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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

5-Step Security Compliance for Small and Medim Buisnesses

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Mar 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

What is security compliance?

Being security compliant means your IT protocols follow prevailing local and international industry standards, as well as adhere to any laws that apply in your locality. Examples include adhering to local privacy and security of personal information laws if, for example, you record your customers' personal and/or financial details. There are also global standards, such as the ISO/IEC 27000 family, that relate to the security of information management systems and are considered best practice.           

These standards are there to help organizations keep their information assets secure. Your business could be subject to fines or worse if you don't act to adequately protect your data assets.

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Topics: network security, Cyber Security, cyberthreats, #protectyourself

It's Time to go on the Offense with your IT Security

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Feb 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Cybersecurity is now a game of attack, no defense.

It's said that the best defense is a good offense. This is particularly true in cybersecurity, where the average cost of a security breach in the U.S. is more than $200 per compromised item, according to a 2017 Ponemon Study. Considering how many data items can be at risk in the event of a breach, this could rack up quite a hefty bill. The need for proactive, rather than reactive security hasn't gone unnoticed. Gartner predicts global IT security spending to balloon from $90 billion in 2017, to $113 billion in 2020. Here's how businesses can stay one step ahead in a landscape of constantly evolving threats.

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Topics: network security, Cyber Security, anti-virus, cyberthreats, #protectyourself

Top 5 Cyber Threats of 2018 and How to Prepare for Them

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Jan 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Security experts around the world agree: 2017 was a terrible year for cybercrimes. WannaCry was shutting down about 2 million computers every hour and many victims who paid the ransom didn't even get access to their computers. These attacks are becoming more common and are targeting your money. It's scary and unfortunately the New Year is likely going to be worse for cybercrime.

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Topics: Cryptojacking, Worms, Cyber Security, anti-virus, health care attacks, cyberthreats