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Risk analysis as it pertains to computer resources, is a process of determining potential fiscal cost of having one or more of the three elements(reliability, integrity, and confidentiality)

First what are we risk analyzing?     A Website that is hosted by a third party

Why are we risk analyzing?  To determine if we need more security (more resources)

A vulnerability analysis involves what could occur if the system was compromised and thus affect (reliability, integrity, and confidentiality)

A threat analysis is a process of identifying who can negatively affect (reliability, integrity, and confidentiality)

in these assessments a percentage chance of likelihood of attack on the system

what is the value of the website?


Out of the various analyses we can start to create a Risk Assessment matrix for each device or website. For each software

One unfortunate aspect of Risk assessment is not being able to asses the Unknown unknowns.

A new Zero-day attack could negatively affect the systems and thus either degrade or bring down the site for a while. One needs to decide on the value of the computing resources to decide the level of testing and monitoring.


Contact us to make an analysis for your situation.

Tony Zafiropoulos  314-504-3974

Kaspersky PDF download link



Highest threat(2013 survey) is malware or viruses. , the next threats come to Spam, and phishing attacks.

Network intrusion or hacking is 4th, then after that theft of mobile devices and then Denial Of Service attacks.

One can boil the survey down to the following:

Virus, malware, and phishing attacks coming in through Spam.

While Network intrusion and Denial of Service is next on the threat-meter.

Losing mobile devices to theft comes next.


Why discuss this at all? it seems that all of these answers are common sense.

even though each survey answer is understandable, it is good to know what is happening in other companies.

Plus one can budget resources appropriately.


If you ask me though, Anti-virus and anti-malware tools are a must, so once you have them the next point of order is to have more people working on the intrusion detection/ and denial of service attack vector.

Putting some resources into anti-theft technologies is also important.


Contact me and I can help you verify your systems.


My education is as a Systems engineer (and is in my Blood 🙂


What is a systems engineer?

Applied Mathematics as well as engineering.


What sets Systems Engineering apart from standard IT?


Notice the Waterfall approach in software development (I worked at as software company before starting my business in 1995) the Analysis comes before Design and then development and then testing.


Now Systems engineering approach:


From University of Arizona:

Notice the basic closed feedback loop:



Which I studied intimately.

The similarity of a closed feedback loop and Agile Programming methodologies are uncanny.


This is why I was able to pick up Agile Programming methods(in late 90's), as it  is very similar to a closed feedback loop in Systems Engineering.

So why are we discussing this?


It is because I am trying to create a Closed Feedback loop for the CEO/CFO

Customer needs are input into the "Company system"- IT department/ IT Security  and products get created.

Fixvirus will test and let the IT department know how to fix, while writing the report for the CEO/CFO.


Contact Tony Zafiropoulos 314-504-3974 to discuss your testing needs.


Hopefully you will not see this image on any of your computers:


But unfortunately there is no way to recover from this Cryptowall infection, the only hope is to recover the files,from a shadow volume setting which you hopefully had turned on before the infection. Of course if you still have WindowsXP - you have no methods of recovery except from any backups created.

Notice the criminal is also asking to be paid using an anonymous method with the TOR browser. Please do not pay this criminal. There are no guarantees that you will receive the unencrypt method.

This is the  text:

What happened to your files ?
All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA-2048 using CryptoWall 2.0.
More information about the encryption keys using RSA-2048 can be found here:

What does this mean ?
This means that the structure and data within your files have been irrevocably changed, you will not be able to work with them, read them or see them,
it is the same thing as losing them forever, but with our help, you can restore them.

How did this happen ?
Especially for you, on our server was generated the secret key pair RSA-2048 - public and private.
All your files were encrypted with the public key, which has been transferred to your computer via the Internet.
Decrypting of your files is only possible with the help of the private key and decrypt program, which is on our secret server.

What do I do ?
Alas, if you do not take the necessary measures for the specified time then the conditions for obtaining the private key will be changed.
If you really value your data, then we suggest you do not waste valuable time searching for other solutions because they do not exist.

For more specific instructions, please visit your personal home page, there are a few different addresses pointing to your page below:

If for some reasons the addresses are not available, follow these steps:
1.Download and install tor-browser:
2.After a successful installation, run the browser and wait for initialization.
3.Type in the address bar: paytordmbdekmizq.onion/12Uj7f4
4.Follow the instructions on the site.

Your personal page:
Your personal page (using TOR): paytordmbdekmizq.onion/12Uj7f4
Your personal identification number (if you open the site (or TOR 's) directly): 12Uj7f4



Yes it is possible to get in front of security problems.

First have a Security policy in place.

The policy will include patching all systems in a best possible method. I.e. cannot patch a system during production hours without testing first. But as soon as a patch is tested, then the production system should be patched.

Items as how to handle new USB drives is important.

Second have the best possible technologies in place which includes the following:

NGFW - Next Generation FireWall  - not just stateful multi-layer inspection, but an integrated Intrusion Prevention System that operates at layer 3 or layer 2.

Wifi access points with  WPA2 encryption


We can help you size a firewall technology for your needs.  Contact Us  Tony Zafiropoulos 314-504-3974


JPMORGAN SPENT $250 MIL DOLLARS ON SECURITY DEFENSE – STILL HACKED.    The post that explains the number of scans per month ( a USENIX conference paper)

If there are any weaknesses the hackers will find them.