanti Hacked: Avanti Markets, a company whose self-service payment kiosks sit beside shelves of snacks and drinks in thousands of corporate breakrooms across America, has suffered of breach of its internal networks in which hackers were able to push malicious software out to those payment devices, the company has acknowledged. The breach may have jeopardized customer credit card accounts as well as biometric data, Avanti warned. KrebsOnSecurity, July 8, 2017

Cyber Espionage

Vault 7 reports new WikiLeaks dump details CIA’s Android SMS snooping malware: Since launching its Vault 7 project in March, WikiLeaks has dumped documents outlining the CIA’s efforts to exploit Microsoft and Apple technology. In this week’s latest release, it focuses on malware called HighRise, which the agency used to target Android devices. Naked Security, July 14, 2017

Know Your Enemy

With this $7 malware, anyone can be a hacker for cheap: Proofpoint security researchers examined the Ovidiy Stealer malware, which steals credentials and operates primarily in Russian-speaking regions. TechRepublic, July 14, 2017

National Cyber Security

Private Email of Top U.S. Russia Intelligence Official Hacked: On Tuesday morning, a hacker going by the name Johnnie Walker sent a group email to an unknown number of recipients claiming to have a trove of emails from the private account of a U.S. intelligence official. Foriegn Policy, July 14, 2017

Governors ask Congress to create cybersecurity committee: The leadership of the National Governors Association, including incoming chairman Gov. Brian Sandoval, repeated a plea to Congress on Friday to create a national committee to address cybersecurity threats. Las Vegas Review Journal, July 14, 2017

States Pledge to Meet Cyber Threats; Publish Resource Guide: National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe kicked off the 2017 NGA Summer Meeting with a discussion on how states continue to develop strategies to thwart cyber threats. Dark Reading, July 14, 2017

Stewart Baker interviews DSB’s Jim Miller re cyber conflict & deterrence: In this episode, we interview Jim Miller, co-chair of a Defense Science Board panel that reported on how the US is postured for cyberconflict and the importance of deterrence. The short answer: deterring cyberconflict is important because our strategic cyberconflict posture sucks. The DSB report is thoughtful, detailed, and troubling. Jim Miller manages to convey its message with grace, good humor, and clarity. Steptoe Cyberblog, July 10, 2017

Stewart Baker interviews ex-NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett: Today we deliver the second half of our bifurcated holiday podcast with an interview of Richard Ledgett, recently retired from his tour as NSA’s deputy director. We cover much recent history, from Putin’s election adventurism to questions about whether NSA can keep control of the cyberweapons it develops. Along the way, Rick talks about the difference between CIA and NSA approaches to hacking, the rise of NSA as an intelligence analysis force, the growing effort to keep Kaspersky products out of sensitive systems, and the divergence among intel agencies about whether Putin’s attack on the American election was intended mainly to hurt Hillary Clinton or to help Donald Trump. Steptoe Cyberblog, July 5, 2017

Financial Cyber Security

Thieves Used Infrared to Pull Data from ATM ‘Insert Skimmers’: A greater number of ATM skimming incidents now involve so-called “insert skimmers,” wafer-thin fraud devices made to fit snugly and invisibly inside a cash machine’s card acceptance slot. New evidence suggests that at least some of these insert skimmers — which record card data and store it on a tiny embedded flash drive — are equipped with technology allowing them to transmit stolen card data wirelessly via infrared, the same communications technology that powers a TV remote control. KrebsOnSecurity, July 13, 2017

HIPAA

HIPAA: Five Steps to Ensuring Your Risk Assessment Complies with OCR Guidelines: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and healthcare technology have changed significantly over the past 20 years. Covered entities and their business associates face an ever-evolving risk environment in which they must protect electronic protected health information (ePHI). Although healthcare security budgets may increase this year, the cost of implementing and maintaining adequate security controls to protect an entity’s ePHI far exceeds what is often budgeted. As a result, some ePHI may be under-protected and vulnerable to data breach. A long-term, consistent and cost-conscious approach to HIPAA compliance is needed. healthcare informatics, July 14, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Your Guide to Russia’s Infrastructure Hacking Teams: Since reports first surfaced that hackers targeted more than a dozen American energy utilities, including a Kansas nuclear power plant, the cybersecurity community has dug into the surrounding evidence to determine the culprits. Without knowing the perpetrators, the campaign lends itself to a broad range of possibilities: a profit-seeking cybercriminal scheme, espionage, or the first steps of hacker-induced blackouts like the ones that have twice afflicted Ukraine in the last two years. WIRED, July 12, 2017

U.S. officials say Russian government hackers have penetrated energy and nuclear company business networks: Russian government hackers were behind recent cyber-intrusions into the business systems of U.S. nuclear power and other energy companies in what appears to be an effort to assess their networks, according to U.S. government officials. The Washington Post, July 8, 2017

Combating a Real Threat to Election Integrity: Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election may not have altered the outcome of any races, but it showed that America’s voting system is far more vulnerable to attack than most people realized. Whether the attackers are hostile nations like Russia (which could well try it again even though President Trump has raised the issue with President Vladimir Putin of Russia) or hostile groups like ISIS, the threat is very real. The New York Times, July 8, 2017

