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How To Defend Against Ransomware

August 24th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Ransomware has evolved into a highly advanced, highly complex threat – and it’s only going to evolve further. With that in mind, how can you minimize your risk of being affected by ransomware? The answer is that you need to make it as hard as possible...

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Encryption Free Attacks

August 19th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Ransomware has now come full circle. The ability to encrypt files was one of the core capabilities needed to make ransomware a viable cyber crime. However, cyber criminals no longer need to encrypt your files to hold you hostage. Why? Because they’ll...

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Service Provider Attacks

August 12th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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The second area where we expect to see growth in ransomware is service provider attacks. As technology and threats become ever more complex, companies are increasingly outsourcing their IT to specialist managed service providers (MSPs). These MSPs manage...

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Public Cloud Ransomware

August 7th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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What’s next for ransomware? First on the list is public cloud ransomware, by which we mean ransomware that targets and encrypts data stored in public cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (Azure), and Google Cloud Platform...

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Ransomware Evolved: Ryuk

August 2nd, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Ryuk is arguably the most evolved form of ransomware around today, named after a character in the manga series Death Note. The actors behind Ryuk typically target organizations that cannot withstand any downtime, such as newspapers, municipalities,and...

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Playing Cat & Mouse

July 28th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Once ransomware became mainstream, the cyber criminals focused their efforts on refining and enhancing their attacks in order to increase revenue. This included: Branding Savvy cyber criminals realized that people would only pay...

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Exploiting Opportunities

July 23rd, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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The AIDS Information Trojan attack did have one hallmark of success: it took advantage of a wider environmental opportunity, namely the widespread concern around HIV/AIDS at that time. Since then, cyber criminals have continued to take advantage of developments...

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Evolution of Ransomware

July 17th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Ransomware is not new. In fact, the first cyber ransomware attack was released in December of 1989. Dr. Joseph V. Popp mailed out 20,000 floppy disks infected with the AIDS Information Trojan. The program purported to be an expert system to advise you...

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Understanding Ransomware

July 12th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Thirty years on from the world’s first cyber ransomware attack, cyber criminals continue holding organizations hostage, maliciously encrypting their file and demanding hefty ransoms for the safe return of the data. Indeed, while headlines come and go,...

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Efficiency of Co-Managed IT

July 7th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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A common concern we hear about cyber defense and IT network management is staffing. Many customers say they would need to double their security headcount to maintain the same level of protection when we speak to a full-service solution. One large U.S....

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Posted in: Cyber Security, Managed IT Services

Finding Your Fit – Cyber Security

July 2nd, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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How Do You Quantify the Real-Life Protection and Efficiency Benefits of Your Cyber Security System? Choosing a cyber defense firm for your threat protection can seem like a daunting task. How do I know what I need, how do I know if I’m being proactive...

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Why Cyber Insurance Is Necessary

June 30th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Filing and Smiling When is the last time that you filed a piece of paper? It used to be that a file cabinet was like your personal bank vault – holding the papers that defined and valued a business. From employee records to bank statements, that file...

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HIPAA Compliance & Cybersecurity

June 24th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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HIPAA Compliance & Cybersecurity If your organization is following all of the rules that are created by both federal and statewide regulations, you are likely compliant to those respective requirements and may fall under the false impression that you...

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The Real Cost of Cyber Crime

June 17th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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What Happens If Your Computer Systems Are Hacked with Ransomware? I think I’m covered by my insurance policy for that…(pause)…you scramble and try to find your policy documentation. It’s here somewhere. I’m sure I’m covered…I mean, I think we’re covered....

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What Is Your Personal Information Worth on the Dark Web?

June 12th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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The dark web is often known for the illegal activities conducted there, and while not everything on the dark web is illegal, it’s most appealing factor is its anonymity. The dark web is often a place where stolen data and personal information is bought...

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A New Approach to Healthcare Cyber Security

June 7th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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A New Approach to an Old Problem Resistance to yet another government regulation, a lack of understanding the complexities of the rules, and an overall unwillingness to take on yet another area of expertise in an ever-changing technical landscape can...

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Security Awareness Training – Time to Get On Board

June 3rd, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Human-error; we talk about it all the time, but what exactly do we mean? Human-error occurs when an individual performs a task or does something with an unintended outcome. It’s easy to point the finger at employee’s as being an organization’s weakest...

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How Your Employees Will Get You Hacked

May 26th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Breaches are becoming increasingly common as cybercriminals continue to advance their skills and tactics to trick their victims into falling for their scams. While cybercriminals are remaining diligent in their efforts to carry out their attacks, small...

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How Does the Dark Web Impact Small Businesses?

May 20th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Identity theft is an unfortunate occurrence that is all too familiar with most business owners, but do those individuals know where the compromised data will end up? Often, these business owners are unaware of the virtual marketplace where stolen data...

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Cybercriminals Taking Advantage of COVID-19

May 4th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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With unprecedented numbers of people working from home, cybercriminals are more prolific than ever. Looking for new updates on the virus, consumers are more likely to fall for phishing, scams, and malware threats. The increase in online ordering and...

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Cyber Security - Out, Cyber Defense - In

April 15th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Security and defense are often words that are used interchangeably. So let’s start by defining each. Security: the state of being free from danger or threat Defense: the action of defending from or resisting attack The key difference, ACTION. ...

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Maintain Your Business with a Professional IT Security Company

September 30th, 2019 by Ethos Technologies

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How to Choose the Best IT Security Provider Protecting your business is crucial to maintaining success. With the amount of software and technology required to operate with high functionality, this can be rather complex. Find the right company that will...

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Posted in: Cyber Security, Managed IT Services

USB Drives Could Be Huge Factor in Data Loss

May 15th, 2018 by Ethos Technologies

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How USB Drives Can Affect Your Data Most people agree that the use of USB drives increases efficiency and boosts productivity, which goes a long way toward explaining their popularity, but these handy little drives can also be problematic. According...

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Data on 123 Million US Households Leaked Online

January 2nd, 2018 by Ethos Technologies

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US Household Data Leaked Online Security researchers at UpGuard recently made a terrifying discovery in finding an unprotected Amazon S3 server containing several databases belonging to a data analytics provider called Alteryx. While the server contained...

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Popular Android Keyboard App Breached

January 2nd, 2018 by Ethos Technologies

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How many apps do you have on your smartphone? Do you know how much data they’re collecting about you? Most people have scores of apps installed (and often hundreds), even if they only use a few on a regular basis, and shockingly, most users have no...

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