The state of cybersecurity in 2023

State of Cybersecurity

Jen Easterly is the director for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Recently, she gave a speech at CES that functioned sort of like a State of the Union, but for cybersecurity. Her comments reflect that the state of cybersecurity, most unfortunately, is “unsafe.” “We live in a world…of massive connections where that critical infrastructure that we rely upon … Read More

Lastpass hack proves how vulnerable we all are. Here’s how to fight back.

Lastpass hack

LastPass is one of the most popular password manager services out there. I love it and have used it for years. But even the most secure systems can be breached, unfortunately. To wit: Lastpass recently suffered a data breach that has raised concerns about the security of using such services. So, I want to explore the details of the hack, … Read More

Leverage’s best of 2022

Leverage

2022 has been a crazy year on several fronts — re-opening the country post-covid, a new normal for work, rampant inflation, war in Ukraine… it’s been a lot. The same is true for businesses as we navigate an ever-more hostile security environment, a constant need to innovate and upgrade our tech stacks to keep pace, etc. Leverage has been publishing … Read More

AI — the 2023 cybersecurity trend to watch

AI

We write about cybersecurity a lot on this blog… and with good reason. Cyber incursions are more prevalent, more expensive and more top-of-mind than ever before. Regardless of the line of business you’re in, you quite simply have to take preemptive measures to keep your company, your people and your data secure. And given how important cybersecurity is now and … Read More

Your VPN might not be as secure as you think on iOS

VPN

A VPN, or virtual private network, is a hallmark of good cybersecurity defense. Most companies utilize some form of VPN these days, and with good reason. As Kaspersky puts it, “VPNs encrypt your internet traffic and disguise your online identity. This makes it more difficult for third parties to track your activities online and steal data. The encryption takes place in real … Read More

Child nearly dies because of ransomware attack on hospital chain

Hospital Ransomware

Ransomware attacks can often feel distant, or impersonal. A shipping company has some logistics problems, or a regional publishing company loses access to its computers for a bit. While we know these can be devastating financially for businesses (especially for small- or medium-sized businesses who may not carry cyber insurance), it’s still… just business. But a recent story from NBC News shows how ransomware … Read More

Cloud providers moving to ban basic authentication

Basic Authentication

Basic authentication has been the first line of cyber defense for decades. For many individuals and companies, it’s been the only line of defense (probably for too long, honestly). Despite the warnings of countless IT and cybersecurity experts (including us), too many companies still rely exclusively on on basic authentication to protect their IT infrastructure, corporate IP, etc. To that … Read More

Company without cyberinsurance on the hook for $668k scam

Cyberinsurance

Cyberinsurance is one of the most important protections your business can carry, full stop. No business can exist without insurance coverage of some kind, be it worker’s comp, commercial liability, etc. But one of the most important entrants to the insurance market is cyberinsurance. What was effectively nonexistent 15 years ago is now a mission-critical must have for basically every … Read More

The most successful phishing attacks… come from you

phishing

It’s a bit exhausting being an online person in 2022. Hyper-vigilance is the price we all have to pay to exist online or work online, which is a prerequisite for almost any business these days (at least in some form or fashion). But, there’s no end to spam emails, phishing emails, malware, ranomware, you name it. As an individual, some … Read More

How to offset tax liabilities through shrewd IT investment

tax liabilities

As we rapidly approach Q4 (or possibly have just entered Q4 depending on when you read this), one of the foremost concerns on many small and medium-sized business owners’ minds is their fiscal year tax liabilities. No one loves paying the tax man — obviously — but if you think ahead and plan shrewdly, you can invest in critical areas … Read More