Internet of Things

The Threat From Weaponized IoT Devices: It’s Bigger Than You Think!: IoT devices, such as smart meters, smart watches and building automation systems, are prolific. You may think that compromised IoT devices pose a danger only to the devices’ owners — for example, it’s easy to understand the privacy violation of an attacker viewing a web camera feed without the owner’s permission. SecurityIntelligence, July 20, 2016

Cyber Sunshine

Darknet Marketplace AlphaBay Offline Following Raids: A joint law enforcement investigation involving the United States, Canada and Thailand appears to have resulted in the takedown of the world’s largest darknet marketplace, called AlphaBay. Meanwhile, one of its alleged operators has been found dead in a Bangkok jail cell. BankInfoSecurity, July 14, 2017

Cyber Miscellany

Pew Report: Whose job is it to keep us safe from online harassment?: A new report has found that 41% of Americans have personally experienced online harassment, 66% have seen it directed to others, and 62% consider it a major problem. Naked Security, July 14, 2017

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Cyber Security News for the Week, July 2, 2017

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Individuals at Risk

Cyber Update

Make sure your Skype is up to date because there’s a nasty hole in it: Infosec researchers have discovered a nasty and exploitable security vulnerability in older versions of Skype on Windows. The Register, June 27, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

Middle-Market Companies Require a Customized Approach for Successful Cybersecurity:Middle-market companies have cultures, goals and business needs that are distinct from larger firms, and nowhere is that more true than with cybersecurity. Michael Gold, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell and SecureTheVillage Leadership Council,  Cybersecurity Lawyer Forum, June 26, 2017

Cyber Warning

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’: NEWARK — There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness. The New York Times, June 22, 2017

Cyber Defense

Wannacry Attack: Enterprise Security Focus Must Include Rapid Threat Detection & Culture Change: The WannaCry ransomware attack shows patching and perimeter defenses aren’t enough. Enterprises should combine preventative measures with threat detection tactics. DarkReading, June 29, 2017

10 Immutable Laws of Security Administration – Originally Published November 2000. Still Accurate: We recently published the 10 Immutable Laws of Security, a listing of ten facts of life regarding computer security. We realized that administrators have their own set of immutable laws, one that’s entirely separate from the list for users. So, we canvassed the network administrators, security gurus, and other folks here at Microsoft, and developed the list that follows, which encapsulates literally hundreds of years of hard-earned experience. Microsoft Technet, November 2000

Cyber Update

Microsoft Issues ‘Important’ Security Fix for Azure AD Connect: Microsoft is warning customers of a bug in its Azure Active Directory Connect product that could allow an adversary to escalate privileges and reset passwords and gain unauthorized access to user accounts. ThreatPost, June 28, 2017

Cyber Law

New Chinese Cybersecurity Law and Regulations Advisory: On Monday, June 26, 2017, Alston & Bird’s Kim Peretti, Justin Hemmings, and Emily Poole issued an advisory on recent changes in Chinese Cybersecurity Law. The new law asserts greater control over all data collection and generation in China, as well as the processing of data from Chinese data subjects. While the law entered into force on June 1, 2017, there is still uncertainty as to how the law will be interpreted and enforced, including which companies are subject to the law. Alston & Bird, June 26, 2017

$115 Million Settlement in Massive Anthem Breach Case: Health insurer Anthem has agreed to a proposed $115 million deal to settle a class action lawsuit over a 2015 cyberattack that resulted in a breach affecting nearly 78.9 million individuals. HealthcareInfo Security, June 23, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

How Hollywood Got Hacked: Studio at Center of Netflix Leak Breaks Silence: Larson Studios president Rick Larson and his wife and business partner, Jill Larson, didn’t recognize the number that sent them these two short text messages via their personal cell phones two days before Christmas last year, so they simply ignored them. “We didn’t really think much of them,” said Jill Larson. Variety, June 20, 2017

Cyber Privacy

Should Vault 7 and the Shadow Brokers End the Encryption Debate?: When law enforcement argues it needs a “backdoor” into encryption services, the counterargument has typically been that it would be impossible to limit such access to one person or organization. If you leave a key under the doormat, a seminal 2015 paper argues, a burglar eventually finds it. And now recent events suggest an even simpler rebuttal: Why entrust a key to someone who gets robbed frequently? Wired, June 30, 2017

Who’s watching? Face recognition means goodbye to hiding in crowds: Governments, retailers and social networks are driving multiple-use scenarios toward ubiquitous facial recognition capability, a technology that’s moved out of the realm of fiction and Hollywood (George Orwell’s novels, or Mission Impossible, Bourne Ultimatum, Minority Report or Matrix Reloaded) into the realm of everyday acceptance. NakedSecurity, June 29, 2017

Cyber Attack

Malware attack mangles Monticello operations: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello was hit by a ransomware attack this week that hampered the historic home’s electronic systems. The Daily Progress, June 29, 2017

