Monitor, Test, Restore – Making Sure Your Backups Are Ready

Backups play a critical role in any data protection strategy. However, if you depend entirely on your backups for disaster recovery and business continuity, unexpected backup failures can prove disastrous for your business. When backups are scheduled automatically, you risk falling victim to media failure, software issues, cyberattacks or even a simple human error. Fortunately, you…

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Understanding Reputational Risk in Cybersecurity

Following a cyber attack, brand reputation is a critical aspect of cybersecurity, often referred to as reputational risk.  This risk encompasses the potential threat to the integrity of a company’s name, the trust of its loyal customer base, and its historical standing within the market. It stands alongside other significant cyber threats, such as digital,…

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A Blueprint for SMBs to Thrive 

Organizations worldwide have navigated a tumultuous journey, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have borne the brunt of the challenges.  Given their limited financial resources, setbacks for SMBs have been more pronounced than those of their larger counterparts. SMBs face heightened stakes and unique hurdles. In the face of global pandemics or even shifting market conditions,…

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The Right Cyber Insurance Coverage

Although adopting the latest technologies and industry trends is undoubtedly crucial, ensuring your business has the best cyber liability insurance is equally important. Think of it as an invisible shield protecting your business from devastating losses. However, to harness its full potential and ensure robust protection, it is critical to have a nuanced understanding of…

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Top 4 Co-Managed Cybersecurity Myths

As a business owner, you may need to choose between relying on your in-house cybersecurity staff or outsourcing technology management to a cybersecurity service provider. There is, however, a third option: co-managed cybersecurity. This approach combines the advantages and convenience of in-house cybersecurity competent and specialized support from outsourced specialists. Cybersecurity is a “best of both…

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The Challenges of Network Monitoring

Your network is your business’s lifeline. A healthy and secure network is critical for seamless communication and operational efficiency. That’s why it’s crucial to proactively identify issues and optimize performance through continuous network security monitoring. However, as you keep a close watch, you’ll discover many issues lurking beneath the surface. In this blog, we’ll look…

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From Phishing Ploys to BYOD Risks

Organizations are increasingly cognizant of the dynamic cybersecurity environment in the contemporary landscape. Despite substantial global investments in fortifying against cyber threats, cybercriminals persistently find ways to breach even the most robust security defences. The primary focus of these cyber threats is often the employees, perceived as the weakest link in an organization’s cybersecurity perimeter.…

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AI’s Promise and Peril: A Balancing Act

In recent years, the advent of advanced AI tools like ChatGPT and Dall-E has promised groundbreaking transformations across various sectors, from healthcare to education. These technologies offer unparalleled opportunities to revolutionize society, empowering doctors with more precise diagnostic capabilities and democratizing access to professional expertise. However, beneath the surface of innovation lies a shadow of…

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Bolster Cyber Defenses With Routine Security Tests

Businesses today face various cybersecurity threats, from social engineering attacks like phishing to sophisticated ransomware. For business leaders like you, protecting your network is crucial since it is the lifeline of your business. Any vulnerability in your network can compromise your sensitive data, operational integrity and stakeholder trust. You must understand and address these threats…

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Complying with Cyber Liability Insurance

If you assume your cyber insurance claim will sail through without scrutiny, think again. When evaluating your claim, your cyber insurance provider will assess whether you exercised “due care” in safeguarding your business against cyber threats. While possessing a cyber liability insurance policy is a must in today’s landscape, you cannot guarantee that your insurer…

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The beginner’s guide to cyber liability insurance

Cyber Liability Insurance (CLI) covers the financial loss that results from data breaches. However, cyber liability is not typically included within general liability insurance and must be purchased separately. Also, each company offering a policy has different coverage options and exclusions. Why invest in cyber liability insurance? Experts estimate that the damage inflicted by cyber…

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Boosting Your Cybersecurity Posture for Better Coverage

Navigating technology and insurance jargon may be hard when looking for cyber insurance for your small business. There are even different types of cyber coverage; you might not be sure what you need because you’re not a cybersecurity expert. Plus, once you have coverage, there’s always the risk of not receiving a payout in the…

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How to Ensure Your Cyber Insurance Pays Out

