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-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…

The Real Cost of a Data Breach

When planning the annual security budget for your office, many expenses make the list such as security cameras, FOB key entry and a new alarm system, but what about a different type of security threat? We’re talking about your business’s cyber security. Cyber security, like traditional security, is a necessary precaution to take in order to best protect your company, assets, information and staff. If there is no real form of protection or prevention, the costs of a data breach can be insurmountable.   Ponemon Institute recently partnered with IBM and released a study on the true costs of data breaches in the United States. Here are some of the…

Data Breach Threats for SMB

Whether you run a staff of five or 500, a data breach is never in the budget. However, for small and medium-sized businesses, a single data breach and the way it is handled can make or break the company. Check out our tips for SMBs on how to avoid, handle and mitigate a breach.     The State of SMBs and Cyber Security According to a survey by the Ponemon Institute, 50 percent of small and medium-sized businesses surveyed reported a data breach in the last year. In the same survey, just 14 percent of respondents felt confident in their company’s cyber security.   Handling a Breach SMBs and startups…

Ransomware 101

According the the FBI, incidents of ransomware have been on the rise since 2015, and it seems that virtually all sizes and types of businesses are susceptible to this type of cybersecurity threat. Despite this incredibly large looming danger to the integrity and privacy of not just an individual, but a company’s data, 43 percent of users still don’t know what exactly ransomware is. Take a few minutes to educate yourself on business and ransomware, so you can protect your company’s data. https://pixabay.com/en/office-two-people-business-team-1209640/ What is Ransomware? Simply put, ransomware works like a digital version of a real-life ransom situation. A cybercriminal either takes or infects a computer through software and…

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…

MDL Technology Shares the Biggest Cybersecurity Threats for 2016

According to a report in The Statistics Portal, the average cost of cybercrime attacks for companies in the United States in 2015 was 15.42 million. As we move into 2016, it’s important for your company to be ahead of emerging hacker trends in order to keep your company safe from cyber attacks. Derek Manky, the chief security strategist for Fortinet, reveals the top cybersecurity threats that your company should be aware of in 2016, in an article on CNBC. There will be a rise of machine-to-machine attacks, new worms and viruses to avoid, and new ghostware and two-faced malware. Machine-to-machine attacks: With the evolution of the “Internet of Things”, it’s…