Understanding the Methods behind Cyber Terrorism (by Maurice Dawson)

Too often we place all ‘hackers’ into a broad group ranging from teenagers in Estonia who are trying to steal SSNs to well trained professionals working in the employ of their nation.  In this article, Dr Dawson does an excellent job of summarizing some high profile cyber events and their impact on national and inter-national cyber policy.

Dr Dawson also does an admiral job of outlining a career path for cyber professionals seeking to add tangible expertise (certifications) to their resume’



New Carbonite Hybrid Backup

Carbonite has long been a trusted cloud backup provider made famous for their reliable, low cost online backups.  Although Carbonite is a proven file recovery platform, one of their most persistent criticisms has been that of entire system recoveries (also known as “bare metal”).  In these cases, Carbonite has proven very clunky and PAINFULLY slow.

In response to the limitations of cloud backups, Carbonite is now offering a hybrid solution with a local copy of your data that is then replicated to their cloud servers.  If this solution works as advertised, it could provide users with the performance of local backups with the offsite security of cloud backups.  

At $99/month, each network admin will need to decide how/if this solution fits within their backup scheme, but I can see this solution as a slam dunk for small business!


Free User Security Training

I was recently tasked with finding some basic security training for our users.  Needless to say, I did not find much open-source material available…  Not wanting to pay for generic training that still has to be customized for my environment, I decided to create my own training.  I decided to use US-CERT for the content to ensure that industry best-practices were used for the training.  In the end, I decided to make these modules open-source so that they can be of benefit to others.

Please feel free to use any of these modules as you see fit.



TakeDownCon 2014

Looking to jumpstart your cyber security street cred?  TakeDownCon may be the perfect opportunity.  This year’s event will be held at the Westin Hotel in Huntsville, AL on Aug 18-19.  The conference will feature some great presentations along with some unique opportunities for some crash courses in hacking.

    • Certified Ethical Hacker (August 14th-17th) – $2499*
    • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (August 14th-17th) – $2499*
    • Certified Security Analyst (August 14th-17th) – $2499*
    • Advanced Mobile Hacking & Forensics (CAST 612) (August 15th-17th) – $1999*
    • Advanced Network Defense (CAST 614) (August 15th-17th) – $1999*
    • Securing Windows Infrastructure (Cast 616) (August 15th-17th) – $1999*
    • Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) (August 12th-17th) – $2499*
    • Conference ONLY Pass (August 18th & 19th) – $349

* All courses include 1 complimentary pass for TakeDownCon Conference (August 18 & 19th)


Symantec Backup Exec 2014

Symantec BackupExec 2014 is now available!  I’m not suggesting that anyone run out and upgrade to the latest BE this weekend, but I don’t see any way that BE 2014 could be any worse than BE 2012.  The reality of the situation is that BE 2012 was an unmitigated disaster for Symantec.  Many industry analysts consider BE 2012 to be one of the worst software packages in modern history.  Not only is BE 2012 an abysmal product, but Symantec’s handling of the development, rollout and subsequent damage control could be a case study in how NOT to run a software company!  My only hope is that BE 2012 has not irrevocably damaged the Symantec brand beyond redemption…