Be Cyber Safe!

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Cyber security insights for local government, non-profits, and small businesses from Commonwealth Sentinel. No organization is too big or too small. #CyberSecurity is for everyone!

Cyber security insights for local government, non-profits, and small businesses from Commonwealth Sentinel. No organization is too big or too small. #CyberSecurity is for
everyone!

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#76・

“Legacy” – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

“Legacy” – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly What do you think of when you hear the word “Legacy”?The Good – “Legacy” is what others will picture when they hear your name after you’re gone. You might want your legacy to be that you were a family man and cared f…

 
#75・

Lions and Tigers and Bears…OH MY!!!!

Lions and Tigers and Bears…OH MY!!!!*No Animals Were Harmed in This BreachIs nothing sacred anymore? Now the Louisville Zoo membership information has been breached!A third-party vendor that the Louisville Zoo uses to send out emails to its patrons was hacked…

 
#74・

Vertical Personnel Transportation Conveyance. WTF?!?

So, What is a “Vertical Personnel Transportation Conveyance”?When I worked at the Washington Navy Yard in DC, one day in the elevator, I noticed that the inspection certificate above the floor buttons said “vertical personnel transportation conveyance.” The o…

 
#73・

Ready for a Pen Tests? Turn your head and cough... Just kidding

Why do I Need a Vulnerability Scan?Relax…Vulnerability Scans and Penetration Tests (PenTests) don’t hurt. There’s no “prep” like with a colonoscopy. But they are just as important.Sometimes people want to skip the vulnerability scan and add on their security …

 
#72・

Not Another Scam 🙄

Not Another Scam🙄Yep, we don’t have enough to worry about I guess. Isn’t there enough danger out there already? We have to be careful of ransomware attacks, business email compromises, malware, phishing emails, vishing (voice phishing by phone), and smishing …

 
#71・

Have a Cyber Safe 4th of July Weekend!

Hard to believe that we are already halfway through 2022! Have a great weekend you have earned it.For more information on how we can help you, contact Commonwealth Sentinel at info@commonwealthsentinel.com or (502) 320-9885. Until next time, #BeCyberSafe! She…

 
#70・

Cyber Insurance is NOT Cyber Security

Cyber Insurance is NOT Cyber SecurityHave you ever thought that as long as you have car insurance that it was okay to drive drunk? Or have you ever thought that as long as you have homeowners insurance it’s okay to start a bonfire in your basement? If you hav…

 
#69・

I will NOT buy Peach Schnapps again and other lessons from KCJEA and Magistrates Summer Conference

Thoughts from the 2022 KCJEA and Magistrates Summer ConferenceI love June! Summer has finally arrived, the lakes are abuzz with boaters, golf courses are full, and the Kentucky County Judge/Executive and Kentucky Magistrates & Commissioners Association ho…

 
#68・

Summer Conference Season

Cyber Security for County Government in 2022

 
#67・

More #!#&%$ Acronyms

CVE for Cyber Security (Not the Police CVE Program) Every industry has its buzzwords and acronyms. When I transitioned from working for the Navy to working in cyber security, I learned that many of the terms I knew meant different things in cyber than they di…

 
#66・

Have Cyber Safe Memorial Day!

 
#65・

What the heck is BEC and how can it kill me.

BEC…The Silent KillerBusiness Email Compromise (BEC)…sounds like something you might learn about in business school. Sounds almost boring. However, in reality, it is one of the main sources of online fraud, even topping ransomware.BEC doesn’t have that ominou…

 
#64・

Lincoln College to Close after 157 Years Following Cyber Attack

Lincoln College to Close after 157 Years Following Cyber AttackHistory is a wonderful teacher. We learn from experiences. Often we learn more from misfortune and hardships than we do from the smooth and steady times.Lincoln College, a historically black colle…

 
#63・

There is no such thing as enough security

We Have Enough Security…Why Do We Need More?You can never have too much security, can you?Definitely, you can have too little.Often people will tell us that they have anti-virus or a firewall, so they are fine. This is wrong for two reasons.First, anti-virus …

 
#62・

Be Cyber Safe! - On the Road Again

On the Road AgainThis week we have had the opportunity to do what we love most…hit the road and meet with clients in person. We thought we would share our insights with you.First, no two organizations are exactly alike. Even when we meet with two county gover…

 
#61・

Debunking the Myths of Cyber Security

Debunking the Myths of Cyber SecurityMany organizations believe that cyber security is an option. Maybe even a luxury. In some cases, they may make excuses for why they think they don’t need it. One of the main barriers may be the lack of understanding. Whate…

 
#60・

Why Is Security Training So Important?

Why Is Security Training So Important?Although this is a question that elicits a qualitative answer, I will attempt to provide a quantitative response.11 seconds – the average time between ransomware attacks34% - number of local government organizations that …

 
#59・

Half of All Local Governments May Be Attacked Daily

Half of All Local Governments May Be Attacked Daily60% of all small businesses that are hit by a cyber attack will go out of business within six months. If that happens, the people that work there will lose their jobs, and the owners will lose money. The empl…

 
#58・

Aren’t My Anti-Virus and Firewall Enough?

Aren’t My Anti-Virus and Firewall Enough?We often hear from folks that they already have cyber security because they have anti-virus or a firewall. They feel like that is enough to protect them from cyber attacks. However, this is a false sense of security. H…

 
#57・

The Feds are Stepping Up to Protect Local Governments. Are you ready?

The Feds are Stepping Up to Protect Local Governments. Are you ready?