Top 10 Industries Targeted The Most By Cybercriminals

By: Trevor Cooke, EarthWeb As technological advancements continue to reshape industries, so do the tactics of cybercriminals, underscoring the critical need for robust cybersecurity measures. Recent data highlights the industries most targeted by cyberattacks and the substantial financial toll they exact, emphasizing the urgency for organizations to prioritize cybersecurity. Most Targeted Industries by CyberCriminals Rank […]

Top 10 Industries Targeted The Most By Cybercriminals

Asking the Hard Questions About Cybersecurity at InfoComm 2024

When I departed Bradley International Airport on Tuesday, the temperature was a cool 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When I landed in Las Vegas 5 hours later, it was about 700 degrees. Okay, it wasn’t 700, but it was 101. I don’t know about you, but I dread this sort of heat. But I am here for […]

Asking the Hard Questions About Cybersecurity at InfoComm 2024

Who’s Afraid of a Little Old TV? Well You Should Be (Patching It)

The news hit the headlines on a cool, rainy April 2024 morning. I grabbed my sweater. Bitdefender was the first to report the four security vulnerabilities discovered in LG’s WebOS TV operating system, allowing a potential cyber attacker to gain root access to the TV after bypassing the proper authorization.  The second paragraph of the […]

Who’s Afraid of a Little Old TV? Well You Should Be (Patching It)

The Most and Least Common PINs: Is Yours on the List?

By: Trevor Cooke, EarthWeb Personal identification numbers (PINs) serve as gatekeepers to our online financial accounts, devices and sensitive information. While the concept of a four-digit PIN may seem simple, with only 10,000 possible combinations, achieving true uniqueness can be a challenge. A weak or predictable PIN can leave you vulnerable to unauthorized access — […]

The Most and Least Common PINs: Is Yours on the List?

The Security Minefield Of The Internet Of Things: Protecting Your Connected Devices

By: Trevor Cooke, EarthWeb In an era defined by connectivity, the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized the way we interact with technology. From smart thermostats to wearable fitness trackers, IoT devices have seamlessly integrated into our homes and businesses, offering convenience, efficiency and innovation. However, alongside these advancements comes a significant uptick in […]

The Security Minefield Of The Internet Of Things: Protecting Your Connected Devices

A ‘Cascade of Failures’ Led to Microsoft Exchange Online Intrusion of Summer 2023

In the summer of 2023, a Chinese hacking group tracked as Storm-0558 compromised Microsoft’s cloud, eventually leading to the breach of hundreds of thousands of emails, including those email accounts of U.S. government officials in charge of managing our relationship with China (Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, United States Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China […]

A ‘Cascade of Failures’ Led to Microsoft Exchange Online Intrusion of Summer 2023

Which U.S. States Are Most Vulnerable to Cyber Crimes?

A new study conducted by researchers at TorGuard, an online protection company, has revealed the states most at risk of internet crime — and Alaska ranks #1. The TorGuard team analyzed data from the recently updated FBI Internet Crime Report to produce a list of the states most at risk of a cyberattack. The research […]

Which U.S. States Are Most Vulnerable to Cyber Crimes?

Study Reveals States Whose Residents Are the Most Anxious About Cybersecurity

New data reveals which U.S. states search for cybersecurity-related issues the most. The data, compiled by the research team at cloud security company AccuKnox, analyzed search terms related to cybersecurity across every U.S. state to establish which states are the most worried about cybersecurity. Vermont takes the crown as the state most worried about cybersecurity, […]

Study Reveals States Whose Residents Are the Most Anxious About Cybersecurity

Six Things You Should Never Ask An AI Assistant

BY: Joe Davies While many of us rely on our voice assistants like Siri and Alexa for things like checking the weather or setting a timer while cooking, it might not be such a good idea to rely on them in more serious situations. Here are six things you should always avoid asking voice assistants if […]

Six Things You Should Never Ask An AI Assistant

April 9 is Identity Management Day

Today, April 9, is Identity Management Day, which is designed to inform about the dangers of casually or improperly managing and securing digital identities. “Identity Management Day is an opportunity for all of us to evaluate our role in protecting our digital ecosystem,” said the day’s organizers in a statement. “Whether acting as consumers or […]

