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Top Nine Things to Keep in Mind to Avoid Ransomware Attacks

Posted by Kelsie Moak on Sep 8, 2021 10:24:45 AM

Ransomware attacks have become a massive problem for almost every industry and every organization size. In the U.S., federal officials have called it one of the biggest threats currently facing the nation. During the last year, criminals have attacked schools, shipping agencies, healthcare organizations, medical trials, and more. Given the impact these attacks can have on organizations everywhere, security professionals need to secure their systems, networks and software in new ways.

What is a Ransomware Attack?
Ransomware is a specific type of malware that holds data hostage in exchange for a ransom. As an attack methodology, it has the potential to cause severe damage. Phishing emails are a common delivery method, but ransomware can also be spread through drive-by downloading, which is when a user visits a website that’s infected. Advanced attacks take seconds to compromise endpoints, and ransomware attacks take seconds to damage your systems and infrastructure. That’s why it's critical to ensure your organization is prepared. As attacks grow in sophistication, the impact of ransomware goes beyond financial losses and the productivity loss associated with systems going down.

Attempted attacks and data breaches are inevitable, and no organization wants to be forced to decide between paying a ransom and losing important data. Fortunately, those aren’t the only two options. The best option is to keep from being forced into that decision in the first place. This approach requires a layered security model that includes network, endpoint, application, and data-center controls powered by proactive global threat intelligence. With that in mind, here are nine things to consider to give your organization the best chance of avoiding ransomware attacks.

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Topics: Ransomware, Cyber Security

10 Phishing Facts You Need To Know in 2020

Posted by Kelsie Moak on Jun 24, 2020 11:15:08 AM

Cybercriminals have improved their bait to mount sophisticated attacks against targets of every size in every industry. An economic downturn, COVID-19 anxiety, and the new challenges of securing a remote workforce have opened up new waters for bad actors to trawl, and as these phishing facts show, their catch has been plentiful.

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Topics: Malware, Cyber Security

Top 3 Ways Hackers are Cashing in on COVID-19

Posted by Kelsie Moak on Mar 31, 2020 2:56:50 PM

With people hungry for news and information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, cybercriminals are ready to take advantage of everyone’s anxiety and seize this opportunity to steal data and compromise systems through phishing attacks that use especially devious Coronavirus-themed tricks. Here's the top three ways they're cashing in.

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Topics: Ransomware, Cyber Security

How to Convince Your Boss to Supplement Your IT Efforts

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Dec 10, 2019 2:25:00 PM

When you’re doing a great job, your CEO doesn’t notice.

That’s an annoying component of your IT job but, rest assured, you’ll get their attention when your performance is off.

Take the issue of data loss and downtime, the unfortunate fact is that the costs incurred for a business interruption can spell the end to any small business. According to consulting firms IDC and Carbonite, downtime issues can potentially cost businesses from $82,000 to $256,000…for a single outage.

If you’re employed by an SMB, where your tasks are doubling but you’re still only one person, you need IT supplementary assistance. 

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How Your IT Strategy Generates (or Kills) Profit

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Dec 10, 2019 2:15:00 PM

IT Impacts Your Bottom Line

You might be surprised to learn that your approach to distributing your IT budget can affect your business in many ways.

Ideally, your IT strategy is custom-crafted for your company’s particular needs; one that not only proactively minimizes downtime and provides protection against security breakdowns and cyber threats, but that also streamlines employee costs and creates convenient, secure customer experiences. If your IT doesn't look like this, you're losing money.

Unsure if your IT plan is profitable? If you’re doing any of the following, it probably isn't.

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Partnering With an MSP: Why IT Works

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Dec 10, 2019 2:04:00 PM

Taking advantage of managed services to save money on IT costs is the perfect method for maximizing your business’s profitability.

We’ve compiled five compelling reasons MSPs are beneficial to your bottom line.

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Top 12 Tools IT Pros Need In Their Arsenal

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Dec 10, 2019 1:54:00 PM

Tools IT Professionals Need to Succeed

How you feel about your IT job now:

How you’ll feel about your IT job after you read this blog:

We know what you’re going through

Business owners sometimes mistakenly believe that their IT teams are there primarily to fix computers when they’re running slow, but we — and you — know your value to the organization transcends rebooting desktops. You’re responsible for engineering the company’s technology infrastructure, reconfiguring its functionality to cater to the company’s specific needs, and creating governance regulations for how employees engage with the networks and their components. 

The CEO may have erected the brick and mortar, but you’re the one who’s spun the cybernetic web that keeps the company’s systems secure. 

To help you thrive in your IT role, we’ve compiled a list of skills that you’ll want to have in your bat belt (no shark repellent needed):

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How I Hunted A Phishing Scammer And Saved Others From Getting Scammed

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Dec 10, 2019 1:42:00 PM

The frightening thing about phishing emails is that they look almost identical to ordinary emails.

At first glance, they appear to have come from a reputable source and include realistic-looking bank or credit card company logos, headers, and footers. In fact, they’re from slick scammers trying to bait you into sending them money or downloading a virus-filled script. 

Take the case of Kelsie Moak. In 2017 she received an email from “James Moak,” who happens to be Gulf South Technology Solutions’ founder and CEO, in addition to being her father. From the very first email exchange, Kelsie, being a tech-savvy business development manager, was immediately aware she was being targeted by a phishing scammer. With her background, Kelsie knew she could handle this hacker while trying to elicit damning information as to their identity or location that might help authorities curtail their criminal operations.

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Removing Ransomware: From Infection to Decryption

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Dec 10, 2019 1:32:00 PM

Ransomware Is No Joke

You may be aware that ransomware attacks have doubled this year.

If you’ve been the victim of such an attack, or you want to take preemptive measures to prevent one, you’ve come to the right place. At Gulf South Technology Solutions, we’ve rescued many businesses from ransomware — in fact, the businesses we protect haven’t experienced a ransomware attack in over three years.

To understand options for resolving ransomware issues, first let’s discuss how individuals are targeted with ransomware, and what factors make them vulnerable.

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How to Upgrade Your Windows Hardware to Get a Tax Break

Posted by Kelsie Moak on Sep 19, 2019 9:58:01 AM

Do you have Windows 7 computers, or a computer running Server 2008 or 2008 R2 that will lose support in January 2020? Begin your upgrades now and maximize your 2019 Section 179 Depreciation Deduction!

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Topics: windows 7, windows support, Windows Server 2008