Article from securityintelligence.com: “Does the Rise of Crypto-Mining Malware Mean the End of Ransomware?”

Crypto-mining malware activity grew significantly in the first quarter of 2018, according to new research, suggesting that threat actors are finding this tactic to be more lucrative than traditional ransomware attacks due to the increasing popularity and value of digital currencies.

But this shift doesn’t signal an end to the threat of ransomware — rather, it points to an evolution toward more targeted attacks against specific organizations and industries, such as healthcare, that are most vulnerable and store particularly valuable data.

Does the Rise of Crypto-Mining Malware Mean the End of Ransomware?

Despite an overall shift away from traditional ransomware in favor of crypto-mining malware, research shows that ransomware is still alive and well in the form of highly targeted attacks.

Source: securityintelligence.com/news/does-the-rise-of-crypto-mining-malware-mean-the-end-of-ransomware/

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Physical security competition!  Enter to win 18 of CISSP my courses or practice tests!

Enter by posting in the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThorTeaches/

  • Post an image of physical security you took yourself!
  • Post an internet image of physical security.

18 winners total, it is possible for one person to win more than 1 course, if they win more than 1 round or category.

Winners will be drawn in 4 categories.

  • Best own photo of Physical Security 6 total winners: (3 chosen by me and 3 chosen by the group, I chose the images that moves on).
  • Best internet photo of Physical Security 6 total winners: (3 chosen by me and 3 chosen by the group, I chose the images that moves on).
  • Random winner who entered pictures – 3 winners chosen by me.
  • Random winner who voted – 3 winners chosen by me.

 

  • The first round of winners will be announced on 7/21 (3 own photo and 3 internet photo, chosen by me).
  • The second round of winners will be announced on 7/28 (3 own photo and 3 internet photo, chosen by the group via votes).
  • The third round of winners will be announced on 8/6 (3 random image entries and 3 random voters).

If you win and already have all my video courses and tests, you can give the test to someone else, or get a $10 Amazon gift card.

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Congratulations on starting the CISSP journey. Now what?

The CISSP certification is huge, it is overwhelming.  Having the right approach is extremely important if you want to pass the exam.

Here is what I do whenever I study for a new certification.
It works very well for me, and it does the same for the vast majority of my students too.

  • Buy something for the certification, it really doesn’t matter what. You have made a financial commitment, you are more likely to succeed. I normally get books, videos, and practice tests.
  • Watch the videos for the certification, preferably from multiple sources. This will help you ease into the certification preparation. If you start with the books it will often seem insurmountable.
  • Read the book or books you have chosen, research on google when something is unclear.
  • Re-watch the videos.
  • Start with practice tests (or configurations). After each practice test, look at the results, research your weak areas and the concepts you did not understand.
    • For the CISSP this is where you will spend the majority of your time. Practice test > Research on weak areas > Practice test and on and on until you hit 75-85% on all domains in a NEW test (not one you have seen the questions from before).

It is normal for students to use 1-3 books, 2-4 video resources and do 3-5,000 practice questions before attempting the CISSP, the ones that do not use this approach has a much higher percentage of failures.

If you do not already have my video series and my practice questions you can buy them here for $9.99:

Video Series.

Practice questions.

Choose the set of CISSP practice questions that best compliments your study approach.
Both sets are based on the same 1000 unique questions.

Set 1 (Exam emulation sets with 2x 125 questions):

Set 2 (Domain based, 2 domains per test):

Mahalo and I hope I can help get you certified,

Thor

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I just made all my slides from CISSP video courses available for download in the courses.

Good news everyone! 

I just made all my slides from my CISSP video courses available for download in the courses.

In “Course content” click on the slide download:

I hope having the slides available will make your CISSP studies easier!

If you do not have the courses already, you can buy them here for $9,99, marked down from $199.

https://www.udemy.com/cissp-domain-1-2/?couponCode=NINENINENINE

https://www.udemy.com/cissp-domain-3-4/?couponCode=NINENINENINE

https://www.udemy.com/cissp-domain-5-6/?couponCode=NINENINENINE

 

Mahalo (thank you),

Thor

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What are your thoughts on facial recognition?

Orlando Police Testing Amazon’s Real-Time Facial Recognition
Tech companies are trying to sell police real-time facial recognition systems, which can track and identify people as they walk down the street. As NPR reported two weeks ago, American police have generally held off, but there’s new evidence that one police department — Orlando, Fla. — has decided to try it out.
 

