Category: Security

Happy99 worm
Tech Time Warp: The Not-So Happy99 Worm

Tech Time Warp: The Not-So Happy99 Worm

The email users of January 1999 were an innocent bunch. Fresh from seeing “You’ve Got Mail” at the box office, they received emails with the attachment Happy99.exe and thought nothing about double-clicking. One rather lame “fireworks” display later, most of...

/ January 19, 2018
data breaches
The most telling cyber-attacks and data breaches of 2017

The most telling cyber-attacks and data breaches of 2017

You’re not imagining things if it feels like you saw more headlines in the past 12 months about massive cyber-attacks and big companies being breached than you did in the past. 2017 was a year that saw ransomware become a...

/ December 29, 2017
Christma Exec
Tech Time Warp: The Not-So-Merry Christmas Tree Exec

Tech Time Warp: The Not-So-Merry Christmas Tree Exec

As an MSP, you might want to remind clients not to let holiday cheer get in the way of smart Internet use and security best practices. Thirty years ago, users of the European Academic Research Network (EARN) and its U.S....

/ December 22, 2017 / 1 Comment
GDPR compliance
Cloud Security Alliance publishes GDPR compliance guideline

Cloud Security Alliance publishes GDPR compliance guideline

Compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) is moving from a theoretical construct to an existential threat as the May 25, 2018, deadline rapidly approaches. To provide service providers and their customers some guidance on how to achieve...

/ November 22, 2017
Ransomware hits primetime TV

Ransomware hits primetime TV

Over the past few years, ransomware has really taken over. First our computers, then news headlines, and now our TVs. This popular threat has been popping up on TV shows everywhere, including Mr. Robot, Black Mirror, and more recently, Grey’s...

/ November 21, 2017
Conficker mystery
Tech Time Warp: The Confounding Case of Conficker

Tech Time Warp: The Confounding Case of Conficker

One of the most insidious worms of all time made its debut Nov. 21, 2008, and it’s still alive and kicking today. Conficker continues to spread, thanks to installations of the beloved but now out-of-support Windows XP. Eleven million devices...

/ November 17, 2017
The MSP’s Bookshelf: Dark Territory, the Secret History of Cyber War

The MSP’s Bookshelf: Dark Territory, the Secret History of Cyber War

“The world isn’t run by weapons anymore, or energy, or money…. It’s run by ones and zeros, little bits of data. It’s all just electrons…. There’s a war out there, old friend, a world war. And it’s not about who’s...

/ November 1, 2017
Managed security services
MSPs fight to gain ground with managed security services opportunities

MSPs fight to gain ground with managed security services opportunities

Managed security services clearly represent a significant opportunity for managed service providers of all sizes. The most immediate issue, however, is the timing, not the eventual size of the market. In fact, more organizations than ever are looking to rely...

/ October 31, 2017
managed security services growth
Managed security services revenues to exceed $18 billion by 2025

Managed security services revenues to exceed $18 billion by 2025

A report published this week by ReportLinker forecasts that the global managed security services provider (MSSP) market will grow 17.5 percent on a compound annual basis through 2025 to be worth more than $18 billion. As impressive as that sounds,...

/ October 26, 2017
cyber liability
What cyber liability errors & omissions coverages you REALLY need

What cyber liability errors & omissions coverages you REALLY need

In representing more than 900 IT clients across the United States, I have personally experienced the fact that many IT business owners think their business insurance covers client data loss situations or network security failures. I have news for you —...

/ October 23, 2017 / 2 Comments