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The Best things to do with Microsoft 365 – Microsoft Secure Score - WST

May 12th, 2021

Most small- to medium-sized institutions don’t have a full-time employee available to devote to Microsoft 365 administration and security. If you are the person spinning about...

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Document Sharing Services - WST

May 6th, 2021

Financial institutions often have a requirement to receive documents from customers, including financial statements, tax documents, and other types of information critical...

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Protect you Organization's Online Presence - WST

April 29th, 2021

Nearly all organizations maintain more than just a website when it comes to their online presence. Social media is a convenient, ubiquitous way for businesses to maintain and build a...

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Cannabis Banking Series - Is Cannabis Right for Your Institution? - WST

April 22th, 2021

Another 4.20 has come and gone, and for many institutions it means another year of puffing and passing the cannabis can down the road. A short blurb in your policy stating...

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Disaster Recovery Failback - WST

April 15th, 2021

Many financial institutions have developed extremely detailed disaster recovery (DR) / business continuity (BC) plans. Those plans normally...

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BSA - Upcoming Changes and Challenges - WST

April 8th, 2021

As Americans we often see the United States as the constant leader on a global scale - be it in athletic competitions, industry, military strength, or just...

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Workstations and DR Plans - WST

April 1st, 2021

You’ve just put the final touches on the latest revision to your corporate Disaster Recovery plan. You have made arrangements to...

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Audit and Examination Tips - WST

March 25th, 2021

Here are some helpful tips for audit and examination preparation to hopefully make the process go smoother for your institution and...

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Where’s Your Data? - WST

March 18th, 2021

Many organizations have opted to move some IT functions to the cloud. Sales management, off-site backups, document management, file sharing, and others are among...

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Mozilla Firefox Monitor - WST

March 11th, 2021

With the number of breaches that seem to occur each year it can be difficult to keep track of where your data may have ...

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Microsoft Exchange Server - Patch Now! - WST

March 4th, 2021

On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Microsoft released out-of-band advisories detailing serious vulnerabilities in...

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FedLine Security and Resiliency Assurance Program - WST

February 26th, 2021

Beginning 2021, institutions that utilize FedLine services (FedLine Web, FedLine Advantage, FedLine Command, and FedLine Direct) must conduct an...

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Do you Overshare? - WST

February 18th, 2021

Have you ever been in the grocery store check-out line and heard the person in front of you recite their entire life history while they're checking...

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Networks Need Vaccinations Too! - WST

February 11th, 2021

As we watch the first COVID-19 vaccinations roll out to those who need it most, it got this particular Security Engineer thinking about how vaccinations...

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Ransomware - There's a Tool for That - WST

February 4th, 2021

In a previous WST, you may have noticed a bulleted item for a Ransomware Self-Assessment Tool (R SAT). Or you may not have. Regardless, it's...

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The Scope of SARs - Something Old and Something New - WST

January 28th, 2021

Did you know that filing Suspicious Activity Reports, or SARs, is not limited to ...

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In with the new year, out with the Flash - WST

January 20th, 2021

The writing has been on the wall for a while now regarding Adobe Flash Player, ...

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Back to Basics: Understanding Risk Concepts - WST

January 15th, 2021

People often make judgements and decisions about risk. Modern technology environments are complex and pervasive ...

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2021 Security & Compliance Checklist - WST

January 7th, 2021

Yep, another year has flown by and a new year is here. Now is a great time to take a close look at your 2021 schedule...

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SolarWinds and the Big Hack - WST

December 17th, 2020

Well, hacking is certainly in the news this week! We initially resisted adding to the cacophony of news stories and email alerts flooding your inbox, ...

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Cannabis-Banking: Movement on the Hill - WST

December 10th, 2020

While Congress may not be making much progress passing a second COVID stimulus relief bill, something historic did happen in Washington D.C. last Friday...

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File Share Permissions - WST

November 6th, 2020

During our IT audits, we consistently find file shares containing sensitive information with poor access restrictions. Most of the time, the super sensitive...

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Budge-IT - WST

October 8th, 2020

It’s October and for many that means it is budget time. Or, did you assume it will just be a part of IT’s budget? According...

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Browser Password Storage Thoughts - WST

October 1st, 2020

Browser Password Storage Thoughts - WST There is some risk when allowing a user’s browser to remember passwords. If a bad actor gets access to a machine, they...

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Fighting the Good Fight - WST

September 24th, 2020

Earlier this month, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) put out a cryptic statement regarding the unlawful disclosures of suspicious activity reports (SARs). According to FinCEN, various media outlets were intending to publish a series of articles based on...

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IT Asset Management-Secure your environment and save money too! - WST

September 17th, 2020

Do you keep an accurate and up-to-date inventory of your IT assets? If not, you may be wasting money and decreasing your overall IT security posture. One of the most important aspects of managing your IT environment is...

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Increase in Cybercrime During COVID-19 - WST

September 3rd, 2020

As the pandemic continues to rage on, we’ve discovered some of the hardest working people during this time are fraudsters and scammers who never seem to be impacted by high unemployment rates. According to a recent FinCEN Advisory...

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Don’t Let OneDrive Mess up your Vulnerability Scan! - WST

September 3rd, 2020

Recently, many of our clients have had significant increases in the number of vulnerabilities found during their Internal Vulnerability Scans. One of the primary reasons for this is...

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Don’t Suffer from Alert Fatigue – WST

August 20th, 2020

We live in a busy, and often stressful world. With most of us carrying around at least one always-connected device, we...

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August 7th, 2020

Much like the contested area that separates two foreign powers that do not trust each other, a network DMZ is a place where you...

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Adobe Flash is almost done - WST

July 28th, 2020

Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player after December 31, 2020. We shouldn’t be surprised by this...

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Don't Let Urgency Lead to Insecurity, Part 2 - WST

April 29th, 2020

We wanted to expand on our WST about securing remote access from a few weeks ago with some additional...

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Keep Yourself from being Roasted - WST

April 9th, 2020

First an attacker must use the initial user account they compromised to scan Active Directory for accounts with a SPN (Service Principal ...

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Complaint Management Programs - More Important Now Than Ever -WST

April 7th, 2020

Chances are that a Consumer Complaint Management Program review has become a key part of your most recent ...

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Don't Let Urgency Lead to Insecurity-WST

March 31st, 2020

Across the country, institutions are finding themselves dusting off almost forgotten pandemic plans and quickly trying to adjust to new...

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Attackers are Opportunistic,  Keep New Remote Users Safe - WST

March 19th, 2020

As institutions and companies around the world scramble to support a new or enlarged remote workforce, we are already seeing attackers...

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COVID-19 Is your Pandemic Plan ready? - WST

February 28th, 2020

You already have a rock-solid pandemic plan, right? Of course you do. But given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) news, it...

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We Accept the Risk - WST

February 20th, 2020

Risk. The hot potato of any organization. There are so many options of what to do with a risk potato once it's ...

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Infosec Blocking and Tackling - Vulnerability Management - WST

February 20th, 2020

Vulnerability management! Now there is a sexy subject. Managing the various vulnerabilities in your environment (which is generally a lot ...

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Upgrading 2008 R2 Domain Controllers - WST

June 27th, 2019

With Microsoft ending support for Windows Server 2008 R2 on January 14, 2020, related anxiety-induced reluctance and procrastination are completely understandable ...

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