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The Concerns of Infrastructure Takedowns

Posted by Griffin Ball on Jan 15, 2021 11:06:00 AM

The Lighthouse IT Podcast - January 15th, 2021

Join Matt and Griff today as they discuss the concerns about infrastructure takedowns, moderation rules, internet policy and more. Should the internet be user-driven vs crisis-driven? Who is responsible for censorship? Are infrastructure takedowns more or less likely to silence other voices? Let's discuss!

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Topics: Business Continuity, Managed Service Provider, Internet Safety, Podcast

Cyber Attack on FireEye, Influencers Under Pressure & Daytime TV Ads

Posted by Griffin Ball on Dec 11, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The Lighthouse IT Podcast - DECEMBER 11th, 2020

This week, Matt and Griffin go over the recent attack on the huge cyber security company, FireEye and their Red Team tools. In marketing news, they cover some developments in the influencer marketing world as well as interesting Daytime TV statistics.

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Security News

FireEye and their Red Team tools

The cybersecurity giant, FireEye, was recently hit with a cyber attack in which there was unauthorized access to their suite of tools used to evaluate the security posture of enterprise systems. In other words, this highly sophisticated threat actor took tools from this company who could then use them maliciously. Luckly, FireEye has released two blog posts with more information and a GitHub repository for detection countermeasures. This was certainly an expensive incident for them though, as well as embarrassing, time consuming, and stressful.
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Topics: Internet Safety, Ransomware, Cybersecurity, Malware, Downtime, Podcast

Will 2020 have a normal Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Giving Tuesday?

Posted by Griffin Ball on Nov 25, 2020 4:29:27 PM

The Lighthouse IT Podcast - November 25th, 2020

This week, Matt and Griffin review what their predictions for this holiday season. Will Black Friday ever be the same? What societal changes may result from a pandemic during the holidays?

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Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday filled with good food and even better people. With the social distance and party limitation guidelines, some of us may have to rethink our table settings.

What are some ways to turn a social separation into a wholesome family event? Some families are choosing to host “Zoom Thanksgiving” over video chat. Others are getting creative with their in-person events by distancing the tables and being extra cautious when serving. No matter what your choice is, take a moment to embrace this holiday. Be thankful.

So, what happens after Thanksgiving? Black Friday! The exact opposite of thankfulness – but that put aside, our team is curious how this event will play out this year. Normally, you can find lines out to the streets from a store front with crowded isles. That method is likely to dissipate this year in order to follow state health guidelines. With this we’ve seen some store implement a more stretched out “deal days” so that they can limit crowds.

On the other hand, some stores are closing on Black Friday all-together. While this can be hard to perceive from a financial standpoint, our theory is that online shopping will be booming this year. Not only can the store be virtually open, this finally gives the retail employees a chance for a break this year. We all know those who either miss Thanksgiving or will have to wake up by 6am the next day to report to duty for the Black Friday craze. While shoppers may be disappointed, this gives retail workers a chance to embrace what Thanksgiving is really about.

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Topics: Non-Profit, Internet Safety, Cybersecurity, Malware, Podcast

NCSAM Reflection - Behind the Marketing

Posted by Griffin Ball on Nov 13, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The Lighthouse IT Podcast - November 13th, 2020

National Cyber Security Awareness Month may have been an onslaught of content for you, so we wanted to just take a moment to recap and give you a behind-the-scenes look at our marketing initiatives. You can still fill out your own Cyber Smart Assessment and we will still help go through it together. So, don't hold off, understand your network's position today! Head on over tothe download page.

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

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Topics: Network Risk Assessment, Internet Safety, Inside Secure-IT, NCSAM, Ransomware, Cybersecurity, Podcast