Archive for October, 2016

September Cybersecurity Recap: Ransomware And Email Scams Still Dominate

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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 andAbout_Us_Veracity_Consulting 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.

The Zettabyte Era has Arrived!

zettabyte-infographReady for this?  The Zettabyte Era is upon us!

That forecast comes from networking equipment giant Cisco Systems, who recently released its latest Visual Networking Index that forecasts the bandwidth explosion happening.  CISCO predicts that global IP traffic will grow 300% ushering in the zettabyte era for IP traffic through put.  What the heck is a “ZETTABYTE”? Try this on for size: its equivalent to one and a half trillion gigabytes, ahem… PER YEAR.

Where is this coming from? High-definition streaming video, intelligent devices (i.e. the Internet of Things), virtual reality, and mobile device explosion in emerging countries like Africa.  What does this mean for business?   Large-scale and enterprise data centers, extreme networks of infrastructure, and lets not forget the enormous amount of data collateral this includes.  In addition to tripling cloud storage and services, we will see a push for new data and video compression techniques.  Somehow we need be able to push that projected IP traffic through existing and future broadband networks!

Emerging and Maturing Markets

Cisco predicts that “global network connections” will jump by 21 billion. These will be link devices, handhelds and IoT devices like smart cars.  As the “smart phone” conquers emerging markets, we will begin to see an on-slot of the need for greater bandwidth.  Business IP traffic in the Middle East and Africa will grow at a rate of 21 percent, a faster pace than the global average of 18 percent.

Is Your Technology Ready?

With this era of the Zettabyte approaching you must ask – how prepared is your business?  We know that we tend to let our technology practices become routine.  Don’t let your business vulnerable to a multitude of issues as we move into the “Zettabyte era.” Develop an understanding of the technology your company has and how it supports your business, sound technological decision making, and project successes. Veracity’s technology assessment will tell you if your business is prepared for the “Zettabyte Era.”

Veracity Logo 2About 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 Cybersecurity