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Kim Crawley

Kim Crawley

Kim Crawley spent years working in general tier two consumer tech support, most of which as a representative of Windstream, a secondary American ISP. Malware related tickets intrigued her, and her knowledge grew from fixing malware problems on thousands of client PCs. Her curiosity led her to research malware as a hobby, which grew into an interest in all things information security related.

By 2011, she was already ghostwriting study material for the InfoSec Institute’s CISSP and CEH certification exam preparation programs. Ever since, she’s contributed articles on a variety of information security topics to CIO, CSO, Computerworld, SC Magazine, and 2600 Magazine.

Her first solo developed PC game, Hackers Versus Banksters, had a successful Kickstarter and was featured at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May 2016. This October, she gave her first talk at an infosec convention, a penetration testing presentation at BSides Toronto.

She considers her sociological and psychological perspective on infosec to be her trademark. Given the rapid growth of social engineering vulnerabilities, always considering the human element is vital.

December 14, 2017 | Kim Crawley

Explain How Honeypots Work to Me

If you’ve ever had an ant problem in your home, it’s likely that you’ve used ant traps. Ants are attracted to food high in carbohydrates, especially sugary stuff. Ant traps work because they contain bait that lures ants in. So, they might go for your ant trap rather than the cookie crumbs you dropped…

December 4, 2017 | Kim Crawley

Explain How VPN Works

The recently discovered KRACK vulnerabilities affecting WPA2 have encouraged people to talk about the benefits of Virtual Private Networks. I think that's great! Ideally, we should all be using VPNs at home, in the office, during your commute, over Wi-Fi, and over Ethernet. But in order to use VPNs, it helps to understand how they work and how they…

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November 30, 2017 | Kim Crawley

In Honor of Computer Security Day, Let’s Celebrate the Evolution of SIEM!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The trees on my street have almost completely shed their leaves. My neighbors are stringing multicolored lights on their houses. My local shopping mall has started to play various versions of “Jingle Bell Rock,” recorded by many of the stars of top 40 on radio from the past few…

November 1, 2017 | Kim Crawley

Explain How SSH Works to Me

SSH, otherwise known as Secure Shell, is a common TCP internet protocol that can be used to securely connect a computer to an outside computer or network. The physical locations of the computers on both ends of an SSH connection don't matter provided that the computers are connected to the accessible network and have SSH set up properly.…

October 25, 2017 | Kim Crawley

Explain How a Web Application Firewall Works

Websites, web applications, and web servers are prime cyber-attack targets. Some of the most common types of attacks on web servers include SQL injection attacks, cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, and DDoS attacks. So how can you defend against these? There are two main approaches that can help: developing applications to make them more resistant to attacks, and protecting applications using…

September 27, 2017 | Kim Crawley

Explain How Firewalls Work to Me

Firewalls are one of the most important network security functions that everyone must have, whether you're operating a datacenter, or surfing the web on your phone during your public transit commute. Firewalls come in both hardware and software forms, for both consumers and enterprises. So what do firewalls do, and how do they work?I’m sure you…

September 13, 2017 | Kim Crawley

How Does The Equifax Incident Compare to Other Data Breaches?

The Equifax data breach news which broke last week was a bit of a shocker. About 143 million Americans were affected, which is most of the US adult population, and an unknown number of Canadians and Britons. The leaked data included some highly sensitive information including social security numbers, home addresses and credit card numbers. The cyber-attack on Equifax occurred between…

August 29, 2017 | Kim Crawley

One Man Cyber Attacked 4,000 Companies; Don’t Let It Happen to You

A cyber-attack over the past four months was discovered which targeted more than 4,000 companies, and successfully penetrated at least 14 of them. The targets were mainly in the oil and gas, mining, transportation, and construction sectors - in locations as diverse as Germany, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, and Croatia. The malicious party was able to acquire sensitive financial data and remote control…

August 14, 2017 | Kim Crawley

Security Tips for Parents with Kids Going Back to School

Cybersecurity is just as important for ordinary people—both adults and children—as it is for companies and professional organizations.I first went online in 1995, when I was eleven years old. Back then, only a very small percentage of households had internet access. My parents had no idea what to expect as I explored the World Wide Web…

August 9, 2017 | Kim Crawley

Basic Best Practices for Secure Internal Software as a Service (SaaS) Applications

Software as a Service (SaaS) is huge. More and more developers are choosing SaaS as the delivery mechanism of their software and services, and more and more businesses are using it. Where you or your organization have internally-developed, SaaS-delivered applications, ensuring the security of those applications is critical to both the security of the data, and minimizing risks to your…

July 11, 2017 | Kim Crawley

Basic Best Practices for Configuring Email Servers

A significant percentage of online cyberattacks are email related. Enterprises are often required to host their own email servers for the sake of compliance and practicality, instead of using one of many third party email services that are often offered by ISPs. But if an email server that your business operates is subject to attack, not only can your business…

June 1, 2017 | Kim Crawley

The Cybersecurity of Persona 5

I'm not only an information security professional, I also happen to be a huge Japanese RPG fan. I've also been playing video games since 1989. The Persona spinoff of the massive Megami Tensei series is one of my favorite game franchises. Persona games feature beautiful art design by Shigenori Soejima and Masayoshi Suto, excellent music by Shoji Meguro, well…

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