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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

Seriously, Please Stop Using Internet Explorer

By Erik Briceno

Seriously, Please Stop Using Internet Explorer

On our social media feed, we’ve posted about the dangers of using Internet Explorer — the depreciated web browser from Microsoft’s bygone age — more times than an IT service should probably have to. Unfortunately, there are many businesses of all sizes who still utilize it or rely on its architecture, and it’s something we all really need to start moving past. A recent discovery involving the browser is just one of nearly countless examples.   Read more

NIST SP 800-171 Is Now More Important Than Ever: Are You Following the Framework?

By Erik Briceno

NIST SP 800-171 Is Now More Important Than Ever: Are You Following the Framework?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, more commonly referred to as NIST, puts out extremely important guidelines to follow, and we have covered those guidelines at length in past articles. However, there have been quite a few changes since we last wrote about them. Today, we’re putting out a refresher on the subject for readers who are unfamiliar with NIST compliance, as well as sources for some of the more recent, important updates to NIST standards.   Read more

Want to Save Your Company Money? Maintain Your Computers

By Erik Briceno

Want to Save Your Company Money? Maintain Your Computers

It should go without saying that repairing a computer is often cheaper than replacing one. Well, maintaining them and “tuning them up” is even cheaper than repairing. Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to do that, and that’s where we come in.

Today we’re going to explain some basic remedies for common problems and minor tweaks for getting things running more smoothly. If you feel your expensive hardware should be performing better than it currently does, you may be right, and you should read on.   Read more

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

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A Ransomware Law Has Finally Passed: Help Is on the Way
A Ransomware Law Has Finally Passed: Help Is on the Way
Seriously, Please Stop Using Internet Explorer
Seriously, Please Stop Using Internet Explorer
NIST SP 800-171 Is Now More Important Than Ever: Are You Following the Framework?
NIST SP 800-171 Is Now More Important Than Ever: Are You Following the Framework?
What Happens in Texas ... Probably Won’t Stay There
What Happens in Texas … Probably Won’t Stay There
Want to Save Your Company Money? Maintain Your Computers
Want to Save Your Company Money? Maintain Your Computers
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