The Crucial Role of Data Center Resiliency in Business Security

September 8, 2022

For many organizations, data center operations are handled by the facilities team or a third-party vendor. Although these functions aren’t part of the everyday responsibilities of the IT or Security departments, they are crucial to systems availability and to the ongoing operations of the business. Having a full understanding of the capacity and capabilities of…

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Real or Fake? Spoof-Proofing Email With SPF, DKIM, and DMARC

January 13, 2022

I briefly mentioned using DKIM to verify an email’s sender in a previous blog post that described the steps I took to determine whether a suspicious email was legitimate or a phishing attempt. In this post, we will take a deeper dive into how organizations can help stop email spoofing using a combination of three…

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Real or Fake? How to Spoof Email

January 11, 2022

I briefly mentioned how easy it is to forge email sender addresses in a previous blog post that described the steps I took to determine whether a suspicious email was legitimate or a phishing attempt. In this post, we will take a deeper dive into why email sender addresses are so easy to forge and…

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Reducing Merchant Scope to Ease the Compliance Burden

July 13, 2021

Merchants should spend more time doing what they are good at—i.e., selling and merchandising—versus trying to keep up with validating and maintaining PCI compliance. How can this be accomplished? Using either an end-to-end encryption (E2EE) or point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solution for each point-of-sale (POS) system eliminates some of the complex hoops that merchants are required…

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The Backup Paradigm Shift: Moving Toward Attack Response Systems

June 15, 2021

Black Hawk Down I’m guessing a lot of us in the IT and Security space have experienced the gut wrenching feeling of not receiving that ICMP ping reply you were expecting from a production system, be it a firewall, switch, or server. Was there a recent configuration change that happened prior to the last reboot?…

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Companies on High Alert for Unemployment Fraud

April 15, 2021

Proactive Measures to Thwart Unemployment Fraud In the past few months, the TrustedSec Incident Response team has responded to several incidents of unemployment benefit fraud. Due to the pandemic and nationwide lockdowns, there has been an extremely high volume of unemployment claims submitted across the United States, and with greater instances of fraud making it difficult…

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Yes, It’s Time for a Security Gap Assessment

March 23, 2021

For many organizations, rapidly implementing work-from-home initiatives over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic required quickly rolling out new processes and deploying new technologies without adequate time for attention to Information Security standards. Perhaps your company recently acquired a new line of business, and you want to make sure the integration won’t adversely…

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How I Retained My QSA Certification

January 21, 2021

In 2019, the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (SSC) modified the Qualification Requirements for Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) employees. Prior to the modification, the requirements stipulated that QSA employees must hold either an Information Security certification or an audit certification, but now QSA employees must have a minimum of two (2) industry certifications:…

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Making EDR Work for PCI

September 10, 2020

The Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) and Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) marketplace is abuzz with products that blur the lines of personal firewall, host-based intrusion detection system (IDS) and intrusion prevention system (IPS), anti-virus, system logging, and file integrity monitoring (FIM). These solutions are centrally managed from your web browser and include advanced dashboards for…

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20 Tips for Certification Success

June 2, 2020

Over the years, it has been my experience that industry certifications have become standard for job consideration and/or advancement for many technical positions. This is, of course, in addition to having experience in the particular field. I obtained my first (modern-day) technical certification in 2014. It was the System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) offered by…

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