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Cybersecurity in the Pandemic Panic - Patching Problems and Solutions

Vulnerability scanning and patching is a cornerstone of cybersecurity. Deploying relevant patches is a critical step in basic security measures to minimize any organization's endpoint vulnerabilities. In response to COVID-19, many companies are now required to have employees work from home (WFH). This sudden transition to a remote workforce has resulted in essential security practices and assessments like patching, to become either delayed, neglected or forgotten. As such, we can expect attackers to take advantage of this and use vulnerable devices to infiltrate an organization. 

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Cybersecurity in the Pandemic Panic - A Silver Lining for Remote Workforces

Uncover the opportunities presented by COVID-19

It is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless when disruptive events such as COVID-19 erupt out of nowhere. While there is no denying that this pandemic is incredibly horrific, it does not mean organizations should bask in the fear and take a break from normal operations. Instead, this period of uncertainty should be viewed as an opportunity for organizations to re-calibrate and highlight their mission-critical initiatives.

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Time to Dust Off that Disaster Recovery Document

How long has it been since you have revisited or reviewed your company disaster recovery document? Have you conducted any table-top exercises this year or have any lined up on the company schedule of events? Odds are, depending on when you are reading this article, you may be in a real scenario, not an exercise, as part of the COVID-19 pandemic. You may even be asking, “what is a disaster recovery document?” Considering the impact of COVID-19, there is probably no better time create or review those incident, continuity, disaster and recovery documents for your cybersecurity library. You will want to make sure they include all your business needs to be successful when the worst of times are upon you, including a pandemic.

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Benefits and Cybersecurity Tips for Your Remote Workforce

In a previous article, we highlighted the tactics scam artists are exploiting from COVID-19. Unfortunately, technologically savvy criminals are also exploiting the virus by taking advantage of the rapid Work from Home (WFH) adoption. Most organizations were not prepared for this overnight adoption and consequently cut corners during the implementation. We have compiled a list of key elements every organization employing WFH should consider.

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Using Disasters like COVID-19 for Profit - a Criminal’s Dream!

Threat actors commonly leverage catastrophic events to launch attacks. As such, it comes as no surprise that COVID-19 is being used to forward cybercrime. What’s more, is that COVID-19 being a global phenomenon has provided a vehicle for scammers to shine. As a result, this prompted the United States Secret Service to release a statement warning individuals against the scams (see below for official PDF link).

To help protect you, we have collected a list of top scams to watch out for:

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Social Media Scam and Bank Fraud

How my daughter got catfished and almost took down the entire family finances.

A tale of near misses by Lauro Chavez.

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RobbinHood Ransomware Assaulting Cities and Businesses

Ransomware is perhaps one of the most tossed around buzzwords today. In reality, ransomware is simply the word used to describe malicious software that scrambles the data of a system and renders it completely inaccessible until the ransom is paid. In recent years, the ransomware variant titled ‘RobbinHood’ has seen a major uptick in infecting public municipalities.

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Severe BlueKeep flaw still plaguing outdated connected medical devices

Despite Microsoft releasing a patch for the 2019 BlueKeep Vulnerability, CyberMDX dicovered, 22% of hospital Windows devices are still exposed to BlueKeep. This puts medical devices at a much higher risk for BlueKeep and ultimately ransomware.

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Researchers at MIT Identify Security Vulnerabilities in Voting App

The expansion of mobile technology in recent years has come with several amenities. It has also generated popular slogans like “there is an app for that.” These two notions have produced the idea of using mobile applications to complete practical activities such as voting.

Anything that can get hacked, will get hacked. This is why voting security experts have warned that paper ballots are the only secure method to vote.

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Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act, What does it mean?

The want and need to keep a company's data private is universal, but cyber criminals are constantly trying to gain access to that data. To better protect our nation from malicious hackers, government representatives have proposed offensive measures that companies can take in the case that a hacker steals private information.

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