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Maria Catricala

Recent Posts by Maria Catricala:

Are Password Managers a Benefit to Your Organization?

You may have heard about password managers as a way to build and store strong passwords. They are easy to use, as you only need to remember one password to access the database of all your passwords. These days, with multiple accounts used for email, social media, online shopping, and banking, you want to keep all your passwords safe and secure.

Topics: cyber security passwords

Could Your Business Thwart an Insider Cyber Attack before it Happens?

A recent study by the Ponemon Institute and DTEX Systems suggests that when it comes to detecting insider threats, 53% of the businesses they surveyed are unable to prevent insider attacks. Considering that the Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report suggests that 22% of all cyber attacks are caused by insiders, this is concerning.

Topics: cyber security

3 Ways to Create a Strong Password

When it comes to passwords, you know that it needs to be difficult to guess, but simple enough to remember without writing it down. And of course, you should never reuse the same password.

Topics: cyber security passwords

What is Multifactor Authentication? Does my Organization Really Need it?

Multifactor authentication uses a combination of two or more methods to authenticate who you are. These methods include something you know, something you have and something you are. To break it down further, the something you know could be a password or security questions, the something you have could be a token or code sent via SMS, and the something you are usually involves biometrics (fingerprint or facial recognition).

Topics: passwords Multifactor Authentication

If Your Small Business isn’t Investing in Cyber Security, You’re in Danger of Losing Your Money

You’ve seen some of the headlines regarding big cyber security breaches. Colonial Pipeline paid a huge ransom to get their data back and get the gas flowing again. JBS Meat also suffered an attack that shut down production for days.

Topics: Backups Ransomware Phishing cyber security Cyber Insurance Multifactor Authentication

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is a law created by the European Union to protect its citizens’ privacy and information. It includes the concept of the “right to be forgotten”, meaning if an EU citizen doesn’t want you to have their information, they have the right to request that it be deleted entirely and expect proof when completed. If you do business in the EU or have EU citizens as customers, GDPR applies to you, take it seriously as significant fines for non-compliance can apply! Fines can be as high as 20,000,000 EUR, or up to 4 % of the total worldwide annual turnover of the preceding financial year, whichever is higher.

Topics: cyber security Compliance

Why You Should Worry About Rising Cyber Insurance Costs

One of the biggest stories of 2021 has been the big increase in ransomware attacks. While not a new phenomenon, it seems that attacks are happening more frequently, with Barracuda researchers on reporting that they’ve identified and analyzed 121 ransomware incidents so far in 2021, a 64 percent increase in attacks. The ransom demands also keep getting bigger, with Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 reporting an 82% increase in the amount of the average ransom.

Topics: Backups Ransomware cyber security Cyber Insurance passwords Multifactor Authentication

What is CCPA? Do I Need to Be Concerned?

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a state statute designed to protect the personal information of California residents. Like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), It gives residents the right to know about information being collected about them and why it’s being collected, the right to request information be deleted (with some exceptions), the right to opt-out of having their information sold, and the right to non-discrimination for exercising these rights. Only California residents have rights under the CCPA.

Topics: cyber security Compliance

Ransomware Hit 44% of Retailers in 2020

A Sophos study found that 44% of retail organisations were hit by a ransomware attack in 2020, and more than half of those affected (54%) said cyber criminals had succeeded in encrypting their data.

Topics: Backups Ransomware cyber security Cyber Insurance

What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and What is the Security Risk to Your Business?

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the literally billions of devices vs. people that are connected to the Internet in some fashion. Rather than laptops and desktops being used by people, IOT devices are typically purpose-build devices that are performing a specific function. IoT refers to the myriad of new smart home devices like the Google Nest, Amazon’s Alexa and also your Smart TV that is connected to the Internet so you can run Netflix or Disney+ right from the TV without any set top boxes. Every one of those devices (TVs, refrigerators and other smart appliances, smart home devices like light switches, garage door openers, front door cameras, the list goes on) has an Internet address and can talk to the Internet, just like you do when you’re on your laptop or home PC surfing.

Topics: cyber security passwords