City departments, hospitals, and shipping companies learned the hard way that ransomware will hold anyone’s data hostage Shortly after the WannaCry ransomware crypto worm finished swindling Microsoft Windows users out of billions in May 2017, the finger pointing game began. The US blamed North Korea, Twitter exploded with conspiracy theories, and everyone scrambled to secure their precious information using whatever methods seemed feasible. But then an unfamiliar variant of Petya nailed 80 global companies in a politically-motivated attack meant to throttle Ukraine. Analysts speculated this
The more users entrust personal and professional data to cyberspace, the more criminals will target the cloud. Their methods evolve as quickly as the technology they seek to exploit. The cloud is a vast virtual data storage platform that has radically changed the economics of computing, but it is not as far out of reach as its name implies. Just like a physical storage medium, the cloud is vulnerable to evermore industrious cybercriminals. Their exploitation of the framework’s weaknesses can spell disaster for unprepared individuals or entire corporations. What are the biggest dangers and
Cybercriminals are adapting techniques they’ve used successfully against financial service companies to breach other data-rich industries. Here’s a list of who’s on their hit list. It was barely more than a decade ago that data breaches didn’t register as a major concern for companies. But cybercrime is exploding – costing the world an estimated $600 billion in 2017 – and the potential reputational damage and major financial losses that follow a successful attack rank high on every company’s agenda. Cybercrime has become a permanent and alarming risk for organizations of all sizes and
Yes – but these 7 steps can mitigate your risk when employees work remotely For 4.3 million Americans, commuting to work is as simple as strolling over to a home computer. Half of U.S. workers hold jobs that allow them to work remotely at least part of the time, according to a study by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. In fact, the number of people who work from home full-time has grown by 140 percent since 2005, the study said – and that’s not counting the self-employed. Remote working is a trend that’s here to stay, as Millennials reshape the modern workplace to achieve work/life balance. It
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