(Note: This post has been updated to reflect progress made by Intel.) It’s been a tumultuous start to the year due to Meltdown and Spectre, two enormous IT security vulnerabilities. The dust is settling, and we are starting to get a clear picture of how to move forward. In early January, several independent groups of security […]
The Equifax data breach is the latest and one of the largest in a series of alarming, high-profile incidents exposing sensitive information. For companies that have responsibility for securely managing similar types of data, it should serve as a wake-up call to review your own policies and processes. Here’s what you can learn from Equifax’s […]
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Ransomware, like the massive WannaCry cyberattacks earlier this year, is likely here to stay. It may not be headline news every week, but it’s out there. Click on the wrong link, download the wrong file and zap — cybercriminals now hold your data hostage. A lot of organizations pay up — which, of course, is […]
What steps have you taken to secure the data on your laptop or desktop PCs? Unfortunately, crafting a tricky login password will only protect you from the most casual of data thieves. Anyone with even a modest knowledge about PCs knows workarounds to crack into your hard drive. If your computer falls into the wrong hands, your […]
On Friday last week, a ransomware cyberattack dubbed WannaCry began infecting thousands of PCs around the world. At last tally, it had locked up an estimated 300,000 computers in 150 countries. It is the latest in a long line of ransomware exploits, which encrypt a users’ data and holds it hostage until you pay up — in this case, the […]
The latest reports about global cyberthreats are alarming. Ransomware is on the rise, and small and mid-sized businesses are the victims. Incidents of ransomware, which holds your data hostage until you pay up, increased a shocking 167 times in 2016. That’s 167 times (not 167 percent), from 3.8 million attack attempts in 2015 to 638 million in […]