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Cyber Insurance Does Not Pay out for Human Error

Insurers will always work to limit their risk, so it is important for the buyer to be aware of what is in the fine print of any policy. Particularly with the recent WannaCry Ransomware insurers and claimants are you going to be very sensitive right now. That means it is important to know what you [...]

The Cyber Warfare Cell that Worries the West

Is North Korea behind the WannaCry Ransomware strain that hit a couple of weeks ago? A recent Reuters article points out what is happening in North Korea and it seems more and more signs are point towards their work. As you read the article it is obvious how underground, widespread and dangerous the world of [...]

ALERT: Massive Wave Of CryptoLocker Ransomware Infections

We received this email from our friends at KnowBe4.com today: CryptoLocker is back big time. Researchers have spotted a sudden resurgence this year, specifically identifying clusters of attacks in Europe and the U.S. For people new to the ransomware racket, Russian cybercrime gangs tend to test and debug their campaigns in Europe, and then attack America [...]

March 7th, 2017|Categories: Phishing, Ransomware, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , |

Fake Netflix App is Actually Ransomware

Kaspersky warned on their blog: "People are downloading a new app, looking to get free access to Netflix accounts. What they’re actually getting is a malware strain called Netix that encrypts users’ data and demands $100 in bitcoins to unlock their files. Like the folks at KnowBe4.com say - "Do not let social engineering tricks [...]

February 8th, 2017|Categories: Ransomware, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , |

USB Sticks Could Infect Your Network

We ALWAYS recommend strict and tight controls around the use of USB sticks or drives in your environment. They have long been the carriers and purveyors of malware and viruses on corporate networks. If you currently do not block the use of USB drives on laptops and computers you absolutely should be - now! Here [...]

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Phishing, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , |

How long does it take to recover from a ransomware infection?

It Takes 33 Hours according to a recent survey by Vanson Bourne of 500 cybersecurity decision makers that was sponsored by SentinelOne. Here are some stats to chew on from the survey: 48% had been hit by at least one ransomware attack in the last 12 months The average victim was hit six times. 81% report that the [...]

November 21st, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, IT Budgeting, OCR, Security|Tags: , , , , , |

Ransomware spreads like a virus in the cloud

The focus on exploitation never stops, and the hackers are always one step ahead. Today we were notified in an artcile from the folks at www.knowbe4.com of an obscure 2-year old ransomware strain called Virlock and its nasty feature: It is capable of stealthily spreading itself via cloud storage and collaboration apps. That way just [...]

October 5th, 2016|Categories: Security, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Employee Awareness is Ransomware’s Greatest Protection

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a great opportunity to strengthen your human firewall in the war against this ransomware epidemic. We love that term, "Human Firewall" - that is precisely what we are. Some of us are weak firewalls, and some are extremely strong but the only way to strengthen the human firewall is [...]

October 4th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, OCR, Security|Tags: , , , , , , , |

FBI Warns That Ransomware Attacks Are Getting More Dangerous And Expensive

This "security" thing continues to become more and more of an issue in our business lives, as well as personal. Recently the FBI posted a warning explaining what the potential losses are, including but not limited to: service disruptions, financial loss, and in some cases, permanent loss of valuable data  - and that it is [...]

September 19th, 2016|Categories: Compliance, Healthcare, HIPAA, IT Budgeting, Security, Social Engineering|Tags: , , , |

Top 10 Phone Scams Revealed

With all the ongoing talk of ransomware and the continued rise of cybercrime we may forget that phone scams continue to run rampant. I (Paul) have recently been the subject of one of the IRS phone scams letting me know a lawsuit was being filed against me and I would soon be going to jail! [...]

August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , |