Wannacry, the worst ransomware in history, is preventable. Last week, the Wannacry ransomware infected 200,000 computers. It started infecting Britain's hospitals. We soon learned it was international. A client asked me about it. How to get infected. Here's what I wrote: For a company to ...
May 18, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Ransomware strikes British hospitals. Friday's ransomware attack infected computer networks of at least 40 British National Health System hospitals. Administrators suspended non-emergency operations. They also are diverting ambulances. Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the ...
May 16, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Malware Malware Everywhere. Malware attacks are on the rise. According to Wikipedia, "Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer or mobile operations, gather sensitive information, gain access to private computer systems, or display unwanted advertising." Data breaches are all but inevitable. You've heard about the recent ...
May 14, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Yesterday's phishing atack. Yesterday, someone included me in a phishing attack. According to Wikipedia, “phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.” My spidey sense triggered. ...
May 11, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Yesterday's phishing attempt. Yesterday morning, someone sent me a phishing attempt. According to Wikipedia, “phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.” My spidey sense ...
May 9, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
BitLocker = ? I am glad you asked. BitLocker is Microsoft's hard drive encrypting tool. You enable it on the hard drives residing in your computer or on external drives you attach with a USB cable. This is included in Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 10 Professional. There is no cost. I am ...
May 7, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Watch out for phishing attacks. Yes, you read that right. You have to be street smart and watch for phishing attempts. These are attempts to gain your website credentials at a fake site. They are more common than ever. Perhaps you've seen e-mail asking you to verify your Amazon, PayPal or ...
April 16, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
You have secure data. How secure is it? Your workday may be done. However, thousands of people can access your secure data all night long. Outsiders and insiders both are a risk. Some of history's worst attacks were conducted by insiders. To maintain access control and secure your data, you have ...
April 13, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Revisit Your cybersecurity resolutions. Yes, yes, yes, I know. It's not January 1st anymore. I agree. Regardless, you should look at your cybersecurity policies and ask if a) they are up to date, and b) if you're meeting them. This includes interviewing your IT department. They may see your ...
April 11, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Network security is an investment. Network security is not cheap. You already knew that. Individual solutions are becoming more costly. Inexpensive open source alternatives struggle to keep up. Compliance and quality assurance costs are rising annually. The total cost of cyber crime is reaching unprecedented levels, averaging $15 Million per year ...
April 9, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos