702, 2023

URGENT: Endpoint Vulnerability Coming to a Boil – 2023 IT Security Predictions by Josh Aaron

February 7th, 2023|

This year, several trends are converging, making endpoint vulnerability one of the most urgent IT challenges organizations need to address. The temperature has been rising for years on this issue, and it is coming to a boil in 2023 in ways that are already making it a top priority all the way up to the boardroom. The sheer number ...

211, 2022

Application deployment dashboards are a security risk

November 2nd, 2022|

Out-of-the-box application deployment dashboards only show what types of machines are in your environment and if your software application package was (or wasn’t) successfully deployed on various machines. Unless you're IT team has put in a ridiculous amount of time customizing your application deployment dashboard, they don’t answer the much harder question that IT security teams are left trying ...

1207, 2022

Automate Microsoft Upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10

July 12th, 2022|

Starting on January 10th, 2023, Microsoft 365 will no longer provide any new updates or security patches for Windows 7 and 8.1. This means that these operating systems are exposed to greater vulnerabilities and will be less secure than ever. If you're still using either of these versions of Windows, now is the time to get moving and upgrade ...

604, 2022

Windows Autopatch + Aiden = IT Security Innovation

April 6th, 2022|

When Bill Gates started Microsoft, he had envisioned “a computer on every desk and in every home,” but I’m convinced he never imagined back then how hard it would become to keep every computer updated, patched, and free of software and firmware vulnerabilities. The innovation of computer networks and the Internet, coupled with rapid adoption of enterprise software, has made ...

2112, 2021

The Path to Desired State Configuration: Where to Focus and Why

December 21st, 2021|

Managing devices has never been a simple task … and organizations’ adoption of “work from anywhere” policies are now making it that much harder for IT and security teams.   As we settle into this new normal, organizations are working on better processes to manage computers, secure the modern enterprise, and elevate end-user experience. Once they reach (or at least ...

1712, 2021

CloudFlare ID’s active exploits of newer log4j vulnerability

December 17th, 2021|

An estimated third of all the websites in the world run Apache server software and remain vulnerable to serious cybersecurity threats, according to cybersecurity experts at Cloudflare reviewing Apache’s log4j vulnerability. Researchers have logged attacks on 44% of all corporate networks globally using log4j, and signs that nation-state and other well-funded threat actors are doubling down on the opportunity to attack unpatched systems are ...

1510, 2021

Bank of America Insider BEC Scam, FontOnLake Malware, New Findings About Ransomware Costs, Python-based ESXi Server Attack, Office365 Password Spraying

October 15th, 2021|

1. Bank of America employee charged with insider BEC scam  A Bank of America employee and two other perpetrators were accused of money laundering, aggravated identity theft, and alleged involvement in Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams. The three actors targeted small and large companies across the globe, but mainly in the United States.   By using phishing techniques and deploying malware, the threat ...

2809, 2021

3 Reasons to Run a Tabletop Exercise To Determine Your IT Budget

September 28th, 2021|

Who knew that creating an IT budget for the upcoming year would require a crystal ball? In these unpredictable times, planning an IT budget is challenging at best. Your organization likely isn’t going back to “normal” anytime soon. Between remote work and an increase in crafty cybersecurity attacks, creating an IT budget is daunting when you don’t know what curveballs ...

1709, 2021

Malware Samples Target Windows OS from Linux Subsystem, New Findings About Cloud-Based Attacks, AUKUS Pact, U.S. Hacking on Behalf of UAE, Master Decryptor for REvil Victims

September 17th, 2021|

1. Malware samples target Windows operating systems from its Linux subsystem  Security researchers discovered a strain of malware samples developed to compromise the Windows subsystem in Linux and then laterally move to the native Windows enclave. Threat actors created the malware samples using Python code. They run on Debian systems and have a low detection rate for traditional security controls.   The malware developers packaged the samples in ...

1009, 2021

Ransomware Gang Threatens to Leak Stolen Data, REvil Back in Action, New Zero-Day Attack in Microsoft Office, Atlassian Confluence Exploit, Fortinet VPN Password Leak

September 10th, 2021|

1.  Ransomware gang threatens to leak stolen data if victims contact law enforcement During a ransomware attack, one of the most notorious ransomware groups, Ragnar Locker, threatened to leak complete data of victims who seek help from law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The ransomware group claims that incident investigators and recovery experts often collaborate with ...

