Category: Security

Atlanta ransomware attack
Atlanta ransomware attack highlights IT vulnerabilities of cities

Atlanta ransomware attack highlights IT vulnerabilities of cities

Atlanta, car-clogged highways aside, is the elegant, magnolia-draped metropolis of the South: cosmopolitan, visionary, and Olympic caliber. But, for a few days in March 2018, the daily rhythms of governmental life came to a screeching halt. Water bill payments couldn’t...

/ April 17, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: What are some fresh approaches to security education?

Ask an MSP Expert: What are some fresh approaches to security education?

Q: Every week, there seems to be a new threat I need to educate my customers on. I know it’s important to teach them what to watch out for, but I feel like we’re creating a lot of noise. What...

/ April 16, 2018
malvertising
Malvertising morphs into cryptotising

Malvertising morphs into cryptotising

In the early days, malvertising was simply about slipping some code into an ad to induce more clicks to drive up a higher ad payout from an unsuspecting advertiser. It almost seemed like a childish prank (unless you were the...

/ April 11, 2018
Trojan horse
Tech Time Warp: Even UNIVAC was susceptible to viruses

Tech Time Warp: Even UNIVAC was susceptible to viruses

It’s easy to think about viruses as a product of the PC era. But, one of the first viruses ever created affected UNIVAC computers. Although ANIMAL was ultimately a benign creation—a game spread by a separate program called PERVADE—its creator...

/ April 6, 2018
cryptojacking
Threat Watch: Cryptojacking

Threat Watch: Cryptojacking

If one of your customers calls or texts you to tell you their system is slow or overheating or gobbling up a lot of power, you need to add a new possible diagnosis to your checklist — cryptojacking. Cryptojacking is...

/ April 5, 2018
cybersecurity attacks
IT service providers are now focus of cybersecurity attacks

IT service providers are now focus of cybersecurity attacks

Most IT service providers are used to being the defenders of the cybersecurity realm. But, a new report published today by Trustwave, a managed security services provider (MSSP), suggests services providers themselves are increasingly becoming the targets of cybersecurity attacks....

/ April 5, 2018
cyberattack on CPAs
2018 will be the year of the targeted cyberattack on CPAs

2018 will be the year of the targeted cyberattack on CPAs

April tax deadlines are looming, and that means accounting firms are neck-deep in returns as everyone races to file on time. While accountants are focused on deductions and earned income credits, bad actors are watching and waiting, ready to pounce...

/ March 28, 2018
Cloud security
Appreciating the complexity of cloud security

Appreciating the complexity of cloud security

It looks like IT organizations finally are starting to appreciate how difficult cloud security is to achieve and maintain. A new survey of 618 IT decision makers, conducted by Dimensional Research on behalf of Barracuda Networks, finds that 74 percent...

/ March 22, 2018
cyber resiliency
MSPs need to focus more on cyber resiliency opportunity

MSPs need to focus more on cyber resiliency opportunity

Large numbers of managed security services providers are making a promise they know they can’t deliver on. There’s no such thing as perfect security. In fact, given the sophistication of social engineering attacks it’s probable malware is already lurking somewhere...

/ March 15, 2018
More organizations starting to come to terms with need for cybersecurity help

More organizations starting to come to terms with need for cybersecurity help

When it comes it cybersecurity an increasing percentage of IT organizations are starting to realize they are pretty much sitting ducks. A survey of 1,300 IT and security professionals conducted by CyberArk, a provider of privileged account management software, finds...

/ March 6, 2018