In the current digital environment, where cyberthreats are commonplace, it makes perfect sense to have cyber liability insurance. However, having a policy doesn’t guarantee a smooth claims process. Cyber insurance policies come with varying terms and coverage, requiring meticulous examination of inclusions and exclusions and deciphering technical jargon. A thorough understanding of your policy sets realistic…

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Exploring the Essentials of Cyber Insurance: Three Critical Types to Consider

The surge in cybercrime underscores the importance for businesses to prioritize cyber insurance. For businesses dealing with sensitive data, awareness of cyber insurance becomes imperative for financial security. This protection shields businesses from monetary losses from cyber incidents, safeguarding their future amidst the evolving threat landscape, including data breaches, cyber theft, and ransomware. Especially for…

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Understanding Cyber Insurance Realities

Cyber insurance remains crucial for businesses navigating the digital landscape and seeking protection against increased cyber threats, such as data breaches, theft, and ransomware attacks. So, understanding cyber insurance realities is critical to your protection. Four Cyber Insurance Realities Reality 1: Insurance coverage is contingent upon meeting specific requirements outlined in your policy. Most reputable…

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Assume the cost of MFA’s

Picture this: Skipping out on multi-factor authentication (MFA) is like leaving your front door open for hackers. It’s not just a small risk; it can lead to considerable losses in money, damage your reputation, and even put you out of business entirely. That’s a sinking feeling no one wants to experience. MFA isn’t just another…

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Shadowed World, Real Threats: Navigating the Dark Web’s Dangers

Delving into the Dark Web unveils a clandestine realm where leaked or pilfered company data lurks. It’s a trove housing past and present sensitive information—passwords, logins, customer details, even credit card numbers. Yet, this digital underworld isn’t merely a repository; it’s a shadowy marketplace peddling ransomware kits, illicit substances, forged IDs, and many illegal commodities.…

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Securing the Digital Landscape: Key Takeaways from Cyber Security Today’s 2023 Review

Hey, everyone. Here is a link to Cyber Security Today, Year in Review for 2023, with Howard Solomon, the host of Cyber Security Today, and David Shipley, head of Beauceron Security in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 2023, the central cybersecurity event discussed was exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Progress Software’s MOVEit file transfer application. The…

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Busting four popular cybersecurity myths

Understanding current and evolving technology risks and their truths is critical for providing a specific direction for your business. But at times, we feel the need to break up some myths. This blog can help you with that, and after reading it, you’ll have a better idea of the threatened landscape and how to protect…

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Cyber Security Today, Week in Review for Friday Dec. 15, 2023

Howard Solomon of Cyber Security Today. The Week in Review and Terry Cutler of Montreal’s Cyology Labs discuss several stories from the past seven days. These include a U.K. Parliamentary report saying the country isn’t prepared for a targeted ransomware attack, North Korea’s Lazarus group is still exploiting the two-year-old Log4j vulnerability and the latest…

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The Elusive Tactics of Star Blizzard

A shadowy group of hackers has emerged onto the global stage, orchestrating a sophisticated global spear phishing attack reportedly linked to the Kremlin. Known under an array of pseudonyms—Star Blizzard (formerly SEABORGIUM), Callisto Group, TA446, COLDRIVER, TAG-53, and BlueCharlie—this clandestine unit employs a cunning strategy. Their method? Covertly embedding seemingly harmless links within legitimate websites…

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How to Achieve Strategic Cyber Risk Management With NIST CSF

Keeping sensitive data and critical tech safe from cyberattacks is crucial for businesses like yours. Your survival and growth depend on how well your organization can withstand cyberthreats. That’s where cyber risk management comes into play. Businesses with solid cyber risk management strategies can build formidable cyber defences and reduce risks without compromising business growth.…

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How Effectively Managing Risk Bolsters Cyber Defences

Where cyberthreats and vulnerabilities continually emerge, it’s evident that eliminating all risks is impossible. For CEOs and CSOs, there’s a powerful strategy that can help address your organization’s most critical security gaps, threats and vulnerabilities—comprehensive cyber risk management.  Implementing a well-thought-out cyber risk management strategy can significantly reduce overall risks and strengthen cyber defences. To…

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Behind the Scenes: What a Cybersecurity Audit Reveals About Your Network

