IT Security

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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Improve your Tech IQ: What does “Zero-Day” mean?

When you read articles about breaches and security warnings, you may see the term “zero-day,” as in “zero-day attack,” or “zero-day exploit.” Zero-Day refers to a system vulnerability that is unknown to IT security providers. A zero-day attack allows a cybercriminal to exploit the vulnerability to inject malware, steal data assets, or crawl through the …

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You can’t afford to postpone investing cybersecurity in 2021

In 2021, complacency about your IT security is dangerous. Recent news about hidden, extensive breaches of state and federal government entities and private corporations shocked many in IT and cybersecurity. According to investigators, Russian agents spread espionage malware through updates from IT management firm SolarWinds. The list of victims continues to grow, and investigators believe …

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ImageQuest guidance on the SolarWinds cyberattack

12/22/202 UPDATE: The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published further guidance regarding the SolarWinds cyberattack. Aimed at federal agencies, this supplemental guidance nevertheless is helpful to other organizations that use SolarWinds’ Orion software. Under “Conditions for Reconnecting Unaffected Versions,” CISA says it is “still assessing whether it is appropriate to relax ED 21-01’s …

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Renewing your cyber insurance in 2021? Do your homework

Executives are increasing their cyber insurance coverage after watching the growing number of ransomware reports, business email compromise, and other cyberattacks. But cyber insurance remains a challenging product for insurers and customers alike. Actuarial data is still evolving. Several sources report buyers should expect price increases, especially with many people still working at home, away …

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