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Kelsie Moak

Kelsie is the Business Development Manager at Gulf South Technology Solutions. She enjoys matching customers pains with practical solutions, and helping them achieve an end goal of implementation and adoption. Kelsie is a Microsoft Customer Immersion Facilitator, and a walking Office 365 book of knowledge.
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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 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

IT BEGINS: Microsoft Warns of Exploit Affecting Windows 7 Users

Posted by Kelsie Moak on Aug 13, 2019 12:27:37 PM

 

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Topics: windows 7, windows support

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