INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR SMBs

Our blog articles archive includes it security tips, cybersecurity alerts, state of IT reports, and tips on information technology for small and medium size businesses.

Dark Web

What You Need to Know About The Dark Web

With the reporting on cybersecurity events such as city-wide ransomware events or massive data breaches making the 6 o’clock news, the dark web has been thrust into the spotlight. But what exactly is the dark web? Is it part of the Internet with the lights off? Is it a hotbed of illicit activity? If I go into the dark web, will I ever be able to return? Well, all the above are sort of true. In short, the dark web

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NJIT

NJIT to Establish New Institute for Data Science

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will establish a new Institute for Data Science, focusing on cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and development in all areas pertinent to digital data. The institute will bring existing research centers in big data, medical informatics and cybersecurity together with new research centers in data analytics and artificial intelligence, cutting across all NJIT colleges and schools, and conduct both basic and applied research. The Institute for Data Science will be directed by Distinguished Professor David Bader.

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‘Smart Cities’ conference highlights Newark’s tech infrastructure

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and New Jersey Institute of Technology President Joel Bloom used the occasion of the June 26 New Jersey Alliance for Action Inaugural Statewide 5G Construction/Smart Cities Conference to tout the technology infrastructure that wires the state’s largest city. “The beauty of working in our city today is working with our mayor,â€� … The post ‘Smart Cities’ conference highlights Newark’s tech infrastructure appeared first on NJBIZ.

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Department of Homeland Security/Cyber Infrastructure

Department of Homeland Security Phishing Scam

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) is the Nation’s flagship cyber defense, incident response, and operational integration center. Its mission is to reduce the Nation’s risk of systemic cybersecurity and communications challenges. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a statement indicating that an email phishing campaign is in the wild that purports to be a legitimate email from DHS. The email tricks users into clicking on a malicious link or downloading a malicious attachment by looking

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NJ Tech Council celebrates annual 2019 CFO + Investor Awards

Richard Veldran, former chief financial officer for Dun & Bradstreet, began the ceremony with a keynote address detailing his involvement with taking the company private in February and noting the “tremendous lengths of innovation and technology leadership,� in the Garden State. The post NJ Tech Council celebrates annual 2019 CFO + Investor Awards appeared first on NJBIZ.

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Quest

Quest Diagnostics reports 12 million records of Patient Data Breach Due to Issue with a Vendor

Quest Diagnostics, the New Jersey-based blood testing providers in the country, filed a report with securities regulators, specifying that nearly 12 million of its customers may have had medical, financial, and personal information (inlcuding Social Security numbers) breached. Quest, one of the largest laboratories in the US, said it was notified that between Aug. 1, 2018 and March 30, 2019, someone had unauthorized access to the systems of AMCA, a billing collections vendor. AMCA  had 11.9 million of Quest’s patients

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Cybersecurity Jobs Added to UK’s Shortage Occupation List

Cybersecurity engineers and analysts have been identified as being on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), in the first full review of officially recognized careers where the shortages “are most severe and where the consequences of those shortages are most serious” since February 2013. According to the UK Government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), “job shortages in roles such as cybersecurity analysts/engineers and IT network engineers” are now recognized, while the “occupation as a whole ranked highly in our shortage indicators and had

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Impersonation Phishing Attacks Up 67% in Last 12 Months

Mimecast has released its third annual State of Email Security Report and has found that phishing attacks have lost companies money, data and customers. Including insights from 1,025 global IT decision-makers, the report found that social engineering attacks were on the rise. According to the study, phishing attacks were the most prominent type of cyber-attack, with 94% of respondents having experienced phishing and spear-phishing attacks in the previous 12 months. Over half (55%) cited seeing an increase in that same

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Flipboard Breached in Nine-Month Raid

Flipboard has reset all customer passwords as a precaution after revealing that hackers had unauthorized access to user data for over nine months. The news aggregator site, which has around 150 million monthly users, said the “unauthorized person” gained access to “certain Flipboard users account information,” although it didn’t reveal how many were affected. “Findings from the investigation indicate an unauthorized person accessed and potentially obtained copies of certain databases containing Flipboard user information between June 2, 2018 and March

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Cryptopia Fights to Keep Data Held by Arizona Firm

Cryptopia, an exchange that was hacked and subsequently went into liquidation in May, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States. Grant Thornton will be handling the preservation of the data stored and hosted on servers with an Arizona-based firm, according to Yahoo News. The bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York issued an order to Cryptopia on Friday, granting an emergency motion for provisional relief till June 7. However, the Arizona company that runs the servers has severed

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Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada Makes Its Cybersecurity Bulletproof

The city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, has agreed to pay C$100,000 (almost $75,000) to cybersecurity company, Bulletproof Solutions, to strengthen its network and protect it from cyber-attacks. The three-year agreement was approved at the city council meeting on Monday, May 27, 2019.  The city’s assistant director of finance, innovation and technology, Adam Bell, believes that this move will help protect against the rise of municipality attacks. This follows a cyber-attack that hit the city of Stratford, Ontario, in April, which

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