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October 22, 2017 | Data Breaches
By Ken Van Wyk, IANS Faculty

 Van Wyk: Take Steps to Protect Yourself as a Consumer

With all the digital threats we face on a daily basis, it's a miracle we haven't all been hacked. To ensure the odds are in your favor, there are some informed and well-planned steps you can take to protect yourself as a consumer, particularly as the holiday shopping season approaches. 

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October 2, 2017 | Incident Response Planning
By Ken Van Wyk, IANS Faculty

 Van Wyk: Doing Your IR Planning the Right Way

In light of the Equifax breach, organizations need to re-examine their incident response planning to ensure similar crises are handled effectively. Being proactive, communicating transparently and prioritizing customers are three important pieces of the IR puzzle,.

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May 22, 2017 | Malware and Advanced Threats
By Dave Kennedy, IANS Faculty

 Dave Kennedy on WannaCry and the Future of Ransomware Attacks

IANS Faculty Dave Kennedy, president and CEO of TrustedSec and frequent guest on major news networks such as CNN and Fox, stops by the IANS studio to review the latest details surrounding the WannaCry attack and offer tips for thwarting future attacks, from disabling SMB-1 to implementing application whitelisting.

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May 10, 2017 | Incident Investigations, Handling and Tracking
By Ken Van Wyk, IANS Faculty

 Van Wyk: Targeted Attacks Require Much Deeper Analysis

In the world of information security, intentions matter greatly, but they’re only a starting point. Apart from simple intentions, though, is the matter of whether or not an attack is targeted. In fact, when we can establish whether an attack is targeted, we often come to a vital decision point in an incident response operation. A targeted attack can change everything.

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March 2, 2017 | Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR)
By Dave Shackleford, IANS Faculty

 Shackleford: Learning the Right Lessons from AWS Outage

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, was an interesting day. For some (myself included) it was Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, a day of revelry and parades. For many not in New Orleans, it was an incredibly bad day in IT; Amazon Web Services experienced a massive outage in their Simple Storage Service (S3), which apparently runs a staggering portion of the Internet. Many sites were unreachable, content was unavailable, and in a true flash of irony, Amazon’s own availability dashboard was “frozen” because the icons signifying service status were hosted from…you got it, S3.

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January 18, 2017 | Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR)
By Ken Van Wyk, IANS Faculty

 Van Wyk: Action Items For the 2017 Infosec Pro

We’re nearly three full weeks into 2017, and while many infosec pros like to predict the future at this time of year, I prefer to focus on what we’re going to do to shape our futures the way we want them to be. So, while my local gym parking lot is jam-packed during the month of January (I’ll continue to enjoy my two-mile walks right past the gym to the local supermarket), I want to use this as an opportunity instead to come up with an action list for the year ahead.

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