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The Black Hat 2019 Hacker Survey Report and Black Hat / Defcon 27 Recap

September 5th, 2019

Brought to you by Thycotic Well folks, Black Hat 2019 conference has come and gone. Around 19,000 InfoSecurity professionals from around the world came to Las Vegas to learn, share, educate and disclose security research on the latest vulnerabilities, cyber threats, cyber attacks and techniques used to bypass popular cyber security methods—the same methods used…


Top 5 Black Hat 2019 Sessions Not to Miss. Plus: Bonus Travel Tips to Hacker Cons

August 1st, 2019

The Black Hat USA 2019 conference is about to start. Over 17,000 security professionals will come from all around the world to Las Vegas, USA. They will learn, share, educate and disclose security research on the latest cyber-threats and attacks, vulnerabilities, and techniques used to bypass security used by most governments and organizations globally. Without…


Top 10 Best Cyber Security Podcasts of 2019

July 9th, 2019

Podcasts have transformed the way we digest news, learn on the go, and optimize our commutes. With podcasts gaining popularity due to their ability to fit into our busy lives, a wave of new cyber security experts have launched a series of IT podcasts to keep us informed about the latest security threats, InfoSec tools,…


Your city does not have to be a victim of ransomware

June 11th, 2019

These cities have a common foe. Albany, New York; Baltimore, Maryland; Orange County, N.C.; Sammamish, Wash; Atlanta, GA They have all been subject to Ransomware attacks in the past 12 months. The most recent victim being Baltimore, MD which has been the target of ransomware twice in the past year. According to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations…


Key Takeaways from the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report

May 21st, 2019

The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2019 is now publicly available to download or read online. It’s the 12th edition, and not surprisingly, it reveals that cyber criminals are still successfully using their hacking techniques—many of which are very common—and that we have failed to stop them. However, we are getting better at stopping them.…


World Password Day 2019: The 6 Worst Password Fails

April 30th, 2019

We’ve covered a lot of password security tips and ways to secure your credentials on The Lockdown. For World Password Day 2019 we thought we’d do things a bit differently and share some of the worst password fails this past year.  While these organizations and individuals may not appreciate the extra attention, these password fails…


Facebook Password Breach: What You Need to Know

March 22nd, 2019

Yesterday Facebook disclosed during a routine security review they discovered “some” user passwords were being stored unencrypted, but the passwords were not visible to anyone outside of Facebook. Facebook’s definition of “some” doesn’t really illustrate the full magnitude of this event. Regardless, we are still talking about a password breach situation, and hundreds of millions…


Joseph Carson’s Top 5 Sessions to Attend at RSA Conference 2019

February 26th, 2019

RSA Conference 2019 will take place March 4th – 8th in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.  The theme this year is ‘Better’. Not exactly a warm, exciting theme for security professionals—it implies that we need to do better and work harder. My mind always tells me to work smarter and stay focused.  But there’s…


Actions CISOs Must Take to Overcome Negative Perceptions

February 12th, 2019

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) shoulder tremendous responsibility. They’re ultimately responsible for their company’s cyber security posture. At the same time, the security decisions they make also impact core business metrics such as productivity, cost savings, revenue growth, and brand perception. The world of today’s CISOs is a balancing act. On one hand, they are…


How the just-released Forrester Wave PIM Q4 2018 Report can help you find the right PAM vendor

February 5th, 2019

As awareness about the importance of Privileged Access Management (PAM) and Privileged Identity Management (PIM) increases, (Gartner called it a top priority for cyber security in 2018), executives, IT security and operations teams are evaluating multiple options when selecting a PAM or PIM solution that would be best for their organizations. That means independent analysis…