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…

Personalized Ransomware Emerges As New Cybersecurity Threat

Ransomware can be devastating for companies who give in to the hackers’ demands of thousands of dollars. In addition, a new ransomware has popped up in the past few weeks that seems to tailor itself to each company it attacks. When assessing the threat of ransomware, it is important to remember that there is more to lose than just the ransom, which is generally in the thousands of dollars — there are also related expenses like downtime and any IT assessments. By having protection of your systems and data to begin with, you can avoid paying the ransom hackers demand and still keep your data.   Personalized Ransomware: Ryuk  …

Why Your Business Needs 24/7 Network Monitoring

  Network monitoring is crucial for every business, no matter the industry. In fact, 24/7 network monitoring ensures your computer network is always up and running by checking for slow or failing systems. If any issues arise, the system will alert the network administrator. This constant monitoring can help save money, time and potentially catastrophic data loss. Here are some of the reasons why every business needs 24/7 network monitoring: Security One of the main benefits of 24/7 network monitoring is ensuring that your files and data are secure. Any issues in the network will be detected beforehand. Network monitoring is perhaps the most proactive way to deal with problems…

Why Companies Should Conduct a Monthly Cybersecurity Audit

Cybercrime damage costs are set to hit six trillion dollars by 2021. Last year, made headlines with the largest ransomware attack in history, WannaCry. Needless to say, cybercrime is on the rise and organizations need to be prepared. Organizations that leave their companies vulnerable to cyber attacks risk losing business and crucial data. A monthly cybersecurity audit helps businesses prevent being victims of cybercrime. Here are some steps that should be included in a cybersecurity audit:   Check that all software is up to date. Regardless of the size of your organization, it’s critical that employee devices are operating on the most current software. Outdated software is a common culprit…

Free and Open Source Software Month is a Reminder of the Need for Cybersecurity

  February is Free and Open Source Software month (FOSS). If you’ve ever used Mozilla Firefox web browser, Thunderbird email, PHP scripting, or Apache web server, then you’ve used open source programs. Open source software (OSS) is distributed with its source code available for modification by anyone, turning software development into a collaborative process. Open source has become a bit of a buzzword in recent years, with opinions falling strongly in both the pro and con categories. Supporters tout OSS as an innovative concept that essentially crowd-sources software development for rapid evolution, bug identification and repair, readily available community support, and complete customization. Another boon, of course, is that it’s…

Olympic Games Hit with Cyberattack

  Olympic officials and cybersecurity experts are attributing Internet disruptions during last week’s Olympic opening ceremony were the result of a cyberattack. Jihye Lee, a spokesman for the PyeongChang Organizing Committee, confirmed the news Sunday, saying, “The technology issues experienced Friday night were caused by a cyberattack.”   The first signs of trouble arose when the website and internal systems of the winter games were taken offline during the opening ceremony in PyeongChang on Friday, after hackers detonated their probes inside the network, according to Sky News. News outlets had issues reporting on the event because the hackers knocked out the WiFi. Analysis by researchers at the cybersecurity intelligence wing…

Cybersecurity Tips for Healthcare Organizations

  When you go to a doctor or medical professional, you expect your information to be kept private. That’s because it’s the responsibility of medical organizations to keep your health records confidential. This expectation can be complicated in today’s digital world, especially when healthcare providers face numerous cybersecurity threats from ransomware and other cyber attacks. A recent study found that 72 percent of all healthcare malware attacks in 2016 were ransomware. Healthcare organizations need to have reliable cybersecurity to protect sensitive information. Read on as we detail some savvy cybersecurity tips for healthcare organizations in 2018.   Update cybersecurity procedures and protocols. Employees need to be trained on procedures to…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews Tips to Protect Businesses from Ransomware

Ransomware has become a popular tool for cyber criminals today and after the notorious WannaCry attack, businesses around the globe experienced the impact of not having a cybersecurity protection program. Here are some tips on how to protect your organization from a potentially damaging ransomware attack.   Hire ethical hackers to find the weak spots in your network, before someone unethical does. It has become increasingly common for companies to hire individuals known as “white hat” hackers. These are well-intentioned hackers, who look for vulnerabilities in a network and then show an organization where they need tighter security measures.   Prepare your employees. Employee training is probably the single-most important…

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The Big One: How The World Survived The Largest Ever Malware Attack

Biggest. In. History. That’s what headlines around the globe we’re screaming Friday morning as cyber criminals executed the largest ever cyberattack. The effects of the attack, which centered around a nefarious piece of malware, were felt around the world. This weekend’s catastrophic global security breach only underscores the importance of properly securing your business’s most valuable digital assets. Read on as we details some best practices for better preparing your business for a potential cyber attack. The Washington Post reports that Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, confirmed this weekend that networks in more than 150 countries and more than 200,000 computers had been affected by one of the…

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…