24. Protecting Data on Mobile Devices

Keep sensitive and important data, files, pictures, contracts, etc., on a secure private cloud service, so it’s never on your employee’s hard drive in the first place. By storing this information in the cloud, you can immediately revoke access when a device goes missing.

UPDATE to last week's Headlines:
Signal at it again, started Facebook campaign with ads showing the targeting being used to end users (You're seeing this ad.  Facebook then disabled their ad account.

This Week's Security Tip: Keep sensitive and important data off DEVICES and in the cloud

If a laptop is stolen or lost, and the data is not backed up, you just lost it all. Worst of all, even if you had it locked with a strong password, it’s very likely to get cracked. Once the thief succeeds, any private data that is unencrypted is free for the taking.

One solution: keep sensitive and important data, files, pictures, contracts, etc., on a secure private cloud service, so it’s never on your employee’s hard drive in the first place. By storing this information in the cloud, you can immediately revoke access when a device goes missing.

Side Tip: If you have important family photos, store it in Shutterfly or some other photo-storing cloud application so those are backed up as well.

Today's Headlines:
U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) breached by Phishing attack, exposed information includes full names and Social Security numbers of employees and possibly their beneficiaries and dependents.  Account compromised 4 months prior to Phishing campaign.
USAGM operates broadcast networks, such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia, and Middle East Broadcasting Networks, to deliver news and information to people worldwide.

Vulnerable Dell driver puts hundreds of millions of systems at risk
A collection of five flaws, collectively tracked as CVE-2021-21551, have been discovered in DBUtil, a driver from that Dell machines install and load during the BIOS update process and is unloaded at the next reboot.  Pushed updates are blue-screening computers across the country/locking TPM chips.

Next Week's Teaser:
Are you sure that it’s handled? You may think it is, but it’s not…

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