Hannah J Lobdell

The Colonial Pipeline hack and what your business can learn from it

One of the largest ransomware attacks on U.S oil infrastructure to date occurred on April 29, 2021, when cybercriminals hacked the Colonial Pipeline Company via an employee password. Within a week, the Pipeline shut down, and a ransom note of $4.4 million was sent. While the Government has assured us that the fuel lines will return to full working capacity, the cyberattack has already begun to ...

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Vivian Susko

Policy breakdown: The 2021 Cybersecurity Executive Order and what it means for the Telecom industry

The Biden-Harris administration signed the "Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity" on May 12, 2021. Consisting of 11 sections, the order calls for better communication between the U.S. public and private sectors, new software development standards, and updated cyberattack response protocols nationwide.  

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Sam Stelfox

Smart home cybersecurity news roundup [May 2021]

Researchers found a flaw in 13 Android apps’ security measures which could lead to over 100 million users’ personal information being exposed, while both VMware and WiFi were found to have vulnerabilities that could jeopardize their larger scale networks. This month’s cybersecurity roundup examines the flaws in the authentication keys, WiFi frames, and V12 configurations that threatened the ...

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Sam Stelfox

Smart home cybersecurity news roundup [April 2021]

Security researchers uncovered two major malware strains in April: the more_eggs backdoor targeting LinkedIn users and the Promotei botnet's exploitation of the Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities. Social media app TikTok is also under scrutiny for the misuse of children's information and data collection. This month's cybersecurity roundup takes a deep dive into the security ...

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Vivian Susko

Will the Biden Administration adopt a Cybersecurity Labelling Scheme (CLS)?

An unprecedented year of targeted malware and ransomware threats kicked off with the SolarWinds attack back in January,  a data breach affecting several government institutions and exposing the sensitive data of more than 425 of the US Fortune 500 companies. When nearly 30,000 macOS devices across 153 countries were infected by the malware known as Silver Sparrow a month later, the public turned ...

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Vivian Susko

Retail Lab Test Franchise approves Minim as office network security vendor, securing confidential patient data

Amid a flood of patient visits, ANY LAB TEST NOW® sites are turning to Minim to ensure patient health data is protected over their WiFi networks. An evolving library of confidential files and connected devices are overwhelming traditional firewall and VPN security, threatening to expose sensitive patient information. With a forecasted 49% increase in post-pandemic retail health clinic demand, ...

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Sam Stelfox

Smart home cybersecurity news roundup [March 2021]

Several major system infiltrations made it onto the books in March, including the previously downplayed Ubiquiti Networks breach and a new ransomware demand to the tune of $50 million. Reoccurring malware threats continue to spur a response from the United States government for stronger defensive security measures, for the general public as well as federal offices. We explore the potential ...

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Caleb McKee

The best free password managers for security and convenience

It's tempting to reuse an old password, especially when the average person has 100 different accounts to secure, but it’s more dangerous than many realize. You wouldn’t make 100 copies of a skeleton key to your home, so why gamble with your network and sensitive data?  Adding a password manager to your arsenal of online tools is a great step in preventing unwanted infiltrations and keeping ...

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Caleb McKee

How Shodan searches help bolster your cybersecurity home defense, according to experts

If you were greeted on your front steps by a door-to-door salesman you’d never met, would your first move be to welcome them inside and hand over a map of your entire home? Our guess is probably not— you’ve likely learned never to trust a stranger with such sensitive information. Depending on what sort of devices you have and how they're configured on your home network, however, this is exactly ...

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Vivian Susko

Tech and telecom trends under a new administration

The past year challenged the world's reliance on home broadband and further highlighted the immense urban-rural digital divide still at play. As nearly 30 million Americans today lack access to high-speed internet and 25-30% of the global workforce plans to continue enabling work-from-home in 2021, what changes and technology advancements can we expect to see in the new year under the new ...

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