When Subtitles Attack New Cyber Risk in the High Desert

When Subtitles Attack: New Cyber Risk in the High Desert

If you own a business in Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, or elsewhere in the High Desert, you should know that web browsing by your staff is among the most common causes of virus infections, data breaches, and compromised networks. Firewalls and security software can only do so much to keep business networks safe; to prevent…

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Perspective on the WannaCry Ransomware Attacks

Perspective on the WannaCry Ransomware Attacks

In May 2017, the world of information security was rocked by a massive ransomware attack spreading across global networks and impacting critical data infrastructures such as the IT systems of public health departments and mass transportation agencies. Lessons for Local High Desert Businesses There are many aspects of the WannaCry attack that business owners in…

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Firewalls The First Step in Information Security

Firewalls: The First Step in Information Security

A couple of plotlines in the biggest movie of the 2016 holiday season were loosely related to network security. A few scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featured hacking of smart devices, data theft, and even social engineering. Interestingly, one of the main plot points in the film involves a group of rebels…

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Why Private Cloud Solutions Make Sense for 2017

Why Private Cloud Solutions Make Sense for 2017

Information security analysts will likely remember 2016 as a year of spectacular cybercrime events, particularly data breaches involving major organizations and even providers of cloud computing services. Yahoo, Wendy’s, LinkedIn, Oracle, Dropbox, and the University of Central Florida were some of the biggest targets of data breach attacks in 2016. Cyber Security Issues Against Cloud…

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Business Technology Trends for 2017

Business Technology Trends for 2017

Now that 2016 is coming to an end, business analysts are starting to share their outlook on how they think the cloud computing industry will shape up in 2017. Here are some of the trends business owners in Victorville and around the High Desert can expect in the near future: Artificial Intelligence Though it may…

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Another California Health System Targeted by Ransomware

Six months after hackers infected Victorville’s Desert Valley Hospital with malware specifically coded and deployed for extortion purposes, a major medical billing firm suffered a similar attack and lost a substantial amount of patient data. How Do Malicious Threats Attack Systems Apparently, an unsuspecting MMPC employee either opened an email attachment or clicked on a…

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Avoiding Hefty HIPAA Fines in California

Avoiding Hefty HIPAA Fines in California

The largest fine ever assessed under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has sent providers of medical services scrambling to audit their information systems. The Importance of Securing Information Advocate Health Care is a network that operates various hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area. A single, self-reported incident in 2013 prompted government regulators…

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Lessons from the Delta Airlines IT Shutdown

Lessons from the Delta Airlines IT Shutdown

In the first week of August, thousands of air travelers around the world were stranded and delayed by a computer network fiasco at a major airline based in the United States. Delta Airlines made headlines on August 8 as a power outage managed to bring down its network for several hours, which in turn affected…

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