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Ransomware Lessons for City Governments

U.S. towns and cities are being hit hard by ransomware and cyberattacks A city government's network is a prime target for hackers. Many small towns and cities don't have the tools, personnel, or budget to fight back. And when an attack is successful, who is to blame? Cities like Lake City, Florida have been in the news recently for falling victim to devastating ransomware attacks and the consequences afterwards. Lake City, Florida's computer network was devastated within hours. Their security and backup defenses were no match for expert hackers and sophisticated spear phishing campaigns. Their budget never extended to cover…
OTWAdmin
November 11, 2019
Backup

3 Reasons to Invest in a Strong, Trusted Backup Solution

A backup solution is like an insurance policy for your business. Data loss is a serious – and often devastating – problem for organizations. A good backup solution in place means less worry and hassle for you and your business… and it is protection against costly threats in the future that might otherwise harm your reputation, impair your ability to function, or put you out of business altogether. Here are three reasons you should consider a backup solution. Backed up data is safe from ransomware threats Ransomware and other types of cyberattacks are increasingly common – and small to medium…
OTWAdmin
March 11, 2019
BackupSecurity

Your best security defense includes backup

Why should your business have a data backup? Here at OXEN, we highly recommend a backup strategy for everyone as part of a strong security defense. You’ve probably recently heard a lot about the critical need for a backup solution in the fight against ransomware. Essentially ransomware is malicious software that encrypts your files and won’t decrypt them unless you the pay the ransom. You can’t rely on ransomware being removed. Even if it’s possible to remove it, it could take days and a lot of money. And if you pay the ransom, you can’t rely on the attackers to…
OTWAdmin
October 30, 2017
InfrastructureSecurity

Why bother with software and hardware updates for security?

When was the last time you thought about software and hardware updates? For many, updating software and hardware is not a priority because "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". At OXEN, we politely disagree with this age old wisdom because it's abundantly clear that today's cyber attacks pointedly prey on vulnerabilities present in old software and hardware. (This holds especially true for operating systems such as Microsoft Windows.) It may not be "broke", but it's still old. "Working" does not mean "secure". Old software and hardware simply do not have the latest defenses like security patches and advances in…
OTWAdmin
August 16, 2017
Security

Update on Petya ransomware: It’s a wiper

In late June, a new ransomware attack was announced that was quickly spreading across the globe. Since then, after further analysis, it appears that this Petya ransomware isn’t in fact ransomware: it’s a wiper. Petya ransomware encrypts the master boot records of infected Windows computers, thus making the affected machines unusable. Because of the way the virus works, there appears to be no way for the attacker to decrypt a victim’s files – so don’t pay the ransom! It seems incredibly unlikely that victims would ever get their data restored. The other notable aspect of Petya is that it uses…
OTWAdmin
July 10, 2017
Security

Warning: Petya ransomware outbreak similar to WannaCry spreads worldwide

A new ransomware attack called Petya, PetyaWrap, or GoldenEye began spreading worldwide on June 27th, and it looks similar to the WannaCry outbreak in May. It targets Microsoft Windows operating systems and so far reports show that all systems from XP to Windows 10 are susceptible. Petya looks to be more sophisticated than WannaCry and doesn't have the same flaws that allowed a "killswitch" to slow down WannaCry's progress. This means Petya may be a more virulent attack and harder to slow down and stop, although experts are saying they hope the patching of the known exploits it uses after…
OTWAdmin
June 28, 2017
Security

First Quarter 2017 Update on Cybersecurity

Bob Gentzler, President, OXEN Technology I want to give you a short update on what OXEN Technology is doing on the cybersecurity front and the capabilities we have built to improve our security efforts. It seems like every day we read about another cybersecurity breach. Lost credit card information, hacked emails, corporate or national security information stolen by insider or external actors. Cyber espionage and security attacks have become sophisticated and big business. We have reluctantly learned a new language: ransomware, “phishing”, malware, HIPAA (in healthcare), PCI (for credit card protection), and PII (personally identifiable information) to name a few.…
OTWAdmin
April 18, 2017
PodcastsSecurity

Malware Sneaks in Through Chrome Browser Extensions

With Google Chrome at 60% market share, it's no wonder that browser extension malware is on the rise. In this podcast, Chad Porter helps us understand a particular form of malware that sneaks in through browser extensions. Extensions are handy add-ons that increase functionality of your Google Chrome Browser. We share some information that Chad found on a blog by a man in Copenhagen, Denmark named Maxime Kjaer. He shares some insights regarding extension malware that sparked this conversation between Chad and me. If you're interested in learning more about how OXEN Technology can help you with your IT network, you…
OTWAdmin
September 7, 2016
Security

20% of Businesses Attacked by Ransomware Shut Down

John Rokes This next article on the continuing, growing threat of ransomware attacks comes courtesy of our very own John Rokes. John has spent 35 years in project management and enterprise IT and now brings that expertise to OXEN Technology clients. John constantly reviews industry buzz and writes about it in his own blog at InfoSec for the Small-Medium Sized Organization. This article is republished from that work. Ransomware Attacks Are Increasing A new report found that nearly 40 percent of businesses had been victims of ransomware attacks in the past year. Security Magazine says that at least a third…
OTWAdmin
September 1, 2016
Security

Defend Yourself Against Ransomware: Email Attachment Filtering

We recently noted the increase in ransomware attacks that OXEN Technology has dealt with. As a follow-up, we want to make you aware of a tool that helps protect your network environment against these types of file-hostage attacks. This tool allows for email attachment defense and filters email attachments that are able to enter your environment. Why Email Attachment Filtering? Why does filtering email attachments defend against ransomware attacks? Because infected document attachments have become an easy method for cybercriminals to use. The cost to create and deliver them is small and the opportunity is large. Unsuspecting users click on…
OTWAdmin
July 12, 2016