Cybersecurity in the Financial Sector: Email Threats

Cyberattacks have come to plague our society as they have become increasingly sophisticated and more prevalent over the past several years. While all industries have faced a heightened risk of cyberattack recently, the financial sector has been the hardest hit. Between 2013 and 2015, data breaches in financial companies have more than doubled. High profile […]

What is Malware? Malware 101

Malware is a shorthand and umbrella term that describes all malicious software — or any software program that intentionally acts against the requirements of the computer user. Because of its umbrella-like designation, malware also refers to pretty much any form of hostile or intrusive software, including: computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, […]

Detecting a Computer Virus

At least 16 million U.S. households have suffered a computer virus in the last two years. In spite of the proliferation of antivirus software, families and businesses alike suffer from viruses, worms, phishing, password stealing attacks and more. It is estimated that computer viruses, spyware and phishing have cost U.S. households $4.55 billion dollars.[1] While […]

Security: Are Software Companies to Blame?

A former hacker spoke out in New York Times recently setting his sites on large software companies. “The unspoken truth is that for the most part, large software companies are not motivated to make software secure,” writes Marc Maiffret. He claims that many software companies prioritize developing more features and functions instead of focusing improving […]

Data Breaches: 20 Critical Security Controls

The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report makes it clear that each organization needs to implement a multi-faceted security solution to address the range of potential threats. Verizon points out that a one-size-fits-all security package is not a solution. Each organization has unique challenges based on type and size of company, processes and procedures, budget, and other […]

10 Ways to Improve Network Security

The New York Times reported recently on a Computer Security Institute survey of 443 companies and government agencies. They found that 64 percent reported malware infections and the “financial loss from security breaches was $234,000 on average for each organization.” Here are ten ways to improve network security based on the New York Times article. […]

Ransomware: What You Need to Know (Part 1)

What is Ransomware? Ransomware is malware that enables cyber extortion for financial gain. Criminals can hide links to ransomware in seemingly normal emails or web pages. Once ransomware infects a user’s system, it either encrypts critical files or locks a user out of their computer. It then displays a ransom message that demands virtual currency […]

Ransomware: What You Need to Know (Part 3)

Best Practices to Combat Ransomware Take a layered approach to security A firewall and Antivirus combination are not enough to secure an environment against ransomware. Layers of protection are an important and in-depth part of your defense. Manage network traffic Proper management of network traffic leads to better control of what traffic is on the […]