Shoring Up Your Network And Security Policies: Least Privilege Models
Why do so many businesses allow unfettered access to their networks? You’d be shocked by how often it happens. The truth is: your employees don’t need unrestricted access to all parts of our business. This is why the Principle of Least Privilege (POLP) is one of the most important, if overlooked, aspects of a data security plan.
Healthcare Cyber Threats That Should Keep You Up At Night
In my previous blog post, Why Healthcare Organizations are Easy Targets for Cybercrime, I discussed various reasons that hospitals and healthcare organizations make desirable and lucrative targets for hackers. In this second installment, I’ll go over how criminals are attacking these organizations, the methods they use, and also what needs to be done to begin to address this dangerous threat.
Why Healthcare Organizations Are Easy Targets For Cybercrime
Certain types of cybercrime targets always make headlines. In this two-part series, we’ll get into a pretty serious one: your health, and why hackers are targeting the healthcare industry for profit.
Why Hackers Hack: The Stereotype
When you think of a hacker, do you envision an anti-social, young, hoodie- wearing man in a dark basement? Popularized by Hollywood and mainstream media, this is the image many of us see, although it’s not entirely accurate. These stereotypes teach us to think of hackers only as nefarious individuals who will stop at nothing to wreak unstoppable havoc. However, the reality is that hacking is a variable, diverse, and highly indvidualized practice, and not all hackers are cybercriminals. In fact, some hackers can even help strengthen your digital defenses!
Why Hackers Hack: The Profile
Hackers typically fall into three distinct categories: black hat, white hat, and grey hat. Black hats are hackers who violate computer security with malicious intent, while white hats test existing internet infrastructures to find loopholes or bugs in the system, typically to improve security. Grey hats fall somewhere in between, often breaking into systems illegally but without malicious intent. There are also many subtypes of black, white, and grey hat hackers with various means and motives, from the novice script kiddie to the nation-state terrorist.
What’s Behind The Surge In Phishing Sites? Three Theories
One of the most notable findings to come from the Webroot 2020 Threat Report was the significant rise in the number of active phishing sites over 2019—a 640% rise, to be exact. This reflects a year-over-year rise in active phishing sites, but it’s important to keep this (dangerous) threat in context.
DNS Is On The Verge Of A Major Overhaul
“One of the things about working in internet technology is nothing lasts forever… [Students] come to me and they say, ‘I want to do something that has an impact 20, 50, or 100 years from now.’ I say well maybe you should compose music because none of this technology stuff is going to be around that long. It all gets replaced.” -Paul Mockapetris, co-inventor of the domain name system (DNS)
The Increase In Cloud Platform Cyberattacks Could Be Good News For VARs
As more companies shift their IT infrastructure, data, and applications to the cloud, the need for reliable cloud security has become more acute. Fact is, the cloud has increasingly become a target for cyberattacks, as criminals follow the data from on-premises servers to cloud platforms.
HTG Peer Groups Is Now IT Nation Evolve
At the top of the New Year, ConnectWise and HTG Peer Groups collaboratively announced that the former was acquiring the latter. Among the HTG associate, member, and greater MSP communities, the news incited a lot of speculation about the future of the HTG empire led by Arlin Sorensen and family. This week, the speculation was put to rest. HTG is now IT Nation Evolve, a new brand that reflects the Arnie Bellini-inspired ConnectWise flavor of channel community building.
Everything You Need To Know About Phishing
Low-tech security strategies are a vital part of protecting customers from email-borne threats.