Deepfake Technology: Implications for the Future

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

It has been over a year since Jordan Peele made a video warning us of the impending spike in deepfake technology. In the video, Peele uses ML technology and his legendary Obama imitation to effectively ventriloquize Obama. He effectively makes it appear as if Obama is saying outlandish statements. Since the video’s release, we have … Read more

Cyber Warfare: Modern Front-lines

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Cyber Warfare Computer Screens showing tanks and planes

Cyber Warfare is a broad term that defines a nation state sanctioned attack on a computer system of another country. One accomplishes this by means of hacking, computer viruses, and the like. Cyber Warfare: First as a Term, Then as a Threat However, in some respects, cyber warfare is a hard term to fully define. … Read more

Problems With Anti-Virus Software and Alternative Solutions

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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Anti-Virus software is the layman’s solution to cybersecurity. Functioning as a first line of defense, Anti-Virus software works to prevent, detect, and remove malware from your computer. However, Anti-Virus software is not a cure all solution. In fact, IMB Knowledge Center published a piece on the limitations of Anti-Virus protection. In the article, they cite … Read more

What is the Difference Between Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, and Machine Learning?

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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Artificial Intelligence has become one of the most overused buzzwords in the cybersecurity field. Cybersecurity buzzwords gain more traction as the world of cybersecurity becomes more omnipresent in our cultural consciousness. Events like the Marriott Hotel Breach and the Facebook User Data scandal have created an atmosphere of paranoia. However, in the wake of an … Read more

(In)Famous Hacking Groups

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Hacking Groups

The Different Hacking Groups Hacking Groups are a staple of cybersecurity culture. Since the 1995 release of the movie Hackers, there has been a very specific subset of cultural cliches we associate with all hacking groups. However, some hacking groups aren’t youthful, energetic teenagers or lone wolfs. In fact, some groups are state sponsored, and … Read more

Catfishing: Not Just About Money

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Catfishing, catfish

We live in a time where it is easier than ever to deceive people. For example, the internet now enables us to speak anonymously through message boards, comment sections, and even online games. Additionally, the internet can help you pretend to be a different person. Catfishing is the act of pretending to be someone else … Read more

Starting a Career in Cybersecurity

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Woman on computer pursuing a career in cybersecurity, University of San Diego, USD, Cybersecurity Career

Cybersecurity is a very large field, filled with many specialized jobs that require a large variety of skills. Though it seems silly to point this out, it is sadly necessary to state that “cybersecurity expert” is not an actual job title. The hardest part of getting a cybersecurity career is knowing how each individual component … Read more

How to Clean Your Computer and Speed it up

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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It is important to regularly clean your computer. Every computer has two forms of storage, RAM and Hard Drive space. RAM is temporary storage. This dictates how many programs you can simultaneously run on your computer. If your RAM runs out, your computer will use the hard drive space to store the temporary memory. This … Read more

Mobile Security: Safeguarding Your Information

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

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Mobile security is a relatively new field in the world of cybersecurity. The rise of mobile computing calls for an increased vigilance in regards to our personal information. Smart phones and the like are now the standard. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, 95% of Americans own a cellphone of some kind. The … Read more

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