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Windows Defender: Minimal Defense, Maximum Risk

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If you are confused about what Antivirus protection is provided by Windows, don’t feel bad. Microsoft has changed its strategy and product name several times over the years.  For Windows 7 they bundled an Antivirus system with a package of applications called Windows Essentials that you installed separate from the operating system.

With Windows 8 antivirus comes with installation, but has been renamed Windows Defender. If that sounds familiar, Windows Defender is also the name of an antispyware program Microsoft offers for older versions of Windows.

Now that we have that cleared up, is it the right protection for you? Well, before you answer that you should ask yourself, “how seriously do I take internet security?”

Windows Defender is intended to provide a minimum amount of protection for Windows users that would not otherwise use antivirus, either because of the cost or a lack of understanding of the threats.  In fact, it will automatically uninstall if you install a third party security suite.

There are thousands of new viruses and other malware  being launched into the world every day by bad guys who want to control your computer and rip you off.  They can destroy your data, steal your files and capture your login credentials to networks and web sites. They will drain bank accounts and run up victim’s credit cards.

Can you risk being a victim?

Windows Defender uses a standard blacklist system that compares files to a list of known malware to identify threats. That will catch most, but not all threats. It requires that a threat is identified, diagnosed and the list updated.  Unlike other security systems, Windows Defender does not include intrusion detection or a sandbox for safely running questionable programs.

Without a sandbox you will always be vulnerable to zero day exploits, previously unknown security flaws in popular web software that are exploited by hackers for nefarious ends. Java, Internet Explorer and Adobe Flash have all had numerous zero day exploits over the past few years that require you to have the latest patch. This has become so serious that many people recommend only running your browser in a sandbox.

If you are tempted to go with Windows Defender because it’s free, consider that Comodo offers a free edition of Comodo Internet Security (CIS) that includes a complete package of advanced protection features.   With its firewall, behavior detection (heuristics), host intrusion detection and sandboxing your protection is ensured.  In fact, CIS uses a “default/deny” strategy that never allows a program to run outside the sandbox unless it verified as safe.

If you upgrade to a subscription edition of CIS you will also get 24/7 support and a warranty that guarantees your computer will never be harmed by a virus.

Why do you buy internet security?

To be secure, of course.  It’s really about your peace of mind.

Comodo is the ONLY internet security system that comes with a warranty.  That makes it the only one with serenity built in.

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Airgain unveils extended portfolio of 5G OMNIMAX Dipole series antennas for M2M and IoT apps

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Airgain announced the release of its OMNIMAX Next Dipole antennas, the latest addition to Airgain’s 5G product portfolio designed to deliver ultra-wideband connectivity for 5G NR sub-6GHz IoT and M2M applications.

The OMNIMAX Next Dipole series includes 5G NR sub-6GHz products for low profile and shock resistant outdoor applications, including “salt shaker” style antennas, indoor dipole “paddle” antennas, and outdoor “candlestick” dipole antennas.

Each product is designed to blend into the environment, with flexible mounting options while providing ultra-wideband connectivity for virtually any indoor or outdoor cellular module, modem, or gateway. The 5G ready OMNIMAX Next Dipole series provides future-proof performance, with backward compatibility from 5G to 4G and 3G global frequency bands.

“Supporting sub-6GHz 5G, particularly the lower bands approaching 600MHz, is challenging for the form factors of these products,” said Kevin Thill, Airgain’s Senior Vice President of Engineering.

“These antennas achieve excellent broadband performance without compromising the form factor, while outperforming competing solutions that we have seen in the market today. These antennas feature a unique and patent pending Coplanar Waveguide feed, which is key to enabling the ultra-wideband performance in the given form factors.

“We are excited to offer the expansion of our product portfolio of 5G ready antennas designed to accommodate wider bandwidth requirements demanded by 5G. The OMNIMAX Next Dipole series provides a cost-effective solution while delivering dependable quality.”

Building on Airgain’s antenna design expertise of CENTURION Next, the industry’s first 9-in-1 5G and Wi-Fi 6 fleet antenna, the OMNIMAX Next Dipole series includes 617 MHz to 6 GHz wideband cellular 5G support. OMNIMAX Indoor Dipole Next, OMNIMAX Outdoor Dipole Next, and M2M SN Next are available through our trusted channel partners or direct at 1-855-AIRGAIN.

Source: https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/07/09/airgain-omnimax-next-dipole-antennas/

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You Are The Weakest Link

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Tom Finan on human imperfection and cyber security culture




A craftsman never blames their tools. It is not the systems  that ultimately fail cyber security professionals- it’s the people. Insider threats do abound but more often than malfeasance, misfeasance is the key to a breach. It wasn’t the firewall that failed Capitol One, it was a misconfiguration. Tom Finan dives in on culure vs. strategy quoting both Peter Drucker and…Barbara Streisand.  

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Covid 19 has changed 2020 in unprecedented ways in how we work, live our lives, and measure Cyber Risk. Listen to Episode #141 of Task Force 7 Radio as the Cyber Growth Leader from Willis Towers Watson, Tom Finan and Co-Host Andy Bonillo dive into how the “Cyber Security Superheroes” are working together to manage the human element during the pandemic. As claims data shows, effective Cyber Risk prevention and mitigation is largely a people problem. In response, companies need to assess and analyze the elements of their cultures that shape both positive and negative cyber attitudes and behaviors that makes the human element one of the largest risks to a company.

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Source: https://www.cshub.com/executive-decisions/articles/you-are-the-weakest-link

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Axio360 platform to provide holistic view and identify financial impact of risk for Archer’s clients

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Axio announced a strategic partnership with cybersecurity consulting firm Archer. This partnership will merge Archer’s expertise in critical infrastructure protection with the Axio360 platform and allow clients to measure cyber risk exposure in financial terms and manage their cybersecurity program from a holistic point of view.

The Axio360 platform will assist Archer’s clients in identifying cyber risks across business units and threat vectors that may not have previously been considered. The platform estimates all-in costs of exposure and evaluates how specific controls and mitigations will reduce risk.

“The Axio platform was built to fundamentally redefine how organizations solve cybersecurity problems. Our intention is to enable business-centric decision-making by putting the risk in financial terms,” said Brendan T. Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President of Channels & Partnerships for Axio.

“Our operating system aligns all key constituents and delivers clarity in real-time. This partnership with Archer allows our software to make critical infrastructure safer and more secure.”

“This partnership allows our asset owners to receive tailored recommendations from Axio and our dedicated team. For the first time, our clients will be able to measure their cybersecurity program and benchmark it across their industry peers,” stated Patrick C. Miller, Managing Partner for Archer.

“This collaboration will help the overall assessment and understanding of cybersecurity risk for critical infrastructure.”

Axio360’s methodology and software empowers organizations to continuously answer the four most critical questions for cyber risk:

  • What’s my exposure in financial terms?
  • How should I manage my cyber program?
  • Do I have the financial ability to recover?
  • Where should I invest?

Source: https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/07/09/axio-archer/

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