Posts Categorized: Encryption

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Email: To Trust, or Not to Trust?

By Kyla Morse | SE Help Desk Has anyone at your organization ever received an e-mail that was not what they thought it would be?  Maybe it was a message from a vendor looking to verify sensitive account information; a message from a tax preparer sending completed tax returns, but in the month of August; or… Read more »

SE Alert: Critical Microsoft Vulnerability Identified

Microsoft has identified a critical vulnerability (Kerberos Vulnerability CVE-2014-6324) and has released an out of band patch to address this issue.  This exploit uses a weakness in the KDC conversation to spoof access and group membership and allows an attacker with any valid domain account to elevate their privilege to that of a Domain Administrator…. Read more »

CryptoWall Preventative Steps

CryptoWall continues to infect and plague both companies and consumers.  At this point it is estimated that tens of thousands of machines have been infected and that the perpetrators of CryptoWall have sent millions of emails. While anti-virus software can block some variants of CryptoWall the speed with which criminals are releasing new variants makes… Read more »

SE Alert: “POODLE” SSLv3 Vulnerability – Update

One of the reasons that the Poodle vulnerability is not assigned the same level of risk as the earlier Heartbleed one is that it requires what is called a “Man in the Middle” attack.  This means in order to exploit Poodle the attacker needs to be able to jump on your Internet connection, most likely… Read more »

Virus Notice: Symantec releases definition file with a False Positive

Symantec sent out notification earlier today that it had released a virus definition file which contains a False Positive (FP). This FP could result in a false detection and alert for the “Trojan.Webkit!htm” virus. Symantec is currently preparing Rapid Release definitions which will remove this detection.  While Symantec is working to fix this issue, SE clients… Read more »

Verizon Data Breach 2014 Report Findings

The seminal security report from Verizon, the 2014 Data Breach Investigation Report or DBIR, was recently released and provides valuable information on how to protect your network and data.  In this article, we highlight the key findings that can help you make informed decisions about your own security stance.  Each year the DBIR report provides… Read more »

Microsoft Internet Explorer Vulnerability Patch Update

The Systems Engineering Patch Management Group has approved Microsoft Update MS14-021 for installation. This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using an affected version of Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain… Read more »

IT Case Studies: An Ongoing Commitment to Excellence

Systems Engineering’s information technology experts have a solid track record of delivering reliable IT solutions to companies, offices and organizations throughout Northern New England. Our entire IT team understands that the most important part of our business is keeping your business up and running. Our vertical market experience, “best practices” modeling, and certification from Cisco,… Read more »

Systems Engineering Achieves SSAE-16 Type II Attestation Standard

Systems Engineering, the largest independent and employee-owned IT provider in Maine, today announced that it has received its Type II SSAE-16 attestation standard from Macdonald Page & Co LLC, a certified public accounting and management consulting firm in South Portland and Augusta, Maine. The Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE-16) and report provides independent… Read more »

Systems Engineering and Mercer Health Cyber Present Security and Health Care Reform

On Tuesday, August 14th, Systems Engineering joined Mercer Health and Benefits to present a complimentary breakfast discussion at the Dana Center of Maine Medical Center. Presentations covered Health Care Reform and Winning the Cyber Crime Battle. In the first of two 30 minute sessions David Putnam, Principal with Mercer Health and Benefits shared information regarding… Read more »