So, you planned out your year, financially, focusing maybe on stabilizing your position in the market or growing your foot print. You’ve crossed your “T’s” and dotted your “I’s” on your budgets, sales quotas and projected projects for the upcoming year. You’re ready to start the year out with a bang…or are you? Did you think to add technology upgrades to plan for increasing revenue and market share?
Topics: Business Continuity
Education is still the best way to help your business avoid infection by ransomware or any other form of malware. Make your employees aware of pupular social engineering methods and tactics so they don't fall victim to phising emails or spoofed messages. It is particularly helpful to share examples of these kinds of emails and the types of attachments that are often associated with social engineering attempts so that end users know to avoid them. A managed services provider is well equipped to help you deliver this sort of training,
Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts files, locks the computer, and retains control until the user pays a certain amount of money. Ransomware can appear in two forms — either by locking your screen with a full-screen image or
webpage to prevent you from accessing your PC, or by encrypting your files so they can’t be opened. 1
While each ransomware variant has its own twist, there are a few key components that most ransomware types follow:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner, and that means consumers across America will soon be in a shopping frenzy. Scoring the best deals on holiday gifts is awesome and all, but don’t let the shopping mania distract you from retail cyber security.
The latest in massive data breaches: adult dating and entertainment company Adult Friend Finder Network has had the information of over 412 million accounts comprised in an attack on their database. The breach included “339 million accounts from AdultFriendFinder.com, which the company promotes as the ‘world's largest sex and swinger community.’”
In a recent study, the Ponemon Institute interviewed 3,476 IT professionals and IT security practitioners from the US and around the globe. It was discovered that 73 percent of respondents find cloud-computing and cloud-based services vital to their organization’s operations. 54 percent however, said that their companies don’t have a proactive approach to security. As cloud-computing becomes more useful and popular, it is critical to pay attention to the security of these cloud services, especially when the customer data stored in the cloud is the data most vulnerable to hackers. According to the report, “protection of data in the cloud is important but not practiced.” Security breaches result in a lack of customer trust, which leads to a decline in revenue.
Topics: Cloud Security
Two weeks ago, we predicted that distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks using Internet of Things Botnet armies would become more frequent and more severe. Unfortunately, these predications are quickly coming true. On October 21st, a massive DDoS attack was launched against New Hampshire-based DNS provider, Dyn. Hackers used a publicly available Mirai source code to create a Botnet army and infect an estimated 500,000 or more devices, overwhelming Dyn with enormous amounts of junk traffic. Major websites who use Dyn, like Amazon, Twitter, Spotify, and Netflix, were brought down for hours. What’s worse, these compromised devices remain accessible to hackers. An IoT device could be anything from a CCTV camera to a printer. The devices often have weak passwords, as most manufacturers and users are not concerned with securing their products. Many of the devices used in the attack were products of the Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology of China, and the company is now recalling some of its devices, and issuing patches for others.