Securing The Homeland

In March 2022, the Biden administration announced that cyberattacks from Russia were imminent.   Although this is untrue, it shines a light on how unprepared the federal government and the rest of the country are for a nation-state attack. A nation-state attack is exponentially more serious than ransomware.  Unlike ransomware, a nation attack does not attempt …

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PC Matic Home Security Software UI Updates

PC Matic UI Updates

PC Matic UI Updates. It’s time to freshen up the User Interface with our PC Matic Consumer product. We wanted to lay out all the changes and make sure you can contact Support if you need help. Check out the steps below. Dashboard Default View Reorganized Dashboard New Maintenance Page New Bottom Bar Expanded Header …

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AV-TEST 2021 Award Best Performance - PC Matic Computer Protection

AV-TEST 2021 Award Best Performance – PC Matic Home Computer Protection

PC Matic Home computer protection best performance award by AV-Test. “In comparing the best protection products for consumer users under Windows, PC Matic Home successfully proved in ongoing laboratory tests that it protects users effectively against attacks from the cyberspace. In doing so, compared to the industry average, the product demonstrated during the entire year …

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PC Matic Becomes Partner of K12 Security Information Exchange

Partnership follows announcement of K12 SIX Essential Protections Series, which establishes baseline cybersecurity standards for K-12 educational institutions; Application whitelisting included as one of the dozen standards; PC Matic to support promotion of program and implementation of application whitelisting by K12 member institutions Myrtle Beach, SC – Today, American cybersecurity firm PC Matic announced it has …

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Avoiding Cyber Crime with Cybersecurity

Twelve Tips to Avoiding Cyber Crime this Holiday Season

Guest post by Scott Augenbaum CyberCriminal Tuesday Avoiding cyber crime. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.   I refer to the Tuesday after CyberMonday as CyberCriminal Tuesday.  The following are a number of tips to help you stay safe this holiday season.   I am so grateful that after my career with the FBI I can do …

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Antivirus is Dead PC Matic

Antivirus Is Dead… But The Need For Prevention Isn’t

Last week NBC ran an article essentially calling antivirus (AV) dead. Antivirus prevention is still an essential part of cybersecurity. “Viruses are no longer the biggest threats for most users, particularly now that software updates itself automatically and so much personal computing happens over the internet.” This is the subheading that leads into a lengthy …

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Insider threats are on the rise. So what can organizations do?

Insider Threats Are on the Rise – How Can Businesses Remain Protected?

From 2018 to 2020 insider threats have increased 47% leading to a 31% increase in insider threat costs.  In 2020, the total cost of insider threats was just under $11.5 million.  Today, those numbers are increasing as cyber criminals are offering employees a hefty payday if they infect their corporate networks with ransomware.   In August …

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The Ten Biggest Lies in Cybersecurity

1 Prevention is futile About 10 years ago, long before the ransomware pandemic began, the powers that be decided that cyber prevention was futile, and cyber security should exclusively focus on reaction. Development and improvements to legacy preventative solutions were halted in favor of reactive architectures such as antivirus, EDR, XDR, and EPP. A more …

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Businesses Run to Whitelisting for Business Security

Global Ransomware Attacks Bring Attention to Whitelisting Business turns to Application Whitelisting for System Security. After the global ransomware attack, WannaCry, PC Matic saw an exponential spike in sales. As other variants of ransomware such as BadRabbit, Cryptolocker, Locky and GandCrab became prevalent, PC Matic saw even greater demand for ransomware protection solutions. Businesses began …

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Rob Cheng joins Liz Callaway to discuss cyber regulations and more.

Rob Cheng Talks Cyber Regulations and Insurance with Liz Callaway

Last week, PC Matic founder and CEO, Rob Cheng joined Liz Callaway on her radio show to discuss all things cyber. Cyber Regulations Several regulations have been implemented, or are the midst of implementation, as a result of recent cyber attacks. There are compliance certifications and regulatory measures that organizations must be taking in order …

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Cyber Security Hygiene Affects Network and Endpoint Security with Application Whitelisting

Application Whitelisting — Is it too extreme?

Whitelisting – Is it worth the work? Recently, Information Week reported application whitelisting as an “extreme” method for preventing malware.  Is it extreme?  It very well could be.  Application whitelisting goes against the very core of traditional security programs.   Instead of using a blacklist, which allows unknown files to execute until they prove to …

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Cybersecurity audit confirms, very little progress has been made to secure the American digital infrastructure.

Cybersecurity Audit Exposed Poor Practices by Federal Agencies

Upon evaluating the state of eight federal agencies’ digital infrastructures through a cybersecurity audit, it was confirmed, four agencies nearly failed. Had this been the first cybersecurity audit of those agencies, the scores may not be as alarming. However, in 2018 a similar audit was conducted exposing many of the same cybersecurity risks. The reality …

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IDG survey confirms application whitelisting is underutilized.

IDG Confirms Application Whitelisting is Underutilized

A recent survey by IDG confirms, application whitelisting is by far the most underutilized component of zero-trust technologies. What is Application Whitelisting? Application whitelisting only allows known trusted, and proven secure applications to run on the network. This is an effective means to cyber threat mitigation because no matter how many times malware evolves, it …

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PC Matic and Scott Augenbaum host a virtual townhall event discussing prevention and cybersecurity.

PC Matic & Scott Augenbaum Host Virtual Townhall Event

As prevention has been top of mind for several organizations, PC Matic joins Scott Augenbaum, a 29-year veteran of the FBI who specialized in cybercrimes, to discuss application whitelisting and preventing cyber attacks. PC Matic Townhall During the one-hour townhall session, four different PC Matic employees discussed the approach PC Matic takes to prevention. By …

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Zoom is slapped with an $85 million fine after misleading customers about their security practices.

Zoom Faces $85M Fine After Lying About Encryption & Data Sharing

The video conferencing platform, Zoom, is facing a hefty fine after telling its users they were utilizing end-to-end (E2E) encryption for their platform’s meetings, when they were not. E2E encryption means the video conference would be encrypted, or inaccessible, unless the user provided an access, or decryption code. Zoom claimed they used E2E encryption, when …

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CSO Global Intelligence Report confirms, attack prevention is top of mind.

Attack Prevention is Top of Mind According to Global Report

The CSO Global Intelligence Report: The State of Cybersecurity in 2021 shares some interesting statistics on cybersecurity and the rate of infections. First, over 50% of those surveyed confirmed experiencing an increase in security incidents over the last year. What is more alarming is, nearly half of those infected reported economic damages, loss of productivity, …

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