MBL Security Expert, Alex Ivanov, 

presents at the 2nd Annual AnyCon Conference

Week 1: Oct. 1­–5: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety -  With everything from shopping to social media to online banking, the internet has become more of a necessity to our everyday lives than ever.  However, developing safe online habits (such has avoiding unsafe websites, changing your passwords often, avoiding downloading items from unknown locations, etc.) is key to using the internet effectively. 

Week 2: Oct. 8–12: Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity - As cybersecurity one of MBL’s core capabilities, we recognize the importance of key knowledgeable cybersecurity professionals.  However, as the industry is still continuing to mature, there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and educational programs.  As we are always looking for good cybersecurity talent, MBL has a great referral program including referral bonuses.  Therefore, if you know someone who you feel would be a good fit for MBL, please do not hesitate to submit a referral.

Week 3: Oct. 15–19: It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work –  As busy as we all are either in the office or working directly with our clients, it is very easy to feel that cybersecurity is someone else responsibility.  In reality, one of the best resources we have to ensure online safety at work are the end users following safe online practices.  Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility as we cannot depend completely on technology and other departments. 

Week 4: Oct. 22–26: Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure - On occasion, we may take for granted that the nation’s infrastructure will always be available.  As we have recently witnessed through several national disasters, disruptions can occur with disastrous results. Therefore, in accordance with this year’s theme of cybersecurity as a shared responsibility, we should seek to understand how the nation’s critical infrastructure impacts our lives and what we can do to play a part in its protection (e.g. see something, say something).

Finally, as one of MBL’s core capability is Cybersecurity, I employ everyone to participate and help promote cybersecurity awareness in any way that you can.  For more information on programs and how you can be a part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, please check out the following (safe) websites:



On August 25, 2018, Alex Ivanov presented on electronic medical records (EMR) at the 2nd Annual AnyCon hacker conference in Albany, NY. Alex's work on this presentation has advanced the collective practice of EMR threat modeling. As a leader in penetration testing, MBL seeks to bring its experience in complex and sensitive systems to engage clients with diverse needs in an increasingly challenging security landscape.

For the past 15 years, October has been recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  This initiative brings together the federal government and industry to promote cybersecurity awareness through the use of various mediums and corresponding select weekly themes. This year’s NCSAM overarching theme is Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our Nation’s cybersecurity.”    

Each week during this month, will be dedicated to the following individual themes: