Penetration Tests: Why It Stops Trouble Before It’s Too Late

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No matter what kind of company you work in, if it has online assets – like a web store or site, or databases containing sensitive information like business strategies, financials, or customer info – you face a dilemma: how do I stop unauthorized users from entering restricted systems and accessing files, yet ensure seamless accessibility to my users?

There are of course countless approaches to this problem, usually including layers of security, powerful software and enforced policies. Now, even in big ...

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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.

The ...

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