Educational Institutes are increasingly becoming the targets of cybercrimes

When the Public Sector IT leadership is taking a stand against paying ransom, the attacks have changed to steal money, instead of holding hostage. Even though Backup is essential and a lot of value against cyber-crimes, it cannot be the primary (or only) protection against cybercrimes. It is one of the tools in the arsenal Read More »

Louisiana governor declares state emergency after local ransomware outbreak

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Three school districts were hit by ransomware in North Louisiana last week. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has activated a statewide state of emergency in response to a wave of ransomware infections that have hit multiple school districts. The state of emergency will remain in place until August 21, or until the recovery process at Read More »

US Mayors Vow to Reject Ransomware Payment Demands

US Mayors Vow to Reject Ransomware Payment Demands

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has unanimously resolved not to give in to any ransom demands from the hackers. This is coming after a series of cyber shakedowns that have extorted millions from city governments. Considering the number of ransomware targeting cities and municipalities has grown both in frequency and intensity, the resolution, while not Read More »

Cybercriminals hit MSP software to launch Ransomware

Cybercriminals hit MSP software to launch Ransomware

Hackers have leveraged Managed IT Services Provider (MSP) software to spread ransomware to their customers’ systems. The attackers have hacked and gained access into an MSP-centric cybersecurity console from Webroot, while also exploiting Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) software from Kaseya. Both software makershave saidthat the issues involve compromised credentials and not any software vulnerabilities Read More »

Department of Homeland Security: Some IT Consultants weaken Office 365 Security

The DHS has issued a memo essentially stating that some IT consulting firms and Managed IT service providers (MSPs) involved in Office 365 migrations are not properly securing the cloud productivity suite for customers. The statement, from the US-CERT arm of the DHS, represents both a challenge and an opportunity for MSPs and MSSPs. On Read More »

Baltimore Robbinhood ransomware attack

Baltimore Robbinhood ransomware attack

The City of Baltimore was attacked with a very aggressive variant of the Robbinhood ransomware on May 8 for the second time in 14 months. Some city departments, including the police, inspector general’s office, and the city’s departments of transportation and public works reported problems with email and phone systems. While the attack didn’t affect Read More »

Customers are struggling with lack of visibility & threat detection

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Six uncomfortable truths Although, more than half of the organizations surveyed were hit by a cyberattack in the last year, a lack of visibility remains high, threat detection is problematic, false alarms cost time and money, according to a new research. The study surveyed over 3,000 IT decision makers at organizations ranging from 100 to Read More »

Ransomware cyberattack takes down Norwegian aluminum company’s entire worldwide operations

Norsk Hydro’s Ransomware cyberattack

A major ransomware cyberattack that has taken down the Norsk Hydro’s entire worldwide network, affecting operations, worldwide production, and their 35,000 employees. Executive briefing The situation is quite severe. Our entire worldwide network is down. IT-systems in most business areas are impacted, and the company has switched to manual operations where possible. There have been Read More »

MSSP: Creative solution to cybersecurity concern

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Most IT security professionals believe an industry-wide skills gap is forcing organizations to explore creative solutions to address cybersecurity concerns, according to a survey conducted by Tripwire and Dimensional Research. The survey of 315 IT security professionals revealed: 93 percent of respondents said that they are concerned about an industry-wide skills gap. 81 percent stated that Read More »