Importance of Protecting Your Organization’s Server from Malware

Importance of Protecting Your Organization’s Server from Malware

Data Backup, Information Security, Servers
Importance of Protecting Your Organization’s Server from Malware The recently disclosed data breach at Algonquin College highlights the importance of protecting your organization’s server from malware. Algonquin College, in a statement released last July 16, said that on May 16 cyberattacks illegally accessed one of the College’s servers by infecting it with a malicious software (malware). The educational institution didn’t indicate what specific type of malware that the attackers installed on the infected server nor indicate how the attackers were able to get inside the server. The infected server, according to Algonquin College, hosted access to databases which contained personal information. Sensitive information, including date of birth and home address, of 4,568 individuals (students and alumni) may have been exposed, while non-sensitive information of an additional 106,931 individuals (students, alumni…
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Effects of a Cyberattack: City of Atlanta Experience

Effects of a Cyberattack: City of Atlanta Experience

Information Security
Learning from the City of Atlanta Cyberattack It has been over 2 months since the City of Atlanta suffered a cyberattack, but a city official said at a public meeting that the effects of the cyberattack seem “to be growing every day”. On March 22, 2018, the City of Atlantaexperienced a ransomware cyberattack that affected the city’s multiple software applications and computers. A ransomware is a malicious software (malware) that locks files on infected computers and asks for ransom payment to unlock files. The City of Atlanta, in a statement, said that as a result of the attack, "some City data is encrypted and customers are not able to access City applications". Atlanta Information Management head Daphne Rackley told the Atlanta City Council that more than a third of the…
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How to Secure Your Organization’s Network

How to Secure Your Organization’s Network

Information Security
How to Secure Your Organization’s Network Securing your organization’s network − devices connected to the internet − is imperative as being connected to the internet today increases the risk of cybersecurity issues. Many small businesses today leave their network unsecured as they believe that a) their business network is small enough for cyberattackers to bother, and b) devices right off the box are secure enough. “Most attacks are not personal in nature and can occur on any type of network − big or small, home or business,” the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)said. “If a network connects to the internet, it is inherently more vulnerable and susceptible to outside threats.” VPNFilter Malware One of the ways that your organization’s network may be vulnerable to outside threats is through…
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GDPR: Ready or Not this Pan-EU Privacy Regulation is Already Here

GDPR: Ready or Not this Pan-EU Privacy Regulation is Already Here

Information Security
GDPR: This Pan-EU Privacy Regulation Has Arrived The compliance deadline for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has lapsed, but only 1 in 3 companies are ready, according to a new global survey conducted by ISACA. The ISACA survey showed that this coming May 25, 2018 – the enforcement date of GDPR – only 29% of companies globally will be ready. GDPR is a European Union (EU) regulation that requires businesses to protect the personal data and privacy of individuals residing in the EU. Extra-Territorial Application of GDPR While other country-specific personal data and privacy regulations are vague in terms of their extra-territorial applicability, GDPR makes it clear that it’s applicable even to businesses based outside the EU, so long as these businesses process personal data of individuals residing in the…
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9 Dangers of Using Aging Hardware

9 Dangers of Using Aging Hardware

Data Backup, Information Security
9 Dangers of Using Aging Hardware Chipmaker Intel recently announced that it won’t issue updates to fix the security vulnerability called “Spectre” in some of its processors. According to Intel, the following processors, won’t receive an update for Spectre: Bloomfield line, Clarksfield, Gulftown, Harpertown line, Jasper Forest, Penryn/QC, SoFIA 3GR, Wolfdale line and Yorkfield Line. The processors not supported by Intel for Spectre update are older chips, some more than 5 years old and some are even more than 10 years old. The only exception to the list is the processor SoFIA 3GR which was released in 2015. Spectre is a security vulnerability that affects, not just Intel, but also most of the modern computer processors and operating systems. This security vulnerability enables computer programs to steal critical data processed…
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Information Security Standards for SMEs

