Patch Your Humans

cybersecurity May 15, 2018

I’m afraid we’ve over-romanticized the concept of cyber security in many ways. We imagine ourselves as Mr. Robot, staring at our terminals intensely, valiantly defending against state-sponsored DDOS attacks in real-time. I don’t want to discount the validity of these events, because they can and do happen quite frequently. The problem is, we often neglect to address the biggest and most prevalent vulnerability in our environments – the humans.

Studies consistently reveal that over 60 percent of security breaches are due to some sort of employee error. We’ve reached a saturation point where we’re rarely separated from our devices. Often this means that employees are always within arm’s reach of their corporate networks. Disaster is literally just one click away. There’s almost always a human element to a breach, whether that be malicious intent from a disgruntled employee or a simple oversight by well-intentioned personnel.

Don’t...

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The Onion Router

cybersecurity May 08, 2018
 

In this video, we'll take a look at The Onion Router, better known as the Tor browser. I'll demonstrate how Tor relays traffic through proxies to anonymize web traffic, and discuss some practical uses for this software.

If you're a security-minded individual, Tor is a tool that you will definitely want to check out for secure browsing.

All the best,


Charles Judd - Instructor
CCNA R/S, BS Network Security

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Network Defense Best Practices

network plus Apr 17, 2018

Today's networks face many security threats. The good news is, even without being security experts there are some best practices we can put into place to better protect our networks.

In the latest episode of my podcast, called The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn about a collection of common network threats and best practices to defend our networks.

The specific network threats and mitigations discussed in this episode come from topics CompTIA identified that we need to know for the latest version of their Network+ certification. If you'd like to check out my new Network+ (N10-007) Complete Video Course , it's available for pre-sale at the following link:

http://netpluscourse.kevin.live

Also, use Coupon Code WALLACE50 to take 50% off the price!

By the way, if you're not already a regular listener of The Broadcast Storm, you can subscribe via Apple's iTunes or Spotify using the links below:

The Broadcast Storm on Apple iTunes

The Broadcast Storm on Spotify

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Wireless LAN Security

ccna r/s network plus Apr 06, 2018
 

In this new video, you'll learn the need for wireless LAN (WLAN) security, along with multiple approaches and protocols for better securing your wireless LANs.

Topics include:

  • War Driving
  • MAC Filtering
  • Geofencing
  • Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
  • Initialization Vector (IV)
  • RC4 Encryption
  • Pre-Shared Key (PSK) Mode
  • Enterprise Mode
  • IEEE 802.1X
  • Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP)
  • Message Integrity Check (MIC)
  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
  • Counter Mode with Cipher Block Chaining Message Authentication Code (CCMP)
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)
  • WPA2
  • WPA3
  • Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP)
  • EAP-TLS
  • EAP-FAST
  • PEAP

This video is a sample from Kevin's new CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Complete Video Course. To save 50% on your purchase of the video course, use the Coupon Code WALLACE50 during checkout HERE.

Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 (R/S and Collaboration) #7945

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Cisco CCNA Cyber Ops Webinar Replay (March 2018)

Uncategorized Apr 03, 2018
 

One of the hottest topics in IT is Cyber Security. It's estimated that by 2019 or 2020, there will be 6 million jobs in cyber security, with 25 percent of those jobs (i.e. 1.5 million jobs) vacant. That's why we at kwtrain.com are so adamant about helping IT professionals earn their CCNA Cyber Ops certification.

In this webinar replay, Kevin Wallace Training's security expert, Charles Judd, leads you through the discussion of the following cyber security topics (including lots of demos):

  • Reconnaissance
    • Passive
    • Active
  • Network Segmentation
    • System Isolation
    • Jump Box (Jump Server)
  • Honeypots and Honeynets

At the end of the video, we introduce a brand new membership program from Kevin Wallace Training, Diver Down - Security - LIVE.

Check out the end of the video for all the details on that exciting new offering, and then click HERE to join.

Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 (R/S and Collaboration) #7945

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Interview with Anthony Sequeira

In this post, I'm excited to share with you my latest podcast episode, where I'm interviewing my good friend and world-renowned Cisco trainer Anthony Sequeira.

