Prevendra – Writing Archive of Christopher Burgess https://www.prevendra.com Keeping you safe & secure Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:18:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 48294523 Murder in Pyongyang https://www.prevendra.com/murder-in-pyongyang/ https://www.prevendra.com/murder-in-pyongyang/#comments Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:31:23 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7608 The world collectively learned of the passing of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student who was held in North Korea. Let me correct this, Otto Warmbier who was murdered by the Kim Jung Un regime. Warmbier had the audacity to lift a poster off a wall (think souvenir) and was arrested for taking the wall poster. Warmbier was then tried by the ...

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Cybersecurity Presentation: Quantified Wealth Advisors https://www.prevendra.com/cybersecurity-presentation-quantified-wealth-advisors/ Tue, 16 May 2017 17:07:31 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7544 Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today, 22 May 2017, on the topic of cybersecurity. If you find you have questions concerning how to protect your data or that of your clients, feel free to reach out to me via the form at the bottom of the page. Today’s presentation may be downloaded by a click of this ...

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Dmitry Dokuchaev – Playing Both Sides? https://www.prevendra.com/dmitry-dokuchaev-playing-both-sides/ https://www.prevendra.com/dmitry-dokuchaev-playing-both-sides/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:22:57 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7505 Dmitry Dokuchaev, Major in the Russian Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB; Russian: Федеральная служба безопасности Российской Федерации (ФСБ)), was arrested by the Russian FSB and charged with treason in December 2016 (see: Russian FSB cybersecurity implosion continues with more arrests). On 28 February 2017, Dokuchaev is indicted by the United States on charges of Espionage, Computer Fraud and a host ...

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NAFIA-WA – 16 March 2017 https://www.prevendra.com/nafia-wa-16-march-2017/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:30:15 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7486 Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today at the Seattle-Eastside NAFIA meeting on the topic of cybersecurity. We at Prevendra look forward to assisting you with your cybersecurity needs, be it a security review or security awareness training. Please reach out to us (click the box in the lower right corner and leave your email or fill ...

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Social Engineering: From Qatar With Love – Cyber espionage https://www.prevendra.com/social-engineering-qatar-love-cyber-espionage/ https://www.prevendra.com/social-engineering-qatar-love-cyber-espionage/#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:02:57 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7426 Is the Government of Qatar perfecting their social engineering or is this a case of Qatar vigilantism? A recent write-up by Claudio Guarnieri, a security researcher working for Amnesty International, leans toward nation state sponsorship, exercising what he describes as “Operation King Phish“.   A review of Guarnieri’s report and one’s brain will have a flurry of memory triggers, synapses, bringing to ...

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Departing Zynga Employees Heist Intellectual Property? https://www.prevendra.com/departing-zynga-employees-heist-intellectual-property/ https://www.prevendra.com/departing-zynga-employees-heist-intellectual-property/#comments Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:52:29 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7117 Easiest way to lose your intellectual property?  When your departing employee walks your intellectual property right out the door. It happens far too often and the insider threat you thought of as a hypothetical?  Well, it is now a reality. This is what apparently happened to Zynga. Zynga (yes the game company is still alive and kicking) alleges in their ...

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Russian FSB cybersecurity implosion continues with more arrests https://www.prevendra.com/russian-fsb-cybersecurity-implosion-continues-with-more-arrests/ https://www.prevendra.com/russian-fsb-cybersecurity-implosion-continues-with-more-arrests/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:51:33 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7386 As we discussed in our recent piece, “Russia’s FSB Cybersecurity Team Implodes” the number of individuals who are in shackles from within the FSB cybersecurity entities continues to increase, and the timeline of the Russian security service, Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB; Russian: Федеральная служба безопасности Российской Федерации (ФСБ)), investigation continues to expand. Over the course of ...

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January 28, 2017 – International Data Privacy Day https://www.prevendra.com/january-28-2017-international-data-privacy-day/ https://www.prevendra.com/january-28-2017-international-data-privacy-day/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:38:10 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7339 I am pleased to be recognized as a Data Privacy Day Champion, as is Prevendra. Every day efforts are expended to assist companies and individuals protect their collective privacy. In 2016 we witnessed millions of individuals having had their private information compromised. A healthy percentage of those compromised, found their information was being exploited and used. This year’s theme for Data ...

