Online Gamers and eSports are at Risk for Cyberattacks

The global online gaming industry is worth close to $100 billion today with an estimated gaming audience of 2.2 billion. Unfortunately, this growth isn’t without risks. Case in point: Steam, the most popular gaming platform, has a 125 million membership base. A critical security vulnerability which has existed for at least ten years may have exposed up to 15 million active clients’ sensitive information, including their bank accounts. eSports revenues are expected to reach $1.65 billion by 2021. According to the E-Sports Entertainment Association League (ESEA), 1.5 million gamer profiles were hacked into last month. The stolen information included the […]

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The Real Reasons You Need to Get to Windows 10 Now

According to a February 2018 report from StatCounter, Windows 10’s share of the market is 43%, Windows 7’s is 42%, with the remaining 15% using Windows 8 or Linux. All support for Windows 7 will discontinue on January 14, 2020, just 17 short months away. Office 2019 will not be supported on Windows 7 or 8.1, when it comes out early next year – giving you another reason to upgrade. But the most important reason to get off the earlier versions of Windows have to do with cybersecurity. Here is what you need to know.   If You are Still […]

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Find Out Why Cybercriminals Love Accounting Firms So Much

Even though the tax season is wrapping up for individual returns next week, accounting firms shouldn’t breathe easy on April 18th. In fact, much of the data they process daily is exactly what bad actors want to get their hands on. Why? Because accounting firms hold the same, if not more, information than banks do. They have multi-year tax returns, Social Security and direct deposit numbers, just to name a few pieces of valuable information. On a personal level, cybercriminals love to take the returns from the year before or capturing current tax information before it’s filed. These hackers often […]

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Spectre and Meltdown Can Spell Big Trouble for All Technology Devices

Just this past week, the Software Engineering Institute announced that computer chips in most technology is vulnerable to a cyberattack – allowing bad actors the ability to access and exploit sensitive data stored on smartphones, tablets, desktops and even the cloud. The code name for the two chip vulnerabilities: Spectre and Meltdown. This blog will address what these threats are, how you can minimize your exposure to them and what to expect in the coming days and weeks. What is Spectre? Spectre is a vulnerability that forces other programs on a user’s operating system to access an arbitrary location in […]

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Ransomware Continues to be a Major Threat for Small Businesses

After the WannaCry ransomware virus spread through 300,000 computers around the globe, much has been written and touted about what went wrong. The latest report shows North Korean cyber criminals are the culprits, but the saddest part of this story is many of the individuals and businesses that paid the ransom never received their data back. Ransomware, if spread throughout the entire company, can cripple a business for days on end. Below are some key statistical observations about ransomware and the best solutions to keep it at bay within your organization, whether you have 5 or 5,000 employees. Startling Statistics […]

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2017 Year in Review: Cyberattacks, Data Breaches and 8 Solutions

Worldwide, there were several hundred cyberattacks and breaches this year. Sadly, most analysts predict that the attacks will continue throughout 2018 and beyond. Here is a month-by-month analysis of the ones you heard about (and possibly the ones you have not), what analysts are forecasting for the future and what your organization can do today to better protect yourself from an attack. 2017 Minor and Major Cyberattacks January: Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that markets smartphone hacking tools, had 900 gigabytes of data stolen by a hacker. Ironic, isn’t it? February: A group of hacktivists called Anonymous, hacked into the Freedom […]

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(Equifax + Yahoo) Breaches = Cybersecurity Partner Decision

With the announcement last month regarding the personal and financial data of almost 146 million (and counting) U.S. consumers that have been compromised by the Equifax breach and the disclosure last week that all 3 billion Yahoo emails were hacked, there is a movement among all businesses to select an outside cybersecurity provider. But how does a business vet one? This post will focus on the essential elements of selecting the right partner and what all businesses can do to try and head off data and network vulnerabilities.   In a Nutshell: What Went Wrong at Equifax and Yahoo   While much […]

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5 Common Sense Cybersecurity Tips Every Business Should Follow

I know it may seem hard to believe, but according to Keeper, of the 10 million passwords that were stolen in 2016, a full 17% of them were “123456”. Even more concerning, there are still people that use “password” as their password! In addition, cyber experts have cited that a segment of the population refuses to upgrade to the newest operating system and applications, even though they know the newer ones are more secure. For example, Wanna Cry ransomware could attack computers that used Windows XP and 7 Operating Systems. These operating systems are no longer supported by Microsoft. Last, […]

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Supply Chain Vendors May Be Your Company’s Weakest Cyber Link

Last week, my brother Joe shared with me that his company’s key supplier was hacked. The hackers brought the vendor’s entire system completely down and demanded ransomware in the millions. This became a major inconvenience for my brother’s organization as they had to print and deliver thousands of shipping labels to the supplier, who is several hours away from them, via a rented van. Fortunately, Joe’s company was not directly impacted; but it has certainly given them pause. They spent $250,000 to upgrade their own network and are in the process of developing stricter security measures for their vendors. The […]

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Cybercrime and the Hospitality Industry: Two Strange Bedfellows

Here’s a hard, cold fact: Of all the vertical industries in the world, the hospitality industry is one of the most attractive to cybercriminals. Why? Because hotels hold two pieces of important data; personal information and credit card numbers. Here’s another fact: ALL hotel chains in the US were attacked at least one time between 2015-16. This post will focus on what makes hospitality venues so vulnerable and the solutions to help keep cybercriminals at bay.   What Makes the Hospitality Industry So Vulnerable?   Here are the systems/people/processes that make hotels ripe for this type of criminal activity: Guest […]

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