Category: Security

Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: BlackMatter Ransomware

Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: BlackMatter Ransomware

The FBI, CISA, and NSA have released a joint advisory about the BlackMatter Ransomware gang. This group has been gaining traction with their attacks since July 2021 and claims to be the successor of the Darkside and REvil ransomware groups....

/ November 9, 2021
Get ready for Scams Awareness Week 2021!

Get ready for Scams Awareness Week 2021!

Scams Awareness Week is an annual national campaign by the Scams Awareness Network, a group of Australian and New Zealand government agencies with responsibility for consumer protection. This year, the theme is ‘Let’s talk scams’ and will take place from...

/ November 8, 2021
Tech Time Warp: SCA virus infects the Commodore Amiga

Tech Time Warp: SCA virus infects the Commodore Amiga

The Commodore Amiga offered many firsts to computer users of the mid-1980s: 256 kilobytes of RAM, a 256-color display, and preemptive multitasking, not to mention a splashy celebrity debut (Andy Warhol used the Amiga to create a portrait of Debbie...

/ November 5, 2021
Don’t give hackers a happy holiday season!

Don’t give hackers a happy holiday season!

Many people worldwide are beginning to prepare for the rush of shopping, festive gatherings, and visiting in-laws as the holidays ramp up. Previously, SmarterMSP has written about the cybersecurity dangers that holiday weekends pose, and the end-of-year holiday season is...

/ November 3, 2021
Podcast: How SOC-as-a-Service detects and prevents cyberattacks

Podcast: How SOC-as-a-Service detects and prevents cyberattacks

In our previous episode of the SmarterMSP Podcast, Fleming Shi, Chief Technology Officer at Barracuda Networks, shared his insights on the best cybersecurity defense against ransomware attacks. In this latest episode, we continued the conversation with Jimmy Hatzell, discussing the...

/ November 1, 2021 / 2 Comments
Ghostball virus
Tech Time Warp: Ghostball virus haunts PC users in 1989

Tech Time Warp: Ghostball virus haunts PC users in 1989

The story of the Ghostball virus is a worthwhile tale to revisit as Cybersecurity Awareness Month draws to a close on Halloween. As some PC users found out in October 1989, malware can be difficult to exorcise from your system....

/ October 29, 2021
2022 should see more spending on security

2022 should see more spending on security

The annual State of IT report released by Spiceworks Ziff Davis, a global marketplace that connects technology buyers and sellers with the most actionable and precise intent data, shows that managed services spending is projected to increase in 2022. One specific...

/ October 27, 2021 / 2 Comments
Partner Spotlight: MSP improves efficiency with Barracuda RMM

Partner Spotlight: MSP improves efficiency with Barracuda RMM

Business Communication Systems of North Carolina (BCS of NC), based in New Bern, North Carolina, has been providing IT, security, voice and data cabling services, and phone installation to the local community since 1999. IT Director Tchitchu van Barneveld, now...

/ October 26, 2021
Pioneers in Tech: Agnes Meyer Driscoll, World War Codebreaker

Pioneers in Tech: Agnes Meyer Driscoll, World War Codebreaker

Cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand career fields today, with nearly 465,000 open jobs in the industry as of October 2021. These positions —cybersecurity analyst, penetration and vulnerability tester, etc.— have their roots in the work of Agnes Meyer...

/ October 22, 2021
DOJ employs False Claims Act to strengthen federal cybersecurity

DOJ employs False Claims Act to strengthen federal cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking to encourage more organizations to beef up their cybersecurity by extending the scope of an existing False Claims Act (FCA) to pursue cases against government contractors that hide a security breach rather than...

/ October 21, 2021