Can Hackers Help Your Company Become More Secure?

When you think of hackers, the image that comes to most people’s minds is a faceless, hooded figure in front of a computer. They’re people who pray on loosely guarded information to make money. They are nameless, and your company may be at risk of their attacks and should be prepared in case you are targeted. A good defense to a hacker, however, could possibly be another hacker.   Hackers For Hire   Hackers are generally regarded as the enemies of companies, but who is better to find the weak spots in your company’s cybersecurity than those whose goal is to break through it? According to Read IT Quik, hackers…

Why Healthcare Organizations Need A Disaster Recovery Plan

  Unlike other businesses, downtime can be deadly for hospitals and clinics. Whether downtime is caused by a malware attack, natural disaster or an unexpected power outage, the consequences can be serious. Downtime for a healthcare organization means that doctors and staff cannot access or share critical data stored digitally or use certain medical equipment.   It’s imperative healthcare providers devise and implement disaster recovery and contingency planning to prevent, or at least minimize, downtime, according to CIO. A disaster recovery plan should include things like keeping machines and surgical instruments operating and maintaining the network infrastructure so staff can access and share patient data.   An important element of…

In The Crosshairs: Cyber-Attackers Target Healthcare Industry

  In recent years, healthcare has become one of the most targeted industries for cyber-attacks. That said, the risk of these attacks isn’t limited to health data and services. According to The Center for Internet Security, “For healthcare, cyber attacks can have ramifications beyond financial loss and breach of privacy.” Human lives are also threatened by these attacks. Hackers can take over any medical device that is hooked up to a network. This includes devices such as heart defibrillators and electric wheelchairs. The threat of these attacks is only increasing as network connected devices become more rooted in the healthcare system. Even with these dangers, technology is not something that…

Keeping Data Out Of Hackers’ Hands

Keeping Data Out Of Hackers’ Hands Photo credit: Johan Larsson / Foter/ Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Recently, Russian hackers made off with 1.2 billion username/password combinations and over 500 million email addresses, in what the New York Times says is “the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials.” Here are a few simple but effective steps Forbes has shared that should be taken to protect yourself from hackers. -Wi-Fi hotspots should be used with caution. The free Wi-Fi in your hotel lobby or the downtown coffee shop is never going to be secure, even if you have to ask for the password. Being free to the…