Kendall Blaylock

Kendall serves as the director of cyber intelligence for HORNE Cyber where his specialty is digital forensics and incident response.

Recent Posts

Jan 13, 2020 6:15:00 AM

CISA Releases Insights on Increased Geopolitical Tensions and Threats

With heightened tensions and vowed threats of “revenge” from Iran, the CISA released insights into the potential for cyber and physical attacks against the United States. In a previous blog, Director of Cyber Operations, Dr. Wesley McGrew, discussed the potential for Iranian retaliation in the form of denial and disruption cyberattacks. However, the purpose of this post is to summarize the CISA’s insights around potential targets, best practices, and protective actions.

Topics: Industrial Control Systems, National Security

Nov 27, 2019 6:00:00 AM

12 Tips for Safe Online Shopping this Holiday Sale Season

As the Holiday Season presents itself once again, consumers take to smartphones, tablets, and laptops to research and buy gifts for family, friends, and loved ones. Online shopping proves to be a convenient alternative for consumers in our hurried societies; however, ecommerce also presents increased risk of financial fraud and identity theft.

Topics: online shopping

Sep 24, 2019 6:15:00 AM

Ransomware’s Newest Victim: Local Governments and Municipalities

Let’s face it - for many organizations, a ransomware attack is their worst nightmare. The very idea of having the most important files on a single computer encrypted and held hostage is scary enough, much less every computer on your entire network. For many state and local government leaders, this fear rings loud and true. Daily headlines remind them exactly how possible it is for the threat of ransomware to become a reality.

Topics: ransomware

Feb 7, 2019 6:30:00 AM

How to know if you need Digital Forensics

For many, the thought of being a part of a digital forensics examination can be stressful and intimidating. But determining if you or your organization needs to initiate a digital forensics exam can be equally difficult. While some situations will naturally lend themselves towards a digital forensics exam, there are some instances where the answer may not be so clear. For the purposes of this article, a digital forensics exam includes any examination of digital devices that could be involved with a legal matter at some point in time. Let’s walk through a few examples...

Topics: digital forensics

Sep 25, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Developing an Incident Response Strategy: Preparing for the "What Ifs"

When we think about the impact of an unexpected event, it can often leave us with varying emotions. In many cases, those emotions are not pleasant… such as panic and stress, feeling vulnerable or lacking control over the world around us. All too often we see clients experience these feelings during the wake of and after a cybersecurity incident. Cybersecurity incidents are always considered the “what ifs”, too often not measured as a strategic threat. An unexpected cybersecurity incident promises negative impact and can sometimes be catastrophic to an organization. So, what can you do? How can your organization be more resilient? How can you better prepare, and experience calm in a time of crisis?

Topics: incident response

Nov 10, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Staying Ahead of the Threat

Forrester Research released a report recently which predicted that our President-elect Donald Trump will face a major cyber crisis within the first 100 days of being president. Who knows if that will come to fruition but one thing is for sure, with the major DDoS attacks recently and the cyber attacks surrounding our election, we are a major target. By we – I mean me, you, American businesses, and America as a whole.

Topics: cybersecurity, cybersecurity operations center, the threat

Mar 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Build Better Legal Cases with Access to Digital Evidence

Attorneys are always looking for new forms of evidence for both criminal and civil matters. With the recent advances in digital forensic capabilities, many legal cases are incorporating digital evidence that, if properly (and legally) uncovered and examined, can be leveraged to help a case. I encourage organizations and attorneys to become more familiar with digital forensics to better understand how it can be leveraged in your future cases.

Topics: digital forensics