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Head of Threat Prevention Engineering, Rich Comber: Securing your remote workforce

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Rich Comber, CISSP, Head of Threat Prevention Engineering, Americas, built his first computer while in HS, back in the 70’s and is a lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Rich has been in IT related roles for the past 40 years. Joining Check Point in 1999, he started as an SE and advanced into several pre-sales tech positions. He was an original member of Check Point’s Emerging Product group,...

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Is your iPhone a sitting duck for hackers?

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Apple recently published fixes for a series of vulnerabilities in the iOS and iPadOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency feature. In theory, both bugs could permit nefarious persons to execute code from a remote location. As a result, device takeover could occur. Any owner of these device types is encouraged to update their devices as soon as possible. iPhone exploits in the wild? At least one of these vulnerabilities may...

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Critical infrastructures now a “modern day” cyber battlefield

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Warnings of cyber attacks that weaken critical infrastructure have been issued for years. Late last week, one of the largest US fuel pipelines was paralyzed by a ransomware cyber attack according to this CNN report. The cyber crime forced the shutdown of Colonial Pipeline’s gasoline transport to 17 eastern states. Colonial Pipeline Co. operates a 5,500-mile pipeline that delivers 45% of the gasoline and jet fuel...

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Cyber threat detection: How organizations can get more with less…

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: How can organizations obtain more expertise with little to no investment? In Washington state, a non-profit believes that it can assist. A new program enables small public-sector organizations to obtain network monitoring services and threat detection capabilities. The program is known as The Public Infrastructure Security Cyber Education System, or Pisces. Pisces works with universities and colleges to leverage...

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US national security, about to make a ransomware recovery

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Cyber security experts and federal authorities perceive ransomware as a deeply concerning national security threat. Should federal police pursue ransomware gangs with the same fervor and pace as they do with other criminal syndicates? In 2020, research showed a 7-fold increase in ransomware attacks, as compared to 2019.  Initially, ransomware began as a “low-level” cyber nuisance. Nowadays, it represents a...

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Can executive-level leaders achieve work-life balance?

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Is leadership culture shifting? Previous generations of executives devoted 14 hour days to their jobs, year-after-year. A belief in an unspoken “contract” between employers and executives ran rampant. Rewards would allegedly correlate with the number of hours clocked on the job. But as everyone raced for the gold professionally, personal lives disintegrated. Fractured marriages and missed graduations represent...

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Global supply chain attacks and how to protect finance

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Could the next financial crisis occur as a result of a cyber attack? The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) says it’s possible. In a recent report, the DFS outlined its investigative findings surrounding the SolarWinds attack. The document provides a high-level overview of the attack, the response from companies that must comply with DFS regulations, and incident planning concepts to prevent...

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Advanced data security insights with expert Patrik Honegger

Patrik Honegger has worked in the IT sector since the 90’s and has specialized in the IT security field since 2000. He joined Check Point in 2001. Since joining Check Point, he has been involved in the full array of the company’s solutions and customer sectors and maintains a deep technological understanding of products and customers’ needs. Patrik has successfully fulfilled roles as Security Engineer, Lead Consultant and Head of...