Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Update Your Software

October 30, 2023

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. […]

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Recognize and Report Phishing

October 23, 2023

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 […]

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Incoming: A rAVe Newsletter All About Security!

October 16, 2023

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 […]

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Turn on Multifactor Authentication

October 16, 2023

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 […]

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

October 11, 2023

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 […]

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Use Strong Passwords

October 9, 2023

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 […]

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Stay Safe Online this Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 5, 2023

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 […]

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Celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 2, 2023

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 […]

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CompTIA Launches Emergency Response Team for Cybersecurity

September 28, 2023

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 […]

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CompTIA Report Finds Steady Progress on the Cybersecurity Front

September 26, 2023

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 […]

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

August 28, 2023

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 […]

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National Cybersecurity Alliance Kicks Off 2nd Annual HBCU Career Program

July 31, 2023

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 […]

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Call for Proposals Open for ISC East and West

May 4, 2023

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 […]

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It’s a New Year

February 20, 2023

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 […]

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

October 31, 2022

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 […]

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Make a Disaster Recovery Plan

August 15, 2022

Last month I wrote about cybersecurity in schools and what steps we can take to prevent attacks from happening. I wrote in the blog that there are many things we can do to harden our security and to make our institutions less of a soft target. Yet, as I pointed out in that piece, chances […]

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#HootHoot Meeting Owls Security Vulnerabilities Have Been Patched, Have Yours?

August 2, 2022

In January 2022, cybersecurity researchers at Modzero reported a handful of security vulnerabilities to Owl Labs regarding their 360-degree videoconferencing Meeting Owl, Meeting Owl Pro, Meeting Owl 3, and Whiteboard Owl. Owl Labs has since released patches for these vulnerabilities. (The below is the Meeting Owl 3, as shown at InfoComm 2022.) The security patches […]

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Part 2: What I Learned About the Industry by (Not Attending ISE or InfoComm, But) Watching 2,000 Product Videos

July 25, 2022

Part 2: AV-Over-IP, Software-Based AV and AI This is part 2 of an article about all the things I noticed from ISE and InfoComm this year, two shows to which I didn’t go, but as the editor in charge of video titling for rAVe [PUBS] for both, I did watch pretty much every video the […]

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Security Could Be Success or Failure for Schools

July 19, 2022

In December 2021, Lincoln College in rural Illinois suffered a devastating ransomware attack. The attack shut down all systems, including those for recruitment, retention and fundraising. While the college had preexisting fiscal problems due to the pandemic, this ransomware attack proved to be too much for the college to navigate. In the spring of 2022, […]

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BenQ Adds More Security InstaShow WDC30

June 28, 2022

BenQ has added more security to its InstaShow WDC30, including Wi-Fi 6 encryption, ISO EAL6+ and FIPS 140-3, in order to meet the stringent security requirements of U.S. government agencies, financial institutions and other organizations with high-risk data. Wireless meetings can contain highly sensitive and confidential data and intellectual property that can be leaked or […]

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Log4j Could Drive New Business for AV

December 28, 2021

In late December, a flaw in software that is ubiquitous around the world was reported, and it sent cybersecurity pros into a frenzy and turned the hairs of technology pros gray. There are countless articles about this vulnerability, so I am not going to go deep into the technology of what occurs. Here is what […]

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SecuringAV: The Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyberattack — Part 2

August 6, 2021

What motivates a hacker or group of cyberattackers? The answer is typically money. For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure and cyber-physical security. The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack in May of 2021 caused […]

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SecuringAV: The Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyberattack — Part 1

July 27, 2021

Why did the pipeline get shut down if the hackers only attacked the business end?  For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure and cyber-physical security. By now, most people heard about the Colonial […]

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SecuringAV: The Christmas Morning Bombing in Nashville

March 19, 2021

For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure, and cyber-physical security. In my last SecuringAV column about the SolarWinds hack attack, I asked rAVe readers an open-ended question: If extremists think that Big Tech is […]

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White Paper: Securing Command and Control Centers With Cyviz

March 1, 2021

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST By Jason Rowley Vice President Federal, Cyviz It’s no secret that governments face more challenges than ever before. Information technology is advancing rapidly — and governments at all levels must be even quicker to protect operational networks and citizens from cybersecurity threats. Command and control centers need content visualization technologies […]

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Lessons From the SolarWinds Hack

February 16, 2021

In mid-December, news broke about a massive cyber breach that occurred through SolarWinds software. There is a chance (I hope not) that many in the AV community briefly looked at this, decided it was an IT issue and moved on. If you did, I think that was a mistake — and want to tell you […]

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Securing AV: The SolarWinds Attack of 2020 (Actually 2019)

February 15, 2021

For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure, and cyber-physical security. While most Americans are still processing the recent attack on the United States Capitol building, many cybersecurity researchers and professionals believe the real […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2021 Edition

January 27, 2021

Welcome to my 21st annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I love writing this annual predictions article — it’s both humbling and rewarding. It requires me to stop and research anything new, evaluate the potential impact it will have and then articulate it in a way that matters to readers. If you’re a regular reader of my […]

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I Watched Zoom’s Security Updates Webinar. Here Are the Takeaways.

April 30, 2020

On Wednesday, I watched Zoom’s 45-minute “Get The Latest Product News From Zoom” webinar. When I received the lead, I figured it would be related to Zoom 5.0, the latest upgrade to Zoom and the result of its 90-day security-enhancement plan. Quick plug: Earlier on, this same day, rAVe held a one-on-one session with Zoom’s […]

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Giant Security Update to Zoom Rolls Out Starting Today

April 28, 2020

Today Zoom announced security enhancements with the upcoming general availability of Zoom 5.0, a key milestone in its 90-day plan to proactively identify, address and enhance the security and privacy capabilities of the Zoom platform. By adding support for AES 256-bit GCM encryption, Zoom will provide increased protection for meeting data and resistance against tampering. […]

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Updated: How Zoom’s Recent Success Has Put Them Square in the Security Spotlight

April 27, 2020

P.T. Barnum is credited for saying,”There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” You may have heard other variations of this old saying, such as “There’s no such thing as bad press.” Does this apply to recent headlines about Zoom? If you have lost track, I will do my best to summarize and put it all […]

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Cloud-Based Signage Software Company Enplug Completes SOC 2 Type 2 Audit

April 23, 2020

Enplug today announced successful completion of its SOC 2 Type 2 audit. This concludes an intensive six-month audit by Coalfire, an independent cybersecurity firm, to objectively measure Enplug’s adherence to key trust factors of secure data processing and storage. Many digital signage vendors talk about the importance of security, yet Enplug is among the very […]

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