Catch Of The Week: Small Business Cyber Updates

first_imgWhat can you do? Cisco fixed this issue in firmware release 4.2.3.10; if you are using the affected router models (RV320 and RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN) you will need to update the firmware as there is no workaround. If you don’t need the remote management feature on these routers, you can also disable it. Cisco stated that this was an oversight by their developers, and the certificates and keys were never intended to be shipped with the products. The certificates were used for testing purposes during the development of the firmware and were not intended for live functionality. By BECKY RUTHERFORDLos Alamos Issues included hardcoded password hashes and static X.509 certificates with corresponding public/private key pairs and one static Secure Shell (SSH) host key. Security researchers at SEC Consult/IoT Inspector found numerous security issues for the Cisco RV320 and RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN router series. CISA Releases Cyber Essentials for Small Businesses/Government Agencies Cisco Small Business Router Vulnerabilities Check out Cyber Essentials here: https://www.cisa.gov/cyber-essentials Editor’s note: Becky Rutherford works in information technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Cisco disclosed several other high-severity flaws affecting other small-business routers. More information can be found on their security advisory page:https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20191106-sbrv-cmd-x Why is this bad? According to Cisco, “An attacker with access to the base operating system on an affected device could exploit this issue to obtain root-level privileges. However, Cisco is not currently aware of a way to access the base operating system on these routers,” Cyber Essentials includes five different elements: YourselfYour StaffYour SystemsYour SurroundingsYour Data Each section offers guidance for leaders as well as actionable items that you can take to help protect your small business or government agency. The guidance is consistent with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and other standards. The US Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) released guidance on Cyber Essentials for small businesses this week. This guidance is meant to serve as a starting point for small businesses and other government agencies to better understand and learn to remediate cybersecurity risks. This resource offers actionable, basic steps, and resources that can be used to improve cybersecurity posture. The flaw was assigned the tracking identifier of CVE-2019-15271, and could allow a remote attacker who has authenticated to the system to execute malicious commands with root (admin) privileges. A hacked or compromised router could cause a lot of damage, not just on the router, but to every device running on your network. CISA details actions that organizations/governments can take even before they adopt the Cyber Essentials:Backup Data: Employ a backup solution that automatically and continuously backs up critical data and system configurations.Multi-Factor Authentication: Require multi-factor authentication (MFA) for accessing your systems whenever possible. MFA should be required of all users, but start with privileged, administrative, and remote access users.Patch and Update Management: Enable automatic updates whenever possible. Replace unsupported operating systems, applications, and hardware. Test and deploy patches quickly. last_img read more

Deepwater Wind OKs Block Island Turbines Order

first_imgAlstom has received formal notice to proceed (NTP) from Deepwater Wind, after the US company completed the financing of its 30MW offshore wind project.Deepwater Wind Block Island, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deepwater Wind, plans to install five Alstom Haliade 150 6-MW turbines offshore Block Island.“This is a major milestone and the confirmation that this project, the first commercial offshore project in the United States for Alstom, will now materialize,” said Yves Rannou, Senior Vice President Wind for Alstom.“Securing final financing for this ambitious project is an exceptional achievement for Deepwater Wind,” said Anders Soe-Jensen, Vice President Alstom Wind Offshore. “We believe this project will highlight both the commercial and technological viability of offshore wind in the US and we are proud to be part of the team making it happen. This is the start of a new chapter in sustainable energy for the US.”Wind turbine, foundation and electrical interface engineering is advancing on schedule to meet Deepwater Wind’s project specifications, including installation of the five foundations during summer 2015. Located about three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, the Block Island wind farm is scheduled for commercial service in the fourth quarter of 2016.Image: Alstomlast_img read more

Peregrine Semiconductor Awarded QML Certification

first_imgPeregrine Semiconductor has announced that it has been awarded qualified manufacturers list (QML) certification, class Q (military) and V (space). After a thorough evaluation, Peregrine demonstrated to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Land and Maritime that it fully complies with MIL-PRF-38535, the performance specification used by the Department of Defense for monolithic integrated circuits that operate in severe environments.This certification will enable Peregrine to offer Government Certified Aerospace and Defense Products. Peregrine is now actively working towards qualifying and releasing a space and military product portfolio as standard microcircuit drawings (SMDs).Peregrine offers many high reliability products for the aerospace and defense industry including RF switches, digital step attenuators (DSAs), prescalers, phase-locked loops (PLLs) and DC-DC converters based on their UltraCMOS® technology on a sapphire substrate.last_img read more

