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Fitbit Vulnerability Raises Activity Tracker Concerns

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, October 2, 2017

Data from the devices could be tied to insurance and healthcare costs in the future… An article review. While we try not to cover “exploit of the week” style articles here (other sites do a far more comprehensive job on that subject!), we thought a recent article on an exploit concerning Fitbit devices stood out […]


Why Blockchain Matters

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, September 25, 2017

The technology that makes up the foundation of new currencies such as Bitcoin is capable of much more… An article review. If you’ve been following technology related news at all over the past few years you’ve probably read headlines about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but if you’re like many people you may not know just […]


The Human Factor

By Vigilize - Last updated: Friday, September 8, 2017

A new study reveals half of the employers think their biggest risk comes from the inside. An article review. When considering threats that your network may face, how often do you consider the people who work for you? A new study from Kaspersky shows more than half of businesses see their employees as their biggest […]


Forgotten But Not Gone: The Ex-Employee Risk

By Vigilize - Last updated: Friday, August 25, 2017

Failure to deprovision former employees presents a real risk to businesses. An article review. When terminating an employee you probably make sure that they turn in keys, access cards, and any other physical access credentials, but how sure are you that their electronic credentials have been revoked? A new study being highlighted by CIO Insight […]


Former NIST Official Regrets Issuing Password Guidance

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, August 21, 2017

Bill Burr admits security advice actually created more vulnerable passwords. An article review. If you’ve ever angrily questioned some seemingly arbitrary rule when creating a new password, there is some vindication for you: the former government official whose password security suggestions became the basis for many organization’s own standards now says he regrets writing the […]


Recently Discovered Mac Malware Has Long History

By Vigilize - Last updated: Friday, August 11, 2017

Researchers found evidence in the code that the exploit may have been in use for decades. An article review It’s a common belief that viruses and other types of malware don’t affect Apple products, but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. A good example of this was brought to us by our friend Wes Pollard […]


Ransomware Attacks Continue Record Growth In 2017

By Vigilize - Last updated: Friday, July 14, 2017

As attacks rise, global damages are expected to reach $5 Billion. An Article Review. We’re only halfway through 2017 but endpoint security firm Barkley has already come out with a look at the year in ransomware, which isn’t surprising since it feels like we’ve already experienced a year’s worth of news on the subject since […]


New Malware Can Cause Issues After Deletion

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, June 26, 2017

Targeting financial institutions, victims can serve as drones even after cleaning. An Article Review. Our friend Wes Pollard at Home Bank submitted this new malware alert to us and because it targets banking institutions specifically we thought we’d share it with you as well. Dubbed Pinkslipbot, the malware uses a variety of methods to harvest […]


Lack of Updates Cause Endpoint Security Concerns

By Vigilize - Last updated: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Smartphones and tablets may receive infrequent updates and can be difficult to manage. An article review. Your desktop receives new virus definitions and other updates on what seems like an hourly basis, but when was the last time your smartphone received an OS update? Duo Security released their 2017 Trusted Access Report recently, and it […]


The Science of Thinking

By Vigilize - Last updated: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Our cognitive blind spots revealed, and how we can avoid falling into them. An article review. Have you given much thought to how you think? Our friend Wes Pollard at Home Bank sent us a link to an interesting video that explores the science behind how we approach problems, and how those methods can be […]