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Ransomware Public Sector Attacks Climb in Q2 2020, Study Finds

The number of ransomware attacks on public sector entities rose slightly late in Q2, 2020, reversing a four-month decline in cyber battering rams pinpointing those targets, a new Emsisoft Malware Labs report said. In 2019, a record 966 government agencies, healthcare facilities and education institutions were barraged by ransomware, with cyber crooks pocketing about $7.5 […]
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Emsisoft: 11% Chance of Data Theft During Ransomware Attacks

Cybercriminals are using exfiltration+encryption attacks to steal data & businesses & public-sector organizations must plan accordingly, Emsisoft states.
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CyberCX Acquires Cybersecurity Solutions Provider Basis Networks

Managed security services provider (MSSP) CyberCX buys cybersecurity solutions provider Basis Networks & explores network security market opportunities.
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It’s Worse Than You Thought: Remote Employees Interaction with Unsafe Websites is Up 50%

New data shows just how frequently remote users are accessing risky web content that would normally be blocked by firewalls and other network monitoring solutions.
You still have some material portion of your workforce working remotely (or you wouldn’t be reading this article). And, it’s probably a safe guess that you propped them up to work from home rather quickly, without truly getting around to the part where you secure their home working environment as strongly as it would be if they worked at the office, right?
You’re not alone – but that doesn’t really make it any better; if your remote employees are unprotected, your organization and its data are at risk. So, just how much should you be concerned about remote cybersecurity now that your workforce seems to be productive?
New data from perimeter security vendor NetMotion shows just how exposed remote employees are to potentially malicious web content. According to the report, remote employees:
Encounter 8 potentially malicious URLs daily
Visit 1 malware site daily and 1 phishing domain every 3 days
26% of risky sites visited were related to botnets
In addition, the volume of attempted clicks on potentially malicious URLs has increased 50% between the middle of the pandemic (mid-May to mid-June) and January of this year.
According to NetMotion, the lack of preventative and protective security in place is likely to blame. With 65% of organizations allowing employees to access managed applications from personal devices, this is a volatile combination.
Organizations need both a layered security strategy in place, and user enrollment in continual Security Awareness Training. When it comes right down to it, users are choosing to click these risky URLs. Proper education on social engineering attacks, phishing tactics, and more that commonly are used to trick users can make the difference between a user unknowingly falling for a scam and one that easily spots the questionable, suspicious, or malicious web content.


Trump admits to have authorized a cyber attack on Russian troll farm in 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has revealed that in 2018 US have launched a cyberattack against a Russian company suspect to be a Russian troll farm. U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed that in 2018 US cyber army has launched a cyber-attack against a Russian company believed to be a troll farm behind some major disinformation […]
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