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Massive Cyberattack Targeting 99 Countries Causes Extensive Chaos in Miami

Major companies and businesses have been hit by massive cyberattack across the globe. Cybersecurity firm Avast said it had identified 75,000+ ransomware attacks in 99 countries. Online chaos affected thousands of machines globally. Major cyberattacks targeted Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan badly.

The ransomware attack locks people out of their computer files until they pay a ransom to the hackers. Rob Wainwright, the head of the European Union’s law enforcement agency Europol said “It’s still a live threat and we are in disaster mode”. The ransomware attack requires international investigation.Organizations are trying to recover after being hit by a virus that seeks to grab control of computers.

Microsoft said that it had taken further steps to protect systems against the malware. In March, Microsoft provided a security update which offers additional protection against the cyberattack. Those who are running their free anti-virus software and have Windows Update enabled are protected from this severe ransomware attack.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the cyberattack was a reminder of the importance of cybersecurity. The organization should learn lessons from the banking industry as it is appeared to be least affected due to the global ransomware attack. Security agencies have not been able to identify who was behind the attack yet. Ransomware attacks are generally criminal in nature and have caused massive disruption all around the world.

Sixteen National Health Service organizations in the U.K. were badly hit and a few hospitals too. A large number of colleges and students in China had been affected by the ransomware. Even the digital payment systems at some gas stations were offline and it forced customers to pay cash.

U.K. defense secretary Michael Fallon said that Britain’s nuclear submarines were safe from cyberattack. Matthew Hickey, founder of the security firm Hacker House said that the attack shows many organizations do not follow cybersecurity updates in a timely manner.Protect your systems with our cybersecurity solutions!

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Cybersecurity Should Be Miami’s Biggest Concern Of 2017

Cars, homes, cities and even Miami business owners are being connected in the world of technology. As technology becomes integrated into our Miami business culture, we become over-dependent on it. If technology fails, this dependency can make us miserable. Imagine being on the road and your phone runs out of the battery. What will be your reaction? It may increase your heartbeat. In that moment, you’ll realize that you’re too much dependent on technology.  2017 is an important year for the cybersecurity industry. It’s no secret that 2016 was the year of the cyber-attack. A number of US brands were victims of cyber-attacks. It is imperative to know about the serious cyber security problems that are affecting technology at a great extent.Let’s discuss the major threats to cyber security in 2017.

Human Error: In 2017, human error is one of the biggest threats when it comes to security. Majority of people create simple passwords and reuse them on a regular basis. The best way to help employees with password security is to encourage the use of password managers. It is advisable to follow password-strengthening tactics with other cybersecurity practices.

Ransomware: Ransomware is malicious software that can access a system hostage until some amount of money is delivered. 2016 was considered as the year of ransomware. So, it’s important to backup your important files regularly and keep your systems safe and secure to get protected against ransomware.

Attacks on IoT Devices: Well, IoT devices are in your home and office and simplifying the way you live and work. But, there are a few vulnerabilities too with convenience. More attacks on IoT devices are expected this year.Be sure to incorporate government regulations into your cybersecurity strategy for convenience and security.

Above-mentioned cybersecurityissues make cyberattacksmore vulnerable. But what’s the reason behind the emerging cybersecurity threats? Do you know???

First, lack of awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.Many companies don’t bother about cybersecurity, while others bother but don’t know how to do it. Also, old, new and different technologies are used together. Finally, lack of time and money for cybersecurity.

Cybersecuritychallenges cause billions of dollars in losses every month or year. It’s clear that there are emerging cybersecurity problems in this technology world. In addition to economic impact, there is also an impact on our daily lives due to cybercrimes. In 2017, we need to work together on this biggest concern before it gets worse. So, don’t wait until the worse happens! It’s time to do something about it.We, at Nerds Support Inc., provide our clients with world-class cybersecurity services to help you enjoy the convenience of the technology-driven world.Contact us to know how we help businesses enter cyber working environment safely.

Ransomware can be deadly for your business but IT Services Miami can help you prevent a hack

How to Protect Your Miami Business From Ransomware

In an era where technology is constantly progressing, Miami businesses face the difficulty of keeping up with the various trends.  From virtual reality glasses to game-changing Uber, individuals are sure to find a topic of interest.  This is exactly what happened in 2016, when numerous users not only found interest in ransomware, but profited $1 billion through this illicit act.

What is ransomware?

It is a form of malicious software that restricts access to data stored on computer systems and the criminals implementing the attack can use threat of exploitation or impeding the administration of a business in exchange for a ransom.  The use of ransomware isn’t necessarily new, but the reason it presents a threat more than ever to companies is due to the fact that it is now a service for other illegitimate users.

Referred to as Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), by IT World’s Ryan Francis, criminals are now offering services that provide unique variations of ransomware for purchase by users.  Many IT professionals are becoming concerned.  With the large potential profit to be gained through these services, the criminals behind ransomware are constantly developing the software to break through anti-viruses.  The concern is for good reason.  An intensive study conducted by KnowBe4.com discovered that a staggering 38% of companies were successfully compromised by ransomware, almost a 100% increase from the 20% in 2014.  Nearly half of the individuals who partook in the survey stated that “they would be forced to pay the ransom”.

So what Miami Business Owners do to be proactive?

61% of those surveyed deemed email attachments as the biggest exposure to ransomware.  89% of IT professionals agree that Security Awareness Training by end-users is one of the best proactive solutions to deterring ransomware, with backup of computer systems following at 83%.  Security Awareness Training is encouraged because software that can detect ransomware is not always efficient due to the rapidly evolving developments to the software, and therefore, may or may not intervene the hack.  Unfortunately, this does not guarantee that subjection to the threat will not occur, which is why a backup for your computer systems is suggested as well.

We implement both of these measures at Nerds Support, Inc. by providing our clients with Security Awareness Training, through KnowBe4.com, and generate offsite backups to their systems.  This way, in case there were to be an intrusion, we are able to access our clients’ data via the offsite location and reinstate regular business functions, while our IT experts work diligently to remove the ransomware.

In a world of rapidly-progressing technology, threats will unfortunately follow the trend.  Nonetheless, this should not discourage companies from taking advantage of new technological advances that can headway their growth.  By staying up-to-date with potential security breaches and educating employees on proactive measures, businesses can enjoy the conveniences of our technology-driven world.

If you have a concern or want to make sure your company has implemented effective measures against ransomware, contact us for a Security Network audit at 305.551.2009.