Right at Home: bringing big style to small outdoor spaces

first_imgShelter magazines this time of year are fond of featuring expansive outdoor spaces with sprawling gardens and entertaining areas.But for many people, especially city dwellers, the at-home al fresco area is more postage-stamp than palatial.Not a problem, says Katy Kiick Condon, a senior editor at Better Homes & Gardens magazine. She advises using the same space-saving tricks outdoors that you do indoors.Think of the terrace as an extension of the kitchen or living room. This undated photo provided by CB2 shows CB2’s diminutive yet functional sunshade, which takes up little space, and it’s modern aesthetic makes it a great choice for a small urban balcony. (CB2 via AP) This undated photo provided by CB2 shows CB2’s Ixtapa loveseat. The woven structure of the loveseat creates a lighter profile than a heftier piece of furniture, making it a nice option for a small outdoor area where traditional seating might overwhelm the space. (CB2 via AP) This undated photo provided by Target.com shows a set of Bryant club chairs. If you aren’t planning on sit-down dining on your small terrace you don’t need a table. Instead, consider focusing on one or two comfy seats, like these Bryant club chairs from Target, and add a small ottoman or table that can hold a tray when you’re dining al fresco. (Target.com via AP)center_img Gloster’s matte aluminum Bells table is a smart option for a small terrace. Options include a tray top or hidden ice bucket. The table comes in a range of contemporary hues. (Gloster via AP) “Try using the same color scheme and styles. The continuity will visually combine the spaces, and make your terrace feel larger,” Condon says. “Outside, you can punch up the colors, and be a little more playful with art and decor.”New furniture designs for 2016 take into account the challenges of limited space, says Jackie Hirschhaut, executive director of the International Casual Furnishings Association’s outdoor division.“Manufacturers have created compact, functional furnishings that add style and comfort to even the most pint-size patios,” she says.A round table can work for stand-up cocktails or as a dining table, with sturdy, stylish, stackable chairs brought into service.Check out West Elm’s Mosaic table collection; tiled tops in a variety of patterns come on wood or metal bases. (www.westelm.com )Bend Goods has a hip little stacking chair made of galvanized wire, available in neutrals as well as amethyst and emerald. (www.bendgoods.com )Some manufacturers have started producing “balcony height” chairs and tables for the outdoor market; they’re tall enough that you can see over the railing, but not so tall that you could fall over it.If you’re more into lounging than dining outdoors, forgo a table for one or two comfy chaises or chairs. Look for colorful, folding Adirondack chairs made of recycled, durable synthetic wood. (www.wayfair.com )Or Target’s Bryant faux wood/upholstered club chair has uptown chic. Use small ottomans and trays for refreshments. (www.target.com )Gloster Furniture’s shapely little Bells matte aluminum table, in white, meteor, coral or aqua, can be had with either a tray top or ice bucket insert, making it a great space-saver. (www.gloster.com )Consider a vibrant outdoor area rug. Dash & Albert’s Catamaran collection features jaunty stripes in a range of hues. (www.dashandalbert.com )To add some interesting light sources, hang a pendant over a table or change existing sconces, advises Condon.“With the improvements in solar- and battery-powered lights, there are tons of options that don’t require hardwiring,” she says.Add some art to your “indoor-outdoor room”: Look for maps, photos or vintage ads that reference your home’s location.As for window treatments for terrace doors; outdoor fabrics have improved, feeling and looking more like interior textiles. At www.Spoonflower.com , you can even design your own fabric pattern.“Build up, not out,” Condon says. Use vertical space by bringing in tall potted plants, hanging planters from the ceiling or creating a screen of planters. Look for colorful, pattern-rich umbrellas that tilt and shift. CB2 has a small-space sun shade worth checking out. (www.cb2.com )Dwell.com has the retro Bullet planter, a reproduction of a 1950s design. Available in a range of midcentury hues, it’s got a space-age-y vibe, perched on tripod legs. Also at the retailer, the Little Jack tabletop planter; the walnut base is shaped like a playful jack, and the powder-coated vessel comes in sky blue, frosty white or citrus. (www.dwell.com )If you’ve got a view, don’t block it. Orient the furniture to take advantage of it.But what if you’ve really got no room for any furnishings, and no view either?“If the best part is just 10 square feet of fresh air, add a gorgeous runner and find some plants to breathe it in with you,” Condon advises.last_img read more