If you haven’t followed the news in detail you may have missed what the mainstream media is largely ignoring, which is the dynamic and dramatic change underway on the internet.
As much as we can tell from the recent high level government leaks, the US and Israel have declared (in actions) war on Iran and other unfriendly states via the internet.
NOTE: In this post, news sources are hyperlinked (underlined) so you can see more detail if you like. Just click on underlined words to get the detail.
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The Stuxnet worm and Flame malware (type of viruses) have been released on Iran (and others?) to disrupt their nuclear ambitions, and apparently it was done quite successfully.
While on the surface, this sounds like warfare the way it should be fought (no boots on the ground), we have to realize that war (even Cyber War) is a two way street. When you hit, sooner or later you get hit back. China has been caught with their hand in the cookie jar of the US recently too.
What does all this “science fictionesque” drama mean to you?
I’m glad you asked!!
SharkEye Tech is dedicated to keeping your networks secure and will continue to make changes and/or recommendations for maintaining your network security. In spite of all the precautions, determined, professional hackers get into large, critical networks from time to time (just ask Zappos, Sony, Visa USA, Microsoft and multitudes of AT&T, Gmail and Yahoo mail users and even the Defense Department).
While defensive technology is pretty solid, computers work with an element of trust that is assigned when you put in your ID and Password. If you have administrative rights to your computer, you are MORE at risk because the trust given to your ID is given to other software running after you log in.
The message here is that, all the security in the world means little if the human element fails…which means that YOU and your end users play a huge part in network security!
What to do/avoid:
- Throw away unsolicited (unrequested or unexpected) email unless form a known source. Don’t read it and DO NOT open attachments or links in it.
- Focus your web browsing. Don’t just click on links and meander around the internet following every links (“ooooh, it’s a shiny object” browsing).
- Make sure your antivirus and anti-spyware are running and updated.
- If you work from home, this applies to your home computer too.
- Separate work computer from kids computer. If possible, don’t let kids use, or use unsupervised, your computer that accesses work.
- Keep your SmartPhones, Tablets and Laptops on a short leash. Your devices have more information than you may know related to your network and can be a passkey to getting into your network and your data.
- Keep a low profile on the internet with work resources. Don’t engage in internet debates and arguments regarding passion-inflaming issues with your work related email and minimize personal uses.
- Report any loss immediately. For example, a wallet with passwords on a note, a laptop, phone, etc., is a major risk that we need to be aware of so we can change security to invalidate compromised login info.
We don’t mean to be alarmist, but this is the reality of the internet. A wealth of information and access, but an open area where everyone is welcome to play, … good or bad.
If you have any questions, feel free to respond to this post, or contact us if you have any concerns about your network.