In his podcast series “Crucial Tech”, our correspondent from Silicon Valley, Lou Covey, explores and explains trending cybersecurity topics in detail. And if he can’t explain it, his guests most definitely can.
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California small business grant program is a security nightmareIf you are a small business hoping for a grant from California to stay alive during the COVID-19 lockdown, you need to listen to this podcast. The state has chosen to work with third-party financial institutions to transfer the funds to banks, but those organizations are asking applicants to violate basic good practices for maintaining security. Moreover, some business banks have internal security mechanisms that prevent the connections being made between the state and the banks. You can do this safely, but you need to take precautions. We give your those precautions in this podcast.
Stupid Stuff in TechTechnology has a lot of wondrous things going on but it has it’s fair share of stupid things as well. We took a moment to look at four of the more stupid things in tech of the past two weeks in the new year.
Airgap Networks: an absolute defense?We talk to a lot of companies developing digital security devices and systems. Virus scans catch about 50 percent of the attacks but don't stop them from happening. Network solutions are too expensive and do little to protect against people doing stupid things behind the firewall. It has really seemed hopeless for a while and very frustrating. Then we ran across Airgap.io It's affordable, scalable, and it stops ransomware from spreading throughout all connected devices in the network.
Phisihing threatens US electionsBetween January and August 2020, The number of phishing sites detected by Google rose by more than 200,000 to 1,892,980.
“When you get that all too familiar barrage of spam emails, social engineers are betting that if you’re a MAGA supporter who received spoofed emails pitching progressive candidates or causes, you’ll click unsubscribe ,” says Adam Levin, founder of Cyberscout. Levin explained that the emails are rigged to download malware, ransomware, or access your accounts when you click unsubscribe." The dramatic increase is giving rise to an entire sub-industry dedicated to zero-trust technologies that are slowly coming to market. Maybe too slowly for the 2020 election cycle. We talked to two of them: Zero Fox and Airgap Networks