Exclusive interview for IPSwitch: When Security Awareness Training Overwhelms Users, Can Technology Help?

A new article of Michael O’Dwyer got published in IPSwitch: When Security Awareness Training Overwhelms Users, Can Technology Help? I am happy to say that I was the only one interviewed, so this is actually an exclusive interview with me.   “I would say that humans are the biggest problem, because they are the weakest link. It is true and quite normal that humans make mistakes,” said Sorin Mustaca, CSSLP, Security+, Project+, an independent IT security consultant.   “Unfortunately, there are more and more security companies out there which have a bigger marketing department than R&D. They have no problem…


Security for free, update after 4 years

About 4 years ago, while I was working at Avira,  I wrote this article for (ISC)2’s blog. Security “for free”? I wrote back then about how to cover all attack vectors for malware. I also wrote about the hidden costs, which many people tend to ignore. These costs are not acquisition costs. They are even not easily visible. I concluded, that it is possible to achieve a decent degree of security without any acquisition costs. However, there are drawbacks and there are hidden maintenance costs. For those who are interested in having software that works for them and not the…


Lack of security made simple: Casual Insecurity

I am travelling quite a lot because of my job, working with Avira’s customers to integrate their OEM Technologies. For this reason, I am very often in hotels and airports. Almost everywhere these days, I can find free WiFis: wireless networks with free of charge access. We all know that accessing resources through free WiFis is not the best ideas. Especially, if these networks do not have any kind of password set.   This is how I think that the Lack of Security is made so simple: offer something everybody needs for free and make that as unsecure as possible….


WannaCry Ransomware – Executive summary

If you want news from the IT Security industry, please check IT Security News here: http://www.itsecuritynews.info/?s=WannaCry This is my summary, inspired from various sources on the web mentioned in the Sources (see at the end).   The ransomware Wannacry has infected systems across the globe and has been the topic of discussion among security professionals for quite some days now. The WannaCry ransomware attack – 5 things you need to know A ransomware attack of “unprecedented level” (Europol) started spreading WannaCry ransomware around the world on Friday, May 12, 2017, around 11 AM ET/3PM GMT. Until now, hundreds of thousands…


Colorful spams are back!

Yeeesss, the Spam/Trash folder is no longer so boring! Finally, the spammers are now using all the features of the email clients and have made the subjects to look much nicer. Do you know how they do that? They add UTF8 characters in the subject and then they encode the entire string using Quoted-Printable encoding: Content-Type: text/html; charset=”utf-8″ Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Subject: =?utf-8?q?=F0=9F=91=B6_Free_Trial_of_Diapers_from_The_Honest_Company_?= =?utf-8?b?8J+Rtg==?= This is the output:   Another example: Content-Type: text/html; charset=”utf-8″ Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Subject: =?utf-8?b?8J+YqCBXaWZlIFdhbGtlZCBJbiAtIE9PUHMhISEhISDwn5io?=


How to get rid of disturbing and traumatizing “children” films on YouTube

If you have children, then you must allow them from time to time to watch some children films on Youtube. They must have missed some episodes of their favorite series and you definitely can find them there. In any language you want. Just search for “Caillou”, “Barbie”, “Batman” , “Elsa” , “Spiderman” or anything alike and you will get something. There is a huge market for “children’s” YouTube content. But, what happens when the results are not for children?   How do you filter them? You can’t… So, what do you do ? You ban them from using the tablet…


I received the first “nigerian scam” on XING

As a premiere, I received the first Nigerian Scam on XING. It is quite common to receive such requests on LinkedIn, but for me it is the first time on XING. This is the text: Hello Sorin Mustaca, I have partners who I front for to assist source for a foreign partner who could be of help to receive fund for the purpose of various viable investment abroad on their behalf, they are all still in service and want anonymity to protect their reputation in service.I will furnish you with their mode of operations after receiving your readiness. Regards, Dr….


Google Search Console fail over notifications for the WordPress updates

I have quite a lot of WordPress based websites which I run and maintain. One of these is this blog: www.SorinMustaca.com All my WordPress websites are configured to autoupdate to the latest WordPress update. The same applies to their plugins and themes. Google Search Console (GSC) is a tool I used to manage better the registration of my websites with the search engine and their advertising platform Adsense. Yesterday evening I received a couple of emails, one for each of my websites registered with the GSC : Here is the text: Recommended WordPress update available for http://sorinmustaca.com/ To: Webmaster of…


The pros and cons of new tech: Science fiction collides with reality

“The pros and cons of new tech: Science fiction collides with reality” by Michael O’Dwyer As Sorin Mustaca, an independent IT security consultant, says, “Adopting new technologies is never a mistake, if done properly.” Assess the pros and cons of new tech There’s rarely a one-size-fits-all solution in technology, and repercussions are never as severe or life-threatening as in pop culture. However, there are repercussions for ill-chosen solutions in terms of business continuity or process interruption. Mustaca advises businesses to consider all the following before adopting new tech: Know what you want. Find and clearly define the planned use of…


Romanians Abroad: Sorin Mustaca on www.TheGoldenRomania.com

Sorin Mustaca in Entrepreneur IT Professional RO – Constanta GER – Tettnang Sorin is one of the many IT professionals Romania has produced in recent years. He is unique however since he had the courage to partially differentiate from his employer and start his own business somewhere in Germany. He realized his vast expertise can help any company learn about the importance of IT security and in the same time can offer a better future for his two children in one of the healthiest environment in the world.   Read more here: http://thegoldenromania.com/Romanians-Abroad?post=sorin-mustaca


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