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How Local Governments Can Improve Network Security

Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a safe and stable cyberspace. That said, our nation’s very security and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable to a wide range of risks stemming from a multitude of cybersecurity threats. Despite their seemingly lower profile, local governments and municipalities are especially vulnerable to such threats. These public entities face attack from bad actors like black hat hackers and nation-states looking to exploit network vulnerabilities to steal information and money. Read on as we detail the threats governments and public entities face and how to better prepare for them.     As today’s world becomes increasingly digitized, the cybersecurity conversation now…

How Businesses Can Combat Ransomware Attacks in 2017

It has been widely predicted that the rate of ransomware attacks will increase worldwide in 2017. Ransomware is a type of malware used to encrypt all of your computer or smartphone data and is often used against companies, government agencies and even individuals. This dangerous malware derives its name from the hackers who put it on your system, then threaten to destroy your data unless you pay a “ransom” fee. While no one can be completely immune to a ransomware attack, everyone can take steps to become better prepared for one. Read on as we detail the outlook for combatting ransomware in 2017. Ransomware makers, or more simply data thieves,…

Predict and Protect: 2017’s Top Data Security Solutions

  As we witnessed in 2016, the issue of cybersecurity seems to be firmly entrenched as one of the most consequential issues impacting both international security and economic stability in 2017. That makes an understanding of existing and emerging cyber risks more important than ever before. According to Steve Weisman, a professor at Bentley University, this year will likely be shaped by newsmaking events in cybersecurity. He predicts that the year in cybersecurity will likely be dominated by these areas: Commercial espionage will increase. Domestic and international corporate espionage through hacking will increase as companies raid the intellectual property and trade secrets of other companies for profit. If you’re looking…

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 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…

MDL Technology Identifies Three Challenges to Big Data Security

In the digital world, business owners have no choice, but to keep up with technological advancements and to analyze major trends in their industry. With increasing incidents of data breaches, cyber attacks and compromised private information, it becomes all the more essential to take extra precaution to protect data sets. However, in order to protect the integrity of big data, business owners must first understand and identify their system’s points of weakness.     Human Error In short, data breaches occur when an outside source finds a hole, or vulnerability, within a company’s tech infrastructure. Oftentimes, the vulnerability comes from a human error due to misinformation or not enough IT…

Kansas City-Based IT Company Explores Why the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Has Yet to Endure a Major Cybersecurity Breach

  The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have had their fair share of problems leading up to and during the games including unsold tickets, green swimming pools, the Zika virus and more. However, one daunting issue they have successfully prevented is a major cybersecurity breach.   According to Business Insider, a report from August 2, 2016, showed that the volume of malicious and phishing artifacts in Brazil is on the rise. Moreover, the country saw an 83 percent increase in malicious URLs, compared to a mere 16 percent worldwide, and Brazil has been attacked by phishing attempts more than any other country, with the main targets being…

Kansas City Technology Firm Explains White House Cyber Directive

The White House has released a detailed Presidential Policy Directive on what qualifies a “significant” breach and what officials should be doing to help mitigate damage. For the first time, there is a categorical system defined by White House and government officials for victims of cyber-attacks.   The rise in cyber-crimes has remained a critical threat to the health of some the world’s largest and most impactful companies, as well posing a fatal threat to thousands of SMBs. In an effort to create a unified response for crimes against companies both large and small, the White House has adopted a comprehensive framework used to determine the severity and urgency of…

State of Cybersecurity Summer 2016

The technological world is changing and transforming every single day. With constant software updates, new innovations and platforms and advanced systems, there are infinite ways for hackers to infect, threaten or break into your company data. This summer, keep a watchful eye out for the following cybersecurity threats. https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2015/05/15/14/38/computer-768608_960_720.jpg Ransomware Ransomware has been identified by the FBI as one of the biggest threats for businesses and individuals in 2016. Unique from traditional cyber hacks or viruses, ransomware is the term given when a hacker accesses professional or personal information and demands a ransom (money, gift cards, bitcoin or goods) in order to keep corporate data private. An easy way to…