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Russia’s FSB Cybersecurity Team Implodes https://www.prevendra.com/russias-fsb-cybersecurity-team-implodes/ https://www.prevendra.com/russias-fsb-cybersecurity-team-implodes/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:41:50 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7356 While the world was watching the United State’s election and the debate over whether or not the Russian’s hacked the DNC and influenced the election, the Russian Federation was engaged in some of their own housecleaning. A followup report to this post has been filed 28 January 2017:   Russian FSB Cybersecurity Implosion Continues With More Arrests The Federal Security ...

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Customer Loyalty Sweepstakes: The winner engages the customer securely https://www.prevendra.com/customer-loyalty-sweepstakes-winner-engages-customer-securely/ https://www.prevendra.com/customer-loyalty-sweepstakes-winner-engages-customer-securely/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:11:05 +0000 http://www.senioronlinesafety.com/?p=5772 The 2016 Nielsen report addressing customer loyalty,  “Allegiant Alignment: What Faithful Followers of Retail Loyalty Programs Want” based on the 2016 Nielsen Global Survey of Loyalty Sentiment polled more than 30,000 online consumers in 63 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/Africa and North America. They found loyalty programs continue to hook and keep hooked individual consumers. Nielsen ...

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Financial Advisor at Ameriprise exposes millions in assets via NAS https://www.prevendra.com/financial-advisor-ameriprise-exposes-millions-assets-via-nas/ https://www.prevendra.com/financial-advisor-ameriprise-exposes-millions-assets-via-nas/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:21:08 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7250 Do you use a financial advisor? I do, and I recommend mine to others without reservation. Part of that recommendation comes from the manner in which the account data is secured, which provides me more than a modicum of assurance that the folks managing my money are not asleep at the switch when it comes to protecting my identity (and ...

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BYOD: Users are a nightmare without policies https://www.prevendra.com/users-are-nightmare-without-policies/ Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:06:45 +0000 http://www.senioronlinesafety.com/?p=5768 Over the course of the past several years business leaders have evaluated and implemented the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement as a cost-effective methodology to preserve or reduce information technology (IT) operating expenses. In the quest to reduce these operational expenses, one might overlook the need to have a robust BYOD policy. A policy of this order addresses not only the technological ...

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Ransomware: Attack and Resolution https://www.prevendra.com/ransomware-attack-resolution/ https://www.prevendra.com/ransomware-attack-resolution/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:13:37 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7179 Companies continue to fall victim to ransomware* on a regular basis. According to an IBM X-Force® Research report, “Ransomware: How consumers and businesses value their data” 70 percent of companies who have fallen victim to ransomware, have paid the ransom. The FBI tells us the typical ransom is in the range of $200 to $10,000 paid, with some notable cases of ransome ...

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Ethics in sports? Insider threat in ACC football evidenced https://www.prevendra.com/ethics-sports-insider-threat-acc-football-evidenced/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 01:22:08 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7187 Nothing is sacred, as the hosts of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, discuss. Trade secrets and intellectual property (the playbook contents) in collegiate football have value, and apparently some schools within the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) were willing recipients of plays purloined from the Wake Forest program by a Wake Forest insider.   [x_pullquote cite=”Wake Forest Football ...

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Madison Square Garden customer payment cards harvested https://www.prevendra.com/madison-square-garden-customer-payment-cards-harvested/ https://www.prevendra.com/madison-square-garden-customer-payment-cards-harvested/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:06:29 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7090 On 22 November, Madison Square Garden Company (The Garden) began notifying their customers that a breach of the point of sale (POS) system had occurred, and may have affected those customers who purchased goods at merchandise and food concessions at The Garden’s various properties, during the period 09 November 2015 – 24 October 2016, you may be affected. Properties affected Madison ...

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MSU data breach: Database with 400,000 records accessed https://www.prevendra.com/msu-data-breach-400000-records-exposed/ https://www.prevendra.com/msu-data-breach-400000-records-exposed/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:02:51 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7067 Michigan State University (MSU) has confirmed that on Nov. 13 an unauthorized party gained access to an MSU server containing certain sensitive data which included the personal identifying information of 400,000 individuals. The MSU data breach, characterized by the MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon as a,”criminal act in which unauthorized users gained access to our computer and data systems”. ...

