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Home Network Segmentation – How deep does/should the rabbit hole go?

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Sometimes it is really nice being a tech geek. I have been obsessing, recently, about something that probably 99% of homeowners don’t even consider – the physical and logical design of my home network. Businesses consider network design all the time.  They consider the repercussions of cat5, coax and fiber.  They segment subnets and VLANs for various reasons. But as a tech geek, I have to bring my work home. Lately, though, I’ve been forcing myself to face a hard question — “at what point do I say, ‘that’s good enough.’?” A few weeks ago, the Security Now podcast covered a segment called…

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Why You Need a Vulnerability Assessment

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What Is a Vulnerability Assessment? A proper vulnerability assessment looks at the system architecture, data flows and IT processes for an organization. You need to understand security controls around the network, ensure security devices are properly configured, ensure best practices for secure configurations are in place, and much more. There are a lot of benefits to getting a thorough vulnerability assessment done, including: Comprehension of What’s Actually on your Network — You will learn whether firewall and content filters are properly configured; which vulnerabilities exist on your systems; whether your user directory is properly secured and configured; whether there are…

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Ransomware – Here We Go Again…

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A week ago news broke that a major energy infrastructure company that is responsible for delivering fuel to stations from Texas to New Jersey fell victim to a ransomware attack. The attack manifested in the operator, Colonial Pipeline, shutting down all operations of the nearly 5,500 mile long distribution pipe. Media outlets have focused on the consumer impacts – potential gas shortages likely to result in a higher fuel demand which could lead to price hikes. What the main news networks haven’t really discussed much is how an attack like this can occur, how often it happens, and what companies…

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Defend Your Data with Managed Firewall Services

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Alpine Cyber's Managed Firewall Services will help keep your company's network secure through 24/7 management and monitoring by seasoned security professionals. Learn more about what a firewall is, who needs one and why we’re the partner you need to help manage it. What is a Firewall?  A firewall is a network security device designed to monitor and control traffic based on defined security rules. It filters incoming and outgoing traffic to ensure there is no atypical or unauthorized use, blocks specific and potentially harmful traffic, and provides alerts for any harmful traffic identified. What are Managed Firewall Services?  Managed Firewall...
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Passwords: How to Make the Best of a Bad Situation

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The Problem with Passwords Love ’em or hate ’em, our digital world is full of passwords.  While this feels like a plague unique to the modern digital era, if you think back you’ll realize that they’ve always been there. We used to have ATM PINs, locker combinations, and even secret whisperings to get our hooch in the local speakeasy.  And in that time, they haven’t changed that much!  They’re still strings of characters, words, numbers, and hieroglyphs that get you past a security checkpoint of some kind. The major difference is that now, with brute force password guessing programs and…

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