Security

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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6 Steps Every SMB Should Follow to Improve Their Cyber Security Posture

If you own a SMB, you may think that a cyber criminal would not be interested in stealing your assets. The reality is, SMBs are being targeted specifically by cyber criminals because they are trying to find the easiest, most vulnerable targets to attack. Maybe your business doesn’t hold the same type of sensitive information …

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Signs you Need to Upgrade Your Breach Readiness Plan

Everyone knows that in today’s connected world, businesses need to have a breach readiness plan.  But did you know that this plan needs to be updated on a regular basis?  While it is hard to determine how often you should update your plan, most cyber security experts agree it should be at a minimum updated …

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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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Is it or Is it Not Ransomware? Kia Denies Ransomware Attack

Last week, it was reported that Kia Motors America and Hyundai Motors America suffered some unexplained outages across their network.  Initial reports show the outage affected Kia’s mobile UVO Link apps, phone services, payment systems, owner portal, and internal websites used by dealerships. BleepingComputer released an article on February 17th stating they received a copy …

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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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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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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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And Another Cyber Security Firm Suffers a Breach. Is this a Trend?

Stormshield, a French cyber security firm, is the latest cyber security firm to suffer a breach.  While not the first cyber security firm to be hacked, and certainly not the last, the Stormshield breach is important as they are a major cyber security provider to the French government.  You may recall in December 2020, SolarWinds …

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