Don Maclean

Don Maclean

Chief Cyber Security Technologist
December 5, 2017
The Inside Job: Agencies Struggle to Prevent Cyberattacks from Within premium
Defending against insider threats is a top priority for the U.S. government. When surveyed by MeriTalk, 85% of federal cybersecurity professionals say their agency is more focused on combating insider threats in 2017 than they were just a year ago. An insider threat is manifested as an incident when a person with authorized access to […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist
October 30, 2017
Container Security: Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures premium
Containers offer many advantages for management, deployment, and efficient development of applications.  Like any technology, however, they are subject to attack from malicious actors, and require diligent security.  Vulnerabilities can appear in the container images themselves, in the registry where they are stored, or in the orchestration and deployment of the images.  Let’s take a […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist
October 16, 2017
Blockchain to Help Department of State Reorganize premium
Earlier this summer, we wrote about how the Department of Defense is eyeing blockchain technology to improve cybersecurity. Now, Meritalk reveals that the State Department is also seeking the use of blockchain (the technology behind digital currency like Bitcoin) to protect its cyber infrastructure, improve its IT platforms and restructure the agency. Hot on the […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist
September 25, 2017
The Need for Advanced Threat Hunting premium
The 2017 DefCon conference featured former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, who spoke about artificial intelligence, computers, and of course, chess.  After losing a match to a purpose-built computer in 1997, Kasparov realized that the machine, although it had beaten him, was not truly intelligent:  it had simply out-calculated him, by examining over 200 million […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist
July 25, 2017
The Cyber Shield Act – Modernizing Security Standards for IOT premium
The Cyber Shield Act, commissioned by Senator Ed Markey, recommends the establishment of a voluntary program to institute uniform cybersecurity and data benchmarks for consumer devices. The goal of the bill is to improve consumer decision making from the point of purchase, standardized by industry and maintained by manufacturers – similar to an EPA energy […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist
June 13, 2017
Rise of the Machines – on Both Sides of the Cybersecurity War premium
The theme of the recent ICIT Forum was “Rise of the Machines”, a call to recognize the vulnerability of an infrastructure increasingly under control of computers.  The steady increase in connected systems mandates a broad range of strategies – managing supply-chain risk, analysis of huge amounts of data through machine learning, dealing with the insider-threat […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist
May 15, 2017
What You Need To Know About The WannaCry Ransomware Virus premium
On May 12 a ransomware virus, WannaCry, was released on the Internet and rapidly spread to hundreds of thousands of Microsoft Windows based computers in over 150 countries.  The malware encrypts critical files on a computer, such as Excel, Word, and other important files, and seeks out backup copies for encryption as well.  Once it […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist
May 15, 2017
Cyber EO: Positive Provisions, Unfortunate Omissions and Excessive Reporting premium
The White House has recently issued an Executive Order, “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.”  The Order is broad in scope, and features positive provisions, some unfortunate omissions and a seemingly excessive set of reporting requirements.  Let’s take a look. The Order begins by asserting that cybersecurity is an enterprise belonging to […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist
April 17, 2017
Security Through Innovation — The Straight Scoop premium
On the heels of their big announcement, McAfee hosted the recent “Security Through Innovation” conference sponsored by DLT, where government and industry executives touted key ideas, changes of mindset that we need to start to win the cybersecurity war.  Covering everything from Cloud to private/public partnerships, to CDM and infrastructure, here are the top 3 key takeaways […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist
March 2, 2017
The Password is Dead – 6 Best Practices for Multi-Factor Authentication premium
Compromised credentials are a leading cause of security breaches.  According to Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, 95% of security incidents involved stealing credentials from customer devices, and using them to web applications.  So many stolen credentials are available to hackers, generally on the Dark Web, that passwords are no longer effective. Careless cloud adoption […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist