City Governments Paying Big For Cybersecurity Breaches

Cities, municipalities and government bodies alike have all been targets of cyber attacks, usually in the form of ransomware that gets in via poor employee cyber practice. According to Security Boulevard, in the past year, Ontario’s Municipal Offices and the Town of Wasaga Beach in Ontario were attacked, leaving their servers useless. A hit closer to home was the big breach in Atlanta that ended with the city opting to spend funds on incident response instead of paying the ransom. In the end, a breach in the system can end up costing the entity thousands, if not millions, of dollars, which leaves other government agencies with the question: how do…

Small Businesses Are A Big Target For Cyber Criminals

Small businesses may not seem like an ideal target for criminals looking to make big bucks. However, since large corporations understand that they are at risk for an attack, many companies invest in a good cybersecurity plan. Unfortunately, this leaves the smaller businesses wide open for hackers who are looking to go after an easy target, and for small businesses, a cyber attack can be devastating. The Threat Small businesses have a hard time keeping up in a world where technology is ever-changing, including ways that hackers are infiltrating vulnerable networks. They may take advantage of a bug in a company’s system or an employee who is careless on their…

Cryptojacking Emerges As Cybersecurity Threat

As technology continues its rapid pace of development, hackers are continuously adjusting their tactics. Such is the case with the latest hacking trend, cryptomining. This newest form of deception gives the hacker the ability to slowly build anonymous cryptocurrency without a command and control link back to the culprit, making them essentially invisible with no way of tracing them. However, there are ways to protect yourself from these malicious attacks, and it starts with getting familiar with what cryptomining actually is.   Cryptomining   Unlike previous forms of hacking, cryptomining allows hackers to operate unnoticed in their victims’ computers. How? Because what they’re stealing isn’t data but your computing power.…

Why Healthcare Organizations Need Strong Cybersecurity

Hospitals and medical practices house a goldmine of valuable patient information for hackers. Personal information such as birthdays, credit card information and medical history are entered into a database after visiting the doctor’s office. For this reason, medical practices are one of the largest targets for data breaches and should uphold strong cybersecurity measures.   Education Cybersecurity starts with the people who use the network most frequently: the employees. If employees are uneducated or not properly trained on cybersecurity procedures in the medical practices, mistakes will be made. For instance, the Utah-based company HealthEquity reported that 23,000 accounts were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. According to SC…

Key Factors to Consider for Enterprise Mobility Development

  From smartphones to cloud networks, it’s not surprising that 63 percent of business enterprises consider mobility the most significant factor in gaining competitive business advantage, according to Mobile Business Insights. And with the global enterprise mobility market estimated to bring in $240 billion in revenue in 2020, companies can’t afford to ignore the mobile arena. Yet new technology and a vast, rapidly expanding digital sphere carry complicated concerns and dangers. Here are three key factors to consider when developing an enterprise mobility strategy. Enterprise-Specific Apps The most recent iteration of enterprise mobility development has seen an explosion in the use of mobile applications — particularly enterprise-specific, cross-platform apps. These…

How Government Agencies Benefit from A Hosted Applications Model

The growth of applications hosted in the cloud creates opportunities and challenges for government agencies that must now deploy and manage a wide portfolio of applications in multi-cloud environments. Learn more we detail why moving applications to the cloud, and assessing the best type of cloud for each application, will go a long way toward helping agencies reduce costs, improve security and operate more efficiently.   Government entities are becoming savvier about moving to the cloud. Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, agencies have come to realize that different kinds of clouds are appropriate for different kinds of applications. According to Nextgov, this is a primary reason for the growth…

Why Cyber Attacks Should Be Treated Like Natural Disasters

Companies often prepare their employees for emergencies such as natural disasters, weather events or fires with outlined procedures and training in order to minimize damage and ensure safety. When it comes to cybersecurity, businesses often overlook the potential for serious harm to occur from a data breach. This ultimately leaves employees uninformed and unprepared for a cyber disaster to occur.   Recent Reports According to World Economic Forum, each year the Global Risks Report works with experts and decision-makers across the world to identify and analyze the most pressing risks that we face. The report for 2018 shows a strong indication that the threat of cyber attacks will cause just…

What You Should Know About Hybrid Cloud Computing

Cloud-based data centers have created many opportunities for organizations to store important information with privacy and security. These systems have granted companies the resources necessary to maximize their productivity. As cloud computing has advanced, the hybrid cloud has become a prominent strategy among organizations. According to Tech Target, the hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms. This form of cloud computing is the future of information management.   How is it Deployed? There are many different ways in which a hybrid cloud system can be implemented. For example, two cloud providers…

How Adapting to New Technology Minimizes Risks for Your Business

As cybersecurity has become a top priority for organizations, it’s essential to adapt to innovative technology in order to prevent a potential cyber attack. Companies that actively pursue innovative ways to defend themselves against cyber criminals and data breaches prove that adapting to the modernization of technology could play a vital role in protecting valuable company information. When it comes to cybersecurity, the only constant is the ability of cyber criminals to innovate faster than companies are able to defend themselves, according to CSO. Confidence Organizations that continuously adapt to new technology are more confident in their cyber security policies. Your being comfortable and knowledgeable about a potential data breach,…

Why Business Size Doesn’t Matter When It Comes to Cyber Attacks

Large organizations used to be the main targets hackers due to the massive volumes of sensitive financial and customer data they possessed. As cyber attacks become more advanced, attackers are starting to feed into the valuable data that’s held by smaller businesses. A recent Cyber Security Breaches Survey, conducted by the U.S. Department for Culture Media & Sport, reported that 45 percent of micro/small companies have experienced a breach in their system and 66 percent of medium/large businesses have suffered attacks as well. This information warns small business leaders to be prepared against a breach and to protect their customer’s data. Public awareness of cyber attacks has helped the battle…