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Ransomware Still an Issue in 2018

Plus, are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

  • 19 February 2018
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In our February issue of SIMformation we look at the continuing threat from ransomware and other malware.  Statistics show 81% of businesses have suffered some form of a cyberattack, so we want everyone to be vigilant and know the most prevalent malware vectors and how to defend against attacks.  We have covered this before, but a refresher is helpful as we kick off this year. We follow up on last month's news of the Intel chip flaw – Meltdown and Spectre – and what are the latest steps from the hardware makers to counter this flaw.  The early rush to "fix" this resulted in a "whoa" moment as the fix was called back by several companies, so here is the latest news on actions taken and still to come.

 

Speaking of malware, we look at how YouTube videos were infected with malware that permitted PCs to mine digital currency on the sly.  Your PC's processor, memory and your electricity was consumed generating a digital coin, Monero, if infected.  We present some basic information on what data Windows 10 collects.  When first released, there was major privacy concerns about what data this operating system was collecting and returning to Microsoft.  A new app helps shed light on what diagnostic data is collected – no personal data is ever shared.  Finally, we hope you are prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse – or any disaster, fire, theft or flood that could disrupt your work.  Every company should have a Business continuity and recovery plan and we offer tips of what your plan should encompass.

Do You Need Cyberinsurance?

Risks from Ransomware, breaches, disasters and more

  • 26 September 2017
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Data breaches, ransomware, data theft and more can bring a business to its knees while the damage is overcome.  A business owner's insurance policy probably isn't sufficient to cover claims from a cyber incident,  That's why we sat down with Todd Carbrey of NSB Insurance to discuss what a business owner needs to consider for good coverage in a cyberinsurance policy.  Likewise, with the two hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida, do you have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan for your business?  Both topics are discussed in this month's issue.  The Equifax data breach is a major concern, and we have some information on what you should do to try to protect your personal data that may be at risk. Ransomware continues to be problematic, as estimates now say costs for infections will exceed $5 billion in 2017, and we look at how CylancePROTECT® helps bolster your defense against malware. And, we have a more in-depth look at two-factor authentication and how this provides more protection against unauthorized logins to your network. Our partnership with Duo lets us easily put two-factor authentication to work for you.

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