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  • War Games and Grim Warnings

    Hope Trampski - Jul. 19, 2024

    The film War Games, released in 1983, captivated audiences with a thrilling depiction of military super computers and the possibility of nuclear war. Hidden within the story of a young boy with a… Read More

  • Kevin Mitnick, sound familiar?

    Hope Trampski - Jul. 16, 2024

    Kevin Mitnick is known as one of the world’s first cybercriminals, but before his infamous hacking career, he got his start in social engineering at only twelve years old. Living in Los Angeles, … Read More

  • Sneakers, a 90s Cyber Success

    Hope Trampski - Jul. 12, 2024

    Here at cyberTAP we value real world applications, and as cyber professionals, we understand the practical nuances of our industry and how it applies to everyday life. However, the same can’t alw… Read More

  • How much do you know about the history of cybersecurity?

    Hope Trampski - Jul. 09, 2024

    Welcome to our deep dive into the history of cybersecurity! Join us as we uncover the development of our field through the decades by looking into some of the most notorious hacks and cybercrimin… Read More

  • OK, I know what Zero Trust means. Now what?

    Matthew Crain - Apr. 13, 2022

    In the previous article, I spent some time unpacking NIST’s seven tenets of zero trust. However, those ideas only describe what zero trust intends to accomplish, and that leaves many questions un… Read More

  • Let's talk about NIST

    Chandler Ball - Apr. 06, 2022

    Since the creation of the TCP/IP protocol in 1983, that created the building blocks of the internet we know and love today, the technological world that we live in is rapidly evolving. Every inno… Read More

  • Amazon Patents Smell and Skin Texture as Biometrics

    Chuck Garwood - Mar. 29, 2022

    Amazon was recently awarded several patents for using biometrics such as smell and skin texture to identify people. Amazon’s Ring cameras have been a bit of an outlier lately as they don’t offer … Read More

  • Log4j Rehashed

    George Bailey - Mar. 22, 2022

    It was December 10, 2021, when the cybersecurity community was ablaze with hunting down yet another critical vulnerability. I know it's hard to keep vulnerabilities straight when they are discove… Read More

  • Purdue Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program is Ready to Enroll

    James Stratton - Mar. 09, 2022

    Does your company need to upskill your cyber-team? Are you an individual working in a cyber role and want to become a cyber-apprentice? Are you a US citizen? Then get in here and let’s have a cha… Read More

  • Identity Broker: How Does it Fit in the Identity Management Puzzle

    Mike Johnson - Feb. 25, 2022

    Recently for a project, the need arose to seamlessly, or as seamless as possible, connect two disparate Learning Management Systems so that users from one system can access content from another w… Read More

  • What it SIEMs vs. What it is: Exploring the Commonalities and Differences between SIEM, MSSP, and MDR.

    Jeremy Johns - Feb. 15, 2022

    Adopting a new technology in the workplace can lead to major changes in policies and/or procedures. Adopting a new security technology is no different; no matter your choice, there will be benefi… Read More

  • Intro to Zero Trust

    Matthew Crain - Jan. 27, 2022

    This is the first in a planned series of articles about the concept of zero trust. It is a big subject; today, we will start small, and focus on getting the most basic understanding of just what … Read More

  • Salesforce Says, "Yes," To MFA

    Staff Author - Jan. 11, 2022

    "You know how we tell the good guys from the bad guys? The bad guys shoot at us." Rick Yancey learned this from his father, a concept that can be applied to the cyber world. The "bad guys" are fi… Read More

  • Tor, What Is It Good For

    Krassimir Tzvetanov - Jan. 05, 2022

    In early December, Radio Free Europe reported that Russia blocked the Tor service. Is that an effort to fight online crime and illegal content, or is there something deeper? Spoiler alert - I won… Read More

  • Cyber Predictions For 2022: What's Coming Next Year

    Eric Engle - Dec. 14, 2021

    It's December, so you know what that means; it's prediction season! It's the particular time of year when everyone gives their opinion on what will happen next year in cyber. We, of course, are n… Read More

  • What's Your Stripper Name? Social Engineering Through Viral Media

    Jeremy Johns - Dec. 07, 2021

    Around the time Eminem started asking if he could have our attention, another trend was taking off across the world in the form of Social Media. The rise of social media brought with it a new tec… Read More

  • Everyday Habits That'll Increase Your Cybersecurity

    Staff Author - Nov. 30, 2021

    Before coming to cybersecurity, many professionals have different ideas and practices than are required to preserve the security of information. These practices often include: clicking on links i… Read More