Law Firm DLA Piper Reels Under Cyber Attack, Fate of Files Unclear: A prominent global law firm, which has touted its expertise on cybersecurity, is still struggling to recover from vicious computer attacks unleashed on Tuesday by hackers. Fortune, June 29, 2017

Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse: Tuesday’s massive outbreak of malware that shut down computers around the world has been almost universally blamed on ransomware, which by definition seeks to make money by unlocking data held hostage only if victims pay a hefty fee. Now, some researchers are drawing an even bleaker assessment—that the malware was a wiper with the objective of permanently destroying data. ars technica, June 28, 2017f

Massive cyberattack hits Europe with widespread ransom demands: MOSCOW — A new wave of powerful cyberattacks hit Europe and beyond on Tuesday in a possible reprise of a widespread ransomware assault in May. Affected were a Russian oil giant, a Danish shipping and energy conglomerate, and Ukrainian government ministries, which were brought to a standstill in a wave of ransom demands. The virus even downed systems at the site of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, forcing scientists to monitor radiation levels manually. The Washington Post, June 27, 2017

Several Ohio government websites hacked Sunday afternoon apparently by supporters of Islamic state: DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An investigation is underway Sunday after seven Ohio government websites were hacked. Now, officials are trying to figure who exactly is behind it. WDTN, June 25, 2017

National Cyber Security

Questions re WSJ Story That GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implying Flynn Connection: You’ve no doubt seen the Wall Street Journal article about the GOP operative and money man who assembled a team to get a hold of Russia-hacked Clinton emails and claimed he was working in concert with disgraced Trump advisor Mike Flynn. From my read, this is one of those articles which is as interesting for what it doesn’t say as what it does. It raises all sorts of questions, a number of which the Investigations Desk will be digging into today. TalkingPointsMemo, June 30, 2017

Despite Hacking Charges, U.S. Tech Industry Fought to Keep Ties to Russia Spy Service:WASHINGTON/MOSCOW — As U.S. officials investigated in January the FSB’s alleged role in election cyber attacks, U.S. technology firms were quietly lobbying the government to soften a ban on dealing with the Russian spy agency, people with direct knowledge of the effort told Reuters. The New York Times, June 30, 2017

Kaspersky Lab Faces More U.S. Scrutiny Over Potential Russian Govt. Influence: Lawmaker proposes ban on DoD use of Moscow-based security vendor’s products. DarkReading, June 29, 2017

Stewart Baker Discusses Russia Election Cyberattack w Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima:Our guest, Ellen Nakashima, was coauthor of a Washington Post article that truly is a first draft of history, though not a chapter the Obama administration is likely to be proud of. She and Greg Miller and Adam Entous chronicle the story of Russia’s information operations attack on the 2016 presidential election. Steptoe Cyberblog, June 26, 2017

Cyber Liberty

‘Our Phones Are Being Monitored’: How a Hacking Story Unfurled: Azam Ahmed: One morning earlier this year, I got a call from Mario E. Patrón, a prominent human rights lawyer in Mexico. He wanted to talk in person. When he arrived at The New York Times’s Mexico bureau, he took a seat in the conference room and asked me for my phone. He then collected the phones of everyone else in the room, walked them outside and placed them in our lobby. Out of earshot. “Our phones are being monitored,” he told me. The New York Times, June 19, 2017

Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Journalists and Their Families:MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s most prominent human rights lawyers, journalists and anti-corruption activists have been targeted by advanced spyware sold to the Mexican government on the condition that it be used only to investigate criminals and terrorists. The New York Times, June 19, 2017

Cyber Medical

Fears of hackers targeting US hospitals, medical devices for cyber attacks: Cybersecurity experts are rushing to analyze the new ransomware known by some as “Petya” that quickly spread to countries around the world Tuesday, including the United States, with hackers holding computers hostage for ransom payouts. ABC News, June 29, 2017

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Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 2, 2017

Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report

From our friends at Citadel Information Group

Important Security Updates

Avast: Avast! Free Antivirus has released version 17.5.2302. Updates are available on Avast’s website. Avast! has also released updates for Premier Antivirus, Pro Antivirus and Internet Security.

AxCrypt: AxCrypt has released version 2.1.1513.0. Updates are available from AxCrypt’s website.

Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 29.4.20 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]

Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 59.0.3071.115. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 54.0.1. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.

Opera: Opera has released version 46.0.2597.32. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.

Skype: Skype has released Skype 7.38.0.101. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.

Viber: Viber has released version 6.8.5.1318 for Windows. Updates are available on Viber’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 26.0.0.131

Adobe Reader DC 17.009.20044

Dropbox 29.4.20 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]

Firefox 54.0.1 [Windows]

Google Chrome 59.0.3071.115

Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18639

Java SE 8 Update 131 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]

Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0

QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, 2016 US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]

Safari 10.1.1 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Skype 7.38.0.101

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in SNMP, Firepower Management Center, WebEx Network Recording Player, IOS XR Software and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

TeamViewer: TeamViewer has released version 12.1.13180.0. Updates are available from TeamViewer’s website.

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If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.

If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.

Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.

Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.

