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The Rising Threat - Examining the Largest Cyber Attacks in the Past Two Months

By Erik Briceno

The Rising Threat – Examining the Largest Cyber Attacks in the Past Two Months

As we’ve mentioned in several prior articles and social media posts, malware, ransomware and data breaches have seen a significant increase this past year. The majority of it can be directly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s only getting worse.

Several incidents have occurred in just the past month or two alone, and today we’re going to outline a few and explain what happened, what caused them and how they possibly could have been prevented.   Read more

Your Incident Response Plan Should Be Your Best Laid Plan

By Erik Briceno

Your Incident Response Plan Should Be Your Best Laid Plan

No matter how strong your cybersecurity posture is, you’re never one hundred percent secure. When an attack does get through – whether the consequences are a data breach, a ransomware lockdown, or worse – you need to have a plan in place. That’s where an “incident response plan” comes into place. Any organization can be targeted by a cyberattack, so having a plan like this is necessary and incredibly useful, no matter what your organization is or its size.   Read more

Yes, Your Company Does Need an MSSP. Here’s Why.

By Erik Briceno

Yes, Your Company Does Need an MSSP. Here’s Why.

It no longer matters what your company does. It doesn’t matter what your organization stands for. It doesn’t matter what you’re selling or even if you’re selling anything. Today, we live in a world where literally everyone is online. Your organization likely has at least some sort of internet presence, regardless of size. And because of that, cybersecurity is a sweeping issue that now affects us all, no matter how much one might think otherwise.

The majority of companies don’t have the time or the cash flow needed to focus on cybersecurity by themselves — not if they hope to focus on what they’re actually trying to do. That’s where a managed security service provider is meant to come in.   Read more

The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats

By Erik Briceno

The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats

Cybersecurity threats are evolving to a point many of us thought we wouldn’t see within our lifetime. Have you heard of Moore’s Law? In simple terms, it states that the processing power of computers will double every two years. This law came out in the 1970s and since then, you can see how far technology has come. However, malicious users can also make use of this technology, which means that threats can grow exponentially in a very literal sense. Here’s a brief overview of what we are already starting to see the early stages of, and how they’re expected to get worse over time.   Read more

Yes, Data Breaches Are Still a Thing

By Erik Briceno

Yes, Data Breaches Are Still a Thing

Ransomware may have been dominating the news cycle over the last couple of months, but data breaches are also occurring at a similar frequency. To this day, we’re still feeling the fallout from the Equifax breach, even though that was all the way back in May of 2017.

While we’re still dealing with the consequences from that, what’s been happening since then? Glad you asked. Let’s take a look.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

Monroe College Is the Latest Ransomware Victim This Year, and Things Are Getting Worse

In one of our previous articles, we talked about three cities in a single week that were held hostage to ransomware — and paid. Another recent, and major, victim is Monroe College in New York City. This time it’s a whopper, as the hackers who attacked the college’s IT system demanded nearly $2 million in Bitcoin. This is a significant increase from previous extortion demands, and experts warn that other institutions are now more vulnerable than ever to similar attacks.   Read more

Cities Held Hostage — A Brave New World

By Erik Briceno

Cities Held Hostage — A Brave New World

In the course of a single week, three cities in Florida were struck with three separate ransomware attacks. At the time of writing this, two of the three gave in to the ransom demands and the third is still considering it. Almost immediately following these incidents in Florida, Georgia’s state court system was also hit. This was the second time this year for Georgia, following an event which completely crippled Atlanta’s IT network. Officials paid off the attackers with a hefty $400,000 ransom payment, and it is currently unknown if Georgia will be paying the ransom again this time.

Each of these attacks and capitulations have occurred within a worrisome and remarkably short period of time. It’s also worth noting that all of these events take place merely weeks after the announcement of a ransomware attack on Baltimore — an attack that cost the city $18.2 million to recover from. Here is a breakdown of each one as they happened.   Read more

Data Breaches, Scare Fatigue and the Case for Vigilance

By Erik Briceno

Data Breaches, Scare Fatigue and the Case for Vigilance

In this year alone, data breaches are occurring at such frequency that it’s now become almost commonplace. When we hear it in the news, we simply shrug our shoulders and say, “Oh great, another one.”

The fact that it happens so often should not soften the severity of it. If anything, it should raise our state of alarm even higher. The problem is, we’ve become so fatigued by alarm. How do you remain vigilant despite this fatigue?   Read more

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The Rising Threat - Examining the Largest Cyber Attacks in the Past Two Months
The Rising Threat – Examining the Largest Cyber Attacks in the Past Two Months
Your Incident Response Plan Should Be Your Best Laid Plan
Your Incident Response Plan Should Be Your Best Laid Plan
Yes, Your Company Does Need an MSSP. Here’s Why.
Yes, Your Company Does Need an MSSP. Here’s Why.
The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats
The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats
What Happens in Texas ... Probably Won’t Stay There
What Happens in Texas … Probably Won’t Stay There
Yes, Data Breaches Are Still a Thing
Yes, Data Breaches Are Still a Thing
Monroe College Is the Latest Ransomware Victim This Year, and Things Are Getting Worse
Cities Held Hostage — A Brave New World
Cities Held Hostage — A Brave New World
Data Breaches, Scare Fatigue and the Case for Vigilance
Data Breaches, Scare Fatigue and the Case for Vigilance
Companies of All Types Face Cyber Attacks That Could Put Your Data at Risk
Companies of All Types Face Cyber Attacks That Could Put Your Data at Risk