Remediating Risks

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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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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Why the Oldsmar Water Facility breach is a Wake Up Call to Update Cyber Security Measures

It sounds like something from a spy movie. Someone tries to poison a small city’s water supply by remotely accessing the computer for the water treatment system and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, by a factor of more than 100. It sounds like a sinister plot where James Bond appears at …

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How You Can Obtain Reasonable Security

What is a reasonable amount of security?  Is it good enough?  These are the questions businesses have to ask themselves. There is so much news about organizations being breached that most SMBs and Enterprises know that they need cyber security.  But knowing what to secure and how can be difficult to answer. Government and industry …

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Did you know 25% of Canadian Small Businesses Have Suffered a Cyber Attack Since The Start of COVID-19?

A new study by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) found that 25% of their members have suffered a cyber attack since March 2020. In that time, many businesses shifted to remote working, made changes to their online presence, or added an e-commerce site. Many of these businesses would have made the move swiftly …

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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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Why The FireEye Breach is Big News

Earlier this week, FireEye disclosed that they had been breached. Kevin Mandia, Chief Executive officer of FireEye, wrote earlier this week in his company’s blog: “Based on my 25 years in cyber security and responding to incidents, I’ve concluded we are witnessing an attack by a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities. This attack is different …

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What You Need to Know About Spoofing

If your business is not addressing spoofing in its cyber awareness program, it should be. What is spoofing? According to the Government of Canada Get Cyber Safe website, spoofing is: “a tactic in which a cyber criminal disguises malicious communication or activity as something from a trusted source. Cyber criminals use spoofing to fool victims …

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Why You Need a Remote COVID-19 Vulnerability Assessment?

According to Wikipedia, a vulnerability assessment “is the process of identifying, quantifying, and prioritizing (or ranking) the vulnerabilities in a system.”  With regards to IT Management and Cybersecurity, a vulnerability assessment may include: Network Mapping, Vulnerability Scanning, Phishing Assessment, Wireless Assessment, Web Application Assessment, Operating System Security Assessment (OSSA), Database Assessment, Penetration Testing. In our …

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