Walking in to a ransomware splash screen on your organizations’ computers can be terrifying; and trust us, ransomware was designed to terrify. Often times untraceable bitcoin payments are involved (and sometimes even extortion demands) in order to gain access to your computer, encrypted files, or network. Ransomware is currently considered by many reports as one of the top cybersecurity threats, and for good reason. Not only is data theft a profitable industry, costing companies on average $761,106 per payout, but attackers have taken things a step further by publicly disclosing sensitive data on leak sites. If you discover ransomware in your system, the most important thing to do first is not to panic.
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Today we are excited to announce Jeff Wheat as our new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Jeff joins us with more than 35 years of experience in information security, IT architecture, cyber operations, and risk management. In the role of CISO, Jeff will be responsible for Blue Team Alpha’s cyber security policies, security operations, and data and platform protection.
With cyberattacks on the rise, it’s important for small and medium-sized business owners to look at their cybersecurity plans. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start, but even on a budget there are a few basic hygiene measures (like a password manager) you can implement to keep your company and systems secure.
At Blue Team Alpha, we firmly believe in the importance of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for both large and small companies. As cybersecurity attacks continue to rise, the C-Suite demands a role fully dedicated to protecting enterprise networks, applications, and data. It’s the only way to properly defend against an attack.
All you have to do is scan the latest headlines, and it becomes painfully obvious that cyber attacks are on the rise. In fact, 80 percent of businesses have seen an increase in attacks this year, due in large part to the pandemic.
We all know that cyber attacks in 2020 have gone through the roof due to COVID, in part due to the massive shift of more people working from home. This shift from more secure office-centric networks to home-based workers has given hackers new avenues for attacks.
If you’re like the average person, you’re probably getting tired of hearing about COVID-19. We all want it to go away, and while we probably understand the need for mask wearing and social distancing, we just wish we didn’t have to deal with it anymore. This overwhelming sense of fatigue is carrying over to many businesses when it comes to cybersecurity and COVID-19.
The average company devotes 16 percent of its IT budget to cybersecurity, mostly consisting of technologies and tools such as firewalls, antivirus software, and other programs designed to repel attackers
The projected cost of cybercrime is $6 trillion annually by 2021, making cybersecurity a critical issue for every organization. Just how much do companies spend on cybersecurity? According to the 2020 State of the CIO survey, the average company devotes 16 percent of its IT budget to cybersecurity.