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SANS conducted a survey in June, Higher Education: Open and Secure?, where they surveyed almost 300 IT professionals in Higher Education. Based on the results, Higher Ed institutions clearly have information security concerns and priorities that are a bit different from those of the typical enterprise. You really can't "lock down" Higher Ed: the whole premise of higher education involves… Read more

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We have previously described how Exploit Kits are some of the favorite techniques used by cybercriminals to install malicious software on victims' systems. The number of Exploit Kits available has experienced exponential growth in the last few years. Since Blackhole’s author was arrested in 2013, the number of Exploit Kits has increased - including Neutrino, Magnitude, Nuclear, Rig and… Read more

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Today Home Depot confirmed that they have been the victims of a catastrophic data breach. If history is any indicator, the cost of this revelation could be best described with a simple phrase: Carthage must be destroyed. Prior to the outbreak of the Third Punic War, hawkish elements of the Roman Republic began to popularize the phrase Carthago Delenda Est … Read more

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Thanks to recent events involving certain celebrities’ stolen pictures, “brute-force attack” is now one of the hot buzz words making its rounds on the intertubez. However, if you asked most people, they probably couldn’t even hazard a guess as to what is actually involved in a brute force attack. As an IT professional - do… Read more

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Have a case of the three-day weekend blues? Don’t fret! The AlienVault team is here to help start your week off right! We’re super excited to be sponsoring SpiceWorld again this year, and cannot wait to mingle with all of you in only a few weeks here in Austin, TX! Speaking of our fair city, we… Read more

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