Managed Detection and Response – Why It’s Needed and How it Works

Posted by John Hallqvist on Jan 2, 2020 2:15:01 PM

According to a report from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, financial losses from cyber-crime grew 90% from 2017 to 2018, while the number of complaints only grew 16%1. These numbers indicate that cyber criminals are getting more effective at siphoning large sums of money when they do succeed in compromising systems. This is likely due to the higher levels of sophisticated methods and tools they leverage to bypass traditional security measures such as next generation firewall and antivirus solutions. IT and Cyber Security Professionals in turn must also implement more sophisticated methods and tools to protect their organization’s digital assets.

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Topics: Cyber Security, IT, security, MSP, Cyber-Crime, SIEM, Detection

Setting your IT Budget to Help your Clients, Employees and your Bottom Line

Posted by Joe Moline on Nov 13, 2019 5:22:21 PM

As companies prepare their budgets for 2020, financial leaders across the world are often looking at IT as one of their biggest annual costs. Additionally, each year seems to bring on steep increases depending on the type of organization and how they invest in technology. The expense is not necessarily predictable either- the more an organization has workloads in the cloud, the more likely the final expense becomes a moving target. 

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Topics: Cyber Security, IT, security, Managed IT, MSP, 2020 Budgeting, budget

Penetration Testing: Why it's Needed and What to Look For in a Penetration Test

Posted by John Hallqvist on Nov 7, 2019 9:14:50 AM

A Security Breach Can Happen To Anyone: Small or Large

Many in the cyber security industry are aware of the Equifax breach. It was one of the largest and most well- known data breaches to date, affecting 143 million personally identifiable information (PII) records of U.S. citizens. Perhaps the most alarming detail about this breach was that Equifax did indeed have a robust security program. Hackers were able to circumvent security controls by exploiting a vulnerability in the open source component, Apache Struts, which is an open source web application framework used to develop Java web applications. During that same year, WannaCry ransomware was released into the wild and there were a record breaking 14,000 vulnerabilities reported to US-CERT, according to CVE details1. In 2018, that number jumped to over 16,000. The lesson every organization should learn from this event is that a breach can happen to any business, small or large.

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Topics: Cyber Security, IT, Managed IT, MSP, Penetration Testing, Security Breach

What Should You Expect From a Managed IT Provider in 2020?

Posted by John Hallqvist on Oct 24, 2019 8:09:25 AM

Why Outsource to a Managed IT Provider

Many organizations employ the services of a Managed IT Services Provider (MSP). One reason for this may be due to the high cost of employing an IT Professional in-house. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Network Administrator in 2018 was $82,050 (not including costs of healthcare, paid time off, and other benefits). Given that the job market has continued to be at all-time lows, companies are focusing on leveraging their capital and other resources to focus on hiring talent that contributes to their core business. Shifting funds from strategic roles to support roles may hinder a company’s ability to compete, which may be a reason why companies are moving to and continue to outsource IT functions.

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Topics: Cyber Security, IT, Managed IT, MSP

Re-Blog: Wi-Fi Alliance Introduces Security Enhancements

Posted by Jesse Homa on Jan 11, 2018 9:55:33 AM

With all the security news recently of WPA2 wireless being broken with the KRACK attack methods, the Wi-Fi Alliance® has put together the next security standard called WPA3 that should do away with most of the insecurities of WPA2 and open wireless networks altogether. WPA3 is expected to arrive sometime in 2018. 

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Topics: Cyber Security

Re-Blog: "The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked"

Posted by Jesse Homa on Nov 21, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Cyber Security is an on-going battle and there isn't one best way to protect yourself. Because security is so important and there are many aspects to it, The Motherboard published a great comprehensive guide on how to not get hacked. This article is updated regularly and is great for just about everyone. If you have further questions regarding cyber security and how to better protect your self contact Cyber Advisors

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Topics: Education, Cyber Security

Thoughts on the Direction of Microsoft and Security

Posted by Terence Kolstad on Nov 17, 2017 3:09:38 PM

I was fortunate enough to attend the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, FL this year. During the conference, there was a TON of information to gather, experts to network with, and vendors to see in the Expo Hall.

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Topics: Education, Cyber Security

In the Know - Cyber Security Update - Week of October 1st - October 8th

Posted by Eric Brown on Oct 8, 2017 9:10:41 PM

October is Cyber Security Awareness month, it’s likely that one of your email accounts has been involved in a breach - find out how to know for sure, let’s ditch Yahoo mail together, a new password stealer is in the wild, and another unsecured database is discovered, this time compromising NFL players and their agents private data.

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Topics: Cyber Security

In the Know - Cyber Security Update - Week of September 24th - October 1st

Posted by Eric Brown on Oct 3, 2017 8:04:59 AM

Attackers turn their attention to foods this week, Wholefoods & Sonic compromised point of sale systems, cause fire sale of credit and debit card account numbers on the dark web, we learn how much Tinder knows about you, and it seems the Deloitte hack is going to be a lot worse than originally estimated.

For those in the Twin Cities:

We are having a Cyber Security Fall Forum at Utepils Brewery on October 17th, Craft beer, soda, food and an afternoon of Cyber Security!  Register here:  http://connect.cyberadvisors.com/brew-and-bytes-fall-securitforum

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Topics: Cyber Security

In the Know - Cyber Security Update - Week of September 17th - September 24th

Posted by Eric Brown on Sep 24, 2017 7:03:17 PM

Pattern recognition easily defeats Android passwords, more Amazon S3 buckets exposed, GPS coordinates on an Instagram post lead to a Most Wanted Arrest, and WI-FI theft causes the FBI to raid the wrong home. 

We continue with our theme of improving our security posture by looking at some quick ways to keep our own personal WI-FI from being hacked.

For those in the Twin Cities:

We are having a Cyber Security Fall Forum at Utipils Brewery on October 17th, Craft beer, soda, food and an afternoon of Cyber Security!  Register here:  http://connect.cyberadvisors.com/brew-and-bytes-fall-securitforum

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Topics: Cyber Security