309, 2021

Turn to Microsoft Endpoint Manager to Save Your Company

September 3rd, 2021|

Remote Monitoring and Management systems (RMMs), like Kaseya, SolarWinds, ConnectWise Automate, and NinjaRMM, are useful for maintaining control over your IT systems until, of course, they become the vector through which your IT systems are destroyed. Last month, attackers associated with REvil--a Russian ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) group--breached a large Florida-based RMM company called Kaseya. It was, short of SolarWinds, possibly the ...

309, 2021

Cybercriminal recruitment, House of Representatives Debate Cybersecurity, Attackers Sale Internet Bandwidth, Dropper-as-a-Service Attacks, Insight into the Conti ransomware

September 3rd, 2021|

1.  Cybercriminals Recruit English Speakers for Business Email Compromise Administrative and technical security controls have helped to reduce the effects of business email compromise (BEC). However, as a result, some BEC threat actors struggle to develop compelling phishing email messages for English corporate audiences. According to security researchers, said threat actors are now recruiting native English speakers in mass to ...

208, 2021

Banning Ransomware Payments, BlackMatter Hackers, Kubernetes Vulnerabilities, Kenetic Warfare, Windows 11 Malware

August 2nd, 2021|

1.  FBI Cautions Congress Against Banning Ransomware Payments Senior FBI officials advised the U.S. Congress not to mitigate ransomware threats by making ransom payments illegal. While the FBI cautioned organizations against sending ransomware payments to cybercriminals, the assistant director of the FBI (cyber division) argues that if Congress were to ban ransom payments, it could create opportunities for further extortion ...

2307, 2021

Printer Vulnerability CVE-2021-3438, China Attacks Microsoft, Pulse Secure VPN Cyberattack, Pegasus Spyware Compromised, Kaseya Ransomware Decryption Key

July 23rd, 2021|

1.  A 16-year-old Printer Vulnerability CVE-2021-3438 (CVSS score: 8.8) Impacts Millions of Infrastructures A 16-year-old vulnerability was discovered in popular corporate printers that allow hackers to gain administrative rights to perform several activities on systems, including the ability to install rogue programs, view, change, encrypt or wipe data. This critical vulnerability is prevalent in HP, Samsung, and Xerox printer software, impacting ...

3006, 2021

4 Reasons Why Ransomware Works

June 30th, 2021|

Putting everything else aside, there’s one thing you can’t deny about ransomware: It’s good business. After all, what would most businesses do for a 56% conversion rate? How about 56% on a $300,000 product? Ransomware, at least in the modern sense, is only about seven years old. Yet it’s already a multi-billion-dollar problem, for everyone other than the attackers ...

1806, 2021

Double Ransomware Attacks, Carnival Cruise’s Data Breach, REvil Compromises U.S. Nuclear Weapons Contractor, CVS Gets Hacked, G7 Cracks Down On Russia

June 18th, 2021|

1.  After Paying Off The First Ransomware Demand, Most Firms Face A Second Ransomware Attack Security experts discovered that ransomware attackers deploy secondary ransomware attacks against firms that pay off initial ransom demands. After paying off a ransom demand, firms often receive a decryptor for their hijacked systems. However, most attackers corrupt hijacked systems by creating backdoors that allow future ...

406, 2021

Antivirus Softwares Vulnerable to ‘Cut and Mouse’, JBS Foods Cyber-Attack, Ransomware Hinders Criminal Prosecutions, US Supreme Court Restricts CFAA, US Nuclear Bunker Secrets Discovered

June 4th, 2021|

1.  Security researchers reveal stealthy techniques to bypass antivirus tools and ransomware defenses Security researchers discovered significant vulnerabilities in popular antivirus tools, which could be exploited to deactivate protective mechanisms to launch ransomware attacks and other malicious operations. According to said researchers, of the 29 antivirus tools evaluated, 14 were found susceptible to the 'Ghost Control' attack technique. In comparison, ...

306, 2021

3 Emerging Technologies For Achieving Zero Trust

June 3rd, 2021|

(Zero) Trust What effect does trust have in cybersecurity? To understand, we might consider what happened in late March, 1999, when millions of people received emails from their friends, family and coworkers. In each case, the format was the same. Title: “Important Message from [Name of Sender].” Message: “Here is that document you asked for...don't show anyone else ;-)” ...

