What good does a firewall, IPS sensor, encryption device, and your favorite security product and tool do if you do not have guidelines, policies, and best practices on how to effectively configure and use them? Building strong security policies is crucial for any organization. These policies should be strong, yet realistically flexible to accommodate ever-changing requirements. Read More »
Your reputation is one of the most important assets you have personally and professionally. Right or wrong, it defines how other people perceive you as a person. You can do positive things to improve or maintain a good reputation, such as demonstrating a high level of professionalism at work or loyalty to your family and friends. Likewise, you can easily damage a reputation through a seemingly innocent comment made to the wrong person. A damaged reputation can be difficult, if not impossible, to salvage.
Real World Consequences:
Let me set the scene, your home with your family sitting on the couch watching TV. When all of the sudden a whole swarm of SWAT officers come busting through your front door on a no knock warrant. You and your family are separated, and you are forced to the ground at gunpoint with the officers screaming at you about your disgusting ways, shouting “We know WHAT YOU ARE, PEDOFILE!”
But that will never happen to you right? You don’t ever visit those types of websites, the very thought of such things turns your stomach. That is just what a resident of Buffalo, New York thought earlier this year, until it happened to him and his wife. Now as it turns out he was completely innocent, but that fact did not save him from having his door broken down or having a weapon held on him while he was being detained and his house searched by the FBI and the Buffalo Police. (And no they did not pay to fix his door.)
Using passwords longer than 14 characters resets the Windows LANMAN hash to an invalid value, preventing attacks against these weak hashes that can recover most passwords in less than half an hour.
When we discuss security as an integral part of our cyber life, it is important that we take sufficient care that the home network and the devices that are used at home are secured. There are several areas at home in which we use Internet and IP-enabled devices. These include your home network (wired & wireless), personal computing devices, smart phones, official computing devices, network-enabled printers, and other smart appliances. While we look at security, all of these devices need to be reviewed for security best practices to ensure that the risk of an attacker penetrating or compromising these devices is reduced. This post concentrates on securing three main entities in a home network.