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Mike Talon

Mike Talon is a Solution Architect living and working in New York City. He’s assisted in disaster recovery and migration, Cloud transformation, and identity and security operations and testing for companies ranging from Mom & Pop retail shops to Fortune 100 global companies. Mike currently works with Cymulate – Breach and Attack Simulation; helping customers find ways to live safely in interesting times.

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Cyber 101: When Ransomware Kills
Mike Talon, September 22, 2020
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Editor's note: Due to the sensitive nature of the topic of this post, Cymulate will not be placing our usual advertising information inside and at the end of the post. We stand with the hospital, emergency services workers, and the family of the victim in recognizing the gravity of this issue. Contact information for Cymulate can be found at the top and bottom of every page of our site, and so we will be presenting this post as-is. Unfortunately, the time has come to answer a question I get on.
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BAS 101: What is Web Gateway Assessment?
Mike Talon, August 13, 2020
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Continuing with our series of questions from readers and users of the Cymulate BAS Platform, let's take a look at this user question: "What happens during a Web Gateway Assessment?" When looking at Web Gateways, there are often a lot of "moving parts."Most people think of firewalls when thinking of a web gateway, and the firewall and its technologies are a critical component of a web gateway overall, but there are several other components to take into account when assessing the security of.
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BAS 101: Why Even Regulated Industries Need BAS Solutions
Mike Talon, July 30, 2020
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A reader recently asked, "I'm in a regulated industry and do penetration testing once a year for compliance. Why would I also use Breach and Attack Simulation?" Let's dive into this question, as the need for Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) solutions like Cymulate do not diminish when you are in a regulated environment. In fact, the need for BAS becomes even stronger when you perform pen-testing once a year for regulatory compliance. Here are two reasons:   1 - You only pen-test once a year. .
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BAS 101: What is Email Gateway Attack Simulation?
Mike Talon, May 20, 2020
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A site visitor asked “What is an email gateway attack simulation? How is that different from phishing testing?” Both good questions, let’s have a look: Email Gateway Attack Simulation 101 Email gateways are software and/or appliances that sit between inbound email and your users’ mailboxes. These systems evaluate each inbound email (and often outbound email) that is processed by your company’s email systems.  Evaluations can include looking for phishing-like language, checking any links to.
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What is Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS)?
Mike Talon, April 11, 2020
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Cymulate 101: What is Breach and Attack Simulation?  One of our site visitors asked a pretty popular question recently: “What, exactly, is Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS)?” Let’s dive in and have a look at this form of security control testing. So, what are "security controls?” Simply put, a security control is anything that limits the ability of a threat actor to accomplish their goal, or otherwise stop even a legitimate user from doing something they shouldn’t.    Security controls can.
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Remote Working and Cybersecurity Risk
Mike Talon, March 25, 2020
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Benefits of Working Remotely As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has entire countries declaring national emergencies and recommending social distancing; more companies than ever are unexpectedly finding that they must allow employees to work remotely in order to limit the speed of the virus spreading throughout our communities.  Remote work has a great number of benefits - especially during a crisis of this nature - but also comes with significant cybersecurity drawbacks that should be.
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Ransomware Attack Takes Control Over U.S. Pipeline Companies
Mike Talon, February 19, 2020
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Ransomware Attacks Disrupting United States Pipeline Operations The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently released a bulletin describing a ransomware attack on a US natural gas pipeline operator; highlighting how even well-regulated and normally well-secured industries can fall victim to cyber attack if security controls are not regularly tested and refined both individually and while working in tandem.  While a ransomware attack of this nature isn’t.
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