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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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IT security measures are for everyone – including the CEO

A crook is making news for offering to sell hundreds of stolen C-level email user names and passwords. “The login information has been verified by cybersecurity teams and is for Office 365 and Microsoft accounts of CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CTOs, and other senior positions,” TechRepublic reported Wednesday. The email user name and password combinations are …

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Don’t pay ransom to cyber criminals, Microsoft advises

Don’t pay ransom – it only spurs more ransomware attacks, according to Microsoft. In a recent blog post by Microsoft’s Detection And Response Team, organizations are urged to maximize their security efforts instead. “Paying a ransom is often expensive, dangerous, and only refuels the attackers’ capacity to continue their operations,” the post says. “(B)ottom line, …

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Ransomware attacks: Likely to go “from bad to worse”

This year’s trends in ransomware attacks have left IT Security researchers worried about what’s coming in 2020. Dark Reading cites “growing collaboration between threat groups on ransomware campaigns; the use of more sophisticated evasion mechanisms; elaborate multi-phase attacks involving reconnaissance and network scoping; and human-guided automated attack techniques.” Hackers also have developed ways to research …

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ImageQuest’s Jay Mallory shares true stories in “Tales from the Malware Front”

What do an employee working from home, a financial services advisor, an attorney, and a mortgage company CEO have in common? Two things – one each experienced a hacking attempt, and each were a topic in today’s “Tales from the Malware Front.” Sponsored by Citizens Union Bank, the event provided attendees guidance on how to …

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