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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

Recent Malware Attacks Show Why You Need to Protect Your Data

By Erik Briceno

Recent Malware Attacks Show Why You Need to Protect Your Data

Earlier this year, hackers took aim at the city of Atlanta, hobbling the city government’s vital data and computer systems. They used a pernicious form of malware — malicious software programs that can harm or disable your computer or mobile device while robbing you of time, money or your very identity.

That’s exactly what occurred in Atlanta, where Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, “We are dealing with a hostage situation.” And recovery efforts have cost the city an estimated $2.6 million.

What happened in Atlanta, unfortunately, doesn’t stay in Atlanta. The city’s experience with digital extortion illustrates the dangers posed by hackers — and why businesses and individuals must do all they can to detect and prevent cyber attacks.   Read more

A Framework for Your Incident Response Plan: 5 Steps for Implementing A Cybersecurity Strategy

By Erik Briceno

A Framework for Your Incident Response Plan: 5 Steps for Implementing A Cybersecurity Strategy

You never want a cybersecurity incident to happen. But in today’s complex technological landscape, it can happen. So you need to be prepared to implement an incident response plan that will help your business reduce the risks, costs and recovery time associated with a security breach or cyberattack.   Read more

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
Recent Malware Attacks Show Why You Need to Protect Your Data
Recent Malware Attacks Show Why You Need to Protect Your Data
A Framework for Your Incident Response Plan: 5 Steps for Implementing A Cybersecurity Strategy
A Framework for Your Incident Response Plan: 5 Steps for Implementing A Cybersecurity Strategy