Creative ways to beat facial recognition:

https://cvdazzle.com/

 

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I just released my new course “CISSP Certification: CISSP Domain 5 & 6 Video Boot Camp 2018”

I just released my new course “CISSP Certification: CISSP Domain 5 & 6 Video Boot Camp 2018”

You can buy it here for $9.99:
https://www.udemy.com/cissp-domain-5-6/?couponCode=NINENINENINE

You can also buy the video course for CISSP domain 1-2 here for $9.99:
https://www.udemy.com/cissp-domain-1-2/?couponCode=NINENINENINE

You can also buy the video course for CISSP domain 3-4 here for $9.99:
https://www.udemy.com/cissp-domain-3-4/?couponCode=NINENINENINE

This is my current release schedule for the rest of the CISSP video series:
“CISSP Certification: CISSP Domain 7 & 8 Video Boot Camp 2018” 6/13-2018.

As soon as it is released you can use the NINENINENINE coupon code to get it for $9.99, the same goes for all my practice tests:

 
Set 1 (Exam emulation sets with 2x 125 questions):
 
CISSP certification practice questions #1:
 
CISSP certification practice questions #2:
 
CISSP certification practice questions #3:
 
CISSP certification practice questions #4:
 
Set 2 (Domain based, 2 domains per test):
 
CISSP certification practice questions Domain 1 & 2:
 
CISSP certification practice questions Domain 3 & 4:
 
CISSP certification practice questions Domain 5 & 6:
 
CISSP certification practice questions Domain 7 & 8:
 
I hope I can help get you certified,
 
Thor

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Low tech or no tech attacks are often as successful high tech attacks. From NPR “Man Used Change Of Address Form To Move UPS Headquarters To His Apartment.”

Low tech or no tech attacks are often as successful high tech attacks.

For nearly three months, mail addressed to UPS’s corporate headquarters was forwarded to Henderson-Spruce’s apartment. He received so much mail that the mail carrier had to leave it in a USPS tub outside his door, the Tribune reports.

Man Allegedly Used Change Of Address Form To Move UPS Headquarters To His Apartment

Prosecutors say he received thousands of pieces of mail intended for the company, including checks and corporate credit cards. He is now facing federal charges.

Source: www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/10/610102872/man-allegedly-used-change-of-address-form-to-move-ups-headquarters-to-his-apartm

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I just released my new course “CISSP Certification: CISSP Domain 3 & 4 Video Boot Camp 2018”

I just released my new course “CISSP Certification: CISSP Domain 3 & 4 Video Boot Camp 2018”
 
You can buy it here for $9.99.
You can also buy the video course for CISSP domain 1-2 here for $9.99:
https://www.udemy.com/cissp-domain-1-2/?couponCode=NINENINENINE
 
Release schedule for the rest of the CISSP video series:
“CISSP Certification: CISSP Domain 5 & 6 Video Boot Camp 2018” 5/17-2018.
“CISSP Certification: CISSP Domain 7 & 8 Video Boot Camp 2018” 5/31-2018.
 
As soon as they are released you can use the NINENINENINE coupon code to get them for $9.99 each, the same goes for all my practice tests:
 
Set 1 (Exam emulation sets with 2x 125 questions):
 
CISSP certification practice questions #1:
 
CISSP certification practice questions #2:
 
CISSP certification practice questions #3:
 
CISSP certification practice questions #4:
 
Set 2 (Domain based, 2 domains per test):
 
CISSP certification practice questions Domain 1 & 2:
 
CISSP certification practice questions Domain 3 & 4:
 
CISSP certification practice questions Domain 5 & 6:
 
CISSP certification practice questions Domain 7 & 8:
 
I hope I can help get you certified,
 
Thor

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Why you want to get CISSP certified.

 

The CISSP is the GOLD standard of IT Security certifications – it is offered by ISC².

  • The most sought after by recruiters, HR and hiring managers.
  • Currently 76,000 CISSP job openings in the US, that is more openings than certified people!
  • Expected addition of 4.5 million IT Security job worldwide by 2020 – from todays 1,5 million to 6 million in 2020.
  • There are as of January 2018 122,289 CISSP’s worldwide in 166 countries.
  • If you study for the knowledge, take the certification as well.
  • CISSP certified IT Security Professionals make on average 35% more, than non-certified colleagues.
  • The CISSP mean salary over $105,000 – $125,000 That is the average.
  • IT Security is an awesome field to work in, constant growth and specialization possibilities.

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Never thought I would say no to Nutella, but … NO Nutella!

Just saw this suggestion from Nutella on passwords. I thought oh wow really?!!? and then “This is why we can’t have nice things”.

This is exactly why we do NOT allot dictionary words in out passwords, and why user training is so important for us to raise user awareness.

I will just leave my slide from CISSP domain 5 hang there for a few.

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