Copyright © 2017 Citadel Information Group. All rights reserved.

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Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report, June 25, 2017

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report

 

From our friends at Citadel Information Group

Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, June 25, 2017

 

Important Security Updates

Apple Remote Desktop: Apple has has released Apple Remote Desktop 3.9.3. Updates are available from within the browser or from Apple’s website.

Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 59.0.3071.100. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

LastPass: LastPass has released version 4.1.55 for its Free Password Manager. Updates are available from LastPass’ website.

Opera: Opera has released version 46.0.2597.26. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.

RoboForm: Siber Systems has released Version 8.3.7. Updates are available from within the program or from RoboForm’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 26.0.0.131

Adobe Reader DC 2017.009.20044

Dropbox 28.4.14 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]

Firefox 54.0 [Windows]

Google Chrome 59.0.3071.109

Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18639

Java SE 8 Update 131 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]

Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0

QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, 2016 US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]

Safari 10.1.1 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Skype 7.37.0.103

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Virtualized Packet Core-Distributed Instance (VPC-DI), WebEx Network Recording Player, Prime Infrastructure and Evolved Programmable Network Manager, Wide Area Application Services, Unified Contact Center Express, Primte Infrastructure Web Framework, Prime Collaboration Provisioning Tool, Identity Services Engine, IOS XR, Firepower Management Center, SocialMiner, StarOS for ASR 5000 Series Routers, OpenSSL Affecting Cisco Products and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

McAfee: McAfee has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Web Gateway, Data Loss Prevention and others. Additional details are available on McAfee’s website.

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If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.

If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.

Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.

Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.

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Cyber Security News of the Week, June 25, 2017

Cyber Security News

 

Cyber Security News

from our friends at Citadel Information Group

 

Individuals at Risk

Identity Theft

Employment-related identity theft much bigger than previously thought: The number of victims of employment-related identity theft is far larger than previously estimated and the Internal Revenue Service’s processes aren’t able to keep up, according to a new report. AccountingToday, June 22, 2017

Cyber Privacy

Republican Data Broker Exposes 198M Voter Records: Name, Address, Religion, TV Habits, Politics, etc: In what is the largest known data exposure of its kind, UpGuard’s Cyber Risk Team can now confirm that a misconfigured database containing the sensitive personal details of over 198 million American voters was left exposed to the internet by a firm working on behalf of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in their efforts to elect Donald Trump. The data, which was stored in a publicly accessible cloud server owned by Republican data firm Deep Root Analytics, included 1.1 terabytes of entirely unsecured personal information compiled by DRA and at least two other Republican contractors, TargetPoint Consulting, Inc. and Data Trust. In total, the personal information of potentially near all of America’s 200 million registered voters was exposed, including names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as data described as “modeled” voter ethnicities and religions. UpGuard, June 23, 2017

Cyber Warning

Beware this Android banking malware posing as a software update: Latest version of the mobile malware can steal login credentials from at least 40 banking, retail and social media apps. ZDNet, June 23, 2017

More Android apps from dangerous Ztorg family sneak into Google Play: For the second time this month, Google has removed Android apps from its Google Play marketplace. Google did so after a security researcher found the apps contained code that laid the groundwork for attackers to take administrative “root” control of infected devices. ars technica, June 20, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Information Security Management and Governance

Talking Cyber-Risk with Executives: Explaining risk can be difficult since CISOs and execs don’t speak the same language. The key is to tailor your message for the audience. DarkReading, June 23, 2017

Wells Fargo CISO describes risk-managed approach to 4 types of cybersecurity threats: Banks have long been forced to the front lines of cybersecurity and at the 2017 Borderless Cyber event, the CISO of Wells Fargo explained how to pick your battles. TechRepublic, June 22,2017

Cybersecurity: How Business Is Protecting Itself: Business is under assault from cybercriminals like never before, and the cost to companies is exploding. Here’s what you need to know about safeguarding your digital assets. Fortune, June 22, 2017

IBM’s Etay Maor: Information security strategies to keep up with Cybercrime: IBM’s Etay Maor believes businesses must rethink their approach to cybercrime and offers suggestions for how they can protect themselves. TechRepublic, June 21, 2017

The Chief Information Security Officer: Traditionally, CPAs have considered the chief financial officer (CFO) as the guardian of a business’s organizational data. It was and remains the CFO’s responsibility to maintain a system of internal controls that provides reliance for the accuracy and integrity needed to prepare and attest to the financial statements. These statements and the accompanying opinion continue to be relied on by stakeholders when making financial decisions. The increasing use of rapidly developing technology, software obsolescence, and the change in user preference from desktop to mobile computing platforms have created the need for a new type of data guardian responsible for protecting all types of information in a digital world. The chief information security officer (CISO) is the person performing this role in many organizations and has become an important consideration for CPAs, both in traditional auditing and advisory services. CPA Journal, June 2017

Cyber Defense

Defenders use bugs in Remote Admin Trojans to hack attackers: A small number of Remote Administration Tools have vulnerabilities which can enable attack targets to turn the tables on threat actors. DarkReading, June 23, 2017

