In September, the reoccurring threat theme indicated that parties needed to be on the lookout for ransomware. Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology, Amy Krohn delivers the following recap of the USHS Cybersecurity Report for September 2016: Ransomware and Email Scams Still Dominate the Landscape.
Ransomeware Still a Major Issue for Companies!
There was an almost 200% increase in the number of ransomware discovered in the first half of 2016. According to the FBI, there were over $209 million worth of ransomware-related monetary losses were recorded during the first three months of 2016 in the United States alone.
What is the best way to counter these attacks?
Organizations looking to protect against ransomware should consider solutions that one, identify and block malicious emails, files, and URLs before they can reach endpoints; and two, enable behavior and network traffic monitoring, which allows advanced detection and immediate suspension of malicious activities within the network.
Business Email Compromise Scams Continue to Spread
Email scams typically use social engineering lures rather than malware to intercept monetary transactions. The U.S. ranks among the highest for these types of attacks. Who are the most common targets? The company CFO, who tends to be spoofed because an email comes from the company’s supposed CEO. The solution is education, but it is important to have security solutions that can block malicious emails and flag social engineering techniques associated with ongoing scams. Be sure to keep your company’s email servers up-to-date and create a plan of action before you are attacked. If you find your company without the necessary expertise to perform such tasks, Veracity’s Manage Services infrastructure team can assist your company with the necessary maintenance and training.
About Veracity Consulting
Veracity Consulting is a Kansas City-based technology firm with a reputation of implementing and managing IT solutions and business strategies. Our mission is to change the complex world of technology into a more efficient and profitable solution for businesses and communities. We use a collaborative approach with our clients to create and implement viable and relevant solutions.
We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and government solutions in the areas of Program Management, Data Management and Analytics, Strategy and Architecture, Managed Infrastructure, and Security.
About Amy Krohn
Amy Krohn has served as a leader in the technology industry for over 20 years. Her areas of expertise include leading organizations and companies in executive leadership, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, as a mentor, leadership development, organizational change management, delivery management, vendor management, service management, and process improvements. Amy currently serves as Veracity Consulting’s Vice President of Technology.