Our world is on its way to being completely connected and at our fingertips, thanks to the Internet of Things. But with those millions of possibilities comes the millions of threats of security breaches connected devices pose. It’s an issue that is slowly getting attention, but it will probably take many more attacks like the one on Dyn in October before a change in culture is brought about. If you use devices such as cameras to monitor hallways or medical …

There’s been a lot of buzz around the idea of Software Defined Everything, and it’s considered the next “big thing” in IT. Is your organization ready for the promises of a software-defined world? If not, what do you need to consider to be prepared? What is Software Defined Everything? It’s an overarching term that includes software-defined networking, (SDN) storage, (SDS) and data centers (SDDC). It is also called Software Defined Infrastructure or SDx (Software-Defined Anything). With the infrastructure virtualized and …

CloudHealth Technologies recently released their “Secrets of the Cloud Leaders” report in which they surveyed 388 senior decision makers from US enterprises about their current cloud usage and strategy. According to the survey, respondents which they designated as “cloud leaders” based on their results, grew revenue 2.3x faster and on average are generating a 35% YOY increase in their top line. The study drew a clear link between those enterprises executing a clear plan with the cloud, see far superior results …

Ransomware may have possibly taken the crown as THE crime to beat in 2016, with record growth and profits for criminals. The healthcare industry is a particularly attractive target, because hospital systems are often vulnerable and the critical nature of patient data means they are more likely to pay out than risk being locked out of their files. While payments used to start around $50, the average payout is now $679, with $209 million paid out in Q1 of 2016 …

More and more industries, from higher ed to transportation, are adopting the cloud and the endless number of possibilities it provides. This has led to the development of the next-generation cloud, known as X as a Service. XaaS, where X stands for anything, is a single service or collection of services that are delivered to the client over the internet. The most common examples are software (SaaS), infrastructure (IaaS), and platform (PaaS), but virtually every layer of the IT stack …

What is malvertising?

Posted on January 11, 2017 by

Malvertising, a portmanteau of “malicious” and “advertising” has quickly become popular with bad guys everywhere. Its first appearance was detected in 2007, and it’s been on the rise ever since. What makes this form of malware so popular? Malvertising is more dangerous than typical malware because as an end user, you could be a victim without knowing it. According to Elad Sharf of Websense, malvertising attracts hackers because “they can easily spread across a large number of legitimate websites without …

Ransomware was officially a billion dollar crime in 2016, with more than 4,000 attacks since Jan. 1 and at least 25 variants of ransomware discovered. Researchers have predicted they would discover more than 100 variants before year’s end. And as of August, Malwarebytes research uncovered 40 percent of businesses in four countries experiencing an attack in the past year. One third of those businesses attacked lost revenue as a result. Who are the victims? Healthcare and financial services are the most popular enterprise targets, …

Top data breaches from 2016

Posted on December 23, 2016 by

In a world where the Internet of Things is growing exponentially, attackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in systems every day, and data breaches are constantly announced, cybersecurity has been top of mind. Here’s a look at some of the biggest data breaches from 2016 as well as some honorable mentions from 2015. Yahoo: The company suffered two breaches this year, announcing thefts in September and December. The latest breach may be the biggest of all time, as Yahoo is estimating 1 …

Online Tech has officially joined more than 1,100 organizations who are compliant with the new EU-US Privacy Shield law, the replacement for the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework. Developed by the Department of Commerce and the European Commission, Privacy Shield is the response to European concern about excessive government access to data and a lack of process for citizens to file privacy complaints. Privacy Shield allows for the transfer of data between the US and the European Union and implements seven …

Crain’s Detroit recently released its list of the Top 50 Names to Know in IT, where many of my colleagues as well as myself were named. These people are some of the best in the industry, and are leading the way to make Michigan a great place to work in IT. While everyone from the Top 50 has made an impact in some way, there are some individuals I would like to especially congratulate and thank: Don Hicks, of LLamasoft; …

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