Author: Vik Solem

Digital and Physical Security Consulting and Training

Workshop: MEI Security’s Cyber Live-Fire Arena

MEI Security presents the alpha release of version 4.0 of our Cyber Live-Fire Arena. On Thursday evening, March 14 2019 (pi day) MEI Security will sponsor an online and in-person workshop for the alpha release of Arena v4.0. MEI Security’s Arena is a training environment for improving participant’s skills in attacking and/or defending servers in…
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Preparing Your Kit

Whether it’s wildfires in California, storms hitting the Carolinas, or gas lines blowing up houses in Massachusetts, current events remind us that having a few extra supplies ready can make things much easier in case of an emergency. The site ready.gov is a good starting point. The following list is from their page on building…
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Password Management Tools

At last week’s Refuse To Be A Victim class we had a brief discussion regarding passwords. During that talk I mentioned a tool called LastPass. This tool helps you to maintain a collection of complex passwords which are hard for attackers to obtain via “brute force”. It also helps you have a different password for…
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The Equifax Breach: Why it’s big, and how to stay safe.

Yesterday, Equifax admitted publicly that they were breached, and that personal information was exposed for 143,000,000 U.S. Consumers.  While this is not the largest data breach in number of records exposed, it is arguably the worst data breach ever due to the type of data that criminals accessed.  Whether or not you believe that your information…
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60% of Small Businesses Close After Cyber Attack

Running a small business can be hard enough, but cyber crime makes it even harder. According to multiple sources, once a business suffers a cyber attack there is a 60% chance that they will be closed, out of business within a year. [CS] [FC] [GM] This is a tough number to hear, especially given that…
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New England Small Business Security Meetup

MEI Security is sponsoring the New England Small Business Security Meetup. Join us in Stoughton on May 11 at 7:00 PM. This month we’ll have another presentation on security solutions (including free ones) for small to medium sized businesses. As always, there will be time before and after for open discussions. 7:00 – 7:15 :…
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Presentation Slides From BSides Talk, Security in S M L XL

As promised, here are the slides from the talk that Pedro Marcano and I gave at BSides Boston on Saturday. I’ve provided both the slides and a copy with the notes pages. Security In S M L XL_v3.1 Security In S M L XL (with notes pages) The list of security solutions for small and…
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Has the Cyber Security Industry Failed

In an article on www.cnbc.com Aneri Pattani appears to be saying that the cyber security industry has failed.  Aneri refers to breach-after-breach and points to the fact that simple, old-school expoits & attack methods continue to work against newly deployed software.  While the facts are true, I believe that Aneri has missed the point completely.  I…
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We’ve Moved to Stoughton

After nine years providing consulting and training services to customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, MEI Security has moved into a new location with our very own dedicated training room. Our new address is 630 Park St, Stoughton, MA  02072 Stay tuned for more information about our grand opening celebration.

That Cool Device on Your Wrist May Be Exposing Your PIN

We’ve known for years that things like webcams and microphones can be used to spy on us and steal our passwords.  Now that cool wearable device on your wrist can give attackers your PIN.  Basically the movements of your hand can be recorded by the device and sent to an attacker for analysis.  Looks like…
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