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NCSAM Tip #2: Keeping Your Software Up-to-Date

As software manufacturers fix security vulnerabilities they will often release new versions of their software for their users. This is a good thing and aims to protect us from many potential online threats, such as trojans that steal our personal information, or scareware that serves no legitimate purpose. However, it begs the question: How do we users learn of this newer software so that we can be protected?

Like most things, the answer is, of course: it depends. ;)

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NCSAM Tip #1: Social Networking Safety

In today’s Cyber Security Awareness Month Tip of the Day we revisit a past post to once again focus on the fact that millions of individuals are victims of their own carelessness by freely posting information such as vacation plans and family photos on social networks, and by storing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as medical records and financial information on mobile devices. Users are sometimes not sufficiently educated when it comes to what types of information should be shared, and with whom they should be sharing this information.

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Cisco Joins the National Cyber Security Awareness Month Party

While the thoughts of many of us may turn to (American) football, Halloween, and raking leaves (at least those of us on the East Coast of the U.S.), the turning of the calendar page to October also means something else to all of us in the cyber security world.  October, 2011 marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Read More »

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Cisco IOS Security Advisory Bundle – It’s That Time Again

Once again it’s time for Cisco’s semi-annual Cisco IOS Software Security Advisory Bundled Publication. Today’s edition of the bundle contains a total of nine IOS-related advisories and one non-IOS advisory for the Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) family of products. Included in the 10 Security Advisories are a total of 19 Cisco Bug IDs, each one representing an individual vulnerability.

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Go Ahead, Bring Your Own Device: Cisco AnyConnect Expands to New Android Platforms

Today, IT departments are receiving an increasing number of requests to support more mobile devices from a broader range of manufacturers than ever before. In fact, yesterday’s New York Times took a good look at companies that embrace BYOD (bring your own device). The gist is that today’s employee wants to leverage these mobile devices to improve their productivity. Based on resources, corporate security concerns and data protection, traditionally this has been at odds with IT departments.

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