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, 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

“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, September 18, 2019

Patch Management – What is it and why is it important to keep your IT systems secure?

Patch Management – What is it and why is it important to keep your IT systems secure?

Let’s face it: we live in a digitally-driven world where we are constantly surrounded by increasing cyber security vulnerabilities and hackers waiting in the wings to make their next move.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Enterprise Security: Risks, Rewards, and New Regulations

Enterprise Security: Risks, Rewards, and New Regulations

Were you one of the 90,000 Canadians whose data was stolen when two Canadian banks were recently hacked? 

Even if you weren’t, you can probably imagine the distress it caused – not just to the victims, but also to those at the banks responsible for safeguarding customer data and enterprise systems. Yes, the banks acted swiftly to launch investigations and enhance online security measures, but what could have been done to prevent the hack from happening in the first place?

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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

We’re Watching These Five Technology Trends in 2019

We’re Watching These Five Technology Trends in 2019

Now that we’re a month into the new year, it’s time to take a look at the top technology trends most likely to disrupt business in 2019 and beyond. Some of these trends are a continuation of what we experienced in 2018, while others are exciting new developments. Here are our top five:

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