Who’s to Blame for Ransomware Attacks?

Originally published on TechTarget. Alvaka’s COO and CISO—Kevin McDonald—discusses that, although cyber attackers are the main culprits for ransomware attacks, the companies that release flawed software or those who don’t install patches are not off the hook. In early May, [...]

Who’s to Blame for Ransomware Attacks?2019-07-18T15:14:52-07:00

How Intelligence Data Leaks Has Damaged Infosec

Originally published on June 19, 2017 on TechTarget. Alvaka’s COO and CISO, Kevin McDonald, examines the real-world damage caused by CIA and NSA data leaks, putting dangerous government cyberweapons in the hands of hackers. WikiLeaks' CIA data dump shook a [...]

How Intelligence Data Leaks Has Damaged Infosec2019-07-17T15:50:44-07:00

Defending Against the Evolving Ransomware Threat

Join Alvaka Networks at our Ransomware 2.0 Executive Luncheon and Live Webinar event on Tuesday, June 25th, as we discuss how ransomware is evolving into an even more dangerous threat and innovative strategies that will help prevent an attack. In [...]

Defending Against the Evolving Ransomware Threat2019-06-07T12:43:37-07:00

Ransomware v2.0 Recovery – Now, encrypted or deleted backups!

Warning!!! We have entered a new, even more malicious, era for ransomware that is hitting mid-market companies particularly hard. The two stories I share below are chilling… For the last five years or so, ransomware could be described as a [...]

Ransomware v2.0 Recovery – Now, encrypted or deleted backups!2019-03-20T15:00:40-07:00

Three things healthcare organizations can do to help protect their organizations from cyber risk and security breaches

By Oli Thordarson, CEO of Alvaka Networks I was recently asked to write a short column on “What three things healthcare organizations can do to help protect their organizations from cyber risk and security breaches?” for the ABL Organization. It [...]

Three things healthcare organizations can do to help protect their organizations from cyber risk and security breaches2018-05-31T11:40:31-07:00

Average Ransomware Attack Infects 16 Workstations, 5 Servers and 22 Users

Midmarket firms are getting hit hardest by ransomware. Data from 2017 shows that 29% of the companies with 1,000 to 5,000 employees are getting struck by ransomware. If companies that size—who presumably have the resources to guard against this scourge—are [...]

Average Ransomware Attack Infects 16 Workstations, 5 Servers and 22 Users2018-07-02T10:15:50-07:00

Despite the warnings, corporate cyber defenses remain inadequate

Following WannaCry, how should businesses protect themselves from cyberattacks? If anything, 2017 will be remembered as the year of the cyber-attack. No business is safe. No industry is exempt. The ease with which cyber-attacks can be launched and virally propagated [...]

Despite the warnings, corporate cyber defenses remain inadequate2018-03-01T11:29:38-07:00

Preventable ransomware attack leads to unrecoverable $700,000 loss

A 10 attorney law firm discovered the cost of failing to protect its systems from ransomware the hard way.  An attorney clicked on a phishing e-mail, leading to a ransomware attack.  The firm apparently did not have a [...]

Preventable ransomware attack leads to unrecoverable $700,000 loss2018-04-09T22:10:47-07:00

A three bullet summary of your current e-mail threats

Proofpoint Threat Operations and Research recently published their quarterly threat report for July - September 2016, which includes key findings such as: 

  • Volume of malicious emails rose to their highest levels ever
    New campaigns bearing varied attachment types broke volume records set in Q2, peaking at hundreds of millions of messages per day. JavaScript attachments continued to lead these very large email campaigns, growing 69% this quarter.
  • Ransomware variants grew tenfold
    In particular, 97% of messages with malicious document attachments featured the popular ransomware strain Locky, while CryptXXX was the dominant ransomware delivered by exploit kit (EK).

Download the full report. Please let us know if you have any questions related to this report or how Alvaka Networks can protect your people and data from attacks.

A three bullet summary of your current e-mail threats2016-10-24T13:44:00-07:00
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