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Tim Femister

Tim Femister leads the national Cyber Security Business for ConvergeOne. An experienced industry thought leader, technologist, and advisor, Tim is fiercely passionate about helping clients reach their desired cyber security posture. He does so by sitting at the intersection of People, Process, and Technology, consulting with clients to develop overarching strategies and roadmaps for operational improvement, programmatic development, and implementation.

 

Recent Posts

Building Human Firewalls: 10 Steps to Cyber Awareness [Part 2]

Posted on November 1, 2018 by Tim Femister

Last week, I wrote about the first five steps to creating a culture capable of effectively defending against modern threats. This week, I'll take you through the next five steps. Let’s dive right in.

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Building Human Firewalls: 10 Steps to Cyber Awareness [Part 1]

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Tim Femister

The best defense against modern cybersecurity threats is not based on technology at all. While there’s currently a great deal of focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), good-ole human intelligence is the secret ingredient. To effectively prevent your organization from falling victim to cyber attacks, it’s essential that your employees develop strong cyber instincts. We constantly coach customers on the idea that the strongest firewall you can own is a resilient, human firewall. The statistics are staggering: spear phishing accounts for 95% of enterprise network attacks, according to the SANS Institute.

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5 IT Security Questions You Should be Asking

Posted on July 16, 2018 by Tim Femister

Is your cyber risk management program properly protecting your critical information assets? If not, it may be time to evaluate your current approach. 
 
A simple way to assess the foundational elements of your cyber risk management program is to ask these five specific questions. Similar to an iceberg, these questions are simple at the surface, but beneath the surface, they help to understand your program.
 
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What You Need to Know About VPNFilter

Posted on June 1, 2018 by Tim Femister

VPNFilter Infects 500K Networking Devices + Growing

Over the course of the last several months, researchers have investigated an advanced persistent threat known as VPNFilter, which has already infected 500,000 devices across 50+ countries, specifically targeting home office networks (or places utilizing small office and home office devices) as well as network-access storage (NAS) devices. The threat is believed to be sponsored by or affiliated with a nation state, which generally leads to well-funded, well-executed persistent threats that are properly managed with a defined end-game.

Based on research recently released by Cisco Talos, the US Department of Justice is urging anyone who owns small office home office (SOHO) and NAS devices to reboot their devices immediately. 

The VPNFilter malware operates via three unique stages, which are described below at a high level.

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