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The Public Has a Cybersecurity Awareness Problem

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, October 14, 2019

A new study shows most Americans fail to understand basic cybersecurity concepts… An article review. Considering that many of us live in a world where cybersecurity related subjects are commonplace, continuing awareness programs may sometimes seem excessive…after all, we’re all familiar with the basics by now, right? Well, a new study recently published by the […]


The Evolution of Phishing

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, April 22, 2019

As user awareness grows, criminals are changing their tactics… An article review. First, some good news: Users are becoming more aware of phishing attacks, especially high-ranking users such as executives. Unfortunately, the bad news is that criminals are aware of this and are adapting their strategies to target new groups. The new targets, according to […]


Can We Trust Our Technology?

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, February 4, 2019

A new exploit involving Apple’s FaceTime is a reminder that our gadgets can be turned against us… An article review. Our regular readers know that we usually try to avoid reporting on current events, but this latest exploit really caught our attention! In short, it is possible to activate the microphone or camera on an […]


“Reply-All” Email Incident Hits Microsoft

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, January 28, 2019

At its peak over 11,500 employees were ensnared in the email chain… An article review. When it comes to email awareness we usually focus on threats coming into our mailboxes from the outside world, like phishing scams. A recent incident at Microsoft, however, serves as a reminder that there’s more than phishing to be aware […]


Social Media Awareness

By Vigilize - Last updated: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Another awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! Download the large versions here: Awareness Poster (Portrait) Awareness Poster (Landscape) You are welcome to print out and distribute this around your office.  


Data For Sale: How Anyone Can Locate Your Phone

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, January 21, 2019

Third party ‘location brokers’ are reselling data from carriers, and there may not be much you can do about it. An Article Review. For many years it has been common knowledge that your cell phone’s physical location can be identified–signal triangulation, GPS and even nearby wifi networks can be used by your cell phone company, […]


R-7 – The Top Seven Risks – 2019

By Dan Hadaway - Last updated: Monday, January 7, 2019

Another one of those Dan’s New Leaf Posts, meant to inspire thought about IT Governance . . . . When Dan presents audit reports to boards of directors, he also talks to the board about the top risks the institution is facing. Since 2006, Dan has been compiling a list of the “top seven risks […]


Legacy Devices Pose A Security Risk

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, November 19, 2018

Devices like fax machines and copiers are often classified as office supplies and slip past IT scrutiny… An article review. Despite all the advances in technology, most offices still generate large volumes of printed documents, and the devices used to produce and process those documents could expose you to more risk than you’d think. A […]


FTC Releases New Cybersecurity Guide

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, November 5, 2018

Focused on small businesses, the guide covers twelve topics you need to know to be secure… An article review. While there are many resources concerning cybersecurity out there, it can sometimes be difficult to find information tailored for smaller organizations instead of consumers or large enterprises. Luckily the FTC realizes that the bad guys aren’t […]


The Rise of “Shadow Data”

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, October 8, 2018

Even if you haven’t ever used Facebook, your friends and family may have already let them build a profile on you… An article review. For this week’s review we had initially planned on using this interesting piece from Brian Krebs, about the dangers of resold personal information ending up in the cloud (and the dark […]