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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

When You Need to Update but Can’t Afford Disruption

By Erik Briceno

When You Need to Update but Can’t Afford Disruption

We talk about the importance of updating your software all the time — whether it’s applying the dreaded Windows Update patches from Microsoft every “Patch Tuesday” or completely removing depreciated applications. It’s no secret that these updates can cause problems for some people, but unfortunately it doesn’t change the fact that these updates are imperative. How do you manage the sometimes difficult task of keeping your company running during and after applying critical updates — updates that are designed precisely for keeping things running in the first place?   Read more

By Erik Briceno

“Please Patch Your Windows. Pretty Please?” – Microsoft

Do you remember WannaCry? Two years ago, it was arguably the most destructive cyberworm in history — shutting down hospitals, banks, transportation and shipping companies. Perhaps one of the most baffling things of all, though, is the fact that WannaCry didn’t exist until two months AFTER Microsoft had already released a patch that would fix the very vulnerability the worm took advantage of.

Now, in 2019, the same thing is happening again with a vulnerability known as BlueKeep. This security risk is so severe that not only did Microsoft update Windows 10, they even went out of their way to patch its depreciated operating systems: Windows 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista.   Read more

Security Information and Event Management: Giving You a Big Picture for Cybersecurity Protection

By Erik Briceno

Security Information and Event Management: Giving You a Big Picture for Cybersecurity Protection

Security Information and Event Management, known as SIEM, is a security system that gathers data from a wide variety of sources to monitor, identify, record and analyze security incidents within a real-time IT environment.

SIEM supplies the user with a comprehensive and centralized view of the security scenario of an IT infrastructure.

In other words, a SIEM paints the ultimate “big picture” of your cybersecurity situation, an early warning system that provides everything you need to troubleshoot and secure your IT environment. It’s a search-and-analyze tool that gives you the power to destroy threats.   Read more

3 Benefits of Advanced Threat Protection

By Erik Briceno

3 Benefits of Advanced Threat Protection

Advanced Threat Protection, or ATP, options provide an additional layer of defense for businesses and organizations to protect against constantly evolving cyberthreats designed to thwart traditional security solutions.

An ATP solution allows companies to defend against sophisticated malware or hacking-based attacks that target their sensitive data. With an ATP, you can leverage enterprise technology to achieve the most effective security solution, because firewalls and antivirus packages are not enough to protect a network.   Read more

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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
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
When You Need to Update but Can’t Afford Disruption
When You Need to Update but Can’t Afford Disruption
“Please Patch Your Windows. Pretty Please?” – Microsoft
Security Information and Event Management: Giving You a Big Picture for Cybersecurity Protection
Security Information and Event Management: Giving You a Big Picture for Cybersecurity Protection
3 Benefits of Advanced Threat Protection
3 Benefits of Advanced Threat Protection
Secure Internet Gateway: 3 Ways a SIG Guards Your Business
Secure Internet Gateway: 3 Ways a SIG Guards Your Business