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The human aspect of security

Terry Gudaitis , owner/principal, Mindstar Security

wfedstaff | April 17, 2015 5:29 pm

September 10, 2013 — Many federal information technology professionals rely on best practices from the “usual” suspects — FISMA, FedRAMP, among others.

This week’s “Federal Tech Talk” takes a look at security from an “up-close-and-personal” perspective.

How does social media impact your security?

How can you connect social media with physical security?

Read the latest news about the incoming administration on our Tracking the Transition page.

Today’s guest is Dr. Terry Gudaitis.

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She has a PhD. in psychology and worked for ten years for a three letter organization as a profiler.

After she left this organization in suburban Virginia, she worked for Cyveillance.

Today, Gudaitis has her own company — Mindstar Security.

She tells many stories that illustrate some security precautions.

For example, if you join FourSquare and let people know you are on vacation — this gives attackers knowledge that you are not at home.

Spear phishing is a technique where bad actors take a look at your social profile and send a person a “spoofed” mail revealing personal details.

The object of the attack may let down a guard and click on a link with malicious code.

Malware is now appearing in social media sites like Twitter.

Gudaitis reminds listeners to be wary of any direct messages – Twitter accounts can be spoofed easily and you can accidentally link to sites that are dangerous.