Different sites need different passwords. Hackers still sell passwords from 2012 LinkedIn breach: Thousands of passwords belonging to British officials are being traded among Russian hackers, according to a report. CNet, June 22, 2017

Ready To Connect, But Is Your IP PBX Secure?: With the emergence of IP telephony in recent years, VoIP in the workplace is becoming something of the norm. Unified communications can be found in use throughout the business world, uniting branch offices across the globe, creating consolidated business platforms. ITSP Magazine, June 2017

Cyber Talent

Cybersecurity job market to suffer severe workforce shortage: The global cybercrime epidemic – predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021 – is creating an unprecedented shortage of cybersecurity workers. CSO, June 22, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Attack

Cyber-attack on parliament leaves MPs unable to access emails: Parliament has been hit by a “sustained and determined” cyber-attack by hackers attempting to gain access to MPs’ and their staffers’ email accounts. Both houses of parliament were targeted on Friday in an attack that sought to gain access to accounts protected by weak passwords.The Guardian, June 25, 2017

Cyber Crime

New FBI Online Crime Report Indicates Few Victims Report Ransomware Attacks to FBI: Ransomware may have been the most prevalent internet threat of 2016, and WannaCry certainly made it a mainstream conversation, but that doesn’t mean people are reporting incidents to law enforcement. Threatpost, June 23, 2017

FBI: Extortion, CEO Fraud Among Top Online Fraud Complaints in 2016: Online extortion, tech support scams and phishing attacks that spoof the boss were among the most costly cyber scams reported by consumers and businesses last year, according to new figures from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). KrebsOnSecurity, June 23, 2017

Web host agrees to pay $1m after it’s hit by Linux-targeting ransomware: A Web-hosting service recently agreed to pay $1 million to a ransomware operation that encrypted data stored on 153 Linux servers and 3,400 customer websites, the company said recently. ars technica, June 19, 2017

Cyber Espionage

WikiLeaks: How the CIA infects air-gapped networks: Documents published Thursday purport to show how the Central Intelligence Agency has used USB drives to infiltrate computers so sensitive they are severed from the Internet to prevent them from being infected. ars technica, June 22, 2017

Know Your Enemy

Threat Intelligence Identifies Social Engineering, Malicious Spam, and Malvertising as Major Threats: Good news: Exploits kits remain in decline, thanks in large part to concerted efforts to disrupt their efficacy. Unfortunately, criminals are focusing instead on social engineering attacks – including tech-support scams – and malicious spam campaigns as malware distribution mechanisms, as noted by Brad Duncan, a threat intelligence analyst for the Unit 42 security research group at Palo Alto Networks, in a Wednesday blog post. BankInfoSecurity, June 22, 2017

Explainer: How malware gets inside your apps: Malicious software on popular mobile platforms such as iOS and Android is at best a nuisance and at worst a security threat to individuals and businesses. GCN, June 22, 2017

Why So Many Top Hackers Hail from Russia: Conventional wisdom says one reason so many hackers seem to hail from Russia and parts of the former Soviet Union is that these countries have traditionally placed a much greater emphasis than educational institutions in the West on teaching information technology in middle and high schools, and yet they lack a Silicon Valley-like pipeline to help talented IT experts channel their skills into high-paying jobs. This post explores the first part of that assumption by examining a breadth of open-source data. KrebsOnSecurity, June 22, 2017

National Cyber Security

Former Obama intelligence official: Russian hack ‘the political equivalent of 9/11’: Former President Barack Obama’s top intelligence official at the Pentagon said Saturday that the Russian interference in the 2016 elections was “the political equivalent of 9/11.”  Michael Vickers, who served as Obama’s undersecretary of defense, said in an interview with NBC News that there’s little evidence of a response from the Trump administration to protect the next election. The Hill, June 24, 2017

Homeland Security official: Russian government actors tried to hack election systems in 21 states: People connected to the Russian government tried to hack election-related computer systems in 21 states, a Department of Homeland Security official testified Wednesday. The Washington Post, June 21, 2017

Cyber Law

Appellate Court to Rule on FTC’s Case vs. LabMD: The long-running data security dispute between cancer testing laboratory LabMD and the Federal Trade Commission is now in the hands of a panel of three federal appellate court judges who heard oral arguments this week. They will make a ruling later this year in the case, which dates back to 2013. BankInfoSecurity, June 22, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Senators Push Trump for Answers on Power Grid Malware Attack: In one of his first public statements on his priorities as president, Donald Trump promised to develop a “comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyberattacks.” That has not yet materialized. And as new evidence has emerged that a piece of sophisticated malware caused a blackout in the Ukrainian capital last December, one group of senators wants answers now about the threat of Russian grid-hacking. Wired, June 22, 2017

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Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report, June 18, 2017

 

Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, June 11, 2017

From our friends at Citadel Information Group

 

Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 26.0.0.131. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. To see which version you have, go to Adobe’s web page.

Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version 12.2.9.199 of Shockwave Player running on Windows and Macintosh. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Shockwave Web Site.

