Cyber Security News & Tips by Glenda R. Snodgrass for The Net Effect
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September 26, 2023

Good morning, everyone!

This week’s critical vulnerabilities:
  • Apple has released another round of emergency patches for zero-days under exploit -- requires agreeing to new license so you won't get this update automatically -- new versions macOS 12.7/13.6, iOS 16.7/17.0.1, iPadOS 16.7/17.0.1, and watchOS 9.6.3/10.0.1
  • FortiNet has released critical fixes for multiple versions of FortiProxy and FortiOS

Patch All the Things!

Password hygiene from Marcus Hutchins

When I read a post from someone singing my song this clearly, I just want to quote him for you. Please allow me to share this LinkedIn post from Marcus Hutchins:

How many people have access to your home or office? 10? 20? 100? How many people have access to your breached LinkedIn password from 2016? About 5.3 billion. A password book might not be the most secure way to store passwords, but it's infinitely better than weak passwords and/or password reuse. Password managers are great, but they have trade-offs. It's easy for data-loss to wipe out local databases, cloud-based services can go the way of lastpass, and has anyone ever tried entirely reworking the computer habits of an elderly person? Everything is a trade-off between security, usability, and need. Grandma doesn't have the same threat model as a Fortune 500 company. Cybersecurity is understanding that.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Loving on the NIST CSF

This past week I worked through an online course in GRC (because I'll never know everything there is to know about this subject) and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the instructor is an avowed "fanboi" of the NIST CSF. I'm not alone! LOL Since we've had a number of new subscribers in the past few weeks, I thought I'd run a recap of the CSF functions I wrote about earlier this year:

  1. Identify
  2. Protect
  3. Detect
  4. Respond
  5. Recover

The new version of the CSF, v 2.0, will be released very soon, with a sixth function: Governance. I'll write lots about that one when it comes out!

Stay cyber safe this week!

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Have a great week!

Glenda R. Snodgrass

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