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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.

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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Disheartening News: Ransomware Recovery Company Caught PAYING Ransom Instead of Developing Solution to Recover Data

A recent article has come to light that has got us here at Wedge quite discouraged regarding firms out there professing to have a great solution for fighting ransomware but then being caught cutting corners.  ProPublica, an investigative newsroom, recently … Continue reading

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Paying Ransomware When it Might be Necessary, But Why it is STILL Reactive…

For some reason, ransomware payments have been making the news as of late.  Recently, Riviera Beach, Florida made waves by paying out $600,000 to hackers in order to get their system back.  They then went on to claim these damages back from … Continue reading

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Now This Is Going to be Fun: The City of Riviera Beach Wants its Insurance Provider to Pay for its EXPENSIVE $1.6 Million Click… Why This is a GREAT Opportunity!

The City of Riviera Beach, Florida, is in the news again recently. Last week it was because the city decided to pay out $600,000 to hackers who had taken over its network so that they could get their system back … Continue reading

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The City of Riviera Beach’s EXPENSIVE $1.6 Million Click

It only took one employee a single click on an email link that allowed hackers to upload malware, and now the City of Riviera Beach, Florida is finding out first hand how expensive a ransomware attack can be. Going against … Continue reading

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Smart Grids – the Next Big Attack Vector to Pull Down a Country’s Smart Grid Could be Your WiFi-enabled Thermostat! Here is How to Protect the Grid…

While Argentina and Uruguay are still reeling from a massive blackout that left nearly 50 million citizens without power over the weekend, we still cannot rule out cyberattack as being the reason. The integrated nature of the regional grid meant … Continue reading

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The Best Defence Against Ransomware? Don’t Get Infected…

It looks like the the idea of “Detect and Block” vs “Detect and Remediate” is gaining traction out there.  This is a welcome sight for us here at Wedge as we continue to espouse the idea that it is better … Continue reading

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…And Another Municipality Falls to Ransomware…

Ransomware attacks against municipalities have been hitting various cities around the U.S. as of late. We saw the Ryuk malware hitting Jackson County and provided an overview of how various ransomware strains are hitting governments across the globe, however, Spiceworks … Continue reading

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