Can Google now guess your password in under 4 minutes?

November 12, 2019 | Bob Covello
Bob Covello

Bob Covello

Bob Covello (@BobCovello) is a 20-year technology veteran and InfoSec analyst with a passion for security topics. He is also a volunteer for various organizations focused on advocating for and advising others about staying safe and secure online.

November 12, 2019 | Bob Covello

Can Google now guess your password in under 4 minutes?

In a recent story that appeared on multiple news sites, as well as the Google AI Blog, it was announced that Google has achieved “Quantum Supremacy” with its 54-Qubit processor, named “Sycamore”.  This is a monumental leap forward in computing capabilities.  (Yes, I had to resist calling it a quantum leap forward, because that…

October 29, 2019 | Bob Covello

Was the largest breach in history a misconfiguration problem?

Earlier this week, I heard a fascinating interview with the former Chief Information Officer of Equifax, Graeme Payne.  If you are unfamiliar with Graeme, he was the scapegoat for the Equifax breach; described in Congressional testimony as “the human error” that caused the breach.  Graeme, however, is a true gentleman who is very gracious about his…

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July 24, 2019 | Bob Covello

I resent my Email and my invite

Here is a short communication tip that may help you in your daily interactions.  How often have you “resent” an E-Mail?  How often have you told a person that you will “send an invite”? You may be wondering why I am bringing this up in a post usually reserved for cybersecurity.  Am I…

July 2, 2019 | Bob Covello

Be the leader in the new password-volution: memorized secrets

Remember when you were younger, and you wanted to do something that all your friends were doing, yet you knew your parents would never approve?  Perhaps it was skating in that home-made “Half-Pipe”, or that time you wanted to try some equally dangerous stunt? Of course, your parents disapproved, to which you probably responded with the time-honored…

May 30, 2019 | Bob Covello

Using misinformation for security awareness engagement

Have you noticed that people are just too busy to read important information you send to them?  One of the problems with disseminating information, especially when it is about cybersecurity, is that there needs to be a balance between timing, priority, and cadence. Timing is simply when the message is sent.  You may send a message of the…

May 22, 2019 | Bob Covello

If you confuse them, you lose them.

I was watching a wonderful webcast by Marie Forleo.  It was part of her “Copy Cure” course, and if you are unfamiliar with Marie and her work, take the time to explore some of her wisdom.  Her webcasts are gems, particularly if you work in the consulting space. During the webcast she mentioned a phrase that…

May 6, 2019 | Bob Covello

Don’t focus 100% on security

In recent months, I have met many people who are interested in working in Cybersecurity.  This is wonderful, especially given the amount of available employment opportunities in this field. Like any ambitious person, the people who approach me to ask about getting into the field want to fully immerse themselves in “all things security”.  This is…

March 20, 2019 | Bob Covello

Restart BEFORE patching

Most folks who work with servers know the monthly drill: Patches are released by manufacturers -> Patches are tested -> Patches are deployed to Production.  What could possibly go wrong? Anyone who has ever experienced the nail-biting joy of patching, and then awaiting a restart, knows exactly what could go wrong.  Does anyone remember the really…

November 6, 2018 | Bob Covello

The Many Ways your Phone Communicates

Are you familiar with all the ways that your smart phone communicates?  The other evening, at dinner, I was describing to a friend how the VPN software I use on my phone masks my location when I am on the internet.  Sometimes, I am in Helsinki, and other times, I may be in another part of the world.…

October 10, 2018 | Bob Covello

Time to Cover your Selfie Camera

I am reading an excellent book named “Cringeworthy:  A Theory of Awkardness”, which examines exactly as the title describes, awkward situations and how to deal with them.  I love reading non-fiction books that are not InfoSec related.  There is so much to learn out there about so many topics.  Sometimes, however, I am led…

September 27, 2018 | Bob Covello

One Day, NCSAM will be a Fond Memory

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and I thought it would be a neat idea to offer some ideas about best practices for good passwords.  Since I have written about this before, I figured it would be the easiest thing ever, especially with all the advances in password management technology, and the new NIST Guidelines.  I…

June 11, 2018 | Bob Covello

A Step Toward a Better Cyber Workforce

Do you believe that we have a severe shortage, or are you on the side that argues that there are plenty of qualified workers and it is the hiring managers who don’t understand their own position descriptions? Do you believe that certifications are the path to a prepared cyber workforce, or are you one who relies on more…

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