Remediating Risks

Canada Post Resets Passwords After Suspected Credential Stuffing Attack

Canada Post has begun to reset passwords for all online customers as it investigates a report that some data may have been compromised in 2017.  The postal operator stresses that their organization hasn’t been breached, however, user data may have been accessed by using the same username-password combinations of hacked accounts in outside breaches.  “This …

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Equifax Lawsuit Shows Lax Security Practices Around Passwords

Uzado published a blog years ago titled “Don’t Make Password your Password.”  The cybersecurity “experts” at Equifax would have been wise to have read this blog prior to their breach in 2017.  A recent filing in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division shows that the username and password …

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Who is Responsible if a Hacker Breaks into your Bank Account?

The CBC News has reported that Canada’s chartered banks will not take responsibility for money stolen from your online accounts by hackers.  The CBC tells the story of a man from Surrey, BC, who was informed by his bank, Scotiabank, that $3,000 of his money had been transferred out of his savings account. 

Why Security Needs to be Involved in Every Department

When most people think of cybersecurity, they think of it being a function solely of the IT department to “figure out.” For many years, this is how most businesses handled their security needs.  Cybersecurity conversations tended to be highly technical.  For those not versed in the area, it was a conversation they could not get …

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Ransomware Attacks on the Rise in Canada

A recent report by CBC news, claims that ransomware is on the rise in Canada.  Unless you have been living under a rock, you would likely agree.  Reports of ransomware this year include a string of the Ontario municipalities — including Woodstock, Stratford and The Nation.  Just two weeks ago, two hospitals in Listowel and …

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Why Your Organization Needs a Dark Web Monitoring Service

With the dramatic increase in large 3rd party data breaches impacting commonly used business systems including LinkedIn, Dropbox, Yahoo, JP Morgan, Lynda.com, Evernote and Slack, to name a few, it is important for business today to continually monitor the dark web to ensure your organizations credentials are not for sale.  In addition to company passwords, …

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Cybersecurity Problems That Will not go Away

Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to Dave Millier, founder of Uzado and author of Breach!, speak about Cybersecurity.  He spoke about some of the trends and cybersecurity challenges that Canadian organizations are facing. Below is a summary of those trends and challenges.

Half of all Canadians Have had Their Data Breached

A recent report by CTV News says that over 19 million Canadians have had their personal data breached between November 2018-June 2019.  The numbers come from 446 breaches that were reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). These types of data breaches leave the victims vulnerable to identity theft, financial crime, …

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Ransomware Attacks Have More Than Doubled in 2019

Ransomware attacks have more than doubled this year, as criminals turn to powerful new forms of file-locking malware that are more lucrative than ever before. In fact, the McAfee Labs Threats Report for August 2019 noted a 118% rise in ransomware attacks in the first quarter of this year alone. The reason is simple, ransomware …

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Breached! A Cautionary Tale You Need to Read!

In 2015 Dave Millier released his first novel, Breached! A Cautionary Tale of Cybersecurity and Intrigue. If you haven’t heard of it, Breached! is the story of a fast growing gastro pub chain who becomes the target of hackers, where 30,000 of its customers have had their credit data stolen.  The story follows new company …

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There’s no Such Thing as Being too Small to be Hacked!

Think your business is too small to be of interest to a cyber criminal?  Think again.  While big companies make the headlines for their data breaches, small companies are also a favourite target of hackers.  “Small businesses can be a really sweet spot for cybercriminals. They have more money to steal than a consumer and …

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