Living, working, and breathing in today’s digital age brings countless benefits, but it could be smoother sailing. Cyberattacks lurk around, threatening our very existence in the online realm. You can’t escape the constant chatter about these attacks, especially those that shake things up. It’s so staggering that it often leaves us at a loss for…

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Regular Backup Testing: Save Time, Money and Energy

As a business owner, you’re probably already aware of the threats looming over data security in today’s digital environment. The irretrievable loss of critical data could drive your business to ruins. Apart from the financial fallout directly associated with data loss, it could also damage your reputation. While backups can help your business recover after…

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Top Misconceptions About Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is necessary for all businesses that want to thrive in today’s competitive market. Cybersecurity helps businesses like yours win new customers, improve efficiency and increase profits. However, due to several misconceptions, many business owners hesitate to take the digital plunge. In this blog, we’ll discuss the most common digital transformation misconceptions and share…

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Top Technologies Driving Digital Transformation

When creating a budget for your business, it’s important to remember that technology costs are more than just operational expenses. They should be considered an investment that can drive your organization toward unprecedented productivity, growth and profitability. Your technology budgeting process shouldn’t just be about numbers and spreadsheets. Instead, it should be about shaping the…

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The Role Deduplication Plays in a Data Cleansing Strategy

In today’s digital era, where humans produce nearly 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, dirty data is a concern for businesses, irrespective of size and industry. This is because any organization that handles duplicate, inaccurate and outdated information will have to deal with consequences such as: Ineffective marketing efforts: Most businesses these days use targeted promotional…

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Why Your SaaS Data Needs Backup Protection 

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications are more in use than ever before. However, most companies operate under the misconception that SaaS providers are responsible for protecting their data. CEOs believe that their data remains private and secure in the cloud, which is true but only to a certain extent. And only one-third of the SMBs backed up their SaaS application data.  There…

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How to Ensure Compliance When Working Remotely

Remote or hybrid work models are utilized by many businesses to keep their operations up and running. For all its benefits, hybrid work does present unique challenges as it exposes organizations to a whole new level of cybersecurity and compliance threats. With cybercriminals preying on vulnerable home networks and work-from-home employees saving files on local…

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Be Aware of These Top AI Cyber-Risks

The rise of AI has sparked a revolution. Everyone, from industry giants to smaller enterprises, is captivated and eager to leverage AI’s endless possibilities. However, amid the celebrations of AI’s merits, let’s not ignore its potential risks. A new array of cyber threats emerges when intricate AI algorithms cross paths with malicious cyber elements. From…

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A Deep Dive Into Phishing Scams

Phishing scams remain among the most prevalent and successful types of cyberattacks today, so being aware of their danger to businesses like yours is crucial. Your business could easily be the next victim if you don’t understand how threat actors leverage phishing emails. In this blog, you’ll learn the intent behind phishing emails, the various…

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Ransomware Equals a Data Breach

From a data regulator’s perspective, it is the responsibility of your business to keep data safe from cyber threats, inform clients about a breach within a stipulated period and provide necessary documentation as proof of your efforts. Although different regulations have laid down distinct mandates for breach notifications, the principle remains intact. While there is…

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8 Elements of a Business Impact Analysis for Compliance

A compliance program helps businesses like yours minimize risk and increase business efficiency. It also ensures that your business complies with relevant laws and industry regulations. An essential element of an effective compliance program is Business Impact Analysis (BIA). It measures the impact of a disruption (due to an accident, disaster, etc.) on critical business…

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Business Continuity Plan 101

You must self-reflect if you want your business to remain competitive even during a disruption. What’s your plan against the unexpected? The truth is that numerous threats can halt your business operations at any time. If your employees cannot quickly pivot to ensure business continuity, you won’t just struggle with competition but with survival. The…

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How Social Media Misuse Can Harm Your Business

Social media has significantly transformed the way we communicate and do business. However, this growing popularity also comes with potential risks that could cause harm to businesses like yours.  Unfortunately, many organizations remain unaware of these rapidly evolving challenges. In this blog, we will explore the dangers associated with social media and share practical tips…

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5 Ways to Combine Compliance & Cybersecurity Best Practices to Improve Outcomes 

