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The Tabush Cloud & Managed IT Blog

Is the Cloud Less Secure?

It comes as no surprise that firms are extremely concerned about the security of their data.  How do you prevent unauthorized access to your data and applications?  How do you protect your firm’s data assets from natural disasters or other scenarios that would prevent you from getting to your office?

Topics: Cloud IT Security Cybersecurity

Steps MSPs Take to Protect Your Data Against Ransomware Attacks

Managed Service Providers (MSP) deliver customers with IT security services and are now finding themselves at the center of attention as cybercriminals are increasingly focusing their attacks on this vital industry.  Though this is a security challenge for MSPs, it also presents an opportunity for them to prioritize internal security protocols to better protect themselves and their clients.  

Topics: Cybersecurity Phishing Ransomware

Ransomware Attacks Are Getting Worse

Ransomware is not a new phenomenon but for cybercriminals it has become a popular technique to use.  In a ransomware attack, cybercriminals block access to a business or individual’s computer system and hold data hostage until a ransom is paid.  Here, cybercriminals have just one goal - to receive payment from the victim.  Even if the victim is able to pay the ransom, there is no guarantee the criminal will provide the decryption key to release the data.

Recently, ransomware attacks have become significant threats to corporations, cities, and even nations.  In the third quarter of 2019, the average ransomware payout increased to $41,000, a 13% increase from the second quarter.  Also in 2019, 55% of SMBs paid cybercriminals to recover their stolen data.  If nothing else, 2019 proved that ransomware is still a profitable business for cybercriminals and it will continue to get worse.

Topics: Cybersecurity Cyber Attacks Ransomware

Windows 7 Reached End of Life - What Now?

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft Windows 7 reached end of life.  What does this mean?  Microsoft is no longer providing technical support, software patches, or security updates for Windows 7.  If your firm is still running on Windows 7, you are probably questioning – what do I do now?  Windows 7 will still work, however, it is strongly recommended to update your systems to the latest software, such as Windows 10, as soon as possible.  

Topics: Microsoft Windows Cybersecurity Boxtop

2019 Year in Review

2019 was yet another successful year of innovation and development here at Tabush Group.  We launched a new service, continue to innovate Boxtop, and also provided meaningful industry insights.  As we kick off 2020, we reflect on 2 topics that were the most popular and compelling to you.

Topics: Cloud IT Insights Cybersecurity Boxtop Cloud for Business

5 Ways to Prevent a Phishing Attack

The vast majority of data breaches today are phishing attacks, occurring when a cybercriminal casts a broad net in the hopes of catching a small percentage of unsuspecting victims.  In our last blog post, It’s Only Getting Worse, we describe both phishing and spear phishing tactics and why it is imperative for businesses to take precautions to protect themselves. 

Topics: Cybersecurity IT Best Practices Phishing

It's Only Getting Worse

Recently, a company called me to discuss concerns about their IT security.  This company, based in the US but doing business with clients and vendors in many parts of the world, has been inundated with phishing emails.  The difference here is that these phishing emails are not just generic ones that pretend to be Microsoft Office 365 or UPS trying to steal passwords, but rather, they are spear phishing.  Spear phishing involves impersonating actual people associated with the company, like executives or vendors, in attempts to steal money or proprietary information.  These schemes are becoming more and more common.

Topics: IT Services Cybersecurity Phishing

The Rising Popularity of Office 365 Among Cybercriminals

Microsoft Office 365 is growing in popularity as one of the most professional and functional cloud software suites available.  Microsoft estimates it is now being used by 1 in 5 business users, putting this cloud-based service on the radar of cybercriminals.  The greatest popularity of Office 365 resides in the financial and professional services and manufacturing sectors, which are rich with potential plunder for these criminals.

Topics: Cybersecurity Cyber Attacks Office 365