  • New cybersecurity law providing support for K12

    Joe Beckman - Nov. 23, 2021

    Distinguished as one of the few pieces of legislation to be signed by the President of the United States in the past decade, Public Law 117-47, known as the K-12 Cybersecurity Act, requires the f… Read More

  • CMMC v2.0 Launched...Well, Sort Of

    George Bailey - Nov. 16, 2021

    As many readers of the cyberTAP blog already know, suppliers of goods and services to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) have been put on notice to improve their cybersecurity postures… Read More

  • The Passwordless Future

    Micah Snabl - Nov. 09, 2021

    For a long time in the world of computers, "security" has nigh been synonymous with "passwords". "Make complex passwords." "Don't share your passwords." "A member of our staff will never ask you … Read More

  • Ransomware in Critical Infrastructure, and What You Should Already Be Doing

    Matthew Crain - Nov. 02, 2021

    Ransomware attacks show no sign of slowing down anytime soon. In late September, one after another, two large ransomware attacks targeting the agriculture industry came to light. The ransomware g… Read More

  • Where is the privacy with wearable technology?

    Scott Richards - Nov. 02, 2021

    So, when I decided to write about privacy with modern technology, I found an interesting thing occurred. I was convinced that the privacy concerns would break down over age groups. I started rese… Read More

  • Purdue@WestGate hosting Cybersecurity Demo Day in partnership with Purdue cyberTAP and Purdue MEP

    Staff Author - Oct. 25, 2021

    Tuesday, October 26th, Purdue@WestGate is hosting an all-day, in-person networking event for students, small-business owners, or anyone interested in pursuing a cybersecurity career to network an… Read More

  • Open Source in Application Development: Safe or Total Thermal Nuclear War?

    Mike Johnson - Oct. 19, 2021

    Are open-source software tools safe to use in application development? Probably...Sometimes...It Depends. Truthfully, it is challenging for a general consumer to know if a developer has knowingly… Read More

  • Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Secure Your Phishing Defenses

    Staff Author - Oct. 12, 2021

    From ransomware to SolarWinds, the cybersecurity space has been as hectic as it has ever been over the last 12-24 months. However, for all of the emerging threats and news that are cropping up on… Read More

  • Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Get Familiar with the Cyber Basics

    Staff Author - Oct. 05, 2021

    At a time when we are more connected than ever, being “cyber smart” is of the utmost importance. This year has already seen more than a fair share of attacks and breaches, including the SolarWind… Read More

  • Year in Review - Message from the Director

    Mat Trampski - Sep. 28, 2021

    Hello again everyone! Thanks for giving cyberTAP your attention; we very much appreciate our partners, clients, and friends. Without you we’d be really bored, not to mention, without you we could… Read More

  • Knock! Knock! Your Package Has Arrived: Amazon's New In-Garage Delivery Service

    Chuck Garwood - Sep. 21, 2021

    Amazon recently announced a new delivery service, where they will deliver packages directly into your garage. No more worrying about porch pirates stealing your Amazon Prime Glitter Bombs off you… Read More

  • In Ransomware, the Kids Aren’t All right. The Taxpayers aren’t Either.

    Joe Beckman - Sep. 04, 2021

    According to their website, the Judson Independent School District in Texas discovered on June 17, 2021, that it was victimized by ransomware.  The attack made unavailable the district’s critical… Read More

  • Not just a matter of Gbps - Classifying DDoS Attacks

    Krassimir Tzvetanov - Aug. 10, 2021

    Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are becoming prevalent in our daily life. Just in the past ten years, things have changed significantly – from the forgotten hacktivist collective Ano… Read More

  • I Am Not a Cyber Expert - Odds Are, You Aren’t Either.

    Jeremy Johns - Aug. 03, 2021

    Three years ago, I thought I had everything figured out. Finish up school, land a job doing something in the field I studied in, raise a family, etc. Little did I know my path was going to change… Read More

  • Cybersecurity Insurance - Another tool in your risk management strategy

    George Bailey - Jul. 27, 2021

    At the core of all cybersecurity policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, frameworks, technical controls, training, etc., is the idea of risk management.  Managing the risk of a data breach t… Read More

  • Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time -- DPAs in Modern Business

    Carly Turow - Jul. 07, 2021

    We were a little surprised recently when we received a DPA that included requirements to comply with regulations in Dubai and New Zealand. Dubai? Why a city and not a country? Heck, why not just … Read More

  • Ransomware is a Scourge, But Also Helpful

    Matthew Crain - Jun. 29, 2021

    Everything, everywhere, eventually comes down to money. Even non-profit health care organizations tend to operate as if they have investors peering over their shoulders, because each dollar repre… Read More

