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Old 08-12-2016, 02:44 PM   #29
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Certified Information Systems Security Professionals will have additional work to do in regards to today's story in The Wall Street Journal:

"Hacker Reveals Personal Information for Almost 200 Democrats: Guccifer 2.0 says records stolen as part of breach of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee."

Excerpt: "Hours after the information was posted online, an email list-serve run by the Democratic Caucus sent a notice to recipients informing them to 'change passwords to all email accounts that you use' and also to 'strongly consider changing your non-House email addresses if possible.'

It also told them to 'be extremely suspicious' before opening any emailed links or attachments and to consider changing passwords for banking accounts, among other things."


This underscores the importance of choosing a strong and unique password for each site.


(Listen to and see Edward Snowden's interview on passwords, post #28, page 2 of this thread.)



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Password strength and security

The other serious issue in computing security is that it's not usually the computers.

It's the people who fail to follow the rules, click on darn near anything, choose passwords that are easily guessed, or just give away critical data to anybody that calls and sounds legitimate.

We won't get into the organizations that don't think security is even necessary and is too 'inconvenient'. They are the ones that fail to spend the money to do it right, then discover just how much it costs when a breach occurs.

Sadly, all of this silliness is predictable early on, and the folks in charge often fail to comprehend what their data is worth. I had a manager looking at my security update budget of a few hundred thousand dollars once, and he actually asked the right question:

"How much is our data really worth?"

My reply, "How much have we spent on our entire project to date?"

When he realized that number was in the billions, he got real pale, real quiet, and signed off on the budget real quick!

I guess money does talk real loud at times...


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