Avira Free Antivirus: Avira has released version 15.0.27.34 of its free Antivirus. Updates are available from Avira’s website.

AxCrypt: AxCrypt has released version 2.1.1509.0. Updates are available from AxCrypt’s website.

Comodo Free Firewall: Comodo has released version 10.0.1.6246 of its free firewall and antivirus. Updates are available from Comodo’s website.

Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 28.4.14 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]

Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 59.0.3071.104. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released updates to address almost a hundred vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Office, and other Microsoft products. Additional details are available at Microsoft’s website.

Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 54.0. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.

Opera: Opera has released version 45.0.2552.898. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.

Piriform CCleaner: Piriform has released version 5.31.6105 for CCleaner. Updates are available from Piriform’s website.

Viber: Viber has released version 6.8.2.878 for Windows. Updates are available on Viber’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 26.0.0.131

Adobe Reader DC 2017.009.20044

Dropbox 28.4.14 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]

Firefox 54.0 [Windows]

Google Chrome 59.0.3071.104

Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18639

Java SE 8 Update 131 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]

Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0

QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, 2016 US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]

Safari 10.1.1 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Skype 7.37.0.103

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Samba which is affecting Cisco Products and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

WordPress: WordPress has released version 4.8. Apply updates. Additional details are available on WordPress’ website.

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If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.

If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.

Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.

Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.

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Cyber Security News of the Week, June 18, 2017

Cyber Security News

 

Cyber Security News

from our friends at Citadel Information Group

 

Individuals at Risk

Cyber Update

Microsoft, Adobe Ship Critical Fixes: Microsoft today released security updates to fix almost a hundred flaws in its various Windows operating systems and related software. One bug is so serious that Microsoft is issuing patches for it on Windows XP and other operating systems the company no longer officially supports. Separately, Adobe has pushed critical updates for its Flash and Shockwave players, two programs most users would probably be better off without. KrebsOnSecurity, June 13, 2017

Cyber Defense

Victims of Jaff and EncrypTile ransomware: New decryptors can get your files back:Ransomware victims can take advantage of two new tools released by security firms that can recover data for free. As a result, victims won’t even have to consider whether they should pay criminals a ransom in an attempt to recover their forcibly encrypted data. BankInfoSecurity, June 15, 2017

Cyber Warning

New Android malware Xavier quietly steals your data: Trend Micro has discovered a new Trojan malware that is pretty nasty. The security analysts identified the malware as “ANDROIDOS_XAVIER.AXM” or Xavier for short. It is an ad library that quietly sends user data to a remote server. What makes it so nasty is the methods it uses to cover its tracks and disguise its activities. Techspot, June 16, 2017

Login-stealing phishing sites targeting Android users conceal their evil with lots of hyphens in URL: Researchers at PhishLabs recently spotted a trend emerging in malicious websites presented to customers: mobile-focused phishing attacks that attempt to conceal the true domain they were served from by padding the subdomain address with enough hyphens to push the actual source of the page outside the address box on mobile browsers. ars technica, June 15, 2017

Information Security Management in the Organization

Cyber Warning

Fileless malware targeting US restaurants undetected by anti-virus programs: Researchers have detected a brazen attack on restaurants across the United States that uses a relatively new technique to keep its malware undetected by virtually all antivirus products on the market. ars technica, June 14, 2017

Cyber Defense

Three Key Factors in Building a Strong Application Security Program: Organizations need to put more time, resources, and care into building and implementing their application security programs. In a recent survey we conducted of 28 large, mostly North American financial institutions, 75% of respondents stated that they regarded application security as a high or critical priority.. DarkReading, June 16, 2017

Cyber Career

Lack of Experience Biggest Obstacle for InfoSec Career: A majority of wanna-be infosec professionals find they need more experience to be a contender to enter this career, according to a recent Tripwire poll. DarkReading, June 16, 2017

Want a career in cybersecurity? Here are 10 jobs to explore: There are currently 1 million open cybersecurity jobs worldwide. Here are 10 different career options to investigate in the field. TechRepublic, June 15, 2017

Cyber Security in Society

Cyber Crime

Credit Card Breach at Buckle Stores: The Buckle Inc., a clothier that operates more than 450 stores in 44 U.S. states, disclosed Friday that its retail locations were hit by malicious software designed to steal customer credit card data. The disclosure came hours after KrebsOnSecurity contacted the company regarding reports from sources in the financial sector about a possible breach at the retailer. KrebsOnSecurity, June 17, 2017

Canadian Mining & Casino Industries Extortion Victims of Newly Identified Cybercrime Gang, FIN10: Previously unknown threat actor has extracted hundreds of thousands of dollars from Canadian companies in a vicious cyberattack campaign that dates back to 2013, FireEye says. DarkReading, June 16, 2017

Cyber Privacy

Backlash emerges against changed ISP privacy rules as states & some in Congress fight back: Since Congress voted to prevent the implementation of new ISP privacy protections there has been a committed and sometimes loud call for new rules. The fear is, without adequate safeguards in place, ISPs will be free to build detailed customer profiles that include names, addresses and online activities. That data can then be sold to, or used by, an advertiser without the user’s consent. ThreatPost, June 16, 2017

