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Phishing attacks remain a cybersecurity problem, experts say

Have you recently received a communication that initially scared you? Perhaps a notice that your credit card had unauthorized transactions, your bank account needed attention, or your favorite shopping site needed to verify some information to complete your latest purchase, which you knew was an important but last-minute gift? And this notice asked you to …

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Social Media – A Cybercriminal Resource

Do you know someone who spends a lot of time on Social Media? Someone who’s posting nearly daily about their activities? Even if you avoid Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, and other Social Media outlets, your friend could still be putting you at risk. During Cybersecurity Month – and all year – the U.S. Cybersecurity and …

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Our IT New Year’s resolutions: Worry less about ransomware, phishing

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you: Worry less about ransomware. Ha! you say, impossible! Well, not if you take certain steps. And if your internal IT team is stretched thin (hello, log4j) some steps might have been missed. We have a checklist to help you achieve this New Year’s resolution – and for another …

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Ransomware group runs help public wanted ads for skilled hackers

You know how cyber training warns you to look for poor English to avoid getting ransomware in a phishing email? How about looking for poor English on a jobs page? Cybersecurity jobs, to be specific. A company calling itself Bastion Secure advertised for a Reverse Engineer, a System Administrator, and programmers experienced in PHP, Python, …

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Cybersecurity Month: Protect yourself with these measures

The world has grown pretty scary in recent years. Hackers attempted to poison a Florida water supply. They cut off a major supplier of gasoline for the Southeastern states. Ransomware appears to have contributed to an Alabama baby’s death. Hackers steal personal information, money, and intellectual property almost on a daily basis. They’re like zombies …

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Cyber insurance: Best of luck if you haven’t deployed these measures

Cyber insurance may be harder to obtain. Cyber insurers now require their customers to have specific cybersecurity measures in place – or face non-renewal of their policies as of the first of September. The cyber insurance market continues to harden from a seemingly endless number of claims due to cybersecurity attacks. While some insurers are …

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Federal cybersecurity fails to protect U.S. citizens’ information

You may be outraged when you read the latest bipartisan U.S. Senate report on federal cybersecurity. In a nutshell, the report released earlier this month says U.S. federal agencies took “minimal” steps to tighten cybersecurity problems found two years ago. The failure to act leaves U.S. citizens vulnerable to foreign countries stealing our information and …

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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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