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Protecting your company against ransomware attacks

Posted by Hannah Manning Wed, Jun 28, 2017

One of a company’s worst nightmares goes a little something like this.

An employee boots up their computer at the beginning of the work day. A couple of minutes into work they get an email from someone who seems to be a coworker. They click the link without thinking, and a message flashes onto their screen:

“Your files have been encrypted. You have 24 hours to pay a fine of $500. If you do not pay the fine, your files will be permanently encrypted.”

Yesterday, for several companies across Europe and Asia and even in the United States, that nightmare became a reality.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Data Security, cybersecurity, ransomware attacks, Malware

Top 10 KnowBe4 IT Security Trends for 2017

Posted by Cathie Briggette Tue, Jan 03, 2017

These trends are practical things that will help you keep your network safer with improved defense-in-depth.
  1. A move from being defensive to a more proactive approach to IT security, for instance application firewalls that actually work and are easy to deploy.

  2. Machine learning that *works* spreads out to legacy endpoint security tools, and is able to do real-time payload analysis to prevent ransomware attacks.
  3. You will finally get affordable and smart enough network traffic analysis tools that will show if your network has been penetrated, combined with:
  4. Platforms that will show you understandable threat intelligence with analytics and reporting that will dramatically shorten the "dwell time" of hackers in your network.
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Topics: Data Security, Cloud Security, cybersecurity, ransomware attacks, social engineering

Top 3 Tips to protect your business from ransomware

Posted by Cathie Briggette Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Tip #1:  Educate users on best security practices

Education is still the best way to help your business avoid infection by ransomware or any other form of malware.  Make your employees aware of pupular social engineering methods and tactics so they don't fall victim to phising emails or spoofed messages.  It is particularly helpful to share examples of these kinds of emails and the types of attachments that are often associated with social engineering attempts so that end users know to avoid them.  A managed services provider is well equipped to help you deliver this sort of training,

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Topics: cybersecurity, ransomware attacks

What is Ransomware?

Posted by Cathie Briggette Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts files, locks the computer, and retains control until the user pays a certain amount of money. Ransomware can appear in two forms — either by locking your screen with a full-screen image or
webpage to prevent you from accessing your PC, or by encrypting your files so they can’t be opened. 1

While each ransomware variant has its own twist, there are a few key components that most ransomware types follow:

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Topics: Data Security, cybersecurity, ransomware attacks