Author: jwolverton

As the school year comes to a close, many educational institutions are reflecting on the past year's challenges and preparing for the next. One of the critical areas of focus is cybersecurity. The latest data reveals a significant trend: a rising number of cyber incidents impacting schools in North Carolina. Between 2019 and 2023, the state reported 29 cyber incidents involving education systems, highlighting an...

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Family offices are increasingly under attack from cybercriminals, and many lack the necessary staff and technology to adequately prepare for these threats, according to a recent survey. The vulnerability of family offices is underscored by alarming statistics: 79% of North American family offices believe the likelihood of a cyberattack has increased dramatically in recent years, according to a survey by global law firm Dentons. Rising Incidence...

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Cybersecurity breaches are not just abstract threats that happen to other people; they are very real dangers that can disrupt lives and businesses in profound ways. My friend decided to run his own IT and cybersecurity rather than working with an MSP. Their experience with a cyberattack on their business is a stark reminder of this reality. When the hack occurred, the company had to...

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The Challenge of Realistic AI “The realism of generative AI poses a significant challenge,” Carl Froggett remarked. CIO of Deep Instinct a firm specializing in AI cybersecurity. The development and refinement of AI tools for video and audio are advancing rapidly. For example, OpenAI introduced a video generation tool called Sora and an audio tool named Voice Engine that can convincingly replicate a person's voice from a...

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What elements set small businesses apart and drive their success? Efficiency, productivity, and innovation are at the core. Microsoft has made one of its most transformative tools more accessible to small and medium businesses (SMBs), which could significantly enhance their growth. Copilot for Microsoft 365, previously exclusive to large enterprise clients, is now available to any business with Microsoft 365 Business Standard or Business Premium. This...

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In today's interconnected digital landscape, endpoints are the gateways to an organization's digital assets, making them prime targets for cyberattacks. Research from the IDC reveals that 70% of successful cyber breaches originate from endpoints. These vulnerabilities offer cybercriminals easy access to launch severe cyberattacks. As IT teams grapple with securing an increasing array of endpoints, the task of protecting these critical entry points grows more daunting. This...

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Introduction:The digital landscape is fraught with increasingly sophisticated threats, making the 2024 Data Security Incident Response (DSIR) Report an invaluable asset for understanding and combating cyber risks. Compiled from over 1,150 detailed incident responses, the report not only offers insights into the prevailing cybersecurity challenges but also delineates effective strategies for resilience and recovery. Key Findings:The report reveals a notable increase in the targeting of virtual...

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Overview of a Network Attack Simulation Dive into a practical demonstration of a network attack, tracing its progression across six pivotal stages—from Initial Access to Data Exfiltration. Learn how attackers leverage basic tools to stay hidden and discover why having multiple layers of defense is critical. Most network threats surprisingly don’t rely on high-tech or obscure zero-day exploits. Instead, they exploit well-known vulnerabilities using readily available tools....

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In the vast world of digital marketing, a sinister form of attack has emerged, blending into the everyday barrage of online advertisements. This threat, known as "malvertising" ("malicious advertising"), involves the use of online advertising as a vehicle to distribute malware. Unlike other cyber threats, malvertising leverages the essential nature of digital ads to infiltrate computers and networks, making it a particularly stealthy and dangerous...

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IntroductionIn the wake of the February cyberattack on UnitedHealth Group, which caused substantial disruptions in the U.S. healthcare system, small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are recognizing the growing threat of cyberattacks. Despite heightened vigilance and significant investments in cybersecurity, small businesses continue to be attractive targets for cybercriminals. The Growing Threat to Small BusinessesThe recent "60 Minutes" segment on the cyberattack against MGM Resorts starkly illustrated...

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