Category: Security

Time to appreciate the thin line of cybersecurity defense maintained by MSPs

Time to appreciate the thin line of cybersecurity defense maintained by MSPs

One of the toughest, and often thankless, roles in all of IT is that of the managed security services provider (MSSP). Most MSSPs know cyberattacks tend to come in waves. Cybercriminals like to mix up their attack vectors to avoid...

/ May 17, 2019
Catch hackers with a honeypot in your security service

Catch hackers with a honeypot in your security service

I once visited an Amish farm where green plastic 2-liter 7-Up bottles dangled from the lower branches of the fruit trees. The bottles were filled about halfway with some sort of liquid. Upon closer inspection, I could see a banana peel...

/ May 15, 2019
Rising tide of data privacy concerns bodes well for MSPs

Rising tide of data privacy concerns bodes well for MSPs

Data protection is increasingly becoming a board level issue, as the average consumer becomes more cognizant of how the data that organizations collect is being used and abused. On an almost daily basis, a company or organization is being forced...

/ May 9, 2019
Bad actors are using AI in their cyber attacks

Bad actors are using AI in their cyber attacks

The alarms have been going off for some time about the growing role of AI in cyber attacks. In 2017, a survey of cybersecurity professionals found that 91 percent are concerned about AI-powered attacks against companies. More recently, an article in Fortune...

/ May 8, 2019
Making sense of sensors

Making sense of sensors

From pacemakers, to industrial thermostats, to traffic regulation devices, sensors are becoming as ubiquitous as the human population itself. Experts predict that 1 trillion networked sensors will be transmitting data around the world by 2022, emitting information from the mundane to the meaningful....

/ May 2, 2019
Four MSP opportunities to keep an eye on in 2019

Four MSP opportunities to keep an eye on in 2019

Four months of 2019 are in the rear-view mirror, and after talking to MSP owners and security experts on a daily basis, there are some trends are emerging that I thought I’d share. AI is one area that seems to...

/ April 24, 2019
Human vulnerability is the biggest cybersecurity threat

Human vulnerability is the biggest cybersecurity threat

The culture of cybersecurity has been training its weapons in the wrong direction, according to Dr. Arun Vishwanath, the chief technologist at Avant Research Group and a former professor at the University at Buffalo. While ransomware, spearphishers, and general hackers...

/ April 17, 2019
MSPs can harvest new business on the farm

MSPs can harvest new business on the farm

When most people think of farming, they think of milking cows, hearty farmhouse breakfasts, fresh eggs, and rows of carefully cultivated crops. In reality, farming is a mix of everything, from no-tech operations to sprawling factory farms. Moreover, in almost...

/ April 10, 2019
Hackers are disguising themselves as the IRS

Hackers are disguising themselves as the IRS

With tax season in full swing, the IRS is arriving to disrupt the efforts of MSPs to protect each of their client’s data. Not the actual IRS. Hopefully, your MSP’s books are in order (if not, well, that’s another conversation). No,...

/ April 4, 2019
Guardians of the (cybersecurity) galaxy: MSPs and biometrics

Guardians of the (cybersecurity) galaxy: MSPs and biometrics

There will always be different opinions on how to best combat emerging threats. As the move towards biometrics continues, MSPs need to step up and be the guardians of the galaxy. To fully secure their customers’ future network security needs,...

/ March 27, 2019