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The Cyber Security Struggle: Are SMEs Safe?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Smaller organizations have a lot on their plates. They face many of the same pressures and threats as enterprises, but their scale often means that they lack both the skills and resources to properly address these problems.

When it comes to cyber security, SME (Small-to-Medium Enterprise) attitudes can be all over the place. Some don’t put much thought into it, thinking that they’re too small to be a target. Cyber threats may not even be on their radar, especially if they’ve been lucky enough to avoid being attacked so far.

Other companies take the threats more seriously but don’t know how to defend themselves appropriately. This can be a significant challenge, particularly if they don’t have any security experts on their staff.


SMEs also tend to lack a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) which means that their IT teams often report to business management. Unfortunately, many management teams don’t have the relevant IT knowledge and they may not understand the cyber security issues that their company faces. This makes it a challenge to form adequate policy and to allocate the necessary funds for defenses.

If your company’s approach to security is similar to any of these situations, it faces significant risks. The chances of cyber attacks are much higher than many small businesses like to believe. According to a Ponemon Institute survey conducted on IT personnel from SMEs, 61% of the respondents reported a cyber attack against the business they worked for.

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The FIN7 Attacks: What They Tell Us About the Latest Hacking Techniques

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

At the start of the month, the Justice Department laid charges against three key members of FIN7, one of the most sophisticated cyber-criminal rings that has ever been seen. The arrests came as a result of cooperation between government agencies such as the FBI, credit card companies Visa and Mastercard, and threat analysts from FireEye. While the charges probably won’t put a stop to such a well-resourced group, the investigation has given us insight into some of the latest techniques that are being used by hackers.

Who Are FIN7?

According to Wired, FIN7 are responsible for attacks on more than 3,600 business locations, stealing over 15 million credit card numbers–and that’s just from their US activities. Some of the affected businesses include Arby’s, Chipotle and Chili’s, although FireEye reports that they have targeted a range of sectors in both the US and Europe, ranging from government and finance to gaming and travel. The hacking group’s attacks are so lucrative that the CTO of Gemini Advisori, Dmitry Chorine, estimated them to be making $50 million each month, with a total of over $1 billion in the years that they have been active.

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Russian Cyber Warfare: What’s At Stake?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

While Russia always seems to be in the news, the stories are so tangled that it’s difficult to figure out what is happening. There are meetings in Helsinki, intelligence agencies saying one thing, the President saying another and confusion on both sides of the political spectrum.

The most important thing that people need to know is that this issue is bigger than Republican vs. Democrat. The security and independence of the country is under threat, which is something that both sides need to unite against.

Beneath all the headlines and hearsay, what we know for sure is that Russia has been trying to influence the US. In itself, this isn’t surprising, because all major powers do this in order to manipulate global events in their favor. What is surprising are the lengths that the Russians are going to, especially when it comes to their cutting-edge cyber attacks and online propaganda.

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Is Huawei a Danger to America’s Security?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

The mobile phone and tech infrastructure company is facing allegations of being a Chinese Government puppet. Is it really a danger to our national security?

It’s been a big year for Huawei and not in a good way. AT&T walked out on an agreement to carry the Mate 10 Pro phone, and Verizon is refusing to carry any more of the company’s products. It’s thought that much of this has to do with pressure from the US Government and the introduction of the Defending US government Communications Act, which aims to ban government agencies from using technology that comes from Huawei or ZTE.

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In February, the leaders of six separate intelligence agencies testified before an intelligence committee, expressing security concerns over Huawei and ZTE. This included the head of the FBI, Chris Wray, who expressed concern over “any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments,” which, if allowed access to the country’s communications infrastructure, “could maliciously modify or steal information”, as well as conduct espionage. All six intelligence leaders recommended that private citizens not use products from Huawei or ZTE.

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Why Should You Bother with Information Security? Isn’t Everything Hackable Anyway?

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

With the ever-increasing flow of large-scale hacks, many seem resigned to the fact that its only a matter of time before they get hit too. Security and its challenges have fully penetrated mainstream thought. Everyone knows that the CIA, the FBI, Russia, and even the hacker next door can break into your computer or phone, hijack your router, intercept your traffic, and take over your life.

In response, there has been a huge cry for better training, more secure software, secure email and secure texting. Basically, security everywhere. But if the hackers and agencies are really this powerful, why should you bother?


Are security services and products worth anything these days? Do they actually provide any protection? Or are they the emperor’s new bullet-proof-vest? It is surprising how many people have come to accept a complete lack of security. Some seem to use this as an excuse to avoid technologies that could benefit both their personal and business lives.

A great example comes from a dentist who was interested in sending notices to his patients via text, but resigned himself to “not bothering” as there is “no way to secure these things, anyway.” While that may be true in an absolute sense, it is not true practically.

In this article we will examine the reasons why we should bother with security and how it can help us in our personal and business lives.

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