Viruses

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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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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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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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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5 Best Practices For Good Cyber Hygiene

You may be looking at this blog title and wondering “what is cyber hygiene?” And “why do I need it?” When it comes to our bodies, we think of hygiene as doing things to take care of our mental and physical wellbeing. Cyber hygiene refers to the habits we undertake to keep our data and …

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Ransomware is More About Extortion, Less About Encryption

When we think of ransomware attacks, we think usually of hackers denying an organization access to its own data until it pays a ransom. In 2020, we saw a new trend emerge: beginning with the Maze ransomware group. Now hackers didn’t just encrypt data, they also stole portions of it and threatened to release it publicly …

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4 Types of Phishing Emails You Need to Watch Out For

There are many email scams out there to watch out for. Most of us now know that there isn’t a Nigerian prince out there wanting to send us a boat load of money if we just give them access to our bank account. Do you know about some of the new scams out there? Certainly, …

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Increase Your ROI With Managed GRC

That’s a lot of acronyms in one title, but hopefully I’ve got your attention. Who doesn’t want an increase in ROI?  There is a case for a great Return on Investment (ROI) for having a trusted partner manage Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) on your behalf.  Having a successful GRC programs means alignment with …

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