Category: Security

ransomware law
FTC lays down the ransomware law

FTC lays down the ransomware law

The chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is advising businesses that the FTC might hold them accountable for not fixing vulnerabilities commonly exploited by cybercriminals launching ransomware attacks. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez says the actual ransom demand is usually...

/ September 15, 2016
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Ransomware Highlights the Need to Manage Data Protection as a Process

Ransomware Highlights the Need to Manage Data Protection as a Process

Under the heading of an ill wind always blows some good, the rise of ransomware has certainly moved data protection up the IT agenda. There are very few IT organizations these days that are not at the very least considering...

/ September 8, 2016
ransomware
Ransomware driving backup and recovery conversations for MSPs

Ransomware driving backup and recovery conversations for MSPs

Backup and recovery may not have always been the sexiest of IT topics, but thanks to the rise of ransomware it is now one of the hottest. The single most effective defense against ransomware is an ability to recover an...

/ July 26, 2016
managed security services
Changes in attack patterns create demand for managed security services

Changes in attack patterns create demand for managed security services

While managed security services providers (MSSPs) have been remotely managing firewalls and anti-virus software deployments for years, it’s become clear over the past 12 months that new classes of threats are doing an end run around those core security technologies. For...

/ July 19, 2016
Ask an MSP Expert: Why should my MSP manage firewalls for SMBs?

Ask an MSP Expert: Why should my MSP manage firewalls for SMBs?

Q: With all the threats of hackers and ransomware, I’m thinking of adding security to my MSP offerings. While I always suggest that my SMBs protect themselves with firewalls, many just have basic anti-virus programs. Right now, I don’t manage...

/ July 11, 2016
cerber ransomware
Cerber ransomware targets Microsoft Office 365 users

Cerber ransomware targets Microsoft Office 365 users

First identified back in March, Cerber ransomware made headlines again recently after reportedly targeting Microsoft Office 365 users through a large-scale zero-day attack. Outside estimates say the email was sent to millions of Office 365 users and that it took...

/ June 30, 2016
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The growing importance of security breach incident management

The growing importance of security breach incident management

How an IT organization handles a breach is now arguably more important to the business affected than all the time and effort they put into preventing one from happening. In this day and age, some kind of breach is now...

/ June 14, 2016
master decryption key
TeslaCrypt closes doors, offers master decryption key

TeslaCrypt closes doors, offers master decryption key

In a surprising turn of events, notorious ransomware TeslaCrypt seems to be no more.

/ May 20, 2016
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Ransomware exposes poor data management hygiene

Ransomware exposes poor data management hygiene

As ransomware attacks continue to proliferate, the soft underbelly of IT — how organizations often manage their data in a cavalier manner — is finally being exposed. Ransomware combines social engineering techniques, malware, and encryption to take an organization’s data hostage. As...

/ April 28, 2016
fbi malware
The FBI wants to see your malware

The FBI wants to see your malware

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would like IT services providers and their customers to share their malware with them. As part of its ongoing efforts to combat cybercriminals, the FBI has developed a massive database of malware that it...

/ April 21, 2016