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Inland Marine Connectivity

How to Gain Reliable and Secure Inland Marine Connectivity

The inland marine sector is increasingly reliant on computing technology. Tugboat and towboat operators use an array of systems and applications to automate processes, track cargo and collect valuable data on the performance and maintenance of their vessels. While some of these systems are housed on board, others are hosted in shoreside data centers and the cloud.

Inland Marine Cybersecurity

Addressing Inland Marine’s Unique Cybersecurity Needs

Ransomware and other cyberattacks targeting the global maritime shipping industry have increased by 900 percent over the past three years, according to the World Economic Forum. The numbers reflect both the increasing value of maritime targets as well as the unique challenges of securing ship-borne IT systems.

Cyber Security Automation Is Essential

Security Automation Is Essential, But So Are Human Experts

Data breaches continue to skyrocket. According to the 2021 Mid Year Data Breach QuickView report from Risk Based Security, there were 1,767 data breaches in the first half of this year, exposing almost 19 billion records. The severity of breaches is also increasing, with two incidents exposing more than 1 billion records.

How boards can prepare for cybersecurity threats

Cybersecurity Should Be on the Agenda of Every Board of Directors

Cybersecurity is one of the most significant business challenges that organizations face today. The Center for Strategic and International Studies reports that global business losses from cybercrime reached nearly $1 trillion in 2020, almost double the previous year’s losses. Cybersecurity is a risk management issue that requires board-level oversight.

SD-WAN Enables the Edge Computing

How SD-WAN Enables the Edge Computing Model

The IT environment is increasingly distributed thanks to remote work and the Internet of Things (IoT). Hundreds or even thousands of devices are now accessing the network from outside the corporate data center, making it difficult to ensure performance, reliability and security. These challenges have contributed to the rise of the edge computing model.

Microsoft Print Nightmare

PrintNightmare Vulnerability Reveals the Challenges of Patch Management

In its June 2021 “Patch Tuesday” release, Microsoft addressed a local privilege escalation weakness in the Windows Print Spooler service. However, researchers soon found a more serious vulnerability in the service — a remote code execution attack called PrintNightmare. Microsoft issued an out-of-band patch to fix this vulnerability, and urged administrators to apply it immediately.

overcome the IT skills gap

How to Overcome the IT ‘Skills Gap’ and Meet Today’s Demands

Organizations of all sizes are accelerating their digital transformation (DX) initiatives in response to the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Business leaders recognize that agile, flexible and digitized businesses have the resilience to respond to disruptive events. This is driving efforts to automate business processes, implement advanced technologies and adopt cloud services.

Data Center Certification Types: SSAE 16, SOC 2 Type 2

Data Center Certifications Show Commitment to Security and Compliance

Managing and maintaining an on-premises data center comes with costs and challenges that often divert resources from business-enabling initiatives. In light of that, many organizations are looking to get out of the data center business by moving IT infrastructure offsite. By utilizing the services of a co-location facility, organizations can reduce overhead and improve the reliability of their IT environment.

Conti Healthcare Ransomware

FBI: Conti Ransomware Targets Healthcare Facilities and First Responders

The FBI released a bulletin on May 21, 2021, warning of ransomware attacks targeting healthcare and first responder networks. The law enforcement agency said it had identified at least 16 incidents of Conti ransomware attacks that affected the networks of U.S. healthcare facilities and first responders, including 911 dispatchers, emergency medical services, law enforcement and municipalities.

Industrial Control System Vulnerabilities Bring Critical Risk

New Threats Target Industrial IoT. Are You Prepared?

For decades, computer security has focused almost exclusively on implementing processes and technologies to protect data from theft, loss or corruption. That may no longer represent the greatest threat, however. According to a recent Claroty survey, nearly three-quarters of IT security professionals say cyberattacks on critical infrastructure represent a far larger threat than data breaches.

8 Security Basics Remote Workers Must Practice

Now that people have proven they can work productively from home, many organizations plan to maintain a hybrid work environment in which employees can split time between home and the office. Doing so will require a strong emphasis on security — not only by corporate entities, but by workers themselves.

Dark Web Scanning

How Dark Web Scanning Can Help Protect Your Business

In January, law enforcement agencies from seven nations combined to take down DarkMarket, one of the world’s largest dark web marketplaces. Authorities say the site facilitated about $160 million in sales of stolen logins, passwords, social media credentials and other personal information.

Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

5 Cybersecurity Lessons from the Colonial Pipeline Incident

On May 7, 2021, the Colonial Pipeline was shut down due to a ransomware attack. It was the largest cyberattack on oil infrastructure in U.S. history, prompting an emergency declaration by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for 17 states and Washington, D.C.