Cyber Attack

WannaCry severely flawed, made little money for hackers. Was it released prematurely?:Coding and implementation mistakes made by the WannaCry developers may have spared a good chunk of the world some grief on May 12, but they also lend credence to the theory that the ransomware wasn’t contained properly and spread before it was meant to be unleashed. ThreatPost, June 16, 2017

Cyber Defense

Essential Security Hygiene for a Technology Craving Society: For almost 30 years, I’ve had the privilege to defend some of the most important critical infrastructure organizations in the communications, critical manufacturing, information technology, and financial services sectors that touch people’s daily lives in some way. ITSP Magazine, June 2016

Raising Security Awareness Essential for a Technology Craving Society: Even if you’re not a big fan of government being too heavily involved, think about food safety. When you go to a restaurant, you know that the Department of Health has assessed it by their grading report, which is posted in the front window, and if you go to a restaurant that has failed, you’ll know it because they’ll be closed. If you look at public health and safety on a larger scale, there are global organizations like the Center of Disease Control that support worldwide health needs. ITSP Magazine, June 2016

Know Your Enemy

Inside a Porn-Pimping Spam Botnet: For several months I’ve been poking at a decent-sized spam botnet that appears to be used mainly for promoting adult dating sites. Having hit a wall in my research, I decided it might be good to publish what I’ve unearthed so far to see if this dovetails with any other research out there. KrebsOnSecurity, June 15, 2017

National Cyber Security

Wikileaks Alleges Years of CIA D-Link and Linksys Router Hacking Via ‘Cherry Blossom’ Program: Wikileaks released details of what it claims is a CIA-developed wireless router hacking program targeting home wireless routers and business wireless networks. The program is called Cherry Blossom and leverages custom router firmware called FlyTrap, according to the organization’s latest leak posted Thursday. ThreatPost, June 16, 2017

North Korea’s Sloppy, Chaotic Cyberattacks Also Make Perfect Sense: North Korea is arguably the least-understood nation on the planet. And that also applies to its state-sponsored hackers whose global cyberattacks have been almost as erratic and inscrutable as the government they work for. They hide behind strange front groups and fake extortion schemes. They steal tens of millions of dollars, a kind of digital profiteering more common among organized criminals than government cyberspies. And they’re now believed to have launched WannaCry, the ransomware that sparked an indiscriminate global crisis, with almost no apparent benefit to themselves. Wired, June 16, 2017

US Government issues detailed advisory, warns of North Korean Hacking: The U.S. government on Wednesday issued its most direct and technically detailed advisory about North Korea’s hacking activity to date, warning that the country continues to target U.S. media, aerospace, financial and critical infrastructure sectors. BankInfoSecurity, June 15, 2017

Georgia election system found rife with vulnerabilities weeks before crucial special election: To understand why many computer scientists and voting rights advocates don’t trust the security of many US election systems, consider the experience of Georgia-based researcher Logan Lamb. Last August, after the FBI reported hackers were probing voter registration systems in more than a dozen states, Lamb decided to assess the security of voting systems in his state. What he found should make you very concerned about the integrity of the Georgia election systemars technica, June 14, 2017

US Cybersecurity in Need of Rapid Repair, Senators Told: Cybersecurity in the United States is in a severe state of disrepair, leaving the country vulnerable to attack from hacking groups backed by its opponents, two witnesses testified in a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday. Rollcall, June 14, 2017

Washington Post reports NSA has linked the WannaCry computer worm to North Korea:The National Security Agency has linked the North Korean government to the creation of the WannaCry computer worm that affected more than 300,000 people in some 150 countries last month, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The Washington Post, June 14, 2017

Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known: Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported. Bloomberg, June 13, 2017

Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back’: WASHINGTON — Lost in the showdown between President Trump and James B. Comey that played out this past week was a chilling threat to the United States. Mr. Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testified that the Russians had not only intervened in last year’s election, but would try to do it again. The New York Times, June 10, 2017

Stewart Baker Discusses Online Censorship w NY Times David Sanger: Episode 168 features the Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance of global censorship, as Filipino contractors earning minimum wage delete posts in order to satisfy US tech companies who are trying to satisfy European governments. In addition to Maury Shenk, our panel of interlocutors includes David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, and Karen Eltis, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. Even if you think that reducing Islamic extremist proselytizing on line is a good idea, I conclude, that’s not likely to be where the debate over online content ends up. Indeed, even today, controls on hate speech are aimed more at tweets that sound like President Trump than at extremist recruiting. Bottom line: no matter how you slice it, the first amendment is in deep trouble.Steptoe Cyberblog, June 5, 2017

Cyber Medical

Now doctors need to be hackers, too: As far as anyone knows, there hasn’t been a real-life hack attack on someone’s pacemaker. Which is surprising. Security researchers have shown us that it’s a very real possibility. Even the FTC has been urging connected-medical-device makers to adopt security best practices, with multiple 2017 reports stressing the issue. engadget, June 16, 2017

