Safeguarding Manufacturing: Data Security Control

July 13, 2021 / by Charisma Burghouts

 

The Vulnerabilities.

Manufacturing involves multiple tiers of suppliers providing components that come together to create the end product. Each tier is an exercise in unique processes to the manufacturer and their third-party suppliers’ raw materials, production, inventory, and distribution. This complicated convergence of players, processes, and data creates a wicked infrastructure security problem.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 5G for Business

February 19, 2021 / by Charisma Burghouts

The Good.

The advent of 5G is an exciting development in connectivity for most businesses. From the farmer who can now remotely monitor field conditions to the global manufacturing leader dependent upon a digital supply chain, to mom-and-pop shops offering real-time-customer service, 5G is changing the way business gets done. And both owners and consumers are enjoying the benefits!

For most, 5G still lacks the true “100 times faster” connection that service providers touted it would bring in 2019. But still, its improvements to speed and lower latency over 4G LTE for business connectivity have already established it as a game changer.

Although 5G is one of the fastest growing technologies in history with adoption 4x as fast as LTE, it will be years before 5G networks blanket the globe. However, explosive adoption is already well underway in the automotive, manufacturing, utilities, and healthcare industries, all of which have been catalysts for a rush on new IoT devices for business efficiencies, enhanced customer service, the movement of large amounts of data, and more.

As 5G network availability grows, the potential for 5G IoT business devices has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, the security risks have grown with it

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Merry Christmas and… Happy Hacking?

December 21, 2020 / by Charisma Burghouts

'tis the season to lose data

Overall consumer spending online remains dramatically elevated thanks to the pandemic, and no one is predicting a decline in post-holiday online sales. The sweet spot between Christmas and New Years that brings a frenzy of shoppers searching for year-end bargains isn’t just for those looking to use their gift cards. It’s also a special time of year for cybercriminals who ramp up efforts to phish, scam and hack their way into companies to gain access to valuable data.  

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Ransomware vs Data Breach: What They Are and How You Can Protect Your Enterprise From Them | Fornetix

September 03, 2019 / by Fornetix

There are two popular types of malicious attacks: A data breach and a ransomware attack. You may have heard these two terms used interchangeably, however they're not quite the same.  A data breach occurs when a hacker gains access to information and steals the unencrypted data from the system. This is often used to steal financial, medical, and other personal information. A ransomware attack occurs when hackers gain access to a system and hold the data hostage in exchange for a ransom, regardless of whether the data is encrypted or unencrypted. A hacker may keep the data inside the enterprise's system but encrypt it so the right people can’t gain access to it. They may also remove the data from the system and return it in exchange for ransom. Both types of attacks have been around for a while, but recently, ransomware attacks have become more prevalent.

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End-to-End Encryption Strategies Becoming the Norm for Social Media | Fornetix

January 24, 2019 / by Fornetix

Would you consider giving up personal data in exchange for a third-party app to show you what your ninety-year-old self will look like? The rise of social media brought lots of joy to consumers’ lives, allowing users to get glimpses of their future selves, to find out their horoscopes, and to communicate with others across the globe.

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PODCAST: Chuck White Visits 'New Cyber Frontier' to Discuss Encryption and Cyber Defense

November 01, 2018 / by Fornetix

Our Chief Technology Officer at Fornetix, Chuck White, sat down with Professor Andre Hinton from the New Cyber Frontier podcast to explore the ways powerful encryption can solve the big problems of cybersecurity. Take a listen using the audio player below!

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The Importance of Strong Encryption in Free Societies

September 18, 2018 / by Fornetix

There is growing concern regarding the role that encryption on personal devices might play in the future of law enforcement activities. Strong encryption, which uses large keys that are controversially hard to crack, has caused complaints in recent years as manufacturers such as Apple and Google increasingly add these features to their devices. What these companies have done is not new technology, but the broader application of existing public-private key encryption in a way that’s easy to use for the average consumer.

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Your Data Is in the Cloud and It's at Risk

June 26, 2018 / by Fornetix

Companies and individuals are using cloud services more and more. Putting so much of our data into the cloud introduces a growing problem. The lines between public cloud, private cloud, and software-as-a-service (Saas) have rapidly blurred as new technology develops, redefining what “cloud” actually means. Some businesses put significant portions of their infrastructure into the cloud and choose to keep only a very small footprint in a traditional data center or office. More commonly, businesses will leverage SaaS to handle common IT requirements such as email, storage, CRM, and backups.

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What Is the 'EFAIL' Vulnerability and What Can You Do About It?

May 18, 2018 / by Fornetix

What is efail? 

Efail is the name given by German Researchers to a potential attack against PGP or S/MIME encoded emails to take the encrypted contents and send them to a third-party actor.

How does efail work?

Efail requires an HTML encoded email to be manipulated by prepending an html image tag to the beginning of the email. This in turn forces the email client to send a request to a malicious domain looking for an image file that is the body of the encrypted email.

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Fornetix Developer Takes Top Prize at Cybersecurity Conference

February 26, 2018 / by Fornetix

The Fornetix team wants to congratulate Kian Bradley, client developer, after he earned first place in the cryptocurrency capture the flag (C3TF) at this year’s BSidesNoVA hacking conference. The competition focused on real world challenges related to crypto currencies such as smart contract exploits, forensics, wallet exploits, and more issues unique to this growing industry.

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