5 questions every higher-ed security leader should ask

November 18, 2020 | Tony DeGonia
Tony DeGonia

Tony DeGonia

Tony DeGonia is an AT&T Cybersecurity Technical Sales Consultant in Public Sector - FirstNet assigned to State, Local and Education in the Eastern half of the U.S.

Tony began his career as an engineer in the Signal Corps. in the U.S. Army. He has over 20 years of experience working as a Voice, Network and Security engineer. During that time he gained experience by maintaining, managing, designing and providing advanced voice, network and security solutions to customers in the SMB, Mid-Market, and Enterprise Sectors throughout the U.S., most notably in the SLED and Healthcare space.

Tony is also well versed in the security requirements around HIPAA, PCI-DSS and Law Enforcement at the Municipal, State and Federal level. Tony regularly blogs and hosts podcasts through various channels.

Tony's interests outside of work include shooting, hunting, following soccer the world over, and hanging out with his wife, 3 kids, 14 dogs, 12 Rabbits, 7 cats, 5 ducks, 19 chickens and pet pig named Penelope.

November 18, 2020 | Tony DeGonia

5 questions every higher-ed security leader should ask

Patrick Robinson and Mike McLaughlin contributed to this blog. In the day and age of COVID-19 we have witnessed a transformation of the way we work. If I were asked before March of 2020 how long it would take to make the progress in digital and security transformation that we as a society have made in the last 9 months, I would…

April 28, 2020 | Tony DeGonia

Building a home cybersecurity lab

Part of our blog series “How to prevent a WordPress site hack in 2019: lessons from a former hacker” Hello all and welcome to the first episode of a new blog series focused on how to prevent WordPress site hacks. In this first post of the series, I will provide videos and articles that will comprise a set of…

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March 24, 2020 | Tony DeGonia

10 tips for working remotely

We’re all working together to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through new policies and guidelines such as working remotely and socially distancing ourselves from others.  Working remotely can be challenging. I can offer some advice about working remotely, as I have worked both remotely and in a travel capacity for over 10 years, and I really love…

March 13, 2020 | Tony DeGonia

Cyber Kill Chain model and framework explained

What is the Cyber Kill Chain?  Developed by Lockheed Martin, the Cyber Kill Chain® (CKC) framework is part of the Intelligence Driven Defense® model for the identification and prevention of cyber intrusions activity. The model identifies what adversaries must complete in order to achieve their objective. In recent years there have been numerous…

March 13, 2020 | Tony DeGonia

10 Steps to Creating a Secure IT Environment

Every day, as a part of my work at AlienVault, I talk to prospective clients. Many of them are trying to put together a security plan for their business. Most of the people I talk to are IT professionals who, like everyone else, are learning as they go. During my time in IT and the security industry, I have seen…

July 22, 2019 | Tony DeGonia

Prevent Wordpress hacking using this Pen Testing guide

Welcome back to the next edition of “Hacking WordPress”. Find Part 1 if you missed it. Let me start with a PSA message. It is illegal to hack, log in to, penetrate, take over or even hack, a system or network of systems without the explicit permission of the owner. Criminal hacking is illegal and punishable under Federal Law.…

January 17, 2019 | Tony DeGonia

The Dark Web has a Serious Deduplication Problem

In a post released on 1/8/19, I wrote about the record number of breaches in 2018. This brought to mind a podcast that I was listening to a few days back hosted by Corey Nachreiner, CTO of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. on his 443 Podcast. Corey discussed the potential data deduplication problem on the Dark Web. This article will attempt to break down how…

January 8, 2019 | Tony DeGonia

2018 Sees Record Number of Online Retail Data Breaches

During the holiday season people logged on to make purchases through online retailers, like no other time of the year. While there was significant growth in many segments of society on a global scale in 2018, we also  saw a significant increase in online retail breaches where personally identifiable information was compromised at an alarming rate. With more and more people…