2105, 2021

Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack fallout, President Biden’s executive cybersecurity order, triple extortion, Truist Bank spear-phishing campaign, AXA Insurance becomes victim

May 21st, 2021|

1.  Congress introduced two bills in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack Following the recent ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline, which caused gas shortages in several states, the U.S. Congress introduced two bipartisan bills designed to mitigate cybersecurity weaknesses across the nation’s critical infrastructure, including the oil and gas sector. The first congressional bill, the Pipeline Security Act, ...

204, 2021

Hackers Target EDR Tools, Nuke Account Spouts Gibberish, Ransomware Labelled National Security Threat

April 2nd, 2021|

Threat actors find ways against common endpoint security tools, US government classifies ransomware as a national security threat, an unattended government agency Twitter account that is responsible for US nuclear arsenal tweeted gibberish, a deluge of tools is actually making it harder for IT teams to assess their network's security and PHP’S ‘Git’ server compromised to add Backdoors to PHP source codes.

1203, 2021

10 Benefits of IT Automation

March 12th, 2021|

Lighting fast compliance, robust vulnerability and patching management, and fewer IT support tickets are just a few of the benefits you can expect by empowering your IT teams with automation.

1902, 2021

Kia Motors Hack, California DMV Data Breach, Morse Code Phishing Campaigns – Cybersecurity News and Trends

February 19th, 2021|

1. Kia Motors Suffers a Ransomware Attack, and a $20 million Ransom is Demanded The notorious ransomware gang, DoppelPaymer, has seized critical systems belonging to Kia Motors America. Thus, impacting business continuity within 800 dealerships; the integrity of critical data; and the company’s reputation. According to the attackers, to receive a decryptor and a return back to normalcy, Kia Motors ...

1002, 2021

Poor Patching Put Businesses At Risk, China Has Stolen Your Data, SolarWinds Hack legal changes – Cybersecurity News and Trends

February 10th, 2021|

New data shows slow or ineffective software patching leads to more than a quarter of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, Evanina: Chinese government has stolen 80% of personally identifiable US consumer data, threat actors now targeting supercomputers, US federal, legal agencies told to file paper documents, and new ransomware encrypts virtual disks using VMWare vulnerabilities .

1201, 2021

The 5 big wins every new CISO needs in the first 90 days

January 12th, 2021|

As of 2020, the average cost of a successful cyber breach is $3.9m – 12% up from last year. It’s not surprising that companies have high expectations when they hire a CISO. COVID-19 has introduced unique security challenges for the incoming CISO. Working from home has accelerated endpoint security risks. Many organizations face expanded cybersecurity attack surfaces due to bring-your-own-computer ...

801, 2021

SolarWinds State-Sponsored Supply Chain Attack vs. Standard Supply Chain Attacks

January 8th, 2021|

Supply chain attacks became a threat actor’s goldmine in 2020. With its low barrier to entry and effectiveness, different levels of threat actors continue to leverage supply chain attacks as a viable method to facilitate far-reaching nefarious activities, including espionage, sabotage, intellectual property theft, etc.  Although the average supply chain attack is perpetrated by a cybercriminal with purely financial interests, ...

3112, 2020

Cybersecurity in 2020: Year End Review

December 31st, 2020|

The year 2020 definitely made its way into everyone’s ‘naughty list’ for different reasons. Of course, COVID-19 was the chief reason, but we shall highlight more reasons in this article. The world faced an overwhelming number of cybersecurity threats in 2020: ransomware attacks increased by 715%; business email compromises (BECs) and phishing exploits were more sophisticated than ever before; third party and state-sponsored supply ...

1712, 2020

How Financial Organizations Can Recover From and Prepare for a Ransomware Attack

December 17th, 2020|

The recent proliferation of ransomware attacks is staggering; the virtual working environment, driven in part by the way COVID-19 exacerbated the situation. One security vendor, Skybox Security, found that, thus far, ransomware incidents grew by 72% throughout the pandemic. It's likely that your financial institution is already taking the threat of a ransomware attack seriously. But does your firm have ...

3108, 2020

Computer Imaging is Dead.

August 31st, 2020|

Computer imaging is holding IT teams back from true digital transformation because it's resource heavy, inefficient and incomplete. Dynamic Windows Bare Metal Builds using intelligent packaging automation empowers IT teams to be more proactive.

707, 2020

Automation Beyond Belief!

July 7th, 2020|

Endpoint deployment and management is a constant IT headache, and it's an obvious target for automation. Until recently, automation for deployment and patch management has existed only for organizations privileged with the budget for technology and the highest levels of IT infrastructure engineering talent. Even those engineers only offer partial automation and struggle to keep pace with new technologies ...

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