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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Although every month (and week and day) at Kimmell Cybersecurity is Cyber Security Awareness month, the federal government declares every October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), and sends out a series of guidelines for businesses to help them with securing their data. The Department of Homeland Security has said “NCSAM “[…] is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources…

EU is Implementing New GDPR Cybersecurity Standards. What They are and Why You Need to Pay Attention

With or without Britain, the European Union is about to implement broad-based data privacy and security business standards across all 28-member countries. The new standards, passed in April 2016, replace outdated 1995 standards. They will take effect on May 25, 2018, which is coming sooner than you think. (Britain said that it will implement the standards “as long as it remains in the EU). These regs apply to any company that has any data on any party that resides in…

Want DoD Contracts? Comply with DFARS by the End of the Year

After a two-year delay, the US Defense Department is finally implementing the data security requirements of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The new security requirements will go into effect as of December 31, 2017. Any Defense Department bidding from any potential contractor from that point on will have to comply with these new regs, whether materiel is being purchased or leased by the government. Read on for an overview of these regulations. So, what are they and how do…

Your Text Messages Can be Hacked, Too

Back in 2014, the television program ran a report on a vulnerability in cell phone services that can allow hackers to access, and even text to and from, a smartphone. Since at least that time, cell phone companies have known about that weakness in their SS7 system—but they haven’t done anything about it. Using this vulnerability, hackers in Germany recently accessed people’s bank accounts directly from their phones—without even having to work enough to get through their computer security systems….

From the Equifax Hack to the Blockchain: Online Database Security is the Issue

By this point, you know about the latest in criminal enterprise hacking. The Equifax hackers absconded with personal data on nearly 150 million people, causing job loss for many of the company’s top execs, including the CEO. The very next week, large accounting firm Deloitte suffered a major data breach. And a report from earlier this year noted that the vast majority of the largest law firms have had their data breached, as well. It is pretty clear that, 1,…

Kimmell Cybersecurity Quoted in Akron Legal News!

Law firms taking advice on cybersecurity; you should too!… I don’t know if my constant hammering on this topic has influenced this latest happening, but a few Akron law firms have recently decided to upgrade their cybersecurity approach. Fortunately, they didn’t have to go very far geographically to bring in a heavy cybersecurity hitter. No names please, but several of Akron’s largest law firms have engaged West Akron firm Kimmell Cybersecurity to test, analyze and protect their data from the…

DEF CON Stories and Lessons Learned

While two main stories have dominated the news about the 2017 DEF CON hacker’s convention—the voting machine hacks and the arrest of the cybersecurity expert who stopped the WannaCry malware, there were other scary things at the annual conference, too. So, briefly and before we get to those two stories, here are some other hacks that took place at the Vegas conference. One guy hacked into a “smart gun” with a $15 magnet that was supposedly locked from firing, and…

The Latest on Ransomware

In the last few weeks, computer networks around the world have been invaded by three destructive “ransomware” attacks, all of which work differently: WannaCry, Petya, and NotPetya all have common base components, but want different things from the networks they infect. Once ransomware infects a system, there is very little that the system operator can do. The best approach is preventative, by employing a cybersecurity expert to make ransomware as difficult as possible to distribute in the network. First off,…

Brett Kimmell Quoted in the Akron Legal News…

The degree will be rare among Ohio public universities, said Nichols. Cybersecurity firm Digital Guardian lists fewer than 100 such university programs worldwide. “Students completing this degree will have a good foundation in computer networking, forensics and fighting cybercrime,” Nicholas said. The cybersecurity industry is ready he said. “This is an excellent idea. There is a huge demand right now,” said Brett Kimmell, owner of the West Akron’s Kimmell Cybersecurity, an outfit that has worked with numerous local law firms…

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