April 9 is Identity Management Day

5 Tricks for Uncrackable Passwords

By: Trevor Cooke, EarthWeb Thirty percent of internet users have been victims of a data breach as a result of having a weak password; with over five billion people using the internet today, that means one and a half billion have had their data stolen by scammers taking advantage of their bad password. With this […]

5 Tricks for Uncrackable Passwords

Like an AV Bridge Over Troubled Water, These Cybersecurity Guidelines Will Ease Your Mind

Back in 2021, I wrote a rAVe column entitled “SecuringAV: The Remote Desktop Attack on a Florida Water Treatment Plant.” In this article, I talked about the different forms of infrastructure being targeted by cyberattacks, and connected the attack on the water treatment plant to similar vulnerabilities in AV systems. I also shared some lessons […]

Like an AV Bridge Over Troubled Water, These Cybersecurity Guidelines Will Ease Your Mind

Exposing the Most Vulnerable Passwords of 2024

In a world where digital interactions have become the norm, safeguarding your personal information online is paramount. Recent cybersecurity analyses, coupled with a Forbes Advisor survey conducted in 2024, have shed light on a concerning reality: many individuals still rely on easily compromised passwords, leaving their online accounts susceptible to hacking. Trevor Cooke, the online […]

Exposing the Most Vulnerable Passwords of 2024

Security Versus Convenience

It does not take much time browsing the internet recently to find an instance of a cyber breach, data theft, invasion of privacy, or to read the expectations of an impending threat. Just Google what the FBI director told Congress recently about the threat that China poses to our critical infrastructure. I often find that […]

Security Versus Convenience

Have You #AVtweeps Heard About the One With the 3 Million Hacked Toothbrushes?

A few weeks ago, a Swiss newspaper story about “3 million hacked toothbrushes” went viral. I personally shared a link about the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack with my cybersecurity coworkers via Teams message, prompting a number of comments and “Jurassic Park” memes. We all fell for it, but there is very little evidence that this […]

Have You #AVtweeps Heard About the One With the 3 Million Hacked Toothbrushes?

23andMe, and You, and Your Mama and Your Sister

On Oct. 1, 2023, a small percentage of 23AndMe user profile information was improperly accessed and downloaded from individual 23andMe.com accounts on its website. The company found out after an anonymous hacker began advertising “millions” of stolen genetic profiles that were supposedly from 23andMe customer accounts. The profiles included emails, photos, gender, date of birth […]

23andMe, and You, and Your Mama and Your Sister

Highlights From Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Advisory

In my last rAVe column, I summarized some recent cyberattacks on MGM and Caesars’ casinos. In that article, I tried to drop some social engineering science and some lessons learned from Scattered Spider (aka 0ktapus, UNC3944, Starfraud, Scatter Swine, Muddled Libra and most recently, Octo Tempest). I warned #AVtweeps about their aggressive social engineering Tactics, […]

Highlights From Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Advisory

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Update Your Software

Approximately 2 in 5 survey respondents say they either “sometimes,” “rarely,” or “never” install software updates, according to the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA). One of the easiest ways to protect accounts and information is to keep software and applications updated. Updates are periodically released to fix software problems and provide security patches for known vulnerabilities. […]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Update Your Software

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Recognize and Report Phishing

Phishing attacks have become an increasingly common problem for organizations of all sizes and can be very difficult to spot. It’s important every individual stop and think before clicking on a link or opening an attachment and know how to spot red flags. Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 guidance provides the tools needed to recognize and […]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Recognize and Report Phishing

Incoming: A rAVe Newsletter All About Security!

We’ve heard you and we’ve seen you. We know that security has become an increasingly important part of the AV world. From the amount of stories we’ve covered on cybersecurity (we even have a cybersecurity BlogSquadder — shout out to Paul Konikowski!) to what we’ve seen reach our news desk about physical security, we can […]

Incoming: A rAVe Newsletter All About Security!

