Nov 06, 2017

President Trump’s Twitter Account and Lessons in Privileged Access

By | November 6th, 2017|Ask The Experts, Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

The concept of privileged access to data and resources became a national headline when President Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated by a departing Twitter employee. The unauthorized account closure was first noticed when followers saw his Twitter page declare, “Sorry, that page doesn't exist!”. What happened to Trump’s Twitter account? [...]

May 05, 2016

Your Password Sucks

By | May 5th, 2016|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

You know what’s scary? This list of commonly used passwords in 2015. It’s ignorant. It’s lazy. It’s irresponsible. Your passwords, of course, weren’t listed because you are a smart, security aware individual who is reading this for the sheer enjoyment and celebration of a day dedicated to the cause of [...]

Mar 03, 2016

Snapchat Falls Victim to Phishing Scam, Compromises Employees’ Identities

By | March 3rd, 2016|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

Snapchat, a mobile video app known for self-destructing messages, self-destructed with a security breach last Friday. According to their February 28th blog entry: “Snapchat’s payroll department was targeted by an isolated email phishing scam in which a scammer impersonated our Chief Executive Officer and asked for employee payroll information.” Details [...]

Feb 03, 2016

Scam Alert: “Help! I had an Easter disaster in the Philippines.”

By | February 3rd, 2016|Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

This story comes from a SAC staffer: Last spring, I received an email from a friend with the subject, “Help! I had an Easter disaster.” The subject seemed suspicious, and normally I wouldn’t even open an email with a subject like this, but the scammer who sent it used email [...]

Dec 17, 2015

The Death Star’s Single Point of Failure

By | December 17th, 2015|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

The Death Star was designed to be the ultimate weapon; virtually indestructible. Surely, no one would figure out how to blow it up from a tiny little exhaust port. This thermal exhaust port is the perfect example of a Single Point of Failure.   A Single Point of Failure is [...]

Dec 10, 2015

Palpatine: The Insider Threat

By | December 10th, 2015|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

#spoilers (If you haven’t seen them by now, I don’t know what to do with you.)   Episode I: We all know that politicians are evil, manipulative, scum bags. Well, most of them are, but Palpatine takes it to a whole new level with his machinations. Palpatine is what we [...]

Dec 02, 2015

Looking for Security in Alderaan Places

By | December 2nd, 2015|Security & Pop Culture, Security Awareness Fails|

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… The Galactic Empire had some serious security flaws. The Rebel Alliance went to great lengths to exploit those flaws. Don’t be the Empire; learn from the Empire’s mistakes. (Not because they are bad, but because they had poor security.) Episode [...]

Nov 11, 2015

Popular Scams to Look Out For This Holiday Season

By | November 11th, 2015|Security Awareness Fails, Tips and Tricks|

As we gear up for the American Thanksgiving and enter the winter holiday season, we must all be extra vigilant in our security efforts. This is the time of year that criminals like to take advantage of our distracted minds. As we’re worrying about how to afford all the kids’ [...]

Oct 13, 2015

What Teens (and You!) Shouldn’t Post on Social Media

By | October 13th, 2015|Kids and Security, Security Awareness 101, Security Awareness Fails|

In our technology driven world, privacy is getting harder and harder to achieve every day. Once something is posted on the internet, it can never be rescinded, even if it is deleted. Most teenagers (and many adults!) don’t understand the severity of this and the potential damage it could cause. [...]

Jul 27, 2015

Reply-All: A lesson from the trenches and an epic security awareness fail

By | July 27th, 2015|Security Awareness Fails|

This story comes to us from a business connection who we've known for many years. She thought this would be an excellent story - and lesson! - for our readers and we couldn't agree more.   Most of us live in a digital world where what we say or what [...]

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