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Ransomware Payments Produce Unintended Consequences

By |2020-06-30T12:54:43+00:00June 30th, 2020|Backup Recovery, Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT Security, Security|

The University of California at San Francisco announced recently that it paid a $1.14 million ransom to regain access to medical school data that was encrypted during a ransomware attack. The incident illustrates a disturbing trend — ransomware attacks are steadily increasing, as are the ransom amounts being demanded. The average ransom demanded in attacks [...]

How to Ensure Responsive IT Support for Your Work-from-Home Users

By |2020-06-23T23:51:43+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Collaboration, IT Security, IT Services, Mobility|

In our last post, we explained four ways that managed services providers (MSPs) can help support your remote work requirements. By assisting with virtual private networks (VPNs), conferencing and collaboration solutions, cloud services, and cybersecurity, MSPs can help organizations overcome the technical challenges associated with work-from-home strategies. We also recognize that providing technology solutions and [...]

Minimize Firewall Configuration Errors to Boost Security

By |2020-03-17T00:20:30+00:00March 17th, 2020|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT Security, Security|

Firewalls have been an essential first line of defense in network security for decades, serving as the gatekeeper between internal network resources and the outside world. However, mismanaged or misconfigured firewalls are barely better than having no firewall at all. The massive Capital One breach last year illustrates the danger. A misconfigured firewall rule enabled [...]

How AI-Powered Malware Will Alter the Threat Landscape in 2020

By |2019-12-30T18:05:27+00:00December 30th, 2019|Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, IT Security, Security|

Cybersecurity has always been a cat-and-mouse game, with malicious actors and security professionals continually refining their tactics to stay one step ahead of the other. Artificial intelligence (AI) is fundamentally changing the game. While IT organizations are using AI to augment security, cybercriminals are also leveraging the technology to find new ways around defense mechanisms. [...]

5 Tips for Averting Holiday Cyber Scams that Could Impact Your Business

By |2019-11-27T19:33:38+00:00November 27th, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT Security, Security|

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for cybercriminals. We’ve entered the peak season for cybercrime, with various studies indicating that cyberattacks increase by up to 60 percent during the holidays. The Department of Homeland Security recently warned of an expected spike in a range of malicious activity, including unsolicited emails that contain [...]

Employees: First Line of Cyber Defense or Serious Security Threat?

By |2019-10-29T18:45:52+00:00October 29th, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT Security, Security|

Many organizations rely upon their employees prevent cybersecurity breaches. Employees are advised not to click on unknown links and attachments, share their user credentials, or use unapproved applications and services. And for the most part this strategy works — in a recent study conducted by Sapio Research, 79 percent of information security leaders said that [...]

Modern NAC Solutions Deliver Effective Threat Defense

By |2019-09-24T19:08:16+00:00September 24th, 2019|Cyber Security, IT Security, Security|

Data breaches are on pace to reach an all-time this year, and the rising frequency of these incidents is driving organizations to increase spending on IT security measures. Gartner analysts predict worldwide spending on IT security will reach $124 billion this year. Network access control (NAC) technologies rank among the top spending priorities. NAC technologies [...]

You Need More than Technology to Protect Personally Identifiable Information

By |2019-07-30T18:33:56+00:00July 30th, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT Security, Security|

Personally identifiable information (PII) is the holy grail when it comes to cybercrime. Hackers know PII can be sold easily on the dark web or used to commit identity theft. Healthcare and tax-related information is particularly valuable as it enables criminals to commit fraud over a long period of time without getting caught. While more [...]

Cloud Data Protection Isn’t the Cloud Provider’s Job. It’s Yours.

By |2019-07-23T21:38:07+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Cloud computing, Internet Security, IT Security, Security|

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions such as Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, Google Suite, Dropbox and QuickBooks have made it easier for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) to adopt cloud services. In fact, Office 365 is by far the most popular cloud platform by user count, with global usage increasing from 34 percent in 2016 to 56 percent [...]

How to Get Executive Support Behind Cybersecurity

By |2019-06-12T03:25:34+00:00June 12th, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, IT Security, Security|

In a recent study conducted by MSI-ACI Europe, 61 percent of IT professionals said senior executives expect more lenient security policies for themselves than everyone else. For 65 percent of study participants, that leniency resulted in more data breaches. The obvious question is, shouldn’t it be the other way around? Given the increasingly perilous threat [...]