The 14 Scariest Things We Saw at Black Hat 2022

August 16th, 2022 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “The 14 Scariest Things We Saw at Black Hat 2022”

“If you’re squeamish about your cybersecurity, stop here! Read on if you want to know what threats keep security experts up at night.”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


If you are unfamiliar, Black Hat is an internationally recognized cybersecurity event series providing the most technical and relevant information security research. Black Hat USA is their annual conference presented here in the United States, which took place last week in Las Vegas for its 25th year.

Every year the conference features in-depth discussions about the current state of cybersecurity, and this year’s conference presenters focused on the future of cybersecurity, considering the ongoing cyberwar in Ukraine and the rise of online disinformation. In this article by Max Eddy for pcmag.com, the author provides insightful details on the 14 scariest things he saw at the conference this year.

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How to Block Robotexts and Spam Messages

August 15th, 2022 Posted by Life and Culture, Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “How to Block Robotexts and Spam Messages”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


Junk Email, Robocalls and now spammy Robotexts, ugh! At the least, Robotexts are now an ongoing annoyance that you can ignore and delete. That said, text/SMS spammers are very crafty, and if you are not careful, you will at one time or another fall prey to their relentless attempts to get you to reply or click on a link which could lead to dire consequences. 

All is not lost! You can take steps to reduce your exposure to these widespread attacks and keep your identity and personal information safer. In this excellent piece, Lance Whitney of pcmag.com guides you through the do’s and don’ts of texting and provides proactive tips on how to guard against these increasingly annoying attempts to identify active targets, capture your personal information or worse.

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Cyber-Physical Ignorance is No Longer a Defense

August 11th, 2022 Posted by Life and Culture, Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Cyber-Physical Ignorance is No Longer a Defense”

“Red alert for CEOs and organizational leaders! Cyber-Physical Ignorance is No Longer a Defense!”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


Smart buildings, appliances, appliances and buildings, self-driving cars, digital assistants, automated manufacturing systems, and more are combining further to blur the line between our physical and digital universe. The benefits of this evolution are tremendous.

However, as we know, hackers have been breaching servers for years, stealing valuable data and other information and holding our information hostage for ransom. As our physical and digital worlds continue to blend even further, the risk of these bad actors breaching our physical side becomes more real daily. Everything from thermostats to robots and security cameras is now in play as hackers look for new ways to disrupt and profit from our reliance on the benefits of digitalizing our physical world.

This article by Bud Broomhead for securityinfowatch.com pulls back the curtain of this disturbing trend and provides ideas on protecting yourself and your organization.

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Is My Smart Fridge Listening to Me? And Other Concerns

August 8th, 2022 Posted by Life and Culture, Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Is My Smart Fridge Listening to Me? And Other Concerns”

“High tech, high risk? Know what your smart devices can hear and reveal to others!”

Glenn Baruck, The eDotFamily of Companies


Smart devices continue to become more commonplace at home and work. Your refrigerator can now tell you when you are out of milk or even order eggs when you run out! Smart devices can now let us know when our clothes are dry, start our morning coffee and help us keep an eye on our pets.

As our appliances and other devices continue to become more intelligent, there is also the fear and real-life threat that they may be listening to our every word and revealing private information to people or companies looking to capitalize on them.

This concise piece by Rachael Roth for Dashlane.com highlights a few of the most commonly owned smart devices (mainly for the home, but they could be in your office too!) and the threats that may present to your privacy.

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5 Steps to Building a Cyber-Aware Organization

August 3rd, 2022 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “5 Steps to Building a Cyber-Aware Organization”

“Excellent insight into creating an organizational foundation of cyber-awareness!”

Glenn Baruck, eDot


Today amidst increasing cyber-attacks, organizations continue to try to better shield themselves from becoming the next victim. A cyber-attack is usually devastating and can often be fatal to an otherwise healthy business.

Protecting your organization from data breaches, ransomware, and other types of cyber-attacks is a complicated and frequently expensive proposition that can paralyze business owners to the point of doing nothing! However, one of the most effective ways to help protect your organization from cyber-attacks is relatively cost-effective. It requires initial work, ongoing education, and a commitment from the top down. To accomplish this, you must create a “cyber-aware organization.”  

In this article from securitymagazine.com, authors Chris Ripkey and Vito Nozza provide an excellent outline on creating a cyber-aware organization that can become a foundational piece to your company’s cyber-security platform.

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Waiting on Security: The Real Cost

July 27th, 2022 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Waiting on Security: The Real Cost”

“Being an SMB owner takes a little bit of a gambler mentality. Just make sure you don’t gamble on the wrong risks!”

Glenn Baruck, eDot


Let’s face it; if you want to be a small business owner, you must also be a bit of a gambler. Owning and operating a small business usually involves getting comfortable taking some chances and maybe even ignoring a few risks. One key to success is choosing the right chances to take and risks to ignore. Choose wisely, and with a lot of hard work and a little luck, your small business will be a success!

However, one risk that many SMB owners are choosing to ignore is the risk of a cyber-attack. In today’s business environment, this is not a chance you want to take or a risk to ignore. While cybersecurity can seem daunting and expensive, the ramifications of neglecting it are usually disastrous and often fatal for a small business.

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