In this episode, Anthony discusses:

  • Tips for the Troubleshooting Section of the CCIE R/S Lab
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Anthony's New CCIE R&S Prep Club
  • What Anthony has Learned from Tony Robbins
  • What Anthony is Working on Now
  • And More...

 

Also, you can check out some of Anthony's resources below:

Finally, if you're not yet subscribed to my podcast, The Broadcast Storm, you can listen on iTunes or Spotify:

Happy listening!

Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 (R/S and Collaboration) #7945

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Sneak Peek Of My Cisco Live 2018 (Orlando) Session (BRKCCIE-3001)

Uncategorized Mar 13, 2018

I’m thrilled to announce this will be my second year speaking at Cisco Live US (CLUS), and it would be great if you could join me for my session. Last year, it was awesome getting to meet so many of my readers and viewers in person, before and after the session, and if you’re attending CLUS in June 2018, I’d love to meet you too.

Also, I'm stoked about the session topic, which is my favorite topic out of all the Cisco technologies I teach, Quality of Service (QoS). Specifically, the session title is Quality of Service (QoS) for CCIE Collaboration Candidates, and the Session ID is BRKCCIE-3001. However, if you’re not a CCIE Collaboration candidate, please don’t be thrown by the title. I’ll begin by covering the basics of QoS and then dive deeper. So, even if you have only a casual interest in QoS, this session will have some great content for you too.

Interestingly, I did have to make a major pivot in my presentation. When first...

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Your Passwords Are Lame

cybersecurity Feb 20, 2018

A national survey from Common Sense Media found that adults spend over nine hours each day in front of various screens – including computers, tablets, phones and televisions. I will confess that the first thing I do upon waking is grab my phone and check message notifications, news feeds, and the occasional startled cat video from Reddit. It seems that online is the new default setting for the world.

During a recent holiday break from school, my kids spent a lot of time blissfully adding to this staggering statistic with a mixture of Spotify, Netflix, Xbox Live and various MMOs. All was right with the world until an unexpected power outage in the neighborhood brought things to a screeching halt. I’m not sure I have ever seen such looks of dismay-edging-toward-terror on their young faces. They have always existed during a time in which being unplugged from the web is an unimaginable state.

Security Concerns

With our ever-increasing screen time and desire for...

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Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

ccna cyber ops Feb 06, 2018

The Internet of Things

While shopping for an outdoor barbecue grill this past summer, the reality of the ever-increasing Internet of Things (IoT) really hit home with me. If you aren’t familiar with this terminology, IoT simply means the connection of devices to the Internet. The IoT is growing at an exponential rate, as we try to shoehorn Wi-Fi connectivity into every device that has an on/off switch. Nothing is sacred – refrigerators, light sockets, and yes, even propane gas grills.

More Devices = Larger Attack Surface

One important repercussion of this growth is the increased need for cybersecurity professionals. As more and more of our everyday devices are interconnected, our private information is available through a growing number of nodes, therefore increasing the risk of exposure. One report states that attacks on IoT devices increased by 280% in the first part of 2017. With constant threats of information breaches looming, businesses are estimated to...

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Major CCIE Collaboration Update from Cisco

ccie collaboration Jan 30, 2018

Cisco recently introduced major updates for their CCIE Collaboration written and lab exams, jumping from version 1.0 of these exams directly to version 2.0. If you want all the details, you can visit Cisco's official page HERE. However, if you want a quick overview, this blog post will identify the major updates and discuss the new exam structure.

Will You Be Impacted?

First, let’s see if these changes are going to impact you. If you’re currently preparing for your CCIE Collaboration written or lab exam, the topics you need to know for that exam are still version 1.0 topics, until July 23, 2018. On that day, Cisco flips the switch, and both the written and lab exams cover version 2.0 topics. As a result, if you already have a few months of study under your belt, you might want to accelerate your study efforts to clear the lab prior to the cutover date.

What Are The Eight Topic Domains You Must Master?

In version 1 of the CCIE Collaboration curriculum, the...

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