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Have You Ever Considered What a Ransomware Attack Would Do to Your Customers?

Have You Ever Considered What a Ransomware Attack Would Do to Your Customers?

It can be too easy to look at ransomware as a business problem. After all, it attacks businesses, locking down their data for ransom, often selling it or spreading it, and sometimes altering it for the business if returning it at all. It can be too easy to overlook another impacted target in all the mess.

What happens to the people whose data a business has collected and uses?

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4 Essential Cybersecurity Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

4 Essential Cybersecurity Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

When considering your company’s cybersecurity, it is important not to lose sight of the forest for the trees… or, in other words, not to forget the basics around which the rest of your protections are built.

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This Malware is Impersonating Popular Business Software

This Malware is Impersonating Popular Business Software

Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to trick users and businesses into falling for their traps. With cyberthreats on the rise, and online risks becoming more detrimental to businesses, it’s definitely something that all businesses need to have protections in place for.

A new attack involves ransomware being disguised as some of the most prominent business-related software tools.

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Listing Some of the Worst Scams Your Business Could Deal With

Listing Some of the Worst Scams Your Business Could Deal With

Small businesses, like any other entities, can be vulnerable to various computer scams. Scams can have an unsettling effect on how your business runs, as it always keeps doubt—even if you do everything you can to mitigate risks—to whether you are going to be the victim of a horrible Internet-based scam. Here's a list of common computer scams that small businesses should be aware of.

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A Single Cybersecurity Incident Has Lasting Repercussions for Maryland Organizations

A Single Cybersecurity Incident Has Lasting Repercussions for Maryland Organizations

It’s a Tuesday morning after a long weekend. You come into the office and note that a couple employees are struggling to log into their machines. You don’t think much of it. You go to your office, set your coffee down, and try to log into your desktop. It fails. 

Your first thought is that your whole day just went sideways. That’s just the start of it.

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Cybercriminals are Using These 4 Shifty Tactics Against Maryland Businesses

Cybercriminals are Using These 4 Shifty Tactics Against Maryland Businesses

Cybersecurity is a critical consideration for businesses to make, as it isn’t hyperbolic to say that a cyberthreat could potentially end a business. Trust me, as a business owner myself, I’m not thrilled about the reality of the situation, but it’s too important for us not to discuss.

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Spam and Phishing are Still Some of the Biggest Security Threats to Your Business

Spam and Phishing are Still Some of the Biggest Security Threats to Your Business

Spam is annoying. It’s so annoying that the majority of us have just learned to accept it and tune it out. We all get physical junk mail that just gets tossed in the trash, we get bizarre text messages that we just automatically ignore, our phones ring with telemarketers and scammers. We’re so used to it, and most people feel so confident in their abilities to ignore it, that we don’t stop and ask ourselves, “Why the heck is spam still a thing?”

It’s because people DO fall for it. Spam works…and when it does, it can be devastating.

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What Really Happens When a Ransomware Attack Strikes?

What Really Happens When a Ransomware Attack Strikes?

Ransomware is perhaps the nastiest threat you can encounter, and the unprepared business could potentially be crippled beyond repair if it suffers from an attack like this. We’re here to demystify the inner machinations of a ransomware attack so you know better how to respond to it.

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Close to Home: Major Maryland Hospital Crippled Due to Cyberattack

Close to Home: Major Maryland Hospital Crippled Due to Cyberattack

A ransomware attack took out the computer network of Atlantic General Hospital, as was discovered on January 29th of this year. While the situation was resolved as of February 13th and the impacted departments returned to full operation, there are bound to be lasting ripples that will continue on for some time.

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Tip of the Week: How to Protect Your Company from Ransomware

Tip of the Week: How to Protect Your Company from Ransomware

Ransomware takes up a significant amount of our blog, and for good reason. It’s an incredibly scary threat to find yourself on the receiving end of, and modern businesses are, to be quite frank, often unprepared to handle it. We wanted to take today as an opportunity to discuss the negative effects you can expect from a ransomware attack—effects that will make you think twice about the current level of security on your infrastructure.

