#BeAware: Tailgating and Piggybacking

usd AG News, Security Consulting

Tailgating, also known as Piggybacking, is no trendy new sport, although the name might suggest otherwise. The term refers to a security risk many companies are facing. Tailgating describes the attempt of an attacker to gain access to restricted areas in a company building by inconspicuously tagging along after authorized persons or groups. The attacker counts on people’s courtesy and …

#BeAware: Cookies

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On almost every website, banners and overlays point out that this specific website will save Cookies. But what exactly are Cookies? Cookies are text files created by the website/the browser that are saved locally on the computer. Since a file in this format cannot be used to execute code on its own, the file itself is harmless. However, Cookies are …

Learned. Shared. Connected. Newcomer @ CST – A Review

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In events especially tailored to students, trainees and young professionals CST Academy and usd AG brought together cybersecurity newcomers in June and July. During the usd Consulting Days in Cologne and Neu-Isenburg, students had the chance to have all their questions answered by experienced consultants – questions about careers in consulting, the everyday working life and how to get started. …

usd at Internet Security Days 2019

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For the second time in a row, usd AG will send a speaker to the Internet Security Days. This year, Maximilian Müller, Senior Security Consultant at usd, will introduce the “Incident Response Tabletop Exercise” on the key stage. Müller will demonstrate how companies can use this method to test their current processes and emergency procedures. During an “Incident Response Tabletop …

#BeAware: Have I been pwned?

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Time and again we hear of security incidents where millions of data sets have been hacked and published, including account information, user names and passwords. Have you ever wondered if you might be affected? On https://haveibeenpwned.com you can check whether your email address has been affected by one of the known security incidents. The data base checks your email address …

#BeAware: Phishing Mails

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Phishing emails are still the main gateway for viruses, Trojans and other malware. They are also often used to gain access to the personal data of their recipients. A phishing email sent for the purpose of spreading malware can reach a computer in two ways: Either via compromised attachments or links designed to trick the recipient into visiting a compromised …

#BeAware: Handling of Passwords

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A prominent case from the news: About 4 weeks ago the public learned that Facebook has been storing passwords in plain text since 2012. In a blog post Facebook confirmed that millions of users were affected. Although the passwords stored in credentials databases were encrypted according to security standards, they were accessible in plain text on internal servers by about …

Security Education, Training & Awareness

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What does a 250-year-old educator have to do with modern security awareness programs? Eva Willnecker, Senior Consultant at usd AG, told us. Eva, what role do you think security awareness plays in information security? Eva Willnecker: Many businesses have already achieved a lot when it comes to implementing technical security measures. However, there are certain risks that are difficult to …

Dr Christian Schwartz on information security and what we can learn from incidents like WannaCry.

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Christian, as a consultant in information security, it’s important that you pay close attention to current security incidents. Why’s that? That’s right. Apart from our consulting services for companies, we closely observe incidents in the IT security environment. We especially follow up on and analyse successful attacks, such as the latest example of WannaCry. Genau wie von unseren Kollegen im …

usd Launches New Security Awareness Platform

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Security awareness is an essential part to any comprehensive approach to information security – there can’t be security without awareness. By launching the new usd Security Awareness Platform, we have taken a further step towards optimising our range of security services for our customers. We have developed services to help companies and businesses raise their personnel’s sensitivity to security issues …