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Ransomware and Data Breaches

Data Breaches and Ransomware Attacks Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly widespread. Companies are increasingly identifying them as data breaches as the attacks often result in compromised data. This categorization change is significant, as it prompts ransomware victims to notify affected individuals that their information may have been compromised during the attack. In a recent ransomware…
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Data Theft: A Common Occurrence with Ransomware

LifeLabs, a Canadian company that provides lab testing services, announced recently that they were hit by a ransomware and data theft attack. It was announced in December 2019 that 15 million Canadians’ personal information was potentially leaked due to the attack. President and CEO Charles Brown also stated that the company was able to get…
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What Are An Organization’s Biggest Vulnerabilities?

A network’s defense is only as strong as its weakest link. Like in any preventive strategy, it is essential to find and protect the most vulnerable parts, as these are the avenues that cyberattacks are most likely to exploit. Remote Desktop Protocol Remote Desktop Protocol, or RDP, is a Windows feature that allows for one…
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The Lasting Impacts of a Ransomware Attack

While it is common to report on new incidents of ransomware attacks, the lasting impacts of such attacks is rarely discussed. In January of this year, eHealth Saskatchewan, a key organization that stores and maintains public health information for the Canadian province, was hit by a ransomware attack. It was announced that the malware had…
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IT Infrastructure Essentials For The Digital Office

With COVID-19 pushing Canadian businesses to the digital office, it is important for organizations to understand the risks and mitigation strategies to protect their sensitive data: Keep your Software Patched New cybersecurity vulnerabilities are always being discovered. Once a security flaw has been revealed, software developers develop and distribute fixes via security patches. It is…
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Increase in Cyberattacks Targeting Cloud Applications

COVID-19 has caused many businesses to adopt cloud applications to keep up company productivity. Cloud applications are programs and digital tools that are hosted in the internet and allow for easy collaborative workflows and communication. A prime example of a cloud application is Microsoft’s Office 365 suite. It brings the well-known Office applications such as…
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Securing your Organization’s Network amid COVID-19

COVID-19 has shaken up the way that we work. In a study conducted by Statistics Canada, it was found that in the 2nd week of April 2020, 5 million employed Canadians worked mostly from home. This is significantly more compared to the 1.7 million that was recorded previously in 2008. The shift to remote work…
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Covid 19 Has Increased Exploitation Of These Vulnerabilities

Insecure Remote Desktop Connections Remote Desktop Connections, or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a Microsoft proprietary feature that allows for one computer to remotely control another computer over the internet. It is a useful feature for IT administrators who need to diagnose and troubleshoot issues remotely. However, a unsecured or misconfigured RDP connection can be…
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Cyberattackers Are Targeting Organizations Aiding In Covid-19 Response

It has recently been discovered that cyberattacker threats are targeting organizations involved in the global Covid-19 response, according to the UK’s National Cybersecurity Centre and US’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Industries that are being targeted include healthcare, academic institutions, medical organizations, and pharmaceuticals. It was discovered that APTs, or Advanced Persisted Threat groups, pose…
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Data Theft Is Common In Ransomware Attacks

The Microsoft Threat Protection Intelligence Team has stated that almost all ransomware attacks are accompanied by data theft, even if the cyberattackers don’t explicitly state that they are stealing your information. Ransomware attacks are a strain of cyberattack that is characterized by the intention to extort money out of victims by locking their sensitive data…
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