Category: Security

CTC’s March 2019 Threat Report

Bitcoin

Perhaps to underscore that no single technology is effective against hackers, a wave of recent news related to cryptocurrency has hit. It includes an executive who passed away and took with him the password to about $190 million in cryptocurrency and a successful social engineering attack, among other topics.   Blockchains Under Attack It wasn’t… Read more

CTC’s February 2019 Threat Report

Cyber break-in

Sometimes, cybersecurity issues hit VERY close to home. Consider the Apple FaceTime bug that allowed users to see and hear people before they answered the call. Or the Fortnite vulnerability that allowed hackers to eavesdrop on players. Such issues can instill within users a sense of vulnerability. They bring cybersecurity issues into homes across the… Read more

5 Top Firewall Providers for 2019

Firewalls are vital

Rogue AI chatbots, IoT breaches, widespread fraud: many expert predictions for 2019 are downright dire. Selecting the right firewall provider can go a long way to protecting your enterprise’s reputation, data, and bottom line. Let’s take a look at five top firewall providers for 2019. 1. Fortinet Maybe it’s the company’s independently certified and continuous… Read more

CTC’s January 2019 Threat Report

Crystal ball

Despite continual technological advances, development of a crystal ball that accurately predicts the future of cybersecurity eludes us. Thankfully, a couple of recent news items provide guideposts that may well come in handy for this new year. Experts Predict 2019 Cybersecurity Dangers Responding to a request from Forbes, a number of IT experts shared their… Read more

5 Top Data Loss Prevention Providers for 2019

Data loss prevention

In 2018, the number of breached records totaled more than 1.3 billion. The root cause of many of those breaches? Unintended disclosures. That is to say, user error rather than hacks. Hackers didn’t take the year off, though. As you can imagine, their efforts also comprised a significant number of breaches. For today’s enterprise, looming… Read more

5 Top Endpoint Security Providers for 2019

Find the right endpoint protection provider.

Endpoint security is the practice of protecting a network from malicious programs or activity originating from any one of that network’s numerous connection sites. Anything can happen after that. And whatever does happen could end up costing your company a lot of money. According to the Ponemon Institute, system downtime from an endpoint attack can… Read more

CTC’s December 2018 Threat Report

A menacing cybersecurity threat.

When a cybersecurity issue arises, reaction time matters. Yet in recent news: A government agency let a known problem sit for an entire year A popular retailer swiftly addressed the issue but communicated poorly to affected users. Both issues go away with the right team backing you up. A team led, hopefully, by someone who… Read more

5 Top Antivirus Providers for 2019

Antivirus software

Cybersecurity for 2019 is a tale of three numbers: $6 trillion: Cyber crime’s global economic cost by 2021 $248 billion: The expected size of the cybersecurity market by 2023 10: The number of antivirus options available here from which to choose the best defense for your organization Companies don’t have to face the stark reality… Read more

CTC’s November 2018 Threat Report

Is this circuit board safe?

It’s one of the longest-held animal myths of all time: that ostriches bury their heads in the sand to avoid danger. They don’t; they’re preparing nests or caring for their eggs. (Anything that buried its head in the sand would have a difficult time breathing.) But as a metaphor for people avoiding difficult situations by… Read more

CTC’s October 2018 Threat Report

An airliner.

Cybersecurity issues brought to light over the past month or so remind us of a very important aspect of the internet: everything is connected. No website exists on an island that is perfectly fortified against attack. And sometimes, the attacks come from a seemingly friendly territory. The code that KO’d British Airways An attack on… Read more

Is Your 5-Year-Old Wireless Network Outdated?

Digital hourglass.

In a study examining how circumstances influence our perception of time, scientists confirmed what many suspected: when a stressful situation is looming, time seems to slow down. Think car accident, termination notice, etc. That phenomenon might help explain why some decision-makers look at an organization’s wireless network and deem it sufficient. Facing the complexities, and… Read more

CTC’s September 2018 Threat Report

A digital lock.

Children hacking ostensibly well-protected computer systems. The FBI’s best beating a path to the exits. Unabated cyber assaults against big-name companies. Sounds like it’s time to turn our cybersecurity-related concerns up to “11.” Child hacks voting site Forget Nickelodeon. One 11-year-old boy bypassed Spongebob Squarepants and his cohorts to spend time trying to hack into… Read more

6 Social Engineering Scams To Guard Against

Social engineering tactics

Out of context, it’s a relatively innocuous term: “social engineering.” To the uninitiated, that might as well refer to efforts to design and build a new community center. You know better, of course. You know that in a “social engineering” attack, a person or group uses human interaction to identify usernames, passwords, and other information… Read more

1 Thing You Must Know About Social Engineering

A home-based computer user.

They understand the risks involved. Despite that, nearly 25% of employees admitted to ignoring company-promoted cybersecurity best practices. The ignored practices included not storing login credentials and saving company documents onto personal computers. It’s an unnerving statistic for anyone tasked with protecting a company’s network. One estimate puts employee cybersecurity training at $290,000. Based on… Read more

CTC’s August 2018 Threat Report

Cyber eye

Exploiting vulnerabilities isn’t merely the province of solo hackers and state-sponsored agents. If a weakness exists somewhere, it’s a safe bet that an effort is being made to identify and leverage it. Even if that effort is being made in a prison by the inmates themselves. (More on that in a minute.) Large, concerted effort… Read more

The Enterprise Transition to 5G

5G is coming

With the dawn of 5G upon us, “business as usual” doesn’t apply to wireless enterprise planning. That’s because the next generation of wireless promises to deliver significant changes to nearly every industry. It also promises its fair share of issues. Here’s a closer look at some of the more prominent challenges the enterprise space faces… Read more

How to Handle Wireless Security Like a Seven-Year-Old

Wireless security now, Nirvana later.

Seven-year-old you was pretty awesome. Rocking your Super NES, listening to your brother’s “Nevermind” CD when he wasn’t around, cackling like crazy to Ren & Stimpy. You were so awesome that you didn’t realize you’d already learned several key elements of wireless security — knowledge that would help you out in the 21st century. Here’s a… Read more

CTC’s July 2018 Threat Report

Mysterious hacker

Ukraine authorities raise red flags about the early stages of a widespread cyberattack. Meanwhile, a Florida marketing firm demonstrates that lax security measures can be as bad as a cyberattack. (At least as far as these 230 million people are concerned, anyway.) Good thing WPA3 is here; security efforts could use a boost. Russian cyber… Read more

CTC’s June 2018 Threat Report

Ethernet cable

This month’s threat report starts with a cyber threat rarity: A warning from one of the nation’s most prominent agencies to reboot browsers in an effort to fend off malware linked to Russia. FBI issues stark warning Here’s what you need to know about the router assault and how to respond. WHO: The Federal Bureau of… Read more

CTC’s May 2018 Threat Report

Network user on devices

Almost $20,000. That’s how much a single bitcoin was worth at the currency’s peak valuation on December 17, 2017. You probably heard about it, since many news organizations trumpeted the rise of the cryptocurrency. The bottom fell out not too long after that. By the following February, that single bitcoin was worth $6,200. Even with… Read more