Category: Security

IT security defense
MSPs need to sell the economics of mutual IT security defense

MSPs need to sell the economics of mutual IT security defense

When it comes to IT security defense, the most attractive thing about MSPs is that the cost of implementing security technologies becomes a shared expense. MSPs invest in all the technologies and labor needed to secure the IT environment, but...

/ July 20, 2017
GDPR countdown
Demand for external GDPR expertise needs more time to build

Demand for external GDPR expertise needs more time to build

As the deadline grows closer for complying with the General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) being put into effect May 25, 2018, by the European Union, there’s a marked difference in attitudes between IT organizations in Europe and in the U.S. concerning the...

/ July 6, 2017
Ransomware threats
Ask an MSP Expert: What’s the next big ransomware threat on the horizon?

Ask an MSP Expert: What’s the next big ransomware threat on the horizon?

Q: I only had one customer who was affected by last month’s WannaCry attack. Moving forward, we want to continue to be proactive in keeping our customers safe. What is the next big ransomware variant on the horizon, and what...

/ July 3, 2017
ransomware
MSPs need to be on the frontline of any ransomware defense

MSPs need to be on the frontline of any ransomware defense

While there is still much unknown about the latest wave of Petya/GoldenEye ransomware attacks, it’s all too clear that organizations that don’t keep pace with the latest patches are being targeted faster than ever. It used to take cybercriminals a...

/ June 29, 2017
Threat Watch: NotPetya ransomware

Threat Watch: NotPetya ransomware

Update: As researchers learn more about the malware that quickly spread around the world earlier this week, it has become clear the malware wasn’t what it first appeared to be. According to Forbes, multiple security researchers have uncovered flaws in...

/ June 27, 2017
internet
Navigating conversations with customers about WannaCry ransomware

Navigating conversations with customers about WannaCry ransomware

By now, you’ve probably heard all the buzz around the most recent ransomware attack called WannaCry. So far, a reported 150 countries have been affected, and according to BBC news, the fast-spreading ransomware is finally starting to slow down. While...

/ May 18, 2017
email
Email, the primary vector for cyber attacks

Email, the primary vector for cyber attacks

In in the wake of last week’s attacks, new facts are still surfacing about WannaCry ransomware. The ransomware leverages a known vulnerability called EternalBlue that is widespread in older Windows operating systems and was patched in a security update Microsoft...

/ May 17, 2017
wannacry ransomware
WannaCry ransomware should eventually blow some good for MSPs

WannaCry ransomware should eventually blow some good for MSPs

While the fallout from the WannaCry ransomware attack will reach into the billions of dollars, the one positive outcome should be a wave of upgrades for millions of older Windows PCs that unfortunately are still widely deployed. The malware employed...

/ May 16, 2017
cyber security
Threat Watch: WannaCry Ransomware

Threat Watch: WannaCry Ransomware

It’s no secret that cyber threats are becoming more widespread and sophisticated day-by-day. But, according to an article on CNN today, cyber security experts were stunned worldwide by the outbreak of WannaCry, a ransomware that infects Windows computers and locks...

/ May 12, 2017
hacked
Ask an MSP Expert: What if my MSP gets hacked?

Ask an MSP Expert: What if my MSP gets hacked?

Q: Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about a group of Chinese hackers called APT10 and how they target MSPs. My MSP work with customers in highly regulated industries, so we have a lot of sensitive data to protect. What...

/ April 24, 2017