Phishing

7 Ways to Secure Staff Working From Home

Working from home just might be here to stay.  A Gartner study from April 2020 says that 74% of employers would like to make 5% of their workforce work from home permanently.  25% said they would like to move 20% of their workforce to remote positions.  Employees seem to feel the same way as their …

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Is DMARC the Answer to the Phishing Problem?

Phishing is a global problem plaguing many businesses.  The statistics on phishing alone are scary. These three in particular should scare you: 65% of U.S. organizations were victims of a successful phishing attack, 1 in 15 U.S. Government employees are exposed to phishing attacks, and 3 billion phishing emails are sent per day. Phishing is …

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How to Keep Data Safe While Working from Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we view office work. Roles that we once thought could only be done in the office are now being carried out from home.  COVID-19 has accelerated plans for adopting a work-from-home model out of the necessity of social distancing. One thing to remember about remote workers is that …

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Cyber Crime Loses Exceed $4.2 Billion: FBI

The FBI has just released its Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) 2020 Internet Crime Report.  Some of the statistics from this report may shock you.  For starters, did you know that the IC3 received 791,790 complaints of suspected internet crime—an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019—and reported losses exceeding $4.2 billion. While these …

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Oh No, Not the Beer! Brewery Breach Stops Beer Production

Molson Coors disclosed on Thursday that it had suffered a breach that disrupted operations and beer production.  In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Molson Coors chief communications and corporate affairs officer, Adam Collins, said in an emailed statement, “We have engaged a leading forensic IT firm to assist our investigation into …

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Why Human Error is Your Biggest Cyber Security Risk

When it comes to cyber security, your business’s biggest risk factor is your own staff. Researchers from Stanford University and a top cybersecurity organization found that approximately 88% of all data breaches are caused by human error. Knowing the risks and learning how to mitigate these risks can help you better fortify your network.  Datto’s Global state …

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3 Ways to Avoid Phishing Email Scams

Phishing scams have been around for a long time. Phishing emails work often enough that there is no reason for scammers to stop.  Indeed, there was a real increase in COVID-19-related phishing scams at the beginning of 2020. These scams will continue, as users are still looking for COVID-19 vaccine information. So, what can you …

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Why Passwords are a big Problem

Passwords are everywhere! We need them to access workstations, mobile devices, social media and ecommerce.  The trouble with passwords is that they are weak when it comes to securing all of those things.  You may have heard of brute force or password spraying as forms of attacks a hacker might use to gain access to …

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2 Canadian Universities hit by Cyber Attacks this Month

Both Simon Fraser University in BC and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Orillia were recently hit by a cyber attack this month.  Students and staff at Simon Fraser University have been warned that a spreadsheet on the computer server that was breached by hackers contained personal information on several current and former students, faculty, …

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Why Won’t Ransomware Stop? Hint: Because you Keep Paying

Ransomware is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses today. In case you haven’t heard, ransomware is an attack where cyber criminals break into your network and encrypt all the data so it becomes unusable. The cyber criminals are banking on the fact that you will be so desperate to get access to that data …

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5 Tips to Reduce The Risk of a Cyber Attack Against Your Business

Many organizations simply don’t realize the cyber risk that is out there for their businesses. In some cases, they think they are too small to be at risk, in others, they simply do not understand what methods are available to cyber criminals to attack your business.  You understand that cyber criminals are interested in pure …

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How to Avoid Falling Victim to a Ransomware Attack, Twice

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recently published a blog post detailing how a company fell victim to the same ransomware attack twice.  The unnamed company paid the equivalent of a little under £6.5 million with today’s exchange rates to restore their data after the first ransomware attack. The company’s main concern was getting …

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