Cybersecurity for healthcare a “public health concern,” task force says: A federal task force called healthcare cybersecurity a “public health concern” that needs “immediate and aggressive attention,” and said increased digital connectivity places a greater responsibility on healthcare organizations to secure their equipment and patient data. HealthITPulse, June 16, 2017

Critical Infrastructure

Cyber crime: a ticking time bomb for municipalities & muni bond market: A rise in cyber attacks on U.S. public sector targets so far has had little impact in the $3.8 trillion municipal debt market, but interested parties are started to take notice of the possible financial risks associated with an attack. Reuters, June 14, 2017

‘Crash Override’: The Malware That Took Down a Power Grid: At midnight, a week before last Christmas, hackers struck an electric transmission station north of the city of Kiev, blacking out a portion of the Ukrainian capital equivalent to a fifth of its total power capacity. The outage lasted about an hour—hardly a catastrophe. But now cybersecurity researchers have found disturbing evidence that the blackout may have only been a dry run. The hackers appear to have been testing the most evolved specimen of grid-sabotaging malware ever observed in the wild. Wired, June 12, 2017

Cyber Education

Girl Scouts to add a cybersecurity badge in partnership with Palo Alto Networks.: Your favorite cookie sellers are in training to become white hat hackers. Fortune, June 16, 2017

Internet of Things

IoTs Pose A Threat To Anything And Everyone Connected: A primer on challenges & defenses: Loosely defined, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the general idea of things that are readable, recognizable, locatable, addressable, and/or controllable via the Internet. It encompasses devices, sensors, people, data, and machines. As broad as the definition of IoT are the cybersecurity challenges that pose a threat to anything and everyone connected. A well thought out risk-management security posture for the evolving cybersecurity threats to IoT is an imperative. ITSP Magazine, June 2017

Cyber Sunshine

Engineer Sentenced to Prison for Hacking Utility, Disabling Water Meter-Readers: A Pennsylvania man is sentenced to more than a year in prison after hacking into a remote water meter reading system run by his former employer. Dark Reading, June 16, 2017

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They Didn't Teach You These Skills Through Your Math, Computer Science or Engineering Degree

EQ vs IQ

Psychological research suggests that +-60% of a person's career success is connected to their Emotional Intelligence or Emotional Quotient (EI or EQ).  The same research suggests that +-10% of a person's career success is connected to their Cognitive Intelligence or IQ. 

In order to progress in any career, what initially gets you going and what gets you to a certain level of success is frequently going to be a different skill set than the skill set you need to continue progressing.

The skill set required to progress in any career

Here are some specific examples. This is what the business is currently asking for from the Director to the “C” Suite in technology job descriptions. Every trait or skill mentioned below that can be measured can be improved upon if a person is naturally gifted with a specific trait.

For some skills or traits, you either have them or you don't. We're all wired differently and we all have potential to deliver a great performance. It's simply a matter of figuring out how a person is uniquely wired and then aligning them with the right work to maximize their performance.

Notice that most of the traits or skills mentioned below are people skills or soft skills.

  • Leadership Presence (can be developed)
  • Leadership that is both Visionary and Strategic (can be measured)
  • Leadership that inspires people (influencing skills can be measured)
  • Thought Leadership (can be measured)
  • Deep Problem Solving Skills (can be measured)
  • Complex Analysis Skills (can be measured)
  • Excellent Verbal Communication Skills (can be learned)
  • Excellent Written Communication Skills (can be learned)
  • Excellent Collaboration and Partnering Skills
  • Superior Presentation Delivery Skills
  • Integrator of People, Process and Technology
  • Change Management Skills
  • Consensus Building Skills
  • Budgeting Skills
  • Business Analysis Skills
  • Contract Negotiation Skills
  • Vendor Management Skills
  • There's more...this list just gets the discussion started!

It is a person’s cognitive skills that gets them into an engineering degree program. It is their cognitive skill set that gets their technology career started. Cognitive skills are the skills the brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, calculate and pay attention.

What you see in the list of employer requirements above require some cognitive skills. Most of what is required to move beyond leaning almost purely on cognitive skills are emotional intelligence skills, soft skills or people skills. 

These are the skills that when developed, enable us to lead, influence, persuade, mentor, manage, collaborate, build partnerships, negotiate contracts, manage vendor relationships and more.  Additionally, beyond what a person learns in engineering school, the further up the ladder one wishes to climb, roles require much more emphasis on business skills than on technical skills.

It's okay to not aspire to be in charge

At the Analyst, Engineer or Architect levels, development of the soft skills mentioned above will provide exponential return on investment to your career. Not everybody is built to lead, guide, mentor and grow other people and you shouldn't feel as if you have to move in a managerial direction in order to progress in your own career development.

In addition to people skills, there are also business skills mentioned above. Business skills in this case include the ability to read and interpret financial statements. The ability to present one’s case for technology in terms that a business audience can clearly understand without having to bring in an interpreter. The ability to speak to a CEO, COO, CFO, etc. in their language rather than your technology focused language.

When you invest in yourself to master skills that go above and beyond your IQ or cognitive skills alone, your career progression will go places.

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