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Ransomware is Something That All Businesses Should Avoid

Ransomware is Something That All Businesses Should Avoid

Ransomware is a serious issue for businesses. How serious?

Think “$265 billion in costs by 2031” serious. In light of this, every organization needs to do everything possible to avoid falling victim to ransomware. Let’s touch on a few practices that will help.

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Were You Targeted by Ransomware? The FBI Wants to Hear About It

Were You Targeted by Ransomware? The FBI Wants to Hear About It

At the end of January, the Federal Bureau of Investigation went public with an announcement that they had taken down the servers and Dark Web sites utilized by the Hive ransomware gang. This is a major victory, in terms of fighting cybercrime, but a certain statistic from this operation shows a somewhat disconcerting trend.

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Maryland Businesses Need to Get Ahead of Cybersecurity Threats

Maryland Businesses Need to Get Ahead of Cybersecurity Threats

When cyberattacks hit close to home; when an attack affects a large number of people, it really shows you just how much risk a business could be facing by not being prepared. Over Thanksgiving, a cybersecurity incident hit the Washington County government, and as of this writing, several services are still paused while things are getting restored.

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ALERT: Cybercriminals are Targeting Baltimore Businesses

ALERT: Cybercriminals are Targeting Baltimore Businesses

The greater Baltimore area is no stranger to cyberattacks, but recent trends are pointing to an increased rise in attacks targeting businesses throughout the area. Let’s take a look at what businesses and other organizations have been experiencing.

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Ransomware Has Gone Mobile

Ransomware Has Gone Mobile

Smartphones have managed to hold out against ransomware a bit longer than other hardware and operating systems, but those days are coming to an end. It’s important to remember that the average smartphone is not protected with antivirus software and thus remains threatened by your standard ransomware attacks. It is absolutely critical that your business doubles down on its protection against ransomware, especially in the mobile market.

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A Look Back at Q1 2022’s Worst Data Breaches

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Despite their best efforts, cybersecurity can be a major cause for concern for all kinds of businesses and organizations. Even with a full team of cybersecurity professionals, data breaches can occur, and many of the worst data breaches of 2022 have been quite devastating. Let’s take a look at some of the worst ones so far.

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Is Your Organization Putting Efforts into Preventing Cyberattacks?

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At the beginning of this year, Governor Larry Hogan approved $16 million in capital grants, distributed amongst 13 agreements. These grants were earmarked to benefit a variety of public facilities, from community centers to medical support and treatment centers, amongst others. 

While we recognize this as a great thing for the people of Maryland, we can’t help but hope that some of these funds are going to be used by the recipients to lock down their cybersecurity.

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The FBI is Extremely Concerned About Ransomware; and You Should Be Too

The FBI is Extremely Concerned About Ransomware; and You Should Be Too

Ransomware is an incredibly disruptive threat that can put your business at risk, but it is increasingly becoming not just a fiscal risk to organizations, but also to the physical health and wellbeing of communities and individuals. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning that should have everyone concerned about the future of ransomware attacks, not just in business, but in everyday life.

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Baltimore Nonprofits are a Prime Target for Cyberattacks

Baltimore Nonprofits are a Prime Target for Cyberattacks

It’s easy to think of a data breach as something that only happens to massive companies like Netflix, Target, and Equifax. The reality is that, more often than not, small and medium-sized businesses are the target of cyberattacks, which makes the nonprofit sector a prime target as well. Here are three ways to protect your nonprofit from a bad actor.

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What Businesses Can Learn from the Maryland Department of Health Ransomware Attack

What Businesses Can Learn from the Maryland Department of Health Ransomware Attack

Back in December of 2021, the Maryland Department of Health suffered a ransomware attack that rendered quite a few services unavailable. Let’s take a few moments to look back at this attack to see what can be learned from it.

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