How the Right MSP Can Help Overcome Compliance Costs and Complexity

Regulatory compliance requirements are increasing across a broad range of industries. Between new regulations and changes to existing regulations, organizations are struggling just to keep up with the scope and depth of compliance. What was once a yearly review and assessment has become a daily effort to ensure that all processes and strategies meet the latest regulatory requirements.

SD-WAN Solutions

5 Ways the Right SD-WAN Solution Can Help You Meet Today’s Demands

In a recent global survey, almost 80 percent of remote workers reported difficulties connecting to company IT resources. Many of these challenges are related to legacy WAN architectures that don’t support today’s connectivity requirements.

Magecraft Hacking

‘Magecart’ Exploits Pose Significant Threat to Website Shopping Carts

Many organizations have some sort of “shopping cart” feature on their websites that allows them to collect online payments from customers. In most cases, the shopping cart functionality is purchased from a third party, and simply plugged into the website. Why reinvent the wheel if the software is readily available?

Exchange Server Threat

Exchange Server Threats Highlight the Need for Comprehensive Cybersecurity

Microsoft issued emergency security patches for multiple versions of Exchange Server on March 2, 2021. The updates addressed a series of zero-day exploits that compromised hundreds of thousands of on-premises Exchange Servers worldwide. Known collectively as ProxyLogon, the advanced persistent threats (APTs) allow an attacker to open a “backdoor” in Exchange Server that can be accessed from the Internet.

Remote Work From Home

Remote Work Is Here to Stay. Is Your Organization Prepared?

At least one positive thing has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic: It has dispelled many longstanding doubts about the feasibility of remote work. In many cases, work-from-home models have increased productivity while reducing overhead costs and enhancing employee satisfaction. In a recent PwC survey, 83 percent of employers say the shift to remote work has been successful.

What is a Managed Private Cloud?

Managed Private Cloud: Your Secure, Reliable and Flexible IT Environment

The traditional on-premises IT environment is typically built on a box-by-box basis, with devices added as needed, configured independently and managed manually. Years of continually adding servers, storage and networking gear to meet evolving business needs has resulted in large, complex IT infrastructures with exorbitant operational costs.

How to Choose the Right Framework

How IT Security Frameworks Can Help Reduce Risk

Cybersecurity may seem like a cat-and-mouse game, but the odds heavily favor the mouse. The cat must defend against all types of attack and quickly identify any potential security weaknesses. The mouse only has to find one vulnerability in order to elude the cat.

Is Your MSP Secure?

Is Your Managed Services Provider Secure? Here are 4 Questions to Ask

Managed services providers (MSPs) use a variety of tools to monitor their customers’ systems and networks and protect against cyberattacks. If the MSP doesn’t follow best practices, however, they can actually introduce threats into their customers’ environments.

Cybersecurity Assessment

7 Reasons to Use an Experienced Provider for Vulnerability Assessments

A network vulnerability assessment is the initial phase of any cybersecurity strategy. In the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, vulnerability assessments fall under the “identify” phase. They are designed to help organizations identify any gaps in their security posture and prioritize the activities needed to close those gaps. Because cyber threats are continually evolving, organizations should regularly review their IT environment in order to understand their risk exposure.

Maritime Cyber Security

Solutions and Strategies for Addressing Maritime Cyber Threats

The maritime industry is increasingly reliant on IT systems for day-to-day operations. While IT helps optimize costs, increase efficiency, enhance safety and more, it also comes with a greater risk of cyberattacks. The rapid evolution of the IT environment and connectivity between IT and operational technology (OT) systems only adds to the potential vulnerabilities and threats in the maritime sector.

Digital Transformation Managed IT

Managed Services Enable Digital Transformation Initiatives

People have been talking about “digital transformation” for several years but not doing a lot about it. That is until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and businesses were forced to retool their business models virtually overnight. In a recent study by Software AG, 97 percent of IT professionals said they went through some kind of digital transformation (DX) project in 2020.

Endpoint Security Solutions for Remote Workers

Rethinking Endpoint Security in a Work-from-Home World

The near-overnight shift to remote work models created a perfect storm of security challenges. Employees were suddenly working outside the secure perimeter, and IT teams were focused on providing connectivity to corporate applications and data. Even organizations that already had a distributed workforce had to quickly scale up their remote access infrastructure.

SD-WAN Maximizes Mobile Connectivity

How SD-WAN Maximizes the Advantages of Mobile Connectivity

Organizations are increasingly reliant on WAN connectivity for branch locations and remote sites. Employees need a reliable and secure network to access corporate IT resources and cloud services. Bandwidth demands are growing due to the rise of latency-sensitive applications such as video conferencing.

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