A Brief and Incomplete History of Cybersecurity

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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Many people assume that cybersecurity is a new vector, relatively starting within the last decade. However, cybersecurity history dates back to the seventies, before most people even had a computer. We have covered hacking incidents that took place before computers, but for the purposes of this article, our timeline starts in 1971, with an experiment. … Read more

The Top 5 Cybersecurity Myths That Need to Die

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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Cybersecurity myths are pervasive ideas people have about cybersecurity that weaken your cybersecurity posture. These myths often are defense mechanisms, rationalizations for apathy and inaction. It is important to dispel these myths. Otherwise, you could be opening yourself, or your business, to vulnerability. Cybersecurity Myth #1: Cybersecurity is the IT Guy’s Problem If you work … Read more

Equifax was Careless With Your Data

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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The Cost of Carelessness Is it possible to quantify carelessness? Recent news about Equifax has shown the veracity of carelessness seen in the cybersecurity department of major corporations and countries. This year alone, we have seen many companies that we trust with our personal information fail us. Because of this, the catastrophic failures of cybersecurity … Read more

ElsaGate: The Problem With Algorithms

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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Social Engineering can take many forms. Sometimes it’s a phone call attempting to extrapolate your mother’s maiden name. Other times it is an email attempting to gain rapport and get you to click on a sketchy link.  However, sometimes you get something much more bizarre. Something like Elsagate. In 2017, many news sources started reporting … Read more

Dark Web: Unpacking the Notoriety

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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If you are internet savvy, or into Creepypastas, you absolutely have heard of the dark web. What started out as a little trivia fact (did you know 99% of the internet is The Deep Web?!) has morphed into something else entirely. The Legend of the Dark Web Because the dark web is non-indexable, Google can … Read more

Password Safety: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing a Good Password

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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Password security is the most basic and ubiquitous form of cybersecurity. Every single account created online has a password attached to it. They predate the internet by hundreds of years and to this day, they remain the most reliable form of user authentication. So why does everybody choose such terrible passwords? What Makes a Password … Read more

Cyber Insurance: Be Prepared for a Breach!

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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At the end of the day, we trust that the internet is safe. Now, many people will protest to this statement. But the mere fact that you send emails, make online purchases, or have a social media account shows your sense of security. However, this security is bred out of necessity. No matter the job … Read more

Microsegmentation and a Zero-Trust Network

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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We are currently in an unfortunate situation where universally, every business model predicates itself around connectivity. In fact, to be on the edge of innovation is to connect, to everything, before anyone else connects. With each new development, security suffers immediately. The incredulity that is always met with a new Facebook data breach is going … Read more

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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Each October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month rolls around. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division, this month encourages us to approach our digital lives with awareness and caution. The NCSA takes time this month to reach out to Americans with tips for cyber hygiene. Additionally, the NCSA provides educational guides to online security. The … Read more

Email: The Ultimate Phishing Hole

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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Recently, we talked about the importance of questioning everything when it comes to cybersecurity; telephone calls, websites, text messages, snaps, any of these mediums are a forum for viruses. As the threats continue to change and grow, many people have started to become more aware of how widespread phishing has become. Phishing has grown in popularity, … Read more