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Not All Hackers Come From Russia or China: Police Arrest Canadian For Cyber Crime

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have announced the arrest of a 31-year-old Ottawa man in connection with a number of ransomware and cyber security attacks in Canada and the United States. Matthew Philbert was arrested on November 30 after a 23-month investigation that involved the OPP, RCMP, FBI and Interpol.

Topics: Ransomware

How difficult is it to protect myself online?

Protecting yourself and your data online can seem like a daunting task. The difficulty is tied to several factors, such as, how many data “assets” do you have that need to be protected, how many employees, how many locations, and how many Internet connections you may have. Generally speaking, the more complex your environment is, the more difficult protecting yourself can be. Add to that the types of data your organization is trying to protect, and how high profile of an organization you may be, can also play a role in the difficulty of protecting yourself.

Topics: Backups Ransomware cyber security Malware Anti-Virus

Why Your SMB Can No Longer Ignore Cyber Security

If you are thinking that your business is too small to be targeted by cyber criminals, think again. Many hackers think of small businesses as “low hanging fruit,” or as easy targets, since they don’t have big cyber security budgets to prevent an attack. The statistics also prove this to be true.

Topics: Backups Ransomware cyber security Multifactor Authentication Breach

LinkedIn Scams You Need to Worry About

Scams on social media are not uncommon, but when it comes to LinkedIn, people tend to be more willing to share personal information in the hopes of acquiring a new job or business lead. This is why you need to be even more vigilant about protecting your personal information when using LinkedIn.

Topics: Phishing cyber security

If Your Password is on This List, It’s Time to Change Your Password

For most users, passwords are all that is protecting your files, data, and apps from unauthorized access. Yet, people still tend to use passwords that are too easy to guess, and even easier for software tools to crack.

Topics: cyber security passwords Multifactor Authentication

Why You Need to Prioritize Key Business Processes Before a Ransomware Attack

When it comes to running your business, you know that you need to be prepared. Just like we all know what to do in the event of a fire because we practice our escape plan, it is important for your business to plan and prepare for a ransomware attack.

Topics: Backups Ransomware cyber security Breach

Here’s Another Job Seeker Scam to Watch Out For

The CBC News has recently reported on a scam targeting job seekers. The scam works by offering desperate job seekers an amazing “work from home” opportunity. They are also told that the company will send them a cheque to purchase office supplies from a third party and are instructed to e-transfer the money to that third party. The problem is that the job offer isn’t real, the cheques are bad, and once the cheque bounces, you are on the hook for the money.

Topics: Phishing cyber security Privacy

Why You Need to Report Ransomware: Calgary Police Help Takedown International Cyber Criminals

The Calgary Herald has reported that the Calgary Police Service, along with the RCMP, have helped arrest members of international cyber crime family Sodinokibi. Police agency Europol says that the Sodinokibi family was responsible for 7,000 internet infections worldwide, 600 of them in Canada.

Topics: Ransomware cyber security Breach

Are You Ready For Digital Transformation?

Business buzz words like “digital transformation” get thrown around a lot in conversation, but what does it really mean? Bill Schmarzo in an article for CIO Magazine defined digital transformation as the “application of digital capabilities to processes, products, and assets to improve efficiency, enhance customer value, manage risk, and uncover new monetization opportunities.” As business owners, we all want to improve efficiency while enhancing customer value, managing risk and monetizing new opportunities.

Topics: Cloud Digital Transformation

Survey says Consumers Don’t Trust Businesses That Pay Ransomware Demands

A survey by data management company, Cohesity, found that 40% of American consumers don’t want businesses to pay ransomware demands to cyber criminals. The study elicited responses from more than 1,000 U.S. consumers ages 18 and older. Moreover, 23% of those surveyed said they'd stop doing business with a company that paid a ransom. Further 48% would consider not doing business with a company that paid a ransom.

Topics: Backups Ransomware cyber security passwords Breach