2016: Year of the Cybercriminal

US$1,000,000,000. That’s the estimated cost of ransomware to individuals and businesses in 2016. In the first quarter of 2016 alone, ransomware cost organizations US$209 million. Keep in mind that ransomware is just one type of cybercriminal activity. Although final numbers for 2016 are not yet known, based on the frequency … READ MORE

Brian Heckert January 4th, 2017

Ransomware Hits Light-rail System, Resulting in Lost Revenue

Ransomware really gets around, faster than even the best form of mass transportation can move busy commuters to work. Recently, ransomware caused the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) light-rail system to lose revenue when the organization shut down ticket machines and fare gates as a precaution to the malware … READ MORE

Brian Heckert December 6th, 2016

To Encrypt or Not? It’s Not Even a Question

As an IT organization, how confident are you that your organization’s data is secure and protected? From a protection perspective, it’s generally expected to have RAID protection, redundant copies and backups, disaster recovery plans, etc. All essential good practices. But how secure are you from unauthorized access to data? Even … READ MORE

Scott Delandy June 6th, 2016

Security Rules To Live By: Using Your Best IT Judgment

In the world of cyber security, we have reached the point where we feel the need to codify security behavior by telling people what to do and what not to do. But sometimes I wonder if security policy should rely on a much simpler approach—the notion that  people already have … READ MORE

Doug Graham October 30th, 2013
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