  • Training the Next Cybersecurity Professionals

    Staff Author - Jun. 23, 2021

    Over the past 18 months, the world has transformed, and many professionals relocated to working in a remote setting. Unfortunately, the speed at which this transition took place, coupled with the… Read More

  • The Colonial Pipeline Attack: A New Phase in Cyber Defense

    Joe Beckman - Jun. 15, 2021

    Since the initial accusations of election interference in 2016, the steady stream of hacking incidents attributed to the Russian government has plagued US cybersecurity practitioners like chronic… Read More

  • Stopping DDoS in its Tracks

    Krassimir Tzvetanov - Jun. 08, 2021

    I often get asked, "What’s the best equipment one can buy to protect my company from a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack?" While this is a valid question it is making a very large numbe… Read More

  • Message from the Director - June Update

    Mat Trampski - Jun. 01, 2021

    The very excellent Eric, with whom rests the primary responsibility of our blog and newsletter, has been badgering me for some time to provide a note from the director. He’s been patient and I’ve… Read More

  • The Critical Security Controls for Small to Medium Size Business.

    Nate Bradbury - May. 18, 2021

    The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing guidelines and standards to help organizations and individuals alike protect themselves from internet t… Read More

  • Don't Trust Users: Application Security Basics

    Micah Snabl - May. 11, 2021

    When it comes to application security, it pays to be a cynic. When developing a tool, it is quite easy to focus on all of the things it is supposed to accomplish. The converse is of similar impor… Read More

  • Phishing: Beware of those Sneaky, Slimy, Stinky Messages

    George Bailey - May. 04, 2021

    It’s 3 am, you are abruptly awoken from a deep sleep by a banging on your door.  You wipe the sleep from your eyes and glare at your alarm clock, who could that be at this hour, you say to yourse… Read More

  • Securing Mr. Roboto: Cybersecurity in ICS Environments

    Joe Beckman - Apr. 27, 2021

    The February 5, 2021 attack on the Oldsmar, Florida water supply brought the cybersecurity of industrial control systems (ICS) to the front of national attention in the United States. As is often… Read More

  • A Letter to Cybersecurity from an Application Developer

    Mike Johnson - Apr. 20, 2021

    Dear Cybersecurity, I don't get you. I thought we were going to be good friends instead, you hang out with all my other friends. You've changed, I don't recognize you anymore. I know we haven't a… Read More

  • What is Cyber Threat Intelligence?

    Krassimir Tzvetanov - Apr. 13, 2021

    Over the past 8-10 years, the term Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) permanently settled in our dictionary. But what is it? Apart from every term containing "cyber" is cool, it does not appear we h… Read More

  • What it Takes to Admin SaaS

    Staff Author - Apr. 06, 2021

    What does it take to administer a SaaS (Software as a Service) application? Well, here are some thoughts. First, you need to know what the software can do. I don't mean the stuff they put on the … Read More

  • What is CMMC?

    George Bailey - Mar. 30, 2021

    Wait, What, another cybersecurity standard to implement?!? Yes, amongst all the available choices from NIST, FIPS, ISO, COBIT, ISACA, PCI, and many others, a new standard has been developed. This… Read More

  • Defense Lives Here: What a former B1G Ten Defensive Player of the Year can teach us about defensive cybersecurity?

    Mat Trampski - Mar. 16, 2021

    In 2015 Purdue University’s perimeter was secure. The necessary controls in place demonstrated to our most sophisticated adversaries that nothing would be “easy” from the outside. To match this s… Read More

  • Moving a Workforce Out Of Office

    Mike Johnson - Mar. 09, 2021

    Raise your hand if the current pandemic climate has accelerated a change or outright shift in the way you do business. Keep your hand raised if you weren’t 100% prepared for this shift. For those… Read More

  • Why Do I Need a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment?

    Matthew Crain - Mar. 02, 2021

    Every cybersecurity program I’ve ever seen lists risk assessment as its first step, a foundation upon which all the other security measures will build. But with so many potential fires to fight, … Read More

  • Understanding the SolarWinds “Sunburst” Hack

    Joe Beckman - Feb. 23, 2021

    You could be forgiven if you rolled your eyes and clicked through to the next story when you first learned of the SolarWinds hack. Cybersecurity incidents have become commonplace events and if yo… Read More

  • Knowledge is Power

    Staff Author - Feb. 16, 2021

    Picture if you will a special operative who has been given the directive of establishing communication between generals on the field of battle. These generals are from different countries and spe… Read More

  • Welcome to the cyberTAP

    Mat Trampski - Feb. 09, 2021

    I’m a lucky guy, what else can I say! Good health, good family, and a good job… The world faces the shifting sands of an ever-changing cybersecurity landscape: new strains of ransomware popping u… Read More

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