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Social Engineering - Loose Lips Sink Ships!

CyberNINES is a veteran-owned small business, our president, Scott Singer, along with several other employees are retired Navy veterans. So, this month we decided our cybersecurity focus would be "Loose Lips Sink Ships!" an old-time navy reference to "beware of unguarded talk". We thought this idiom funnily represents one of the biggest cyber threats today known as Social Engineering. 

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How to Submit a NIST Score?

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Interim Final Rule that went into effect on 30 November 2020, requires both primes and sub-contractors to submit their NIST SP 800-171 assessment score to the Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS). While the rule will only impact new contracts, the DoD plans to do 148 Medium Assessments and 81 High Assessments over the next three years, with an estimated 8,823 basic assessment scores to be uploaded on SPRS each year to award new contracts to small businesses. At CyberNINES, we are aware of these changes and committed to helping small and medium-sized businesses accept purchase orders from the DoD and Prime Contractors.   

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What’s the Difference Between a Vulnerability Scan and a PEN Test?

We find that often customers become confused between a Vulnerability Scan and a Penetration (PEN) test.  We’ve created this table below to show the differences. 
 
Basically, a  vulnerability scan is an automated, high-level test that looks for and reports potential vulnerabilities.
 
A penetration test is a detailed hands-on examination by an actual person that tries to detect and exploit weaknesses in your system.
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7 Top Tips for Cyber Security Awareness Month

For 18 years, CISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) continue to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that we all have the resources we need to be safer and more secure online.  The following tips would be great to share with employees, family, and friends to raise their cyber awareness to further our protection.  Send out one or two tips a week for employee engagement and training.

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