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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

By Erik Briceno

Advanced Threat Protection: Rely on AVG’s Award-Winning Anti-Virus Software and Malware Protection

When it comes to advanced threat protection, businesses need to leverage the enterprise technology that offers the latest cybersecurity solutions to defend against sophisticated cyberthreats targeting your sensitive data.

That’s where AVG’s antivirus software options come in, offering world-class protection against continuously evolving malware and hackers.   Read more

Top 7 Reasons to Use a Managed Security Services Provider

By Erik Briceno

Top 7 Reasons to Use a Managed Security Services Provider

With more businesses recognizing the benefits of partnering with an IT managed services provider, such as reducing overhead costs and increasing employee productivity, the focus is turning to strengthening cybersecurity with a managed security services provider (MSSP).

By working with the right MSSP, businesses can outsource the monitoring and management of their security systems and devices. With the IT threat landscape constantly evolving, it’s imperative for companies to make sure they have the skilled security talent with the expertise to handle any situation.

That applies to companies of all sizes because cyberthreats can affect any business. In fact, nearly half of small businesses suffered a cyberattack in the past year — and nearly two-thirds of them failed to act following a cybersecurity incident. Take the necessary steps to prevent such a breach.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

How To Protect Your Business Data With a VPN

When you connect directly to the internet, your activity and data, from business emails to banking transactions, is exposed to the possibility that someone else can see it, exploit it or steal it.

That’s why a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is an essential business tool that allows users to securely access a private network and share data remotely through public networks.   Read more

Smartphone Smarts: Know What Data You're Sharing and How To Protect It

By Erik Briceno

Smartphone Smarts: Know What Data You’re Sharing and How To Protect It

When it comes to cybersecurity, you may think you’re taking all the necessary steps to protect your critical information by building in safeguards that are an integral part of your IT network.

Rogue hackers, corporate saboteurs and internet vandals pose a clear and present danger to your company — which is why it’s essential to keep the doors to your computer systems locked.

But those same cybersecurity principles should apply to the smartphones — and the accompanying apps — your employees are using, which also contain vital business information.   Read more

VPN 101: Protecting Your Business Data on the Internet

By Erik Briceno

VPN 101: Protecting Your Business Data on the Internet

We all love the freedom of the open internet — the endless information, the ability to access it anywhere and anytime, for business and personal use.

But when you connect directly to the internet, that means your data, from business emails to banking transactions, is exposed to the possibility that someone else — we’re talking about hackers and other cybercriminals — can see it, exploit it or steal it. So how can you protect yourself and your business?

That’s where a VPN comes in.   Read more

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Monroe College Is the Latest Ransomware Victim This Year, and Things Are Getting Worse
Until App Store Security Improves, the Burden Is on You
Until App Store Security Improves, the Burden Is on You
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
Advanced Threat Protection: Rely on AVG’s Award-Winning Anti-Virus Software and Malware Protection
Top 7 Reasons to Use a Managed Security Services Provider
Top 7 Reasons to Use a Managed Security Services Provider
How To Protect Your Business Data With a VPN
Smartphone Smarts: Know What Data You're Sharing and How To Protect It
Smartphone Smarts: Know What Data You’re Sharing and How To Protect It
VPN 101: Protecting Your Business Data on the Internet
VPN 101: Protecting Your Business Data on the Internet
4 Key Reasons to Install Windows Updates