10 Critical Steps to Survive a Ransomware Attack

Posted Posted in Best Practice, Business, Business Continuity, Internet, Phishing, Ransomware, Scams, Security

We’re seeing a rash of ransomware sweeping across IT systems, ranging from large enterprises to microbusinesses with only a few PCs.¬†As I am writing this, we are in the middle of responding to an incident where a business has been entirely shut down due to being infected with the Locky ransomware. The entire business has […]

Does your site offer an open redirect?

Posted Posted in Browsers, Business, Internet, Scams, Security

Last week, Brian Krebs reported on a disturbing trend in federal (.gov) websites having “open redirects” enabled, allowing scammers to delivery content from seemingly legitimate (government) websites. So why do these open redirects even exist in the first place? Simply put, they are a convenience for website developers. Many websites will offer links to other […]

You Are No Longer “Too Small” To Be a Target

Posted Posted in Business, Internet, Security

“We’re too small to be a target.” “Nobody wants what we have.” “Nobody cares about our systems.” “There isn’t enough money in our bank account for anyone to want.” These are all phrases that clients of mine have uttered during meetings on the topic of information security. But even if you think have nothing anyone […]

The Dangers of “Set It and Forget It.”

Posted 18 CommentsPosted in Accounting & Bookkeeping, Business

Like many small businesses, we use an online bill pay service, which integrates with our accounting package. While reconciling our checking account, I recently discovered that there were several duplicate payments which had been debited from our account. After calling the bill pay service, who transferred me to our accounting package’s support team, who wanted […]