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By Erik Briceno

2022 Predictions, Part 1: Supply Chains, Ransomware and Cyberterrorism

As we ease into 2022, many of the uncertainties that shaped 2021 remain. The cybersecurity challenges that accompanied the pandemic have persisted, as hybrid remote workspaces have become a way of life. And through it all, the threat landscape continues to evolve, as innovations in cloud computing and other arenas open up new threats.

The fallout from attacks like the SolarWinds supply chain incident and the Colonial Pipeline breach was all over the headlines in 2021. These served to demonstrate just how successful attacks of this nature can be, and as such, we can expect much more to come. In part 1 of our 3-part series, we make a few predictions.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

2022 Cybersecurity Trends

As we enter 2022, it’s not about “if” a cybersecurity incident will occur, but “when.” There’s an urgent need for organizations to increase cybersecurity awareness and education to better prepare themselves against these inevitable events. Here are the top cybersecurity trends worth keeping an eye on throughout the new year and beyond.   Read more

Understanding and Mitigating Ransomware

By Erik Briceno

Understanding and Mitigating Ransomware

Without question, ransomware is quickly becoming the largest threat to cybersecurity and cyber infrastructure worldwide. When it begins to affect vital ecosystems such as hospitals, fuel pipelines and even food production, it’s time to start taking it seriously. And indeed it is now.   Read more

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

By Erik Briceno

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is officially designated as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. If you didn’t know, that’s quite alright, because today we’ll be delving into its history, why it exists and how you can best observe it, no matter what month of the year it is.   Read more

The U.S. Faces Two Distinct Threats When It Comes to Cyber Breaches

By Erik Briceno

The U.S. Faces Two Distinct Threats When It Comes to Cyber Breaches

According to former senior NSA official Glenn Gerstell: “There clearly is a dividing line between cyber hacks for intelligence gathering purposes, and these ransomware attacks that are designed principally for financial benefit.”

On one side of that line is the SolarWinds attack uncovered last December. The U.S. government says this was primarily an intelligence gathering operation carried out by Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, which was quietly stealing U.S. government secrets for months.

On the other side is ransomware, which is surging. Russian criminal gangs are blamed for both the Colonial Pipeline attack that hit gasoline supplies on the East Coast of the U.S. in May and an even more recent hack that briefly shut down the world’s largest meat supplier, JBS.   Read more

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

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2022 Predictions, Part 1: Supply Chains, Ransomware and Cyberterrorism
2022 Cybersecurity Trends
Understanding and Mitigating Ransomware
Understanding and Mitigating Ransomware
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
The U.S. Faces Two Distinct Threats When It Comes to Cyber Breaches
The U.S. Faces Two Distinct Threats When It Comes to Cyber Breaches
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