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Cybercrime does not discriminate across industries

No matter the industry, whether in finance, a ransomware breach of a Canadian construction company, or farming in Australia, the threats posed by compromised data is the same.  The recommended preventative steps likewise cut across all sectors.  Backing up data, implementing safeguards against phishing attacks and ransomware, and educating employees on best practices remain universally… Read More

California DMV Breach and the Costs of Remote Working

People may be driving less these days, but the personal data accumulated in this area can still be a cyber attack vector.  Now, California drivers have been put at risk by a data breach.  The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has suffered a breach, and as is often the case, third party issues underlie the… Read More

Ransomware busts and the risks of password reuse

You can always depend on ransomware to make frequent data security headlines.  Recent news from France details how members of the Egregor ransomware group, “suspected of initiating hundreds of ransomware attacks dating back to September 2020,” have been apprehended by a combined Franco-Ukrainian operation, specifically affiliates and others working for the group.  Details of the… Read More

What data responsibilities do businesses have?

A recent lawsuit from Tesla shows the continued impact made by insider threats against a company’s cybersecurity structures.  In this case, their target is a former employee accused of stealing proprietary codes and software files from the company’s systems.  Apparently it only took days after starting his job for this employee to have sent thousands… Read More

SolarWinds breach saga continues in the new year

Beginning the cyber New Year in 2021 apparently involves learning that the SolarWinds data breach was more substantial in scope than previously thought.  What it boils down to is the fact that approximately 250 government and private networks, rather than the dozens initially thought, were compromised by suspected Russian intelligence services seeking to exploit a… Read More

Approaching cybersecurity in 2021

As we move into the New Year, cybersecurity continues as ever to evolve in various ways.  Of course, this would have been true even in less disruptive times.  The challenges brought about by a global pandemic and mass shutdowns have necessitated creative, out of the box approaches to protecting data.  Remote working provoked new strategies… Read More

US federal agencies announce data breach

We mentioned recently the acknowledged importance of cybersecurity in the realm of finance and national security.  Now those attitudes will once more be put to the test. The breaking story this week, of course, is how hackers breached the US Treasury and Commerce departments through an IT security vendor called SolarWinds.  The scope of SolarWinds’… Read More

Understanding the impacts of a data breach

As the home office and remote working creates new, unforeseen vulnerabilities in data security, so have the costs of incidents risen dramatically.  According to research from McAfee and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the total global cost of cybercrime has surpassed $1 trillion per year, and about $500,000 per company. One of the… Read More

Examining cybersecurity before holiday shopping

While October is Cyber Security Awareness month, it turns out November 30 was Computer Security Day.  As the holiday season now coming upon a quarantined populace, it can be useful to examine how things stand in the field of cybersecurity, since few things have such an impact on consumer shopping online. According to a study… Read More

Global cyber breaches hit various sectors

Cybersecurity breaches are a risk no matter what the industry, or where you are located.  Just last week, the UK soccer/football team Manchester United revealed an intrusion that compromised its systems.  Although their investigation has not yet confirmed whether hackers could access the data of fans and customers, they were quick to assure that their… Read More

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