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About Wedge Chief Scientist

Husam Kinawi, Chief Scientist Dr. Kinawi has a PhD and MSc in Computer Science from the Universities of Calgary, Canada and London, UK. In 1997, he co-founded Mpower Technologies Inc., a wireless telecommunications software company. In 1999, Dr. Kinawi co-founded ActiveIq.com (NASDAQ: AIQT), a Boston-based e-Business applications firm. Dr. Kinawi has over seventeen years of research and development experience working with industry leaders such as Newbridge (Alcatel), Siemens, United Technologies, and Apple in the areas of distributed information systems, embedded applications and wireless Internet solutions. Dr. Kinawi has also spoken at several major conferences, published several research papers, and is the holder of several patents in the area of mobile and wireless devices.

Cyber Insurance Company Warning of 6X Increase in Ransomware Attacks: Not Just Healthcare is a Target

Wedge’s CFO recently forwarded me an article from the finance side of things that is painting an alarming picture. We’ve been talking a lot about how the Healthcare industry has been the main target of ransomware attacks but an article … Continue reading

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Ryuk Ransomware Continues Causing Headaches for Organizations – This Time Targeting Hospitals

Targeted ransomware of the Ryuk variety continues to cause headaches today with a noticeable uptick in attacks, more than a year after it started making the rounds; initially focused on organizations and businesses, it has more recently been focused on … Continue reading

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The Global Ransomware Epidemic is Evolving and Getting Worse… First, US Cities, Now Major Cities in Canada. Are Europe or Asia Next?

As we’ve been writing about for much of this past year, hackers have hit dozens of municipalities in the U.S. so far; demanding ransom from various municipal departments, schools and even police departments – how brazen is that?!?  A recent … Continue reading

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The Numbers Are In… Were YOU One of the Victims? How Are YOU Protecting Yourself?

Our CFO Rob Fong placed this article by CPO Magazine on my desk and in it, the latest cyber attack numbers are in. From the article, according to a new report from the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA), their Cyber Incident & Breach … Continue reading

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The Ransomware Scourge Continues. “To Pay or Not to Pay” is not the answer. GET YOURSELF PREPARED is!

The number of ransomware victims continues to mount with CNN reporting that attacks on cities continue to rise.  Law enforcement officials continue to warn against paying ransoms.  Security experts continue to suggest that even if victims pay their ransom, there is … Continue reading

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Scary Story of the Day: Security Vendors Know That Their Products Don’t Work. Getting SIEMFed and What Should a CISO Do?

An interesting ZDNet article by @ChrisMatyszczyk was forwarded to me recently that made me shudder.  In it, the author relates a story of how, as he was golfing, he came across a security software salesman (from a company quite well known in … Continue reading

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Healthcare Services are Primed to be Hit By WannaCry Again: What Can They Do to Protect Themselves?

There have been a multitude of articles hitting the news as of late, sounding the alarm for Healthcare Services and related organizations to make sure that they have secured themselves as it looks like the WannaCry malware is making a … Continue reading

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Over 1/4 of UK Firms Have Been Victims of Ransomware Over the Past Year: Could These Attacks Have Been Prevented?

A recent InfoSecurity Magazine article was published recently that highlighted how dire the Ransomware situation is getting; particularly in the UK.  According to figures released by data backup firm Databarracks, over 28% of UK organizations have been hit by ransomware over the past … Continue reading

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The Ransomware Tsunami Is Coming! Is Your Municipality Prepared When It Hits?

We’ve seen it.  We’ve been blogging about it.  Ransomware is on the rise…and it is hitting municipalities hard.  Multiple cities in Florida have been hit and have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin, against law enforcement recommendations. … Continue reading

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With Ransomware the Human Factor Is Always an Issue, But You Can’t Fire Everyone! It’s Better to Learn From Their Mistakes…

Another couple of articles recently hit the news, adding to the number of municipalities and local governments being hit by ransomware, as well as describing some of the fallout from these attacks.  The biggest takeaway is that these ransomware attacks … Continue reading

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