Computer Network Security

New Jersey Healthcare provider Hackensack Meridian hospital paid ransom to hackers to stop a cyberattack

The targeted ransomware event at Hackensack Meridian Health brought the computer network systems down last week, resulting in interruptions across its IT network, including Carrier Clinic in Montgomery and three sub-acute facilities. The Edison-based healthcare company said it had insurance to help cover the costs associated with cyberattacks, including payment, remediation and recovery efforts. The …

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Businesses suffer brand damage, loss of productivity, and vicious costs of cyberattacks

Cyberattack cleanups now come with a sticker shock: increase of 52% now brings the estimated amount to $1.1 million, with potential to increase even further, to a staggering $1.67 million, according to a recent Radware’s 2018-2019 Global Application and Network Security Survey Report, which analyzed vendor-neutral data from 790 IT executives. Cyberattacks not only kill …

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Beware of Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) Attacks: Network Traffic Hijacking

Mass hijackings of network traffic and it’s abuse is not new, but with the evolution of technology, so do Man-in-the-Middle type of attacks. A man-in-the-middle attack is an exploit that occurs when an outside attacker intercepts communications between two parties, often a website and an end user. The intruder will usually use the information to …

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What SMB Owners Should Know About Patch Management protocol in IT Security

As a small/medium business owner, patch management may be a somewhat foreign topic reserved for your IT personnel. The following provides a summary-level background of patching, which is relevant to business owners in maintaining appropriate security disciplines in their companies. What is a patch? A patch is a set of changes to a computer program …

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How Do You Ensure Your Business Email Does Not End Up In The Wrong Hands?

Communication is one of the most important key aspects of any properly functioning company or organization, and businesses today rely on email as a principal method of communicating with staff members, partners, and clients. While your email infrastructure plays a critical role in the operation of your business, it is also a gateway that can allow …

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Do You Have a Cybersecurity Program for Your Small/Medium Business?

As a small/medium business owner or manager, it is imperative that you have an awareness of cybersecurity related-risks and implement infrastructure and processes to mitigate those risks.  According to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, 58% of breach victims are categorized as small businesses.  Roughly 75% of these breaches are perpetrated by outsiders, while approximately …

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[ALERT] 500,000+ Consumer Routers Infected with VPNFilter Malware

Hackers are possibly working for an advanced nation have infected more than 500,000 home and small-office routers around the world with malware that can be used to collect communications, launch attacks on others, and permanently destroy the devices with a single command, researchers at Cisco warned Wednesday. The malware named VPNFilter is a modular, multi-stage …

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Bad Rabbit affecting networks and data across the globe

Bad Rabbit, a new ransomware, has been quickly spreading across networks in Europe. If this sounds familiar, you are correct – Bad Rabbit is almost identical to previously infamous malware variants WannaCry and Petya infections that wreaked havoc across networks in Europe earlier this year. If you weren’t affected by those before, you probably know someone who was, or have heard …

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