Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Top 7 Ways to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

Top 7 Ways to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

Don't wait until it's too late

By : Sentia

Suppose ransomware or an encryption trojan gets onto your device. In that case, it locks your operating system or encrypts your data, getting hold of a digital hostage such as files and demanding a ransom to restore control to you. Currently, ransomware infections occur in various ways, including spam emails, software downloads, and insecure and fraudulent websites. The attacks leave victims in situations where they must pay horrendous sums of money for the possible release of their files and systems.

In case you are wondering if you are a potential target of a ransomware attack, there are a number of  ways you can get infected, including the use of devices with outdated software, running unpatched operating systems and browsers, lacking proper backup plans, and not paying sufficient attention to cybersecurity measures. The annual Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Cybersecurity Survey suggests nearly 70 percent of Canadian organizations facing a ransomware attack last year paid the demands to avoid downtime, reputational damage, and other costs. The survey further reveals that one-quarter or more of organizations that suffered a ransomware attack were damaged in terms of recovery costs, loss of revenue and customers, or reputational damage.

Fortunately, you can reduce the likelihood of finding yourself in front of an infected computer or encrypted file by being prepared. In fact, it is possible to significantly reduce the chances of infection by implementing the following controls and best practices. So, as we wrap up Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here are our top 7 ways to prevent ransomware attacks.

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Posted: Monday, September 13, 2021

Why IBM i Still Matters

Why IBM i Still Matters

Dispelling misconceptions about IBM i/AS400 technologies losing popularity

Undoubtedly, technology has evolved at a rapid pace over the past several decades and continues to do so. But some legacy machines that may be unfairly viewed as obsolete still hold tremendous value in today’s marketplace.

Enter IBM i – a family of mid-range computers that has gone through many name changes during the course of its lifetime.

As the image below illustrates: The evolution of IBM i began in the late 1970’s with the AS/400 (Application System/400) being introduced in 1988 as the successor of the previous two models.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Evolution of Cyber Security Volume 5: How do you prepare?

The Evolution of Cyber Security Volume 5: How do you prepare?

Fixing the error between the keyboard and the seat.

“If security were all that mattered, computers would never be turned on, let alone hooked into a network with literally millions of potential intruders.” - Dan Farmer, Cyber Security Analyst, Researcher, Programmer

If you have read the previous post in our Cyber security series: Emergence of XDR, Importance of MDR, Importance of MFA and the True cost of a Data Breach, you might be wondering: “How do I solve these for the long term?"

Well, the answer is not simple. It starts with organizational policy review, revision, and enforcement.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Five Reasons to Consider a Move to Azure

Five Reasons to Consider a Move to Azure

As technology has continued to evolve, the importance of cloud computing has too. According to Flexera’s 2021 State of the Cloud Report, investing in cloud is steadily on the rise in 2021. Businesses of all sizes are reaping the immense benefits of cloud adoption. From SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) – the ability to be more agile, innovative and reach customers in multiple ways has enabled businesses to significantly streamline operations and improve overall customer engagement.

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Posted: Friday, May 21, 2021

The Evolution of Cyber Security Volume 4: The True Cost of a Data Breach

The Evolution of Cyber Security Volume 4: The True Cost of a Data Breach

The knock-on effect of a data breach can be devastating for a company. When customers start taking their business—and their money—elsewhere, that can be a real body blow.” – Christopher Graham

In January 2021, we witnessed the largest ransomware demand in history: the $50 million ransom demand from Acer by REvil gang. Although the actual amount paid will be considerably less then the original demand it is still extremely lucrative for cybercrimals.

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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2021

Secure Access Service Edge: The SASE-y New Approach to Network and Security

Secure Access Service Edge: The SASE-y New Approach to Network and Security

The past decade has seen a major transformation in the realm of enterprise network and security.  The traditional data center approach no longer fits the changing landscape that we are in today. With cloud-based security solutions and with the pandemic elevating the need to work and access devices and applications virtually, the need for enterprise network security to become more agile and adapt accordingly has become more important than ever. 

According to Flexera’s 2021 State of the Cloud report, for the 5th year in a row, optimizing cloud is the top initiative for the year ahead, with migrating more workloads to the cloud a close second.

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Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021

The Evolution of Cyber Security Volume 3: Understanding the Importance of MFA

The Evolution of Cyber Security Volume 3: Understanding the Importance of MFA

One of the biggest problems with traditional user ID and password login is the need to maintain a password database. Whether encrypted or not, if the database is captured it provides an attacker with a source to verify their guesses at speeds limited only by their hardware resources. Given enough time, a captured password database will fall.

As processing speeds of CPUs increase, brute force attacks have become a real threat. GPGPU cracking can produce more than 500,000,000 passwords per second even on lower end gaming hardware. Depending on the software, it can take as little as 160 seconds to crack a 14-character alphanumeric password. A password database alone does not stand a chance against such methods when it is a real target of interest.

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Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Evolution of Cyber Security Volume 2: The Importance of MDR

The Evolution of Cyber Security Volume 2: The Importance of MDR

2020 brought unprecedented global changes and cyber security was no exception. From the widescale shift to remote working triggered by the pandemic, to the record-high cryptocurrency prices, to one of the worst cyber attacks of all time. The tools and tactics we started with in 2020 are no match for the threat landscape of 2021.

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Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Evolution of Cyber Security Volume 1: The Emergence of XDR

The Evolution of Cyber Security Volume 1: The Emergence of XDR

A Closer Look at Where it all Began

“If you put a key under the mat for the cops, a burglar can find it, too. Criminals are using every technology tool at their disposal to hack into people’s accounts. If they know there’s a key hidden somewhere, they won’t stop until they find it.” Tim Cook

In the game of cat and mouse between data security and bad actors, extended detection and response (XDR) is the latest weapon that organizations can utilize to strengthen their security posture.

XDR is a new approach to threat detection and response, a key element in defending an organization’s infrastructure and data from damage or unauthorized access and misuse. 

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Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Leveraging the Best of Both Worlds with Hybrid IT

Leveraging the Best of Both Worlds with Hybrid IT

The convergence of public and private cloud.

As businesses continue to evolve with the rapid advances in technology, the role of the Cloud continues to play a pivotal role in the delivery of flexible, agile IT services. Hybrid IT, also known as the hybrid cloud, is essentially a combination of a private cloud foundation with the strategic use of public cloud services to fulfil the requirements of an organization's entire IT enviroment. 

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