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Michael P. Kassner
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Sleeper servers lurking in data centers of 139 US retailers

Something I find rather disconcerting: Two reports announce that a significant number of business networks (including retailers) have sleepers (compromised servers) that are in contact with remote command & control servers. 
Two reports announce that a significant number of business networks  (including retailers) have sleepers (compromised servers) that are in contact with remote command & control servers.  Read the entire article at CBS Inter...
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Can you email me, Shawn. I will send you the list. 
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I just setup an online portfolio. I would appreciate your thoughts if I have a clue or not.
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I would appreciate that. 
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I'm looking into writing an article about the start-up. Any thoughts?
 
Having just written about the need to look beyond malware to understand the ecosystem within which it is used, I was intrigued to learn about Cybereason. This startup just came out of stealth and is focusing on detecting the signs of malicious operations, rather than merely spotting malware.

Cybereason sees Crowdstrike and Triumphant as its main competitors. According the article below, the company believes Crowdstrike is trying to solve the same problem, "but is using real people to power their cloud service, almost like a Mandiant 2.0."

In contrast, Cybereason believes that Triumphant  employs "an analytics approach and providing lots of data to enterprises. But, enterprises/security analysts need to know what questions to ask Triumphant in order to find out the right info. Cybereason lowers the bar for security analysts in that we proactively provide all the right info for them and notify them of possible malicious operations.”

It's interesting to see Cybereason not including Mandiant among its competitors. Has the Mandiant's acquisition by FireEye diluted Mandiant's value proposition in the threat intelligence/malicious operations space? I wouldn't count them out. All the companies above seem to be tackling the same set of challenges and are competing for the same budgets.

In other news, Cybereason appears to have trademarked the word Malops™. Very catchy.
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I had to share this as well. I sometimes wonder if we Minnesotans are a bit...
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Hey Michael,

Cold and snowy here in NJ, I hate winter and shoveling snow, oh my aching back ;+)

Cheers,
Jim E. Novak
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Electronic Health Records: Here's What's at Stake

For those who signed up for health care under the federal or state plans that rolled out in late 2013, I hope your experience was better than mine. Living in Minnesota, I enrolled in MNsure, the state program. The process took six hours. 

Unfortunately, poorly functioning websites are not the only digital problem plaguing health care plan enrollment. Having completed audits of federal and state sites, government agencies and independent organizations are proclaiming that many - including healthcare.gov and MNsure.org - rate poorly when it comes to safeguarding sensitive medical information.
Electronic Health Records: Here's What's at Stake For those who signed up for health care under the federal or state plans that rolled out in late 2013, I hope your experience was better than mine. Living in Minnesota, I en...
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Iridium GO!: A mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for anywhere access

Iridium's GO! is a solution for people who want to be voice and data connected anywhere in the world, but would rather not carry a satellite phone. 
Iridium's GO! is a solution for people who want to be voice and data connected anywhere in the world, but would rather not carry a satellite phone.  Read about Iridium Go at CBS Interactive (TechRepublic).
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Thank you, Paul

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Erasing SSDs: Security is an issue

Security issues are a problem with Solid State Drives (SSDs) because hard-drive data removal techniques might not work. Find out if there are solutions. 
Security issues are a problem with Solid State Drives (SSDs) because hard-drive data removal techniques might not work. Find out if there are solutions.  Article continues at CBS Interactive (TechRepublic).
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+Michael P. Kassner, I definitely agree and I really am glad you brought this to my attention.

I have a rough understanding of how the actual storage of 1s and 0s work with SSDs. However, the full consequences of moving to SSDs hadn't really come to mind until I read your article.
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This is good news. I would like to share something that most people are not aware of. Notice that the sequence of colors of one rainbow is opposite the other. 
 
Breaking news: the White House just unveiled its first-ever National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking! 

Read more about the strategy and WWF’s role in shaping it: http://wwf.to/LSvOUb
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Yes, sure does, running to stash the cash.

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I am a fan of fellow writer and local-radio celebrity Joe Soucheray. It might be that we are close in years and have the same-age viewpoint. I thought you might be interested in his column about the recent anniversary of the "1964 Beatles Invasion."
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Data centers may be hazardous to your hearing

The noise levels data center workers are exposed to could lead to hearing impairment. Read about one way these workers can protect their hearing.

Tinnitus or "ringing in the ears" is my constant companion due to spending long hours in shipboard engine rooms during my six years of military service. A friend also has tinnitus, but his diagnosis is very different from mine. An ear, nose, and throat doctor told my friend (who has been a contract network engineer for 25 years) that spending long hours in data centers could very well be the reason for his tinnitus.
Data centers may be hazardous to your hearing The noise levels data center workers are exposed to could lead to hearing impairment. Read about one way these workers can protect their hearing. Tinnitus or "ringing in the ea...
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Thanks, Joesph and Gabriela. I appreciate your comments. 

Gabriela, can you send me information about the rules in Europe. I looked for some information, but must have been in the wrong places. 
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Michael P. Kassner: A veteran reporter of technology, wordsmith, and aspiring essayist.
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