Tag: cyber security threat

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I explain new cyberthreats to my customers?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I explain new cyberthreats to my customers?

Q: We often have a hard time explaining new cyberthreats to customers. What tips do you have for helping us be more effective in this area? As security solutions have become more robust, cybercriminals have been forced to adapt their...

/ December 23, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Teens left their fingerprints on the Goner worm

Tech Time Warp: Teens left their fingerprints on the Goner worm

Much like the “Wet Bandits” left their signature (running water in a stopped-up sink) on home burglaries in the holiday classic Home Alone, the Israeli teenagers arrested in December 2001 for spreading the Goner worm signed their work — and...

/ December 6, 2019
The growth of IoMT and what it means for MSPs

The growth of IoMT and what it means for MSPs

We know that IoT is transforming the landscape for MSPs. MSPs that once simply had to monitor and maintain a bare-bones network, now must contend with everything from connected coffeemakers to myriad BYOD items. There is a sub-variant of IoT that’s...

/ December 4, 2019
Cities have a massive need for cybersecurity

Cities have a massive need for cybersecurity

Cities are increasingly making headlines for being crippled by ransomware and other attacks. Such vulnerability isn’t surprising, since municipalities have a growing number of attack vectors and a pool of taxpayer or insurance money that hackers find too tempting to resist....

/ November 27, 2019
Cybersecurity defense: Racquetball, rest, and service

Cybersecurity defense: Racquetball, rest, and service

I frequently talk to MSP owners or their technicians and often find them harried and stretched for time. While those descriptors could apply to scores of professions, the stakes of feeling frazzled are high for MSPs. The world of cybersecurity...

/ November 13, 2019
Another ‘-ish’ MSPs need to watch

Another ‘-ish’ MSPs need to watch

When it comes to MSPs, there is one set of letters that causes indigestion: ‘-ishing.’ Phishing is the biggest headache, of course. Successful phishing expeditions have led to many network breaches in businesses large and small. Recently on Smarter MSP,...

/ November 6, 2019
MSPs need to help customers confront their cybersecurity fears

MSPs need to help customers confront their cybersecurity fears

Halloween is supposed to that one day of the year when ghosts, goblins, and other supernatural threats are supposedly allowed to roam the land before the onset of the dark days of winter. Unfortunately, for cybersecurity professionals, every day feels...

/ October 31, 2019
AI meets vishing

AI meets vishing

Artificial intelligence is making its presence felt in everything from Amazon’s Alexa to factory floor industrial applications. AI-infused software is ramping up its predictive capabilities and strengthening its algorithmic methodology to become more accurate. Of course, AI can be abused....

/ October 17, 2019 / 1 Comment
IoT devices are the office version of baby monitors

IoT devices are the office version of baby monitors

As the Dad to a three and six-year-old, the days of baby monitors was not that long ago. I owned a baby monitor, but I rarely used it because it also unnerved me. Baby monitors have a well-documented and inherent...

/ October 9, 2019
What it really takes to become a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP)

What it really takes to become a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP)

If an IT solution provider wants to become a managed security services provider (MSSP), they will need the ability to remediate a cybersecurity breach in well under two hours, based on how long it currently takes the average IT organization...

/ October 3, 2019