How to Protect Your Organization from Ransomware

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By Randy Wheeler, NYSTEC Information Security Consultant

One thing is certain in 2017: the threat landscape continues to increase at an exponential rate, and so do the business risks. In my opinion, one of the biggest threats—with the greatest level of impact—is ransomware.

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Are You a Target for Hackers?

Protection concept: arrows in Shield With Keyhole target on wallBy Bruce Barnett, NYSTEC Information Security Consultant

Let’s be honest:  everyone who has a computer is a potential target for cybercriminals, but not all targets are equal.  How much effort a hacker may be willing to expend to compromise your account or your computer depends on what your information is worth.  Continue reading

Is it Phishing?

Have you ever received an email from a company that you would have sworn was a phishing scam (a method of online identity theft and virus spreading) — and yet wound up being completely legitimate? In an age of increasing cybersecurity, customers are becoming more wary of potentially fraudulent email messages. And yet, when companies take pains to  make their email notifications more secure, the end result can be a suspicious-looking (but safe) email.

How can companies send their customers email securely without sacrificing user-friendliness? This article from Lenny Zeltser looks at the challenges in “How to Send Customer Emails That Don’t Look Like Phishing.”

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Hashed and Salted and Peppered, Oh My!

Security breaches are becoming a fact of life. We may be tempted to just discard a company’s official notification about a breach, especially when it’s couched in legalese and technical terms. But it’s worth reading such notifications so that you can determine what the company did to protect your information—and what actually happened to cause the breach. Continue reading

Biggest-Ever Hack of User Data

catena d'oroRemember that cybersecurity breach Yahoo announced back in September 2016, reporting that 500 million user accounts had been hacked two years earlier? Earlier this week, the company outdid itself by reporting it also had been breached (in what seems to be a separate attack) in August 2013—and 1 billion accounts were compromised.

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