Tag: cyber security

Tech Time Warp: Father Christmas worm visits NASA

Tech Time Warp: Father Christmas worm visits NASA

Even hackers get into the holiday spirit. The Santy worm brought unwelcome gifts in December 2004, and the CHRISTMA EXEC brought a charming ASCII tree to screens in 1987. On December 22, 1988, the Father Christmas worm traveled to NASA...

/ December 25, 2020
Cybersecurity service providers need to band together

Cybersecurity service providers need to band together

Managed security service providers (MSSPs) along with global systems integrators that focus on security have a unique marketing and sales challenge. A recent global survey of 2,404 business decision makers conducted by B2B International on behalf of STANLEY Security, a...

/ December 16, 2020
Zero-Tolerance: Cheap cybersecurity is always a bad bargain

Zero-Tolerance: Cheap cybersecurity is always a bad bargain

Cybercriminals have discovered a simple trick for multiplying their effectiveness: target MSPs themselves. If breaching one business’ systems is like slipping past a security guard unnoticed, infiltrating an MSP is like stealing that guard’s whole key ring. A successful MSP...

/ December 15, 2020
Rethinking personally identifiable information in 2021

Rethinking personally identifiable information in 2021

In a year full of data breaches, ransomware, and phishing, now is a good time to put things into perspective and perhaps rethink data security for the coming year. The fact is, all cybersecurity is created equal, and not all...

/ December 3, 2020
Cybersecurity laws: What MSPs need to do

Cybersecurity laws: What MSPs need to do

Cybersecurity isn’t just about firewalls and patching. Cybersecurity is also about education and legislation — often, these two go hand in hand. The legislative landscape is continuously evolving as more rules and regulations attempt to add guardrails and protections to...

/ November 26, 2020
Seven key ways to defend a network from fatal DDoS attacks

Seven key ways to defend a network from fatal DDoS attacks

Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS) are much different than what they used to be. In the past, DDoS attacks involved sending as much traffic and data as possible to a network or server, with the idea of overwhelming it...

/ November 3, 2020
Cybersecurity trends to know in 2020

Cybersecurity trends to know in 2020

Cybersecurity is one of the major constants in our 21st century lives. However, did you know that one of the world’s first laws designed to fight malicious internet activity was passed in 1990? The United Kingdom’s Cybersecurity Misuse Act preempted...

/ October 6, 2020
Another cybersecurity view from Africa

Another cybersecurity view from Africa

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how South Africa’s MSPs and IT specialists are battling the pandemic and WFH trends. After the article ran, I had the opportunity to speak further on this topic with Dr. Uche Mbanaso,...

/ August 13, 2020
In defense of MSP cybersecurity, as number of alerts rise

In defense of MSP cybersecurity, as number of alerts rise

It seems like about once a month now some government agency somewhere discovers there might be a potential issue with the cybersecurity of a managed service provider (MSP). The latest warning comes from the U.S. Secret Service, which sent out...

/ July 15, 2020
Summer cybersecurity dangers

Summer cybersecurity dangers

In simpler times, some businesses would literally hang a sign on their door each summer saying “Gone Fishin’” and close for two weeks. In today’s world, hackers might as well hang a sign on their door in summer that says...

/ July 9, 2020