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.

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Today’s guest is Dr. Terry Gudaitis.

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.

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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.