The FireEye hack shows just how vulnerable everyone truly is

Whenever a company or government is hacked, they usually call a cybersecurity forensic company to investigate: who did it, how did they do it, why did they do it, what were they after, and how do we protect ourselves going forward? One of the preeminent players in this space is FireEye — they’re experts on state-backed hacking (especially Russia) as … Read More

Phishing attacks are more cunning than ever — what to watch out for

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Despite the massive coverage of phishing attacks in the business press, industry press and more general press, it’s still one of the most prevalent ways hackers steal passwords. While consumers and employees alike are getting somewhat better at identifying phishing attempts, so too are hackers getting more advanced in constructing elaborate phishing schemes. The hardest place to identify phishing emails? … Read More

CoVid-19 phishing scams are on the rise — what to know

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No event in living memory (unless you’re 106 years old) has impacted daily life across the globe as completely and deleteriously as CoVid-19. The coronavirus and its disease have upended every facet of daily life for basically everyone in this country. Every child is home schooled now; every office is at home unless you’re an essential worker (our thoughts, thanks … Read More

How OpenDXL Ontology could change your technology stack

OpenDXL Ontology

One of the most common subjects on this blog is cybersecurity. It’s by no means all we do as a managed IT provider; but, when your #1 goal is uninterrupted uptime for your clients, security breaches rank pretty high on the list of things we have to watch out for. It’s also the space within our industry that sees the … Read More

SIM swapping: what you need to know about this growing threat

SIM swapping

If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t really interact with SIM cards all that much any more. Unless you’re traveling abroad and need to swap a SIM card out to connect to that foreign network, you might not even know where the SIM card is on your iPhone or Android device. But, that simple, tiny piece of plastic could … Read More

Multi-factor authentication bypasses increasing, but you should still use it

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For years, cyberattacks have been increasing in frequency, scope and sophistication. From multibillion dollar disasters crossing international borders to run-of-the-mill ransomware, enterprises have to be more vigilant than ever to protect their data and their bank accounts from malicious actors. One of the primary lines of defense? Multi-factor authentication (or MFA for short). Going beyond just passwords to unlock sensitive … Read More

Flipboard suffers data breach, responds expertly

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Data breaches, sad as it is to say, are a part of corporate life now. Despite the best laid intentions (and expertly designed security systems) no system is truly hack proof. As long as humans have logins, there will be vulnerabilities in sensitive systems. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do everything in your power to prevent them, obviously, but it … Read More

iSCSI vulnerability reveals another avenue hackers are exploiting

There’s seemingly no end to the avenues for hackers to penetrate protected systems. From simple (yet dishearteningly still effective) email phishing to DDoS overloads to high-complexity malware/ransomware custom-built for specific targets, hackers are becoming ever more effective and creative in gaining access to sensitive systems. But the first line of defense is still your employees, and in a recent snafu, … Read More

The skinny on LockerGoga, a terrifying new ransomware variant

We’ve seen all manner of ransomware in the last decade. From innocuous varieties to the devastating ones, ransomware is one of the largest (and growing) threat vectors for cybersecurity teams (or managed service providers if you outsource that sort of thing). One of the newest iterations on the scene, with a terrifying wrinkle, is called ‘LockerGoga’ — here’s what it … Read More