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Trump Transition 2016: Who should have a security clearance? https://www.prevendra.com/trump-transition-2016-security-clearance/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:06:35 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7045 Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is one of many prospective White House staffers. He lacks a security clearance,and will require one, should he continue as a close advisor and aide to President-elect Trump. Whether or not the security clearance will translate into a position within the Trump administration is a different story, as The Federal Anti-Nepotism Statute, aka “The Bobby Kennedy ...

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JPMorgan runs afoul of the FCPA: $264 million settlement https://www.prevendra.com/jpmorgan-runs-afoul-of-the-foreign-corrupt-practices-act-264-million-settlement/ https://www.prevendra.com/jpmorgan-runs-afoul-of-the-foreign-corrupt-practices-act-264-million-settlement/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:21:58 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=7021 This past week we learned that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) has teeth. JP Morgan Chase (JPMorgan) essentially, used the hiring of the children of Chinese leaders as a bribe in exchange for US$100,000,000 in deals in China a violation of the FCPA. In addition the bank violated the anti-bribery, books and records, and internal controls provisions of the ...

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Data Breaches again at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) https://www.prevendra.com/data-breaches-again-at-horizon-bcbsnj/ https://www.prevendra.com/data-breaches-again-at-horizon-bcbsnj/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:13:48 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=6997 It seems health insurer Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) can’t catch a break. During the course of 2015 (1100) and 2016 (170,000), they have had two more incidents which compromised or placed at risk the protected health information or the personal identifying information of their insured. In December 2013, we commented on how Horizon had suffered ...

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Kremlin’s Clinton Gambit Fails With Trump’s Election https://www.prevendra.com/kremlins-clinton-gambit-fails-trumps-election/ Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:56:32 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=6981 A little over a month ago I wrote of the Russian gambit to influence the US national elections by seemingly backing the Republican party candidate Donald J. Trump in hopes that the US electorate would swing in mass to back Democratic party candidate Hillary R. Clinton. In my piece, US Presidential Election 2016: The Kremlin Prefers??? I made the argument that ...

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Insider Threat – Canadian privacy breached as PHI/PII goes missing in Manitoba https://www.prevendra.com/insider-threat-canada-privacy-breached/ https://www.prevendra.com/insider-threat-canada-privacy-breached/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:17:29 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=6965 Patients in Manitoba are receiving notification from their healthcare providers, that their personal and sensitive information has been lost or inappropriately accessed. As all who have responsibility for the security of information, the insider threat is very real. Often times we associate the insider threat to be associated with the actions of nefarious individual. As you’ll read below, the breaches ...

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Chinese Cyber Espionage: What’s leaving your smartphone? https://www.prevendra.com/chinese-cyber-espionage-smartphone/ https://www.prevendra.com/chinese-cyber-espionage-smartphone/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:55:06 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=6952 This week we saw, possible evidence of, yet another form of the Chinese cyber espionage. Smartphones calling “home” to China with user data. This is every government’s worst counterintelligence and cyber security nightmare. We are warned, repeatedly about the threat of Chinese cyber espionage, especially those in the national security arena. For those in the private sector, having the data ...

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Agro Espionage – China’s corn espionage lead, MO Hailong, sentenced to prison https://www.prevendra.com/agro-espionage-china-corn/ https://www.prevendra.com/agro-espionage-china-corn/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 17:35:04 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=6860 [cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 15px;”][x_columnize]One chapter of the saga of China’s agro espionage targeting US research and development of corn has come to a close with the sentencing Mo Hailong, a/k/a Robert Mo, 46, a Chinese national. According to the Department of Justice, Mo was sentenced to ...

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Prevendra PSA: Vote in the 2016 US Election https://www.prevendra.com/psa-us-election-2016-vote/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:16:29 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=6843 Prevendra - Writing Archive of Christopher Burgess - Keeping you safe & secure

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Agro Espionage – Rice to China – Wengui Yan’s guilty plea https://www.prevendra.com/insider-threat-rice-to-china-wengui-yans-guilty-plea/ https://www.prevendra.com/insider-threat-rice-to-china-wengui-yans-guilty-plea/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:57:05 +0000 https://www.prevendra.com/?p=6831 On 24 October 2016, Wengui Yan, an Arkansas resident, an employee of the USDA Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center since 1996, and a naturalized US citizen originally from the PRC, successfully negotiated a plea-bargain with the Kansas US Attorney in his agro espionage case. Yan and his co-defendant, Weiqiang Zhang, PRC citizen, facilitated the theft of genetic rice from the ...

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