The Parts of a Computer Explained for the Average Person

Posted by Charles Buege and Laura Penhallow on Mar 16, 2021 1:57:21 PM

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

By Charles Buege, Fuel Editorial Advisory Committee Member, Chicago Fuel Chapter Leader

Parts of a computer

First off, this is a non-technical article. This is a very different direction from my normal articles, but as you read, you’ll see that this is the intention. I’ve been working with computers for over 30 years. Even back in junior high school, computers always came easily to me. I’m lucky like that. I simply always just “knew” how to make a computer do whatever I wanted it to. I just seemed to inherently know how to “bend it to my will” as some of my friends would say. Needless to say, others I know aren’t as fortunate, so I have been asked many, many times over the years about the different parts of the computer, what they do, etc.

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Topics: Charles Buege, computer, parts of a computer

Book Review: ‘Well Aware,’ by George Finney

Posted by Charles Buege and Laura Penhallow on Feb 25, 2021 4:20:23 PM

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Review by Charles Buege and Laura Penhallow, Fuel Editorial Advisory Committee Members

blur-1283865_1920The Fuel Board of Directors’ own George Finney is an exceptionally talented cybersecurity professional. In his more than 25 years of experience in the cybersecurity field, he has authored several books, taught cybersecurity at Southern Methodist University, has been recognized as one of the top cybersecurity leaders in 2018 by Security Magazine and is a part of the Texas CISO council.

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Topics: Charles Buege, Laura Penhallow, George Finney, book review, Well Aware

Prisma Access Named Among Apps With Most Impact in 2020 by Microsoft

Posted by Palo Alto Networks on Feb 18, 2021 2:21:57 PM

Thursday, February 18, 2021

By Palo Alto Networks

tablet-791050_1920As remote work remains the new normal, companies must continue to ensure their employees have secure access to all apps. “To achieve this, organizations have to rethink their network and security architecture and move towards a Zero Trust approach, with the best security delivered via the cloud everywhere. That is exactly what Prisma Access was built for,” Amit Singh, president of Palo Alto Networks, explains in a recent blog post from the company.

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Topics: Palo Alto Networks, Prisma Access, Microsoft

How to Use the Version 10.0 PAN-OS API

Posted by Charles Buege on Feb 12, 2021 4:36:25 PM

Friday, February 12, 2021

By Charles Buege, Fuel Editorial Advisory Committee Member, Chicago Fuel Chapter Leader

When it comes to automation, one of the most important tools to have is knowing how to make API calls. The PAN-OS has several different ways of doing this. In this article, I will concentrate on version 10, since it’s the latest version of the PAN-OS, and I will also be using the REST API instead of the XML API primarily, as that is my personal preference. There is one point where using the XML API is the only option and I will go into that later on.

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Topics: Charles Buege, 10.0 PAN-OS, API

SOC 2 Audits Can Boost Security — and Sales

Posted by Annabel Steele on Jan 29, 2021 12:45:42 PM

Friday, January 29, 2021

By Annabel Steele, Fuel HQ

AJ Headshot2Everything was going well for AJ Yawn, but he couldn’t shake the feeling that he could be doing better.

Yawn has a bachelor’s degree in social science from Florida State University (where he played on the men’s basketball team) and a master’s degree in technology management from Georgetown University. He had spent five years in the U.S. Army, ascending to the rank of Captain. After leaving the Army, he was working in the cybersecurity field as an auditor, performing SOC 2 examinations and ensuring people’s cloud environments were meeting SOC 2 requirements. He was doing better than he had done in any previous position, and putting himself in a good financial situation. In spite of all that, Yawn felt like he could be doing more.

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Topics: AJ Yawn, audits, SOC 2, security framework

Ignite Session Review: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Threat Landscape

Posted by Charles Buege on Jan 19, 2021 10:57:31 AM

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

By Charles Buege, Fuel Editorial Advisory Committee Member

neon-5502633_1920At Palo Alto Networks’ Ignite ’20 virtual conference last November, Brittany Barbehenn and Alex Hinchliffe of Unit 42 gave a fantastic summary of several items that their research team had seen thus far on the different attack vectors out there. Here, we provide a rundown of the attacks they shared to keep on your radar in the new year and beyond.

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Topics: Charles Buege, threat landscape, Ignite '20

Resources to Navigate the SolarStorm Attack

Posted by Fuel HQ on Dec 22, 2020 9:41:43 AM

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

By Fuel HQ

Resources to Help Navigate SolarStormOn December 13th, SolarWinds announced that hackers had inserted malware into a service that provides software updates for its Orion platform. Palo Alto Networks has quickly responded with a number of resources to help navigate SolarStorm attack, the name they assigned to the recent campaign of attacks connected to a suspected nation state actor behind the SolarWinds SUNBURST malware.

Below is a roundup of resources that the Fuel community can access online.    

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Topics: resources, SolarStorm Attack, SolarWinds

Career Spotlight: From Comic Books to InfoSec

Posted by Annabel Steele on Dec 22, 2020 9:25:53 AM

Monday, December 21, 2020

By Annabel Steele, Fuel HQ

Jason Blanchard LinkedIn picJason Blanchard’s path to the information security (InfoSec) field began in an unlikely spot: Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Stationed there as a combat cameraman, Blanchard’s job was to create content and videos for the military. Fort Knox is where tank operators are trained, so Blanchard was not lacking for interesting footage. When the time came to make the next step in his career, Blanchard left the military and went to film school at Full Sail University in Florida. With six years of filmmaking experience under his belt when he arrived, Blanchard quickly earned a new title: teacher.

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Topics: Career paths, career advice, cybersecurity careers, hacking

Cloud Myths You’re Probably Falling for Right Now: Shared Responsibility

Posted by Maril Vernon and Charles Buege on Dec 18, 2020 10:36:18 AM

Friday, December 18, 2020

By Charles Buege and Maril Vernon, Fuel User Group Members, Fuel Editorial Advisory Committee


View part one, part two and part three.

Ever been in the incident meeting where someone asks, “How did this happen?” And the IT department responds, “Well, it was the cloud provider’s responsibility,” and then the vendor on the phone counters with, “No, it is very clearly the customer’s responsibility.” Once you start pulling in different cloud providers, there are many misconceptions with regards to who is responsible for handling what tasks. Many times, it is assumed the cloud service provider (CSP) is taking care of something, and to the mental back-burner it goes. However, this assumption leaves you open to attack, compromise and theft of IP; otherwise known as “resume building events.”

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Topics: Cloud Security, Charles Buege, Maril Vernon, cloud myths, shared responsibility

How I Did It: PA-220 Lab Upgrade to PAN-OS 10

Posted by Charles Buege on Nov 19, 2020 4:07:12 PM

Thursday, November 19, 2020

By Charles Buege, Fuel User Group Member

A few weekends ago, I embarked on the adventure of upgrading my PA-220 to PAN-OS 10. With the articles I’ve written in the past and since version 10 has been out for a while now, I wanted to start getting some experience with it myself, so I figured it was time to pull the trigger and upgrade my lab.

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Topics: PA-220, Charles Buege, lab upgrade, PAN-OS 10

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