Tag: cybersecurity

Tech Time Warp: Looking back at the evolution of ransomware

Tech Time Warp: Looking back at the evolution of ransomware

The havoc wreaked by the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack—which caused a gas shortage in the southeastern United States and cost the company a reported $850,000 to resolve—highlights the immense risk ransomware poses to companies and national security.

/ May 21, 2021
Colonial Pipeline hack highlights vulnerabilities

Colonial Pipeline hack highlights vulnerabilities

We’ve been warning about the dangers of ransomware for years now on Smarter MSP, and this past week the threat hit home for millions of Americans in the form of fuel shortages and higher prices at the gas pump. While...

/ May 19, 2021
DDoS “celebrates” 25th anniversary with a spike

DDoS “celebrates” 25th anniversary with a spike

The first documented widespread distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack occurred in 1996 when New York City-based internet provider, Panix, was attacked. The New York Times described it: Beginning Sept. 6 and continuing through at least last Tuesday, a hacker intent on shutting...

/ May 12, 2021
Podcast: Adding ZTNA to your MSP’s security stack, Episode 4

Podcast: Adding ZTNA to your MSP’s security stack, Episode 4

In Episode 3 of the SmarterMSP Podcast, we discussed common MSP website mistakes that can hurt the sales efforts of service providers. In our latest episode, we turned our focus to managed security services, including zero-trust network access (ZTNA), which is...

/ May 7, 2021
Barracuda cited as leader in enterprise email security

Barracuda cited as leader in enterprise email security

Barracuda was among the companies invited to participate in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2021. In this evaluation, Barracuda was cited as a Leader in the category. The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2021 is a guide...

/ May 6, 2021
Five cybersecurity mistakes MSPs are making in 2021

Five cybersecurity mistakes MSPs are making in 2021

Over the years, the MSP business has evolved, but in most cases, it was still relatively “formulaic.” For example, there was a process and a protocol for ferreting out security issues, that stayed pretty much the same from MSP to...

/ May 5, 2021
Ask an MSP Expert: The 3 pillars of a security-centric approach

Ask an MSP Expert: The 3 pillars of a security-centric approach

In today’s evolving cyberthreat landscape, it is vital for managed service providers (MSPs) to take a security-centric approach to their business. Highlighting the importance of this, but making it even more challenging, is today’s climate of remote workforces, shifting perimeters,...

/ May 3, 2021 / 4 Comments
Healthcare is one of the most vulnerable verticals in 2021

Healthcare is one of the most vulnerable verticals in 2021

Hackers view personal healthcare information as the holy grail of data, mining this data in exchange for currency on the dark web. HealthTech sounded this alarm in April of this year: As the attacks mature and get increasingly sophisticated, healthcare...

/ April 28, 2021
Making sure your vendors are secure

Making sure your vendors are secure

We’ve all heard about major breaches and the cascading impact they can have across a variety of services. As an MSP, these upstream breaches are clearly out of your control, but you can and should be questioning whether the services...

/ April 15, 2021
Q&A: Ethical hacking and pen testing to protect against phishing

Q&A: Ethical hacking and pen testing to protect against phishing

Phishing continues to be one of the biggest threats to network security, which has led to “ethical hacking” being used to protect against it. If you’re wondering why methods like ethical hacking and pen testing are necessary to stop phishing,...

/ April 13, 2021