Ransomware Continues to Take Down U.S. Schools, Businesses and Government Facilities

Ransomware Threats Continue to Flood the U.S. For years, I would write about all of the ransomware attacks that I could find. Every single attack that I became aware of, I would blog about. As time moved on, this task became a bit more tedious but could be done. However, over the last few weeks, […]

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The Cyber Security Insurance Conundrum

Businesses are facing cyber security threats on a daily basis, with no end in sight. Due to these growing threats, insurance companies began offering businesses cyber security insurance. Depending on the policy, it may help cover the costs of informing customers of breaches, restoring networks, replacing damaged devices, and even paying the ransom demands of […]

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Being Reactive is Foolish When Prevention is Possible

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If there was an immunization for cancer, would you get it? Of course, you would. It makes sense to focus on prevention when it is possible. Unfortunately, this immunization doesn’t exist. What does this have to do with cyber security? PC Matic CEO, Rob Cheng, has shared his views of ransomware and believes it is […]

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Employer Networks Left Exposed Due to Employee’s Poor Cyber Security Hygiene

Survey Confirms People Aren’t Practicing Good Cyber Security – And It’s Impacting Their Employers… A recent study, conducted by PC Matic, dove into the password and cyber security hygiene of 5,000 computer users. The results have been proven concerning, primarily for businesses. Users with poor cyber security hygiene often bring these negative habits to work […]

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A Major Message of RSA

According to one of the world’s largest cyber security conferences, RSA, there is no way to reliably stop future cyber attacks. This sounds rather dismal. Yet, depending on the security approach being deployed, it may be entirely accurate. In order to effectively stop future cyber attacks, there are proactive approaches businesses of all shapes and […]

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Predicting Vulnerable PCs – Microsoft Kicks Off New Initiative

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Microsoft Launches New Anti-Malware Initiative Microsoft has just kicked off their latest cyber security initiative.  The company is offering up a $25,000 award for data scientists who can correctly predict which Windows PCs are more likely to fall victim to malware attacks.   So far, over 80 teams have joined the challenge.  The data scientists will […]

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USPS Suffers Major Breach, Leaving Millions Exposed

60 Million Users Exposed Due to USPS’s Overlooked Security Breach The United States Postal Service (USPS) just fixed a security vulnerability that previously allowed anyone who has an account at usps.com, to view account details for approximately 60 million other users.  What is worse is, in some cases, users were able to access and modify account […]

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An Antivirus Protection That Never Quits

Antivirus Protection that Never Quits — What Every Customer in the World Needs Cyber security threats are evolving every single day.  As customers of antivirus solutions, you need to demand better products.  You need to demand an antivirus protection that never quits.  But what would that look like? Consistent Innovation First, is the need for […]

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Maintaining Cyber Security While Traveling This Summer

Cyber Security Shouldn’t Take a Backseat for Summer Travel While traveling this summer, it is entirely likely users will find themselves in need of a WiFi connection.  Often times, users will connect to a public WiFi connection to conduct whatever business they need to accomplish.  This may include online banking, checking work emails, researching a topic, […]

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Proactive or Reactive, the Two Alternative Security Approaches

There Are Two Security Approaches – Which Fits You Best? When considering a security solution, individuals consider various aspects including price, usability, compatibility, and customer reviews.  However, how often do customers dig deeper?  Do they look at malware detection rates?  Do they look at the security approach taken by the antivirus vendor?  The answer to […]

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Top 9 Malware Variants Targeting the Education Sector

Why Schools Are Targeted When industries think of cyber targets, often times the education sector is not included.  Why?  Well, it is believed they do not carry the financial weight of bigger targets like enterprises or the healthcare industry.  Although, school systems do still hold a plethora of critical data that can be easily exploited.  […]

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Cyber Security Risks of SMBs – The Not So Pretty Truth

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Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) Facing Major Risks Cyber criminals do not discriminate.  Businesses of all shapes and sizes, even home users, are not immune to today’s cyber threats.  Prior to ransomware, remediation was possible.  Users would get infected with malware and the user would run their antivirus to remove it and resolve the negative […]

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Colorado Medical Practice Suffers Ransomware and Potential Breach

Longs Peak Family Practice in Colorado Suffers Cyber Attacks Longs Peak Family Practice in Longmont, Colorado suffered a ransomware attack in early November.  According to their public statement, the facility did not pay the ransom.  Instead they were able to remediate the encrypted files using backups.  A few days after the ransomware attack, the IT […]

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Cyber Security Spending Expected to Skyrocket in 2018

Gartner Expect Cyber Security Spending to Reach $96B in 2018 The research firm Gartner is anticipating cyber security spending to reach $96 billion in 2018.  The expected increase in identity access management and security services, is in a large part due to the global ransomware attacks and major security breaches, such as Equifax, that hit […]

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Convenience Deemed More Critical Than Online Security

Online Security Takes Backseat to Convenience Although cyber security has been brought to everyone’s attention due to the recent global ransomware attacks, and major security breaches, it still takes a backseat to customer convenience.  A recent survey discovered merchants believe the degree of user-friendliness is the number one priority compared to the level of online security […]

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NY Hospital Dumps $10M to Rebuild Systems After Ransomware Attack

Ransomware completely took over Erie County Medical Center’s (ECMC) computer systems in April.  The malware completely corrupted the systems, and the hackers demanded $30,000 in ransom if they wanted the systems restored.  Instead, the medical facility spent approximately $10 million to rebuild its systems.  Roughly half of those funds were the cost of hardware, software, and […]

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