Month: February 2022

CISA Alert: Russia/Ukraine Conflict Raises Global Cybersecurity Concerns

The escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine has caused CISA to issue a ‘shields up’ warning to U.S. companies. CISA recommends “all organizations—regardless of size—adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets.” According to the CISA, “Recently observed foreign influence operations abroad demonstrate that foreign governments and actors…

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Essential Cyber Defense for Financial Firms

The financial industry is a high-value target for cyber criminals. With just a little effort, there can be a big pay off and hackers use phishing and other data breaching methods to reach that pay load. Ransomware is another serious threat that can hobble financial firms. Ransomeware allows bad actors to extort financial firms through…

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Ransomware Trending Upward According to CISA

According to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), sophisticated, high-impact ransomware incidents against organizations’ critical infrastructure increased globally in 2021. Ransomware tactics and techniques continued to evolve in 2021, which demonstrates ransomware threat actors’ growing technological sophistication and an increased ransomware threat to organizations globally. A joint Cybersecurity Advisory—authored by cybersecurity authorities in the…

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SEC Proposes New Rules for Cybersecurity Compliance

On February 9, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose new cybersecurity risk management rules and amendments to enhance cybersecurity preparedness and improve the resilience of investment advisers and investment companies against cybersecurity threats and attacks. Specifically, the proposal would: ● Require advisers and funds to adopt and implement written policies and procedures…

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Boost Microsoft Security with MFA

Office 365 and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) customers were the targets of billions of phishing emails and brute force attacks successfully blocked last year by Microsoft, according to Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Security, Compliance, and Identity. “From January 2021 through December 2021, we’ve blocked more than 25.6 billion Azure AD brute force authentication…

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What is Shadow IT?

Shadow IT has been a growing problem for years, especially as more and more employees are working remotely. While shadow IT can improve employee productivity and drive innovation, it can also introduce serious security risks to your organization through data leaks, potential compliance violations, and more. Shadow IT is the use of information technology systems,…

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