Security

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.

New Locky Ransomware Attack Affecting Millions

There is a new Locky variant ransomware attack that is hitting at a steady rate of 2 million attacks an hour. Hackers are using 8,000 different versions of a widespread virus script, according to researchers from Barracuda Networks Inc. There were 20 million of these attacks within the first 24 hours after it was launched Tuesday morning. The magnitude of this attack is significant – growing rapidly and proving to be highly
destructive. The target: businesses or institutional
groups in the US and Canada.

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Equifax Data Breach: More Questions Than Answers

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.

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Security Alert: New Link-Bait Phishing Tactic

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.

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Is Your Business Prepared to Handle Hurricane Irma?

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?
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Why SMBs are the Perfect Target for Hackers

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.

 

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There’s Something Phishy Going On

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.

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Warning Shot Fired: Healthcare Cybersecurity in Critical Condition

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.

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Advances in Technology Cause Shift in the Nature of Legal Work

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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?

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