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Ransomware Best Practice Checklist

Ransomware.  The fact that only top firms make headlines when they are hit may lead some in Main-street businesses to believe that they aren’t targets for hackers. Somehow, non-Fortune 500™ companies are immune from attack because they are small fish.  Of course, no one wants to get hit. But, its intelligent people who are worried about it. Savvy people who are informed about it. Prudent …

What to Do If Your Financial Firm Gets Infected with Ransomware

Ransomware happens.  You do your best to prevent it from happening to you, but inevitably someone clicks on something they shouldn’t or your protection tool misses the latest strain of hack and your systems get infected.  There is no “one size fits all” solution for firms in the complex, regulated financial services industry. Whether you’re a bank, financial adviser or real estate broker, here are …

The Latest Ransomware Threat

It’s no surprise that the state of cybersecurity is constantly changing. Criminals will be criminals. Knowing this does not make it any less annoying to think that just when you have addressed one vulnerability, another one (or two) opens up. It can drive a business leader, who wants to just serve clients, grow, and enjoy work, nuts. The long list of threats just keeps growing …

Take Ransomware Seriously…Seriously

I cannot tell you how often I hear company executives saying something like this: “No one wants my data, so why is anyone going to spend the time to hack me? I’m not too concerned with security”. Ugh. That point may be true to them, but it has no bearing at all on most of the cybersecurity today, particularly Ransomware. Do better! Case in point, …

Phishing Happens and MFA May Not Save You

I wrote a blog article a while ago about how sh*t happens. Sh*tty things will happen no matter how hard you try to avoid them, so the important thing is how you deal with them when they become reality. Well, some cybersecurity sh*t happened recently and it was a great learning experience for us. Luckily, it was in a controlled situation so we were never …

How Do You KNOW That You Have Not Been Hacked?

We had a client recently ask a good security question. I am paraphrasing, but it went something like: How do I know that someone is not hacked in to my network right now and able to get to my data? Sadly the answer was: You do not know. The reality is that with all of the standard security tools  and best practices being used by …

Interesting Tech

                      Hushme – A muzzle you wear for those important office calls that you do not want to be overheard. Or give one to that loud guy you work with to wear… KittyKorner – Turn almost any interior door into one with a cat door. The Edge Desk – Ever needed an extra work desk and chair …

Security – Just Deal With It Already!

There are way too many stories about companies that discover a security breach and then find out that the actual breach happened months or even years ago. Yikes. No one ever wants to be in that position so why not try to avoid it? Krebs on Security wrote a good article What the Marriott Breach Says About Security. The article anchors off of a key security …

A Dark Web Story

I have written about the Dark Web in the past, and nothing has changed, but I did want to share a real life story. Now that we have access to the Dark Web to run reports on client data breaches, we have seen interesting results. Only once did the report come back clean with no data. This seems to be super rare since pretty much …

Take the Time to Turn on a Credit Freeze

The sad reality is that no one cares about your data so you need to. With the recent Equifax security breach, more than half of the adults in the US had all of  their personal information leaked. It is inconceivable that something like this could happen. Even worse, everyone is on their own to figure out what to do now in order to be as …

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