Trump’s budget blueprint: what’s it mean for cybersecurity?

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Last week, we saw the release of the US’s 2018 budget blueprint.

Before I even read the document, I did a random search on some security-related keywords within the 2018 budget to see how many times each one showed up. I found the results rather revealing. Make of this what you will:

  • Cyber: 15
  • Security: 68 (5 of which refer to Homeland Security)
  • Attack: 4
  • Privacy: ...
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US border controls, electronic devices and privacy: what to think about

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Since the new US president’s executive order, designed to improve screening and vetting procedures in the name of reducing illegal immigration and terrorist threats, privacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation (or the EFF) have voiced concerns about an increase in the number of invasive digital practices during border inspections.

In other words – privacy groups saying that more travellers are being asked to surrender their devices and passcodes are often.

The Privacy groups ...

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Why you can’t find a good CISO for love or money (but we have a solution…)

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Are you one of those poor firms out there trying to hire some in-house cybersecurity expertise? Whomever you’re looking for – be it a senior representative, like CISO or CTO, or an IT administrator – we bet you’re having a hard time.

Even firms like TBG Security, where we can offer cutting-edge expertise, training and tools as well as a competitive remuneration packages, have to look really hard to find serious cybersecurity talent.

Want to know you ...

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NYDFS tweak proposed cybersecurity regulations; start date pushed back to 1 March 2017

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Last September, TBG Security wrote a helpful blog article on the proposed cybersecurity regulations put forward by the the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).

The NYDFS aimed to have these new cybersecurity requirements (23 NYCRR 500) enforceable by 1 Jan 2017. However, last week, on the 28th of December, NYDFS issued the following press release, effectively delaying the launch date to March 1, 2017.  


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Want to be a cybersecurity hero this holiday? Here’s how.

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Ahhh December 2016. It is that time of year again. Christmas and other holiday celebrations are just days and weeks away.

However you celebrate, whether you are planning the festive feast, travelling to a far-flung location, or madly getting your gifts ready, you’re likely to be with others: your family, your pals, your in-laws, your friends or work associates.

So we have a proposal for all you IT security-savvy types out there…Join TBG Security’s

IT Security Holiday Lock Down

Here is our ...

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“You Hacked.” Unexpected lessons from a ransomware attack on public services

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You know it is a bad day when your computer screen blips up with this ransomware message:


“You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key (cryptom27@yandex.com)ID:681, Enter.”

But if the day is Black Friday, and your computer is part of a major US city’s municipal transit system, I think we can all agree that this constitutes a very, very, bad day indeed.

This was the ransomware message presented on hundreds of SFMTA (San Francisco’s transit agency) computer screens on Black Friday – 25 November.

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Cybersecurity in Trumpville: the facts so far (and a few predictions…)

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Just a few hours after Donald Trump declared victory in the US election last week, reports of a cyber attack targeting government workers, universities, think tanks and NGOs made headlines.

The attack arrived in the form of a phishing email, designed to fool the recipients into believing it was pertinent election-related information.

While there is nothing new in cybercriminals taking advantage of world events to snag a few more ...

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NYDFS propose new cybersecurity regulations, effective Jan 1 2017. Here’s what you need to know

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Last month, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) put forward a proposed regulation designed to impose new rigorous cybersecurity requirements on banks, consumer lenders, money transmitters, insurance companies as well as some financial service providers in New York State.

The State has indicated that securing both New York’s financial services firms and its consumers is the main priority. The aim is to lower the risk posture in light of ...

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IoT and DDOS: security advice following the Marai botnet attack on Brian Krebs

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A giant botnet made up of zombie internet-connected devices (or IoT devices) was used to strike a massive Distributed Denial-of-Service attack (DDoS) against Brian Krebs’ website, the site of a well-known cybersecurity blogger, last month.

Some have estimated the botnet’s size may have been a million strong.

Worse, as Krebs reported on the 1 Oct:

 “The source code that powers the “Internet of Things” (IoT) botnet responsible for launching ...

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Offensive Security Unbound: introducing Red Team Service

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With new cyber threats exploding into existence and commandeering what we would normally consider to be well-defended networks, our concern was straight-forward: how do we provide more effective security measures for our TBG Security customers?

We decided to get down to brass tacks to figure out how we could elevate IT security to the next level.

Instead of offering spot checks at set times, what if TBG Security set up a team of accredited security professionals that could use the methods an ...

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