Information Security Standards for SMEs

Information Security
Information Security Standards for SMEs Are the Information Security standards for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) different from larger enterprises? Similar to larger organizations, SMEs have embraced information and communication technology. The vast majority of SMEs today use some form of information technology and most have an online presence. The study “Canadian Business Speaks Up: An Analysis of the Adoption of Internet-based Technology” conducted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce found that Canadian businesses, comprised mostly of SMEs, use the internet for general searches (91%), customer relations (86%), marketing (85%), online banking (72%) and operational matters (68%). The study showed that the internet solutions most Canadian businesses used are wireless services (82%), business internet – wired lines (63%) and cloud solutions (54%). The world economy is mostly comprised of SMEs.…
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Why SMEs Are Big Targets for Cyberattacks

Why SMEs Are Big Targets for Cyberattacks

Information Security
Why SMEs Are Big Targets for Cyberattacks Reports by mainstream media often highlight cyberattacks against large corporations. These reports lead to the belief that cybercriminals target only large companies. The truth is far from this belief. Cost of Cyberattacks on SMEs According to StaySafeOnline.org, a site maintained by the National Cyber Security Alliance, 71% of security breaches target small businesses and nearly half of all small businesses have been victims of cyberattacks. Despite these high number of security breach attempts on small businesses and high number of cyberattack victims, StaySafeOnline.org said that “many SMBs believe they are not vulnerable to cyber attacks because of their small size and limited assets.” Visa Inc. estimated that nearly 95% of the credit-card data breaches it discovered were from its smallest business customers. Data…
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Cybersecurity Inertia: Study Shows Half of Businesses Fail to Change Cybersecurity Strategy Even after a Cyberattack

Cybersecurity Inertia: Study Shows Half of Businesses Fail to Change Cybersecurity Strategy Even after a Cyberattack

Information Security
Study Shows Half of Businesses Fail to Change Cybersecurity Strategy Even after a Cyberattack   Cybersecurity inertia – the failure to learn from past cyberattack – puts not just critical data at risk, it also endangers your organization’s whole IT infrastructure and assets.   According to the CyberArk Global Advanced Threat Landscape Report 2018, almost half or 46% of businesses fail to substantially change their cybersecurity strategy even after experiencing a cyberattack.   “Attackers continue to evolve their tactics, but organizations are faced with cyber security inertia that is tipping the scales in favor of the attacker,” said Adam Bosnian, executive vice president, global business development, CyberArk.   The CyberArk survey, which was conducted in fall 2017 amongst 1,300 IT professionals, cybersecurity decision-makers and business owners across 7 countries worldwide,…
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Server OS Update: Preventive Measure Against Cyber Attacks

Server OS Update: Preventive Measure Against Cyber Attacks

Information Security, Security, Servers
Using Server OS Updates to Prevent Cyber Attacks Is your company still using an outdated server OS? Your obsolete server OS may not be broken, but this can put your company in danger of losing resources as a result of cyber attacks. In House Server Your in house server shapes your business operations. All office computers, printers, scanners, internet access and other office equipment are linked to it. All software tools shared by employees, such as accounting program and customer relationship management software, are linked to it. All digital files of your company are stored in it. With an in house server, new software or changes across the network can easily be rolled out. For instance, a server can update every computer on the network at the same time. There…
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Why Updating Your Organization’s Aging E-mail System is Important

Why Updating Your Organization’s Aging E-mail System is Important

Collaboration, Email, Information Security
The Importance of Updating an Aging E-mail System Despite the growth of short-form communication platforms, most businesses today still prefer the longer form, familiar e-mail. Messages, however, have morphed into something else that aging e-mail systems aren’t any more convenient and safe to use. E-mail Statistics in the Workplace According to market research firm The Radicati Group (PDF), the total number of business and consumer e-mails sent and received each day worldwide will hit 269 billion in 2017. This number is expected to increase at an average yearly rate of 4.4% over the next four years, hitting the 319.6 billion mark by 2021. The number of e-mail users in 2017 worldwide is expected to reach 3.7 billion – nearly half of the world’s population. By 2021, this number is projected…
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