Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act: Cybersecurity Compliance Isn’t Good Enough

The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC), a recent piece of legislature that’s receiving its fair share of media coverage and controversy, has created the perfect opportunity to address the importance of cybersecurity.   A common issue with cybersecurity is that the landscape of security risks and threats are always changing. Mere compliance isn’t enough when it comes to implementing cybersecurity measures for your business. In fact, businesses will continue to face cyber threats, some of which will impact organizations severely enough to require security measures that will reach far beyond compliance, according to CSO.   Compliance standards are a good way of ensuring your organization is equipped to handle…

The Equifax Data Breach is a Reminder to Get Serious About Cybersecurity

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the disastrous effects of the recent Equifax breach are a reminder of the need for cybersecurity changes. The Equifax data breach was another incident of cyber criminals stealing personal data from a large company. The breach leaked personal financial information on 143 million people and is now being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. “The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations. However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach.” said spokesman Peter Kaplan. Close to 40 states have also joined a probe…

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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…

Cyber Threats Underscore Importance of World Backup Day

Thirty-five years ago, the very first piece of malware came into existence. Created by a 15-year old programmer named Rich Skrenta, “Elk Cloner” was a boot sector virus that targeted the Apple II and spread via floppy disk. A fun prank at the time, Skrenta’s creation would serve as the inspiration for the malicious malware peddled by today’s cybercriminals. With the celebration of World Backup Day on March 31, read on as we detail the importance of protecting your business from malware attacks and why a managed backup solution is the best security option for your data.   At its core, malware is a category of malicious code. According to…

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Vault 7 Leaks Underscore Insecurity of the Internet of Things

The cybersecurity world was rocked this week by the news of another round of released documents from the international non-profit WikiLeaks, an organization notorious for release of sensitive and oftentimes top secret government documents and information. This latest round of leaks, dubbed “Vault 7”, highlighted the continued vulnerability of devices within the Internet of Things (IoT) to acts of hacking and espionage. Read on as we detail what the information from this latest round of leaks means for the future of cybersecurity and the IoT.     The leaked documents in question, known simply as “Vault 7,” are claimed by WikiLeaks to represent internal memos and directives of the Central…

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Duplicate Security: The Importance of Managed Backup Solutions

What would you do if you lost everything? On August 3, 2012, journalist Mat Honan’s entire digital life was destroyed. Hackers broke into his iCloud account, remotely wiping his computer, phone and tablet, obliterating all his data. If you think your data is immune to attack, you may want to think again. While four in five people own either a computer or mobile phone, only one in four regularly backs up their data. While backing up data is important for individuals, the same applies to business as well. Read on as we detail how a managed data backup solutions can mean the difference in your business’s future survival.    …

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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,…

Business Benefits of IT Managed Services in 2017

If you find yourself consistently putting off new projects and facing a backlog of user requests, it may be time to look into managed services, especially for a provider that can deliver meaningful value. Before choosing a partner, organizations should clearly define their IT requirements and the improvements they expect to see. Read on to discover the benefits that a managed services provider can bring to your organization in 2017.                   To clarify, managed services is the practice of outsourcing day-to-day IT management and computer network technical support as a cost-effective method for improving business operations, instead of having a full-time on-staff…

Kansas City Managed Services Firm Details Importance of Enterprise Security Management

As enterprises move towards new technologies to minimize costs and optimize resources, they face increased security risks as cyber-criminals adopt new techniques to target BYOD devices, corporate networks, backend servers and more. As a result, it has become crucial for stakeholders to understand how to balance the security management landscape with enterprise operations. In this week’s blog, we’ll explore the importance of enterprise security management and its ever evolving role.   The average modern workplace is faced with an unprecedented number of malicious threats. Across cyberspace, crime runs rampant, with countless digital identities being stolen every day and company servers being breached all around the world. According to CIO Insight,…