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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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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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