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Joe Stanganelli
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7/27/2016 | 5:55:31 PM
Re: Who Hacked the DNC?
It is worth noting that officials are still officially referring to this as a "leak" and not so much a "hack."  The NYT and others are still referring to the notion that it was a hack as "unconfirmed speculation."  (And a leak/insider attack isn't so far-fetched, considering the circumstances.)

All we definitely know for sure?  WikiLeaks got a hold of the emails and released them.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/27/2016 | 5:52:06 PM
Re: email matters
@Michelle: The key, of course, is to do this in a way that is still respectful -- and perhaps even a little apologetic and/or deferential.  Otherwise, you run the risk of what I've seen happen in other organizations: The staff is well-trained, but they come to resent and disrespect IT and all its security measures -- resorting to workarounds, Shadow IT, etc.
jastroff
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7/27/2016 | 11:58:44 AM
Who Hacked the DNC?
That's a big hack 

Who did it? Local? The Russians? 

Any thoughts? and will we ever know?
jastroff
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7/27/2016 | 11:55:21 AM
Re: email matters
Really interesting and worthwhile idea -- if companies can afford it. 

I wonder if SMBs or others can accomplish it through immediate online learning or skype session

 

>> complete an on-the-spot 5-minute (or so) training on security -- reduces successful phishing attacks by 75%.
Michelle
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7/26/2016 | 11:42:28 PM
Re: email matters
That sounds like a great idea. I'm sure plenty of those who click feel a little humiliated at first, then learn that all-important lesson of DO NOT CLICK. I've worked in offices where several users stuggled with computers. I saw multiple rebuilds over the years. The users seemed to click on everything they shouldn't and with regularity.
Technocrati
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7/26/2016 | 3:50:11 PM
Breeches and Delusions of Security

 "...organized cyber-criminals have the potential to infiltrate any organization they have on their radar." 

 

This is the real issue.  When I hear of another breech, I wonder what happened to all the security experts who are just so proud to claim that they are just that - an expert.   The fact is as noted within this piece is that hackers will always be a couple of steps ahead of companies.

 

If your company hasn't been hacked, it is not because of all the pompous security experts out there - it is simply because the Hacker has not identified you as a high value target.

Joe Stanganelli
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7/26/2016 | 2:56:18 PM
Re: email matters
I remember a stat from SECTF's Chris Hadnagy from a few years ago that found that sending "phishing" emails to your own employees -- which, if they click through and fall for them, then force the employee to complete an on-the-spot 5-minute (or so) training on security -- reduces successful phishing attacks by 75%.
Michelle
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7/26/2016 | 11:42:51 AM
email matters
I'm glad to see this article posted about cyber security. So often, email is taken for granted and secured with weak or shared passwords. 
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