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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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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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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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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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There is No Value in Paying a Ransom

There is No Value in Paying a Ransom

We all know at this point how dangerous ransomware can be for businesses. It can lock down files, threaten operational continuity, and in some cases subject victims to brutal fines as a result of privacy breaches. One place where you might not expect ransomware to hit, however, is customer reviews, and it all stems from the big question: do you pay to resolve a ransomware attack or not?

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The OnePercent Group: A Slightly Different Approach to Ransomware

The OnePercent Group: A Slightly Different Approach to Ransomware

A recent trend even amongst ransomware threats is that the FBI is issuing warnings regarding how dangerous it is or how difficult certain variants are. This particular threat—the OnePercent ransomware gang—is no exception. Let’s break down what you need to know about the OnePercent Group and how you can prepare to handle attacks not just from this threat, but most ransomware threats.

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Read This if You Don’t Believe That Ransomware is a Major Problem for Businesses Like Yours

Read This if You Don’t Believe That Ransomware is a Major Problem for Businesses Like Yours

You’d think that cybercriminals would use ransomware to target high-profile businesses with loads of money to extort, but this is not always the case. Even a small business can fall victim to these particularly devastating threats. Ransomware, just like other threats out there, has continued to evolve and adjust its approaches based on the current cybersecurity climate, so what are some of the latest developments in ransomware?

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Maryland’s Historic Agricultural Industry is Under Attack

Maryland’s Historic Agricultural Industry is Under Attack

Ransomware, and more specifically those who maliciously deploy and spread it, are shamelessly tactical in the industries targeted in their campaigns. Let’s examine how Maryland’s agricultural industry is at great risk of a malware attack, and why this is.

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Don’t Be Caught Off Guard by Ransomware

Don’t Be Caught Off Guard by Ransomware

Ransomware is bad stuff, and it’s only gotten worse with its recent resurgence that aligned with the COVID-19 pandemic. Phishing attacks and other means by which ransomware is commonly spread have used the current atmosphere as a springboard. This makes it even more critical that these kinds of behaviors and attempts can be spotted and stopped.

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What We Can Learn from the Ireland Health Service Ransomware Attack

What We Can Learn from the Ireland Health Service Ransomware Attack

In May of 2021, Ireland’s Health Service Executive, which handles healthcare and social services to the Emerald Isle’s nearly five million residents, was the target of a massive ransomware attack. Even as businesses and municipalities from all over the globe have been dealing with this plight, we mention this because of the aftereffects of this situation. Today, we take a look at the situation and what can be learned from it. 

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The Key to Protecting Your Business from Ransomware Is More of the Same

The Key to Protecting Your Business from Ransomware Is More of the Same

With so many high-profile ransomware attacks being launched against manufacturers, pipelines, and even hospitals, it’s no surprise that many companies are worried about what the future of this threat means for their organizations. Ransomware poses a serious threat, one that cannot possibly be ignored, so we urge you to take action now so you don’t come to regret it later.

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Veterinarians Need to Prioritize Their Security Solutions

Veterinarians Need to Prioritize Their Security Solutions

We’ve long offered the tools that veterinarians can and should use to optimize their processes, including their security. We wanted to take a few moments to dive into the various threats that today’s veterinarians need to prepare for, and how the right IT can help them to do so.

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Major Hack Stymies Meat Processing

Major Hack Stymies Meat Processing

A recent surge of high-profile ransomware attacks strikes again with an assault on the world’s largest meat processor and distributor, JBS S.A. The cyberattack was so disruptive that the company was forced to suspend operations in both North America and Australia, leading to a considerable impact on the supply chain. Let’s take a deeper dive into what lessons can be learned from this situation.

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CPAs Can’t Relax Their Cybersecurity Even Though Tax Season Is Over

CPAs Can’t Relax Their Cybersecurity Even Though Tax Season Is Over

As the tax season ends, many financial institutions and professionals alike take a breather. Unfortunately, now isn’t the time to let your guard down. As cyberattacks increase in frequency, you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your clients’ data.

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The Colonial Pipeline Attack Continues to Be Important to Cybersecurity

The Colonial Pipeline Attack Continues to Be Important to Cybersecurity

The situation surrounding the hack against Colonial Pipeline has only become more complex as new information has come to light, each new discovery providing more insights and potentially actionable takeaways. Let’s examine some of the biggest developments surrounding the attack, and what they will likely mean for overall cybersecurity from this point forward.

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Three Cybersecurity Tips for All Maryland Businesses

Three Cybersecurity Tips for All Maryland Businesses

As ransomware and phishing attacks continue to increase, many Maryland businesses may feel there isn’t much they can do. However, by following a few basic best practices, your business can dramatically reduce the chance of a successful cyberattack. Here are three tips you should enact today.

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What Makes a Ransomware Attack So Expensive?

What Makes a Ransomware Attack So Expensive?

Ransomware is no laughing matter, especially in terms of the costs it can impose on its victims—this is, after all, what ransomware is famous for. However, some of these costs can be derived from unexpected expenses and exacerbate the already significant issues that ransomware poses. Let’s go over some of the costs that you should anticipate, should you be targeted by a successful ransomware attempt.

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