All about security – things you should be doing, things you shouldn’t be doing and an in depth look at how hackers are trying to infiltrate your security.
Considering Equifax is one of the largest credit reporting agencies whose sole business relies on both credibility of data and securely handling the sensitive data of millions of consumers, it is fair to assume that they have the strongest security defenses in place at all times. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are no words to describe the sheer negligence and lack of accountability we are witnessing. Equifax has compromised personal data of 143 million Americans. With this data, people could be at risk of identity theft
for the rest of their lives.
Security threats come in all shapes and sizes but none slip through the cracks like phishing. Phishers bait their hooks, usually in the form of a seemingly legitimate file or link, and cast their rods out, waiting for victims to bite. Their bait is commonly spread via email, making it difficult for security software to filter them out. Because email has rapidly become one of the most common forms of business communication, it’s important for your staff to be well-informed on the latest phishing campaigns. Our CEO discovered a new
link-bait tacticthat you might want to notify your staff about.
Less than a week after Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas and Louisiana, causing at least 60 deaths and billions of dollars in damages, Hurricane Irma appears ready to make U.S. history. Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane and is expected to hit Florida with a direct impact. Irma’s maximum sustained winds should decrease as the hurricane moves northward. But don’t let your guard down as Irma will still pose a major threat of storm surge, damaging winds and rainfall flooding. Are you
ready for the blow?
For many years, small businesses were an unlikely target for a sophisticated cyber attack. Having a relatively unknown brand and fewer financial resources worked in your favor to deter hackers. That has now changed. Hackers have shifted their focus due to the strong security defenses larger companies have acquired, which make it difficult for them to penetrate systems. As
a result, they are now targeting the most vulnerable companies – SMBs.
I have warned about phishers before but you can never stress the need to be cautious. Phishing attempts are becoming more sophisticated and targeted, and with 97% of people unable to identify a phishing email, your business may be at risk. Our CEO received this phishy email below yesterday – but how did he know it was fake? Let’s take a look at the images below and go over some tips for spotting a phishing email.
The healthcare industry is now one of the top three industries cyber attackers are targeting. No matter what type of facility you work in – a hospital, clinic, medical center, health insurance company, or one that provides business or clinical services for health care – the data you store is worth millions of dollars on the dark web. Attackers can hold a hospital hostage, freeze operations and disrupt critical medical processes until they get what they want. A recent breach with a global impact showed
us just how unprepared the healthcare industry is.
What once was a seller’s market has now clearly become a buyer’s market, and the effects of that change are significant. With the freedom to utilize services outside of their traditional firm, clients are demanding more value for services received. Is your firm adapting to this shift in the legal relationship dynamic to meet the needs of 21st century customers?
In the wake of the devastating WannaCry and NotPetya ransom-ware attacks, it was hard to imagine anymore negligence in the IT world. But, just a few short weeks later, security researchers found misconfigured servers and bad defaults, coupled with simple IT errors that exposed hundreds of millions of users’ personal information. Where did they find this information? Amazon. Yes, Amazon – the web service known for securely
loading, storing, and moving large amounts of data.
The Trump administration removed Kaspersky Lab from two lists of approved vendors used by the government to purchase technology services and equipment. The Moscow-based cyber security firm knew it was only a matter of time before it lost U.S. government contracts over fears that it’s in bed with the Russian government.
Be on the lookout for CEO phishing emails. A member of our
company received emails that appeared to be from the CEO. This sort of thing happens but we have trained our staff to never share confidential information via email – always pick up the phone! Don’t be the one that gets reeled in – educate your staff and implement procedures to protect your business.