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  1. Unpatched Vulnerabilities, New Legislation and the FBI Pushing Against a Ransomware Payment Ban

    The expanding threat landscape is making ransomware one of the few bipartisan issues in Congress right now.  But an FBI expert’s testimony proves there are still no easy answers.  Here are the top cybersecurity stories for small and midsize business executives in late July. Software Vulnerabilities Take 6 Months to Patch A recent study found…

  2. Ransomware Is Coming. Plan and Prepare.

    Ransomware attacks are so frequent now that even some big ones don’t make headlines.  But last week’s attack on Kaseya VSA, a tool used by IT professionals around the world to help manage networks and provide tech support, garnered plenty of headlines.  That’s because it was the biggest ransomware attack on record, affecting more than…

  3. Biggest Ransomware Attack Ever, a New CISA Director Confirmed, and a Patch Nightmare

    Early July had several cybersecurity events with big impacts on small and mid-sized businesses. Here are three you that should know about. REvil’s Kaseya Attack Hits Thousands of Businesses Worldwide, US Will Respond The biggest news story this week was a ransomware attack targeting Kaseya VSA, software used by large businesses and Managed Service Providers…

  4. On-Site Backups Wiped Remotely, Malware Call Centers, and a New Federal Data Breach Bill

    Congress continues to crawl towards new legislation to contain cybersecurity damage.  Meanwhile, traditional antivirus techniques now miss most attacks, and Western Digital customers wake up to empty backup drives. Signature-Based Anti-Malware Tools Now Miss Most Attacks Traditional anti-virus and anti-malware apps look for specific strings of code in files (or data transfers) to determine if…

  5. What’s Even More Annoying Than a Legal Threat? 

    This month’s cybersecurity news includes ransomware masquerading as a cease-and-desist letter, a hacked password manager, and the Department of Justice trying to slow down the unbridled growth of cybercrime. Legal Threats are the Latest Malware Ruse Microsoft detailed a recent malware attack that arrives via a legal threat submitted on a company website form. In…

  6. Business Network Security News: June 15th-31st, 2020

    The pandemic hasn’t slowed down cyber crime attacks – in fact, it’s made them more prevalent than ever.  That’s because businesses are more reliant on their networks than ever with so many of their employees working from home.  Here are some of the best articles on  threats facing small and mid-size businesses right now. Criminals…

  7. When Value-Based Pricing Isn’t Valuable

    How often have you told a provider they are priced higher than their competition, only to be told they “provide more value?”  If they’re pressed, they’ll provide a list of features that make their product cost more – and most of them are worthless. Value-based pricing is a great economic concept – if I can…

  8. Three Things You Don’t Want to Hear in an IT Services Provider’s Sales Pitch

    Selecting a managed IT services provider (MSP) is stressful, especially if you’re transitioning from a messy situation.  The last thing you need in your life is more IT problems, so it’s appealing to go with the MSP that’s most confident that your transition will be easy and seamless. It’s important to consider how justified that…

  9. CEO Impersonation Fraud is Still a Big Problem

    We’ve talked about the dangers of CEO Fraud in the past.  This fraud involves a criminal impersonating a company’s CEO.  Often, the impersonator requests a transfer of money to complete a time-sensitive deal. These attacks are very different than the poorly-crafted malware emails that land in your inbox every week; they are meticulously planned, often…

  10. Better Use of Technology Equals Higher Profits. The Data is Hard to Ignore.

    In a previous blog post, we outlined three ways that technology drives business success: better communication, better inventory management and better knowledge management.  Attaching hard numbers to the benefit is much more difficult – that would require a large amount of research, covering thousands of small businesses. Fortunately, Deloitte has just finished such a study. …