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Turn on Multifactor Authentication

In a recent National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) survey, 57% of respondents said they have heard of multifactor authentication (MFA), but many people don’t realize that multifactor authentication is an incredibly important layer of protection in keeping accounts secure. MFA provides extra security by providing a secondary method confirming your identity when logging into accounts. MFA […]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Turn on Multifactor Authentication

Social Engineering Safety Takeaways From MGM Resorts and Caesar’s Entertainment Cyberattacks

On Sept. 11, 2023, a number of MGM resorts and casinos were simultaneously disrupted by ransomware and data extortion attackers, costing the company $100 million, according to AP News. Caesar’s Entertainment was also attacked, which the Wall Street Journal reported resulted in the company paying roughly half of the $30 million demanded. The resorts and […]

Social Engineering Safety Takeaways From MGM Resorts and Caesar’s Entertainment Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Use Strong Passwords

As our online lives expand, the average user has gone from having just a few passwords to now managing upwards of 100. That’s 100 unique passwords to remember, if you’re using strong password habits. Password managers can save users the trouble of having to remember multiple passwords and make accounts safer by recommending strong, unique […]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Use Strong Passwords

Stay Safe Online this Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and our friends at the National Cybersecurity Alliance, in partnership with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have produced this infographic with tips to stay safe online — whether at home or in the office! rAVe [PUBS] will be posting about Cybersecurity Awareness Month throughout October. Click here to read more stories […]

Stay Safe Online this Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month

In 2004, President Bush and Congress declared October “Cybersecurity Awareness Month.” 2004 was a much different time and the event centered around advice like “Update your antivirus software twice a year like you do with your smoke detector batteries.” for U.S. residents. Nowadays, cybersecurity is a much more complex issue and Cybersecurity Awareness Month has […]

Celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month

CompTIA Launches Emergency Response Team for Cybersecurity

CompTIA has created an Emergency Response Team to provide real-time guidance to solution providers experiencing a cybersecurity incident or service disruption. The new Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a group of dedicated CompTIA members who have either experienced a security incident or can provide guidance to solution providers that have been victimized. As a volunteer-led […]

CompTIA Launches Emergency Response Team for Cybersecurity

CompTIA Report Finds Steady Progress on the Cybersecurity Front

Changing approaches to cybersecurity have led to slow but steady progress in defense and protection, but competing interests create a growing challenge for cybersecurity decision makers and practitioners, according to CompTIA. A majority of business and technology professionals feel that the overall state of cybersecurity is improving, both generally and within their organizations, according to […]

CompTIA Report Finds Steady Progress on the Cybersecurity Front

NCA Receives 200K Grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies for HBCU Cybersecurity Program

The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) has received a significant boost in funding from Craig Newmark Philanthropies in the form of a $200,000 grant. The grant will support ongoing initiatives within NCA’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Cybersecurity Career, Mentoring and Scholarship Program, as students return to school. Launched in 2022, the ‘See Yourself In […]

NCA Receives 200K Grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies for HBCU Cybersecurity Program

National Cybersecurity Alliance Kicks Off 2nd Annual HBCU Career Program

The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) is kicking off the 2nd year of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Cybersecurity Career Program “See Yourself In Cyber.” “See Yourself In Cyber” aims to change the narrative around cybersecurity careers by showing students that there is a role in security for everyone and multiple pathways to a […]

National Cybersecurity Alliance Kicks Off 2nd  Annual HBCU Career Program

Call for Proposals Open for ISC East and West

The Security Industry Association (SIA) and ISC Security Events are seeking proposals from subject matter experts for the SIA Education at ISC conference programs at ISC East 2023 and ISC West 2024. ISC East 2023 will take place Nov. 14-16 at the Javits Center in New York City, and ISC West 2024 will be held […]

Call for Proposals Open for ISC East and West

It’s a New Year

Over the past several weeks, people much smarter and more creative than I have made predictions on what 2023 will bring to the AV world. These are always fun to read and keep score of throughout the year. Rather than make predictions, I tend to think about what the important issues will be throughout the […]

It’s a New Year

Lessons From Uber: How NOT to Respond to a Cybersecurity Incident

After suffering a major data breach six years ago, you would think that a company like Uber would be ready for more cyberattacks, but here we are. How did we get here? [insert flashback music] It was late 2016. Cyberattackers quietly breached the security perimeter of Uber networks and accessed the personal data of 57 […]

Lessons From Uber: How NOT to Respond to a Cybersecurity Incident