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Jan 2017

Sword & Shield’s Mike Mangione Makes Business Journal’s 40 Under 40

Sword & Shield Director of Business Development Mike Mangione has made the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. This marks the 10th year that stand-out young professionals have been honored in the journal, a publication of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Throughout the years, artists, engineers, CEOs, nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs have been among the honorees. According to the newspaper’s article: Mike Mangione can’t think of many...

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16

Dec 2016

Russel Van Tuyl Discusses Latest Yahoo Breach

Sword & Shield Managing Consultant of Security Assessments Russel Van Tuyl talks with WATE News 6 about how to protect yourself after the latest Yahoo! breach. Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013. The California company says it’s a different breach from the one it disclosed in September, when it said 500 million accounts were...

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12

Dec 2016

SOC Warning: Stealthy Stegoloader Can Evade Analysis Tools

By Lee Tibbals and Brian Lowe An interesting relic from the past came to visit recently in the form of a threat called Steganography. Steganography is a well-known and ancient practice of concealing a file, or a message inside of another file or message. The first recorded uses of steganography are accepted to have been around 440 BC in ancient Greece, where a message was...

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09

Dec 2016

Experts: IoT Will Be Hacked Again in 2017

It was nearly two weeks before Halloween and nearly three weeks before Election 2016 when millions were denied access to such popular websites like Twitter, Reddit, The New York Times and PayPal. Some thought it was the Russians attempting to hack the election. Others thought it might be an early seasonal prank, but the event that blocked Internet access for large sections of the country...

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01

Dec 2016

What Direction Will Trump Take on CyberSecurity?

Last week, President-Elect Donald Trump signaled that cybersecurity is an imminent challenge that requires immediate attention by announcing the creation of a Cyber Review Team to provide recommendations during the first 100 days of his presidency. In addition to a focus on trade, energy, regulations, national security and immigration, Trump plans to include cybersecurity as a top priority, but many in the industry believe Trump...

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28

Nov 2016

Slack Shell Bot

By Russel Van Tuyl I really, really, really like shells. Nothing is better than that feeling you get when a shell comes in. There are many ways to get a shell, but some of them take a while to produce. A phishing campaign that leverages malicious payloads is a good example where there might be delayed gratification on receiving a shell. The emails might be...

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17

Nov 2016

Holiday Shopping Safety Series

Avoid holiday cyber scams and hoaxes By Joe Gray Because the cash flow is on the rise, the activity of cyber criminals are increasing as well. The purpose of this blog series is to educate you, the reader, about how to be safe through this season including Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. While I try to be thorough, I cannot possibly cover...

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16

Nov 2016

Holiday Shopping Safety Series

Shopping Safely via Credit Card and e-Commerce By Joe Gray It’s that time of year again: stores closing for a couple of hours (if at all) on Thanksgiving while others are completely closed. Black Friday is creeping into Thursday and cutting into turkey overload time. Starbucks has the peppermint syrup for our frappuccinos, lattes, and mocha drinks. Families are shopping for the best deals for...

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10

Nov 2016

Mid-Sized Businesses Improve Cybersecurity with vSCC

Most business owners today realize they need a comprehensive data security strategy to protect their proprietary information and the personal data of their employees and customers from a variety of cyberthreats. So, while large businesses like Target or Home Depot can afford to hire a team of cybersecurity experts and/or pay to repair the damages done after a security breach occurs, a mid-sized business can’t...

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03

Nov 2016

The CyberSecurity State of the MidSized Company is Risky Business

Mid-Sized Company Cybersecurity Challenge If your company employs 250 or more people a year and earns more than $10 million a year in revenue, your cybersecurity concerns are far different than your neighborhood shop with 20 employees and a significantly smaller budget.  Mid-sized businesses are often tucked away in the small-to-mid-sized business (SMB) category because, frankly, the federal government doesn’t formally recognize a mid-sized category.   However, if...

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