Kansas City Managed Services Firm Reviews Why Internet of Things is Latest Cybersecurity Battleground for Businesses

The internet of things (IoT) has been described as “the infrastructure of the information society.” It’s the internetworking of all ‘connected’ or ‘smart’ electronic devices such as the tablet in your hand, phone in your pocket or the printer in your office, all of these physical devices are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity that enable them to collect and exchange data. Thus, the internet of things. According to Pedro Abreu, chief strategy officer at ForeScout, “The IoT is the new battleground for security.” To Abreu’s point, firms around the world have spent the past two decades using firewalls, antivirus and anti-malware tools to build layers of…

Kansas City Law Firms Face Growing Threat of Cybersecurity

ALM Intelligence‘s second annual Law Firm Cybersecurity Report found that vulnerabilities in law firms’ data and cyber security present an unprecedented existential threat. As news of massive ‘hack attacks’ and cyber security breaches have often dominated the headlines in recent years, corporate demand for legal expertise in information security, compliance and incident response has grown dramatically. As a consequence, the revenue opportunity for cyber security firms has grown as well. Foreign actors have targeted transactionally oriented firms in an effort to obtain confidential, market-moving information and trade on it. Daniella Isaacson, co-author of the report, assessed the situation and said, “Many firms’ confidence in their own cyberattack preparedness seems misguided.…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Analyzes Ransomware Attacks

In 2016 alone, ransomware affected over 90 million individuals and businesses at an estimated rate of 400 attacks per minute. Yet 70 percent of these go unnoticed, according to  TechRepublic. Cybercriminals use of ransomware show no signs of slowing down. Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. According to Digital Trends, the average rate for a ransom has soared upwards from $294 in 2015 to $679 this year. Studies show that nearly 50 percent of businesses have been hit with some type of ransomware, with 40 percent of those businesses paid the ransom. Studies also…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews Importance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Department of Homeland Security has declared October National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In its thirteenth year, the program seeks to educate the public and private sector about Cyber Security threats and ways to guard against them with a focus on protecting our digital borders. Attacks in 2016 have hit major companies. From 500 million hacked accounts with Yahoo! to 100’s of Eddie Bauer stores being inflicted with malware. The most common cause of breaches are employees misusing access privileges, according to TripWire. Whether employees do this accidentally or maliciously, training employees on security practices is crucial. Additionally, here are a few tips from Open Forum on how to prevent…