Cyber Smart Week – Practical Security

Getting the basics right

Getting practical security information and guidance shouldn’t be so hard. Unfortunately, sometimes it can feel that way. Yes, there may be times when you will need to bring in specialists to assist your business to meet its security needs, but there are many aspects of security which you can choose to do, even on the leanest of budgets.

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BrickerBot kiss of death to IoT devices

Reports surfaced on the 12th of April of a botnet that attacks IoT running BusyBox and other Linux-based devices. The bot, which is believed to be active since the 20th of March 2017, exploits hard-coded passwords of devices with published SSH or telnet, as well as attempting to brute-force passwords of devices with non-default credentials. As the name suggest, BrickerBot bricks the devices and leaves them completely useless. This is done by executing a set of commands to delete storage, corrupt routing and others.

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“C” is for Controlled Access

When using devices and online services, always use modern, convenient and strong access controls. Fingerprint sensors are brilliant for controlling access to personal devices, a good password manager makes creating and remembering passwords a breeze, and adding multi-factor authentication is the best approach for protecting the accounts you really care about.

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Remember Your Security ABCs

....to help everyday people be safer online.

In the information security industry, we are provided plenty of top-lists and guidance that help us identify information security threats, and determine security controls to mitigate these threats.

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