Don Maclean

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
February 8, 2017
Using AI to Stay One Step Ahead of Cyber Criminals  premium
The history of hacking shows that bad actors use good technologies for bad purposes.  Machine learning is no different: it has never been easier for white hats and black hats to obtain and learn the tools of the machine learning trade. Software is readily available at little or no cost, and machine learning tutorials are just as easy to […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist
August 24, 2016
5 Cybersecurity Threat Trends to be Aware of in 2016 premium
Last year, we reviewed threat reports from numerous companies and organizations.  At the time, a couple of simple themes emerged: too many systems were unpatched, and phishing was a predominant means of intrusion.  These themes are still present a year later, but some new trends have arisen to keep them company. Ransomware is on the […]
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Don Maclean
Chief Cyber Security Technologist