Cybersecurity is an Organized Behavior [Podcast] – with Kevin McDonald

COO and CISO of Alvaka Networks, Kevin McDonald, sits down with Brian Sherman of IoTSSA for a very candid conversation on building a successful cybersecurity offering. He offers some great advice in this episode, such as using law enforcement as [...]

Cybersecurity is an Organized Behavior [Podcast] – with Kevin McDonald2018-11-29T14:23:48+00:00

A Scary Incident of a $21.5 Million Successful CEO Phishing Fraud

Phishing is a scam usually executed via email or text messaging. The perpetrator usually poses as someone you know and they induce you to send them money. The incident explained below could also be called spear phishing or whaling, in [...]

A Scary Incident of a $21.5 Million Successful CEO Phishing Fraud2018-11-28T16:13:51+00:00

Will Patching Break My Network?

IT organizations understand the importance of applying current security updates, or "patches", to the operating systems and software applications running in their environment. However, many are reluctant to do so for fear of "breaking" their systems and causing outages. And, [...]

Will Patching Break My Network?2018-11-16T16:13:41+00:00

Why Don’t IT Departments Fully Patch Their Environments?

The failure to fully apply security updates (patches) to operating systems and software applications is the leading cause of cybersecurity compromise. A recent survey by Ponemon Institute of over 3,000 organizations, found that half had experienced a cybersecurity breach in [...]

Why Don’t IT Departments Fully Patch Their Environments?2018-11-16T15:55:34+00:00

Alvaka Networks Speed and Feed Driving Events

Periodically, Alvaka Networks sponsors a car driving event for clients. This type of event is often referred to as an HPDE, or High Performance Driving Event. At this event, guests participate in both classroom and on race track driving instruction. [...]

Alvaka Networks Speed and Feed Driving Events2018-10-29T13:31:08+00:00

To patch or not to patch? And what is patching anyway?

If you own a computer, it is very likely you know something about patching, or updating, software. First, this is different from upgrading, which usually means a developer of software has added new features or made significant changes to the [...]

To patch or not to patch? And what is patching anyway?2018-10-18T11:02:00+00:00

Network Monitoring Operational Maturity Growth

I just read a press release about a new product, NetBeez, which performs active network monitoring from the user perspective. I suppose it has a narrow fit, but it seems to me that most modern day monitoring applications should be [...]

Network Monitoring Operational Maturity Growth2018-09-27T10:45:17+00:00

Victim of “sextorter” shares her experience [Video]

Mimi Grant from ABL shares her personal sextortion experience in this vlog. In our previous blog, Sextortion: The New Threat No One is Talking About, Alvaka's CEO shared the email that Mimi received and resources to handle and prevent this [...]

Victim of “sextorter” shares her experience [Video]2018-08-29T12:08:42+00:00

Sextortion: The New Threat No One is Talking About

Written by Alvaka Networks CEO, Oli Thordarson. Oli discusses a client's experience with a sextortion scam email and provides some helpful suggestions on how to both handle and avoid this type of online phishing. I got a call from a [...]

Sextortion: The New Threat No One is Talking About2018-08-16T16:23:18+00:00

Should I buy cyber insurance?

A friend of mine asked me if he should buy cyber insurance for his business. Whether your need is for a self-hosted/owned, cloud or hybrid infrastructure this is not an easy answer. As I thought about it, I decided this is probably a topic of interest to many financial managers at small to mid-size enterprises. How should you decide this question and who can you seek for legitimate counsel that is qualified to answer this question without having a conflict of interest?

Should I buy cyber insurance?2018-09-07T11:32:47+00:00
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