A Ransomware Discussion with Absolute’s Richard Henderson (Podcast)

RansomwareRichard Henderson, The Global Security Strategist for Absolute, and I spoke about the global Ransomware threat, its prevention, and what to do if you’re victimized by an attack. Richard and I disagree a bit on what you should do if you’re a Ransomware victim. I say that you should never pay. He says that there are circumstances where it makes more sense to pay the ransom.

I write the introductory column for ADMIN magazine and in the most recent issue (Number 40), I wrote about this very topic. I titled it, “Feeding Seagulls is Wrong.” It is a light-hearted look at feeding seagulls, which I compare to ransomware writers. To me, paying ransomware writers is like feeding seagulls: You’re down a bag of Cheetos (Some amount of Bitcoin) and the seagulls (Ransomware writers) are never satisfied.

Listen to the podcast. Read my column. Make a decision. And feel free to tweet me @kenhess to start a discussion.

Podcast details:

Length: 24:11 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

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Gemini CEO Tony Ayaz Discusses Situational Awareness (Podcast)

Gemini the Analyst PlatformSituational awareness, simply put, is to know what’s going on around you. Humans are good at filtering out noises, voices, lights, smells, and any sensory combination. However, you have to remain vigilant about your surroundings. Don’t allow your screens to distract you to the point of unawareness.

GeminiPreston and I briefly speak with Tony Ayaz, CEO of Gemini, about cybersecurity situational awareness. We discuss what situational awareness is and what it means, or should mean, to you as an individual. Preston and I will actually speak more on this in a future one-on-one podcast.

The U. S. Coast Guard definition of situational awareness:

Situational Awareness is the ability to identify, process,
and comprehend the critical elements of information about
what is happening to the team with regards to the mission.
More simply, it’s knowing what is going on around you.

Podcast details:

Length: 12:08 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

You can engage Preston on Twitter at: @siggrapher and myself at: @kenhess.

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