Darin J. Bartholomew

  • I thought this was an interesting article about credit card skimmers. It goes in depth and shows picture examples of credit card skimming techniques and how to best protect yourself.

    For starters, it’s a good […]

  • Darin J. Bartholomew posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I had a brief stint in political communications, so whenever cyber merges with politics, it’s something I enjoy looking into. I think a big missed opportunity is the ability to use our wealth of technical resources in the private sector to strengthen our government cyber opportunities. I think a driving force behind this is the public mistrust of…[Read more]

  • Pretty interesting research by the Digital Citizens Alliance showing the massive scope of stolen credentials in the higher education industry posted on the dark web. I found this to be pretty remarkable because […]

  • I thought this Wall Street Journal article was pretty good. It discusses using webcameras as a means to attack other larger targets. This is basically the same as what happened when Dyn was hit with a DOS attack […]

    • Darin,

      With all of these smart tvs, cameras, thermostats, refrigerators, etc, I expect that we will be hearing more about these devices being attacked. Everyone wants the convenience, but few people take the time to think about the security of these devices. I think that at minimum, there should be a warning that pops up when consumers are setting up the device. Something that warns them about what can happen if they don’t change their password or update their security settings and apply software updates. I don’t believe that all consumers will read these, but some will. I would also recommend that the manufactures require a password change after 30 days.

  • I thought this was a good read, especially for the cyber track. It has some really good themes within it. The author outlines 4 suggestions for rising through the ranks in the cyber security field.

    Progressive […]

  • I thought this was a good read and relates to our investigations of fraud in a way that we haven’t really covered yet. What if you find fraud but the evidence left behind was tampered with to give the appearance o […]

  • Darin J. Bartholomew posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    I really liked this post. I think often times knowing the audience is something that gets overlooked, especially at the entry level. You might want to impress a board room with how smart you are with the data, but if it goes over everyone’s head, you do more harm than good for yourself and the company.

  • I thought this was an incredibly relevant post/article about many high level themes of this course. This is an article about threat intelligence and how to use it to actually make you more secure.

    The first […]

    • Hi Darin,

      Thank you for sharing this article to us! I really liked the seven recommendations and I read the article via your link! I think the first one: Get the right people looking at it, is the most important one because often times, the lack of qualified and experienced professionals to look at it, results some ignorance from ourselves that we did not focus on.

    • Getting the right people looking at the data is important. If you don’t have the right people looking at the data, what is the point of doing all of the work? You need decision makers and people that have a clear understanding of what the data says to be looking at it, so that it can be your base for making an informed decision.

    • Thanks for sharing Darin.
      I agree with both Yulun and Blake, I also think that getting the right people looking at the data is the most important one out of seven recommendations. We analyze the data collected to make decisions, therefore it’s very critical that we have someone who understands the data and is able to make decisions that will bring value to the company.

  • Andres, I like how you broke this question down into 3 definitions first. That’s a good approach to the question and it seems sort of in line with the approach of someone responding to an incident. Breaking down all the pieces of information before coming up with a full solution. I like it!

  • Darin J. Bartholomew posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Ruslan, as always, great stuff. I liked your mention of social media. It’s something that I didn’t even think of. I would take it a step further and say that as investigators we need our own set of rules involving social media. Someone investigating a case can’t go home and post “I can’t believe what ______ did on their work computer!” and then…[Read more]

  • Darin J. Bartholomew posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Fred, great post and best of luck in the presentation.

    I like the “set a goal” step. I think sometimes we get lost in the incredibly high level “be secure” goal and we forget to make goals a little more tangible and measurable to rate performance.

  • Darin J. Bartholomew posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Blake, I think this outlines a real challenge that companies will have, especially startups. How do you grow at a rapid rate to please business stakeholders but make sure that while increasing the scale of the company you remain secure and implement sound policies to prevent fraud? Like you said, Target has a lot of projects and a lot of resources…[Read more]

  • I think ethics plays a role in digital forensics because as investigators it’s our job to tell what we can prove to be the true story as it happened with a piece of computer technology. In some cases we might be the only ones who truly understand the evidence and the artifacts which puts us in a position of incredible influence. We can not allow…[Read more]

  • Great post Samantha. I think one of the most telling things about this was that 30% of businesses survey either aren’t in compliance or are unsure of the compliance with PCI standards. That’s incredibly scary.

  • This is great, Andres. One more example of how important it is to block ports that aren’t being used or aren’t necessary. It looks like the port in question is only used for administrative purposes and could probably be closed without any major impact on end user functionality.

  • Great post Jonathan. Generally the rule of thumb I’ve operated under is that if I don’t want to see it on the front page of Philly.com I shouldn’t hit send in the first place. I wonder if we will ever go back to physical paper communication for incredibly sensitive communication without an urgency of delivery time. We as professionals entering the…[Read more]

  • Roberto I thought this was a great article and a fun take on cyber security. I thought the most important one to remember is that it’s a people game. At the root of every cyber attack or vulnerability is a human element. A computer doesn’t decide to do evil things, a person tells it to act that way. A system is vulnerable because a person can find…[Read more]

  • Darin J. Bartholomew posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Joseph great comment. I wonder if this is something that Temple is starting to do on select PCs. I’ve noticed that Windows 10 machines in Alter common areas always give me the “setting up this PC” prompt as soon as I log in.

    If they’re giving a fresh image on every reboot what sort of challenges would a forensics expert face if they need to…[Read more]

  • I think this highlights a massive issue that we’re going to have to face as a connected world and on a smaller level we need to figure this out as a county. Much like our lack of charter among countries, we also have a maze of different laws and regulations from state to state in the United States which complicates things. It’s going to start to…[Read more]

  • I thought this was a neat article. It challenges standard risk measurement techniques by claiming that we often fail to account for the actions of people. I agree. I think it is easy to look at and mitigate risks […]

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