Category Archives: Security Scout

Data Center Failure

Data Center FailureOne company I worked at had a sad┬ádata center failure, and I’m not talking a power outage or a fire or theft.

When I arrived at this company, it had no security department. Few security processes. Little security.

And the company also made two interesting mistakes when it hired me.

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Security Failure: Empty Your Drawers

empty your drawersI was visiting a dear friend recently when I happened upon a security failure.

My friend lives in an upscale, assisted living facility and recently had thousands of dollars withdrawn from her accounts via ATM.

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UnNeighborly Security

Hack me now!I recently ran into some unneighborly security. It happens all the time to those of us who know how to build, upgrade, secure, and troubleshoot hardware and software.

I’m over at my neighbor’s house and he says, “Hey, you work with computers, so can you take a look at mine?”

There goes the afternoon.

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If Your Password Disappears, Look 4 it

If you enter a password into a login box and your password disappears, look for it!

I’m serious, because it happened again today. Not to me, but to my colleague.

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Why U Should Question Security Questions

Capital letters, security questionsEvery once in a while I question security controls, and the latest one I questioned was security questions.

I’m talking about those questions that financial sites like banking and credit card sites ask you when you log in. Not the ones used to reset your password (although this post applies to them too).

No, this won’t be a rant about the stupid questions that sites give you to chose from, such as your mother’s maiden name or what is your favorite color. I gave up questioning those issues long ago.

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Library Checkout: Touch Screen, Lose Password

touch screen, lose passwordA library near me implemented self-checkout stations that use touch screens that make it easy to lose your password.

Those of you who’ve been around might remember I have written before about libraries and how I’ve found questionable security.

So how do you lose your password?

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NFL Sprinkler Interruption a Hack?

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NFL sprinkler hack?

When the sprinkler system caused an interruption of the Miami-Seattle NFL game on Sunday, November 25, no one called it a hack. Neither am I.

But if you heard about the event prior to reading this, did it cross your mind that it could have been a hack? What about other unusual events?

If not, and you’re an IT auditor or a security pro, you should at least consider such things, at least briefly. If not, you might want to check your professional skepticism sensor.

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