Most companies in today's economy rely on third-party vendors to help support their business model. There are many benefits when it comes to outsourcing certain aspects of your business to a third-party vendor. They can offer you their expertise on solutions to enhance business workflow or offer specialized products that can be branded and sold to your clients. Outsourcing to a 3rd party vendor can save you both money and time depending on who you choose to partner with.
We all use the internet, and nothing is going to change that. But can we all use it safely?
Avoiding sketchy websites used to be the key to protecting yourself online, and for the most part, it was rather easy to do. But now, avoiding malicious websites is only part of the gig. You can be infected with viruses, spyware, trojans, and other ruthless malware simply by opening the wrong email, clicking on the wrong link, or landing on the wrong website (whether it’s a sketchy website or not). However, this doesn’t mean safeguarding your online world is a lost cause.
Ransomware is a form of malicious software that encrypts your computer system and blocks access to valuable information or files until a certain amount of money is paid to the ransomware hacker. Getting hit by a ransomware attack can happen to any person or business, small, medium, or large, and once they have gotten ahold of your system it can result in a great loss of money and time until the system is back up and running properly.
No one likes hacked accounts. Am I right? A hacked account can result in financial loss, identity theft, or just a whole lot of wasted time. None of which is fun. But unfortunately, you don’t have too much control over what is or is not hacked when it comes to third party data breaches. All you have control over is the aftermath. So, if you happen to find yourself on the receiving end of a data breach, here is what you should remember.
Usernames and passwords are quickly becoming the sole way we maintain privacy and security of our sensitive information. We exist in a world where everything you do requires some form of password, whether it be getting into your online banking, logging onto social media, or entering a passcode to get into your phone. As we continue moving towards a virtual world, it is more apparent that most of our personal information lies in our hands phone applications and online presence.
On April 29th, one of the largest fuel pipelines in the U.S, Colonial Pipeline Co. was hacked, which led to major shortages in fuel across the East Coast. New information came out this weekend regarding what may have led to the weak spot in Colonial Pipelines system resulting in the attack on their network. Apparently, an old account was not decommissioned correctly and still had access to the network by virtual private network (VPN).
When it comes to external threats, there is a lot to know. An external threat is when someone from outside the company uses malicious software or hacking as a way to take advantage of system vulnerabilities. As a managed service provider, we get a lot of questions from our clients on external threats, so we decided to use our experience and knowledge to help educate users on the most common forms of external threats, ransomware and phishing. The first step to combating external threats, is understanding them.
What are insider threats?
Internal threats occur when users, who have authorized access to an organizations internal information, data centers, and computer systems, abuse this privilege. With great intellectual power comes great responsibility. Insiders who misuse their access privileges have the ability to commit fraud, intellectual property theft, data leaks, or release of trade secrets. The misuse or abuse of sensitive data can be a massive risk for companies.
It was me. I am writing from the perspective of an intern who fell for a phishing scam, even though I had gone through copious amounts of cybersecurity training and was not totally unfamiliar with the subject. I will be sharing my thoughts and experiences on the timely issue in the hope that it will help deter you from making the same mistake.