Kodie Dower
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Lax Device Management Puts Students And Educators At Risk

Every year, students and teachers manage back-to-school stress, but this year, anxieties are up a notch as the specter of a pandemic looms and schools struggle with simply meeting students' needs. This year, many schools are taking a hybrid approach to school, combining elements of in-person and remote learning. But among the complexity of teaching remotely, one area that hasn't been looked at closely enough is the device management practices of newly remote educators and students.

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Kodie Dower
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To Pay or Not to Pay: Introducing the 2020 Ransomware Resiliency Report

In recent years, ransomware has proven to be one of the most destructive cyber threats facing the private and public sectors alike. This issue has never been more salient than during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a surge in remote working and phishing attempts against businesses and hospitals. The specter of ransomware, combined with current trends towards remote work, places an urgent need for IT professionals to rethink their security practices and take an informed consideration of the true costs of ransomware.

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Jonathan Crowe
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Must-Know Ransomware Statistics and Attack Trends 2020

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From massive increases in ransom amounts to big shifts in attack models, these statistics reveal the major new trends in ransomware.

In 2019, ransomware completely evolved. Mass distribution campaigns designed to to indiscriminately infect home users are out. Targeted campaigns aimed at taking down mid- to large-sized organizations are in. As a result, according to several sources, the overall number of infections dropped in 2019. But the infections we did see were more sophisticated, more disruptive, and far more lucrative for the criminals behind the operations.

What's driving this trend? The following stats tell the story. Read more

Jonathan Crowe

MSP Cybersecurity Checklist: Practical Steps for Securing Your MSP Business from Ransomware and Other Threats

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Managed services providers have become increasingly popular targets for cyber attacks.

Ransomware criminals, in particular, have singled out MSPs and their customers as prime candidates for extortion, and they've adapted their tactics to create nightmare scenarios.

Rather than simply encrypt the MSP's systems, attackers use compromised MSP employee credentials to hijack the MSP's software tools and use them to deploy ransomware to all of the MSP's customers at once. Read more