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By Erik Briceno

Tired of being alarmed? Don’t become complacent.

In this year alone, ransomware attacks and 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

Has the Colonial Pipeline ransom convinced you yet?

By Erik Briceno

Has the Colonial Pipeline ransom convinced you yet?

Is your organization taking cybersecurity seriously enough? Because the attack on the Colonial Pipeline clearly highlighted the real-world consequences of not doing so. Today we’re giving a brief rundown of what transpired to make sure everyone is caught up.   Read more

Holiday Phishing in a Global Pandemic

By Erik Briceno

Holiday Phishing in a Global Pandemic

For those who celebrate, it’s that time of year again — a time for decorations, eating food that you normally wouldn’t, and of course, maxing out credit cards on holiday shopping for gifts or the aforementioned expenditures. But with many of us doing both our shopping and our working from home this year due to COVID-19, the environment in 2020 poses an even greater risk to cybersecurity.

This year, it’s not just individuals who need to keep an eye on their wallets and protect themselves from scammers and thieves. Businesses and organizations of all sizes need to be aware of holiday phishing scams and how they pose a risk to your entire company.   Read more

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

COVID-19 has everyone on edge, and attackers are taking full advantage

By Erik Briceno

COVID-19 has everyone on edge, and attackers are taking full advantage

Ransomware and phishing attacks are not slowing down during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the contrary, cybersecurity threats are actually seeing a tremendous increase while all of this is going on. Even hospitals, where healthcare staff are putting themselves at great risk to treat coronavirus patients, are seeing a rise in the number of ransomware attacks – so much so that even Microsoft sent out an alert earlier this month to healthcare organizations around the globe.

In a previous blog, we shared guidelines put forth by the Department of Homeland Security, NIST, and others regarding what homebound workers can do on their end to take up a stronger security posture. But what about hospitals and other major industries that are more vulnerable now than ever before?   Read more

A Warning from DHS and Other Government Agencies Regarding Remote Working

By Erik Briceno

A Warning from DHS and Other Government Agencies Regarding Remote Working

In light of the growing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in our previous blog, we highlighted some of the numerous remote working solutions that are available to those who are forced to work from home during this worrying time. However, even now at the time of writing, we are hearing warnings and reports from several government agencies on how malicious actors are taking advantage of the crisis to push malware, ransomware, and phishing campaigns into even higher gear. Those who are working from home are especially at risk for a variety of reasons. Today we’re going to outline some of these vulnerabilities that DHS, NIST and other agencies are cautioning on, and what each person can do to secure themselves as much as possible on their end in their own home.   Read more

Managed Security Service Providers Are More Important Now Than Ever

By Erik Briceno

Managed Security Service Providers Are More Important Now Than Ever

According to Market Watch, there has been a continuous growth in the Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) market in the last five years. This growth trend is expected to continue further into the future, projected at least as far as 2023. There is absolutely no reason to assume this trend will not be maintained indefinitely, much further into the future.

There are a few important reasons why you should consider using an MSSP, and why V2 Systems will continue to be your most valuable partner in all things related to technology.   Read more

A Ransomware Law Has Finally Passed: Help Is on the Way

By Erik Briceno

A Ransomware Law Has Finally Passed: Help Is on the Way

In light of a multitude of recent attacks on U.S. businesses, a new law was recently passed that is meant to aid organizations that are affected by ransomware. How will this law affect you and your company? Much of the burden will still fall on you to adhere to important safety guidelines and require you to keep a managed security service provider on deck in order to prevent dire security consequences from happening in the first place.

Still, this is good news overall, as it means the Senate is beginning to take cybersecurity more seriously. And additional help will be available to your business.   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

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Tired of being alarmed? Don’t become complacent.
Has the Colonial Pipeline ransom convinced you yet?
Has the Colonial Pipeline ransom convinced you yet?
Holiday Phishing in a Global Pandemic
Holiday Phishing in a Global Pandemic
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
COVID-19 has everyone on edge, and attackers are taking full advantage
COVID-19 has everyone on edge, and attackers are taking full advantage
A Warning from DHS and Other Government Agencies Regarding Remote Working
A Warning from DHS and Other Government Agencies Regarding Remote Working
Managed Security Service Providers Are More Important Now Than Ever
Managed Security Service Providers Are More Important Now Than Ever
A Ransomware Law Has Finally Passed: Help Is on the Way
A Ransomware Law Has Finally Passed: Help Is on the Way
What Happens in Texas ... Probably Won’t Stay There
What Happens in Texas … Probably Won’t Stay There
Monroe College Is the Latest Ransomware Victim This Year, and Things Are Getting Worse