Compliance and security are equally crucial for the seamless operation of your business. Although security is a prime component of compliance, compliance is not the same as security. Both are interconnected but still different. While compliance helps your business meet industry or government regulations, security protects the integrity of your business and its sensitive data.…

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Cybersecurity’s Crystal Ball: Predicting Threats Before They Strike

Amidst the ever-evolving landscape of digital threats, a seismic shift is underway. Leading-edge organizations are no longer content with playing catch-up in cybersecurity. They boldly embrace a transformative approach involving proactive and adaptive cybersecurity measures. Proactivity, the cornerstone of this paradigm shift, represents a seismic departure from traditional reactive approaches. It hinges on the identification…

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Unlocking the Human Element: The Critical Factor in Cybersecurity

In the intricate dance of cybersecurity, one unpredictable variable stands out: humans.  In our ever-evolving work landscape, marked by flexible arrangements, a revolving door of personnel, and economic-driven outsourcing, the “people problem” looms larger than ever. Security concerns now extend beyond the digital realm to the real risk of confidential information slipping through the fingers…

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Cybersecurity in Your Emergency Preparedness Plan for Business

In an era where technology reigns supreme, integrating cybersecurity into your emergency preparedness plan for your business is no longer optional; it’s a necessity. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the threats to your business’s sensitive data and operations have also grown in complexity. In this blog post, we will explore cybersecurity’s critical role…

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Four Ways Disasters Fuel Cyberattacks

In all likelihood, your business already faces numerous challenges in today’s tech-driven world. However, the aftermath of an unexpected disaster can push your organization to a breakpoint. This unintentionally creates opportunities for cybercriminals to launch devastating attacks, amplifying the chaos caused by such events. Disaster preparedness should be a top priority for your business —…

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Don’t Forget Cybersecurity in Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

A disaster preparedness plan helps businesses withstand any calamity. However, many businesses are unaware that cybersecurity is crucial for building a robust disaster preparedness plan. By incorporating cybersecurity into your emergency preparedness plan, you can better protect your business during critical incidents and minimize the impact of cyber threats. This will help enhance your business’s…

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Mastering the Psychological Warfare of Phishing and Social Engineering 

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, where Artificial Intelligence (AI) reigns supreme as a defender, the human element remains both a strength and a vulnerability. In this intricate dance between technology and psychology, the art of phishing and social engineering emerges as a potent weapon wielded by adversaries.  To navigate this perilous terrain, employees must…

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The Employee and the Phish: How Hackers Hook Unwitting Employees in Their Nets

In today’s business landscape, employees serve as customers’ first point of contact and play a crucial role in various operations. However, they also unknowingly hold the keys to the front door for hackers. Through phishing schemes and deceptive tactics, hackers exploit human error and curiosity, compromising information systems and assets. Organizations need to train their…

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Enhancing Cybersecurity: Addressing the Human Element

In the pursuit of exploiting network vulnerabilities for malicious purposes, cybercriminals are constantly searching for access points. While deploying robust cybersecurity solutions is crucial, you must not overlook the weakest link in the battle against cybercrime—your employees. With the rise of remote work and decentralized workspaces, businesses must strengthen their cybersecurity strategies to prevent human…

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What scammers want from you — and how to stop them

See Terry’s interview with Tangerine Terry Cutler discusses deceptive practices, including robocalls, where scammers impersonate legitimate institutions to extract personal information or money; Phishing involves fraudulent emails or texts with harmful links, aiming to steal login details or infect devices; how Buyer scams occur on platforms like Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace, featuring counterfeit goods or…

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Cyber Security Today Week in Review

Welcome to Cyber Security Today. This is the Week in Review for Friday, August 25th, 2023. Terry Cutler speaks about Zero Trust. Below is a summary of what he talked about on the podcast Zero Trust has garnered considerable attention recently due to its departure from the conventional security approach of trusting devices solely based…

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The Human Firewall: Strengthening Your Defence Against Employee Cyberthreats

To thrive in today’s competitive business landscape, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your employees is crucial. This knowledge allows you to identify areas where additional training, particularly cybersecurity awareness, may be needed. In this blog post, I will categorize the four most common employee cyberthreat traits, enabling you to identify individuals who require extra…

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