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Spotlight on Ransomware: Recent Trends

Kivu rounded out the calendar year with a holiday season bursting with ransomware attacks. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly on what we’re seeing in recent attacks (really just the bad and the ugly). Extension-Agnostic Ransomware Traditionally, ransomware encrypts files based on their file extensions. Most ransomware contains source code with a list […]

2017 is the Year Of the Phishing Attack

Kivu’s Douglas Brush sits down with David Navetta, breach coach From Norton Rose Fulbright, to speak about incident response for the Cyber Security Interviews Podcast. Douglas Brush, Director from Kivu’s Denver, CO office is the founder and host of the Cyber Security Interviews podcast. He recently published an episode with David Navetta, US co-chair of Norton […]

Testing Password Encryption Strength

Testing the Password Encryption Strength of NT LAN Manager and LAN Manager Hash Security risks associated with weak user-created passwords are well documented. In 2009, for example, cyber security provider Imperva analyzed more than 32 million passwords that were released in a 2009 data breach. More than 50% of the passwords involved poor user password […]

NPR’s Marketplace – Your Boss May Know You Want to Quit Before You Do

Honored to be interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace on how forensic evidence can identify key employees who are planning to quit after receiving their bonuses (and maybe taking secrets).  We see a big spike in trade secret theft during the bonus season – but interestingly the taking can start months in advance when the star salesperson or software […]

Good Data Quality is Better Security

Data quality is not a glamourous subject. It is not the type of topic that headlines a conference or becomes front-page news. It is more typically suited for help guides and reference manuals that few individuals relish reading. However, organizations that acknowledge the importance of data quality and have strong data quality programs significantly reduce […]

Five Things Hackers Don’t Want SMB’s to Know

#1. Anti-virus programs are generally ineffective #2. Your firewall faces the wrong way #3. You are the weakest link in the Cloud #4. Advising your employees not to open emails from “strangers” is counter-productive #5. Encrypting your company’s portable devices isn’t enough Many small-to-medium (SMB) sized businesses believe that they aren’t important or large enough […]

Collecting Forensic Data from Apple Devices

Kivu’s digital forensic professionals are seeing an ever-increasing number of Apple devices being used within organizations. Our forensic professionals have extensive Apple experience and have provided expert testimony on a number of legal cases involving Apple devices. The Challenges of Collecting Data Mac computers are known for having a secure delete function built into the […]