WPA security explained: what is Wi-Fi Protected Access?

June 29, 2020 | Kim Crawley
Kim Crawley

Kim Crawley

Kim Crawley spent years working in general tier two consumer tech support, most of which as a representative of Windstream, a secondary American ISP. Malware related tickets intrigued her, and her knowledge grew from fixing malware problems on thousands of client PCs. Her curiosity led her to research malware as a hobby, which grew into an interest in all things information security related. By 2011, she was already ghostwriting study material for the InfoSec Institute’s CISSP and CEH certification exam preparation programs. Ever since, she’s contributed articles on a variety of information security topics to CIO, CSO, Computerworld, SC Magazine, and 2600 Magazine. Her first solo developed PC game, Hackers Versus Banksters, had a successful Kickstarter and was featured at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May 2016. This October, she gave her first talk at an infosec convention, a penetration testing presentation at BSides Toronto. She considers her sociological and psychological perspective on infosec to be her trademark. Given the rapid growth of social engineering vulnerabilities, always considering the human element is vital.

June 29, 2020 | Kim Crawley

WPA security explained: what is Wi-Fi Protected Access?

This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. An overview on Wi-Fi security standards WiFi signals can be put into two different categories, unencrypted and encrypted. Unencrypted WiFi, sometimes known as open WiFi, can be connected to without a password. Anyone with a phone, tablet, PC, video game system, or Internet of Things device within range of the open…

June 11, 2020 | Kim Crawley

Bluetooth security risks explained

This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. What would we do without Bluetooth these days? Our earbuds and headphones would have to use annoying wires. We would have one less way to transfer files between your laptop and your phone. And how would you connect your phone to your car? But as a wireless data transfer standard, of…

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May 31, 2020 | Kim Crawley

Explain how a Virtual Private Network (VPN) works

This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. Global health events in 2020 have accelerated a trend. Office workers are working from home more frequently. This is great for many reasons. Companies can save money on office space. People are often more productive in the environment they’re most comfortable in, their homes. Rush hour can be mitigated with…

April 29, 2020 | Kim Crawley

Have you started working from home? Secure your endpoints!

This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. Due to recent international events, there are likely millions of people in the United States and around the world who have just started working from home. There are a lot of office jobs that could move from the company’s workplace to employees’ homes-- accountants, web designers, application developers,…

April 14, 2020 | Kim Crawley

Can incident response be fun?

This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. Cyber attacks are unfortunately inevitable. It’s important to security harden your networks as much as possible. But your organization must also be prepared for incident response. Effective incident response involves an awareness of various cyber risks and threats, having a plan to respond to the various ways they manifest,…

February 25, 2020 | Kim Crawley

How to harden your employees from the massive social engineering threat

This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. Social engineering is the art of human deception. In the world of cybersecurity, it’s how to fool human beings in order to conduct cyber attacks. Some of these cyber attacks can be very expensive to your business! In fact, many of the worst cyber attacks to your organization&rsquo…

February 20, 2020 | Kim Crawley

Is the cybersecurity skills gap real?

An independent guest blogger wrote this blog. If you do a web search for “cybersecurity skills gap,” you’ll get many, many pages of results. It’s certainly a hot topic in our industry. And it’s a matter that security practitioners and human resources people often disagree on. But before I get further into…

December 16, 2019 | Kim Crawley

Explain How Secure Shell (SSH) Works to Me

SSH, otherwise known as Secure Shell, is a common TCP internet protocol that can be used to securely connect a computer to an outside computer or network. The physical locations of the computers on both ends of an SSH connection don't matter provided that the computers are connected to the accessible network and have SSH set up properly.…

November 29, 2019 | Kim Crawley

SaaS Security Best Practices to Keep in Mind

Software as a Service (SaaS) is huge. More and more developers are choosing SaaS as the delivery mechanism of their software and services, and more and more businesses are using it. Where you or your organization have internally-developed, SaaS-delivered applications, ensuring the security of those applications is critical to both the security of the data, and minimizing risks to your…

November 19, 2019 | Kim Crawley

The surprising truth about cybersecurity and autism

This is a guest blog by Kim Crawley. I’ve worked in cybersecurity for about a decade, but I’ve been autistic for my entire life. Careers usually start in adulthood, but autism is something children are born with. And contrary to what some people assume, autism doesn’t disappear at age 18. Autism is for life. Unfortunately,…

November 15, 2019 | Kim Crawley

How to justify your cybersecurity budget

It’s less expensive to prevent cyber attacks than it is to repair the damage when they happen. Companies and institutions across industries lose money from cyber attacks all the time.  There are the more obvious ways like piracy, data breaches, and litigation. There are also ways that accountants can’t quite put a dollar figure on,…

November 8, 2019 | Kim Crawley

What is Vulnerability Management?

All software and hardware has vulnerabilities. So do the non-computing aspects of your organizational security, such as the physical security of your building or how susceptible your employees are to social engineering. Vulnerabilities are everywhere and are in everything. The key to good security is to know how to manage your vulnerabilities. What are they? Where are they? How can…