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Cyberattacks 101: Scareware as Malware

Malicious behavior using new malware variants is on the rise. Cybercriminals continue to expand and improve attack methods, uncover new vulnerabilities, and develop fresh exploits. Unfortunately, these evolving techniques work because they often get through traditional defenses undetected. With proper knowledge, awareness, and cautious browsing, you can help defend against these attacks and keep both you and your organization’s data secure.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Tips, Ransomware, Cybersecurity Awareness

What to Know About Drive by Downloads

As we’ve learned before, there are many ways hackers can get to your valuable data. From under-the-radar location tracking, to sophisticated in-person and online social engineering and phishing attempts, to full-blown ransomware attacks, and more. Cybercriminals are always on the move to carry out bigger, better, and more impactful attacks to get what they want.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Social Engineering, Cyber Defense, Ransomware, Cybersecurity Awareness

How to Protect Your Organization from a Ransomware Attack

Ransomware attacks can have devastating consequences for organizations. Downtime is often more detrimental than ransom costs. Recovery is expensive, and there is a significant cost in system disruption, emergency response, and reputation damage.

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Topics: Ransomware, Cybersecurity Awareness

Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack and How to Detect the Threat

Ransomware continues to be a significant threat to organizations of all sizes. Victims of an attack are denied access to their data. Many times, files are encrypted, and a ransom is demanded to restore access. If hit, the best-case scenario is that you have clean backups to restore your systems and can avoid paying the ransom.  However, downtime is often more detrimental than ransom costs. Recovery is expensive, and there is a significant cost in system downtime, emergency response, and reputation damage.

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Topics: Ransomware, Threat Hunting

5 Lessons Learned at our Ransomware Cybersecurity Summit

Local governments and school districts are falling victim to ransomware attacks with alarming frequency and devastating consequences. At any organization, having tools in place to improve cyber resilience is a necessity, especially as hackers get more sophisticated every day.

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Topics: Cybersecurity Culture, Ransomware, Cybersecurity Awareness

The Future of Ransomware and How to Protect Your Business

In early 2016, CEO and co-founder of PhishMe, Rohyt Belani, was quoted as saying "Ransomware attacks have the potential to become the biggest crime in digital history. They threaten every major sector, from the healthcare industry to government agencies, drive unquantifiable financial losses and, in the case of healthcare, could have life and death implications.

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Topics: Ransomware

The Evolution of Ransomware and How to Protect Your Business

Ransomware has been a threat to businesses across all sectors for more than a decade, but in recent years its popularity has exploded. According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Report, ransomware attacks increased by 43% from 2015 to 2016. Then, in May of 2017, ransomware went global with the WannaCry pandemic.

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Topics: Ransomware

Don’t Blame Bitcoin for Ransomware

Though it’s been around in various incarnations for a couple of decades, ransomware is one of the hottest topics in the world of cybersecurity, and for good reason. It’s malware on the rise, thanks to its role in a growing number of successful cyber-attacks and the high ROI it delivers.

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Topics: CyberCrime Symposium, Malware, Ransomware

Navigating a HIPAA Reporting Event when Hit with Ransomware

People responsible for cybersecurity in every industry are familiar with the scourge of ransomware. If hit, your organization could be exposed to some very serious regulatory consequences on top of the public embarrassment, technical costs, and financial losses from the incident. For Healthcare entities, HIPAA guidance on exposure of patient information can be very difficult to navigate. An important issue for Healthcare entities is, can they avoid triggering the Breach Notification Rule if hit with ransomware?

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Topics: Compliance, HIPAA, Ransomware, Healthcare

Ransomware Defense Tips - Incident Response Preparation

As Ransomware attacks continue to escalate in scale and scope, it is more important than ever to be able to defend your organization against this type of cyber attack. Especially when it comes to preparing your incident response protocols. Preparation and practice are the secrets to success. So, if you are comprised, you can recover quickly with little or no damage… and without having to pay a ransom. 

Here’s how you can ensure that your organization is ready to confidently respond to, and survive, a ransomware attack.

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Topics: Threat Detection Tips, Ransomware, Incident Response