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NSA, CISA, UK warn of Russian brute force attacks on networks

Do you work for, or have as a customer: Government agencies, the U.S. military, defense contractors, energy companies, higher education, logistics companies, law firms, media companies, political consultants, political parties, or think tanks? Then cybersecurity needs to be your organization’s top priority. Russia’s military intelligence unit (familiarly GRU) is using brute force attacks to break …

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Biden urges private companies to protect against ransomware

The Biden administration Wednesday urged private U.S. companies to take five key steps to protect against ransomware. These are best practices most likely to reduce an organization’s risk of succumbing to a ransomware attack. Our clients are very familiar with these five steps. They are: Back up your data, system images, and configuration. Regularly test …

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Don’t plan on paying to recover from ransomware

Q: What’s worse than having your systems encrypted by ransomware? A: Discovering hackers used two different strains of ransomware, meaning your data is double-encrypted. Yes, this nightmare is out there, according to a recent Wired article. The article cites cases where combinations of  REvil and Netwalker malware, as well as MedusaLocker and GlobalImposter ransomware combinations, …

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Ransomware payments may add U.S. sanctions to your costs

Did you know – the U.S. Treasury Department has warned that making ransomware payments could bring sanctions on your organization. The warning also applies to banks and insurance companies, as well as firms negotiating the payments. This is because ransomware can come from a sanctioned country or bad actor. For example, one U.S. sanctioned country, …

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Ransomware: National security risk needs global approach

The rising scourge of ransomware needs a global approach to halt its devastation, a task force with government and corporate representatives announced last week. Ransomware is “a flourishing criminal industry” which “routinely imperils lives,” the task force organized by the non-profit Institute for Security and Technology wrote. Utilities, hospitals, schools, military posts, and municipalities all …

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IMPROVE YOUR TECH IQ: Why Multifactor Authentication is so important

 By now, you’ve probably heard of multifactor authentication, aka MFA and 2FA. You have some accounts that send text messages with five or six numbers to your phone. Maybe your company makes you use an in-house authentication system where you must tap “approve” on your phone. You may even log into some apps on your …

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ImageQuest named to CRN’s “Security 100”

The Channel Co. named ImageQuest LLC to the 2021 CRN Security 100 list. CRN’s annual Security 100 list helps purchasers decide what technologies and vendors they should trust in the crowded and complex security vendor market. It is part of the MSP 500, a list of North American technology vendors with “innovative and forward-thinking approaches …

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