VoIP Considerations

VoIP Considerations

Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) was initially developed to reduce the cost of long-distance and international calling.  At the time of its development in 1995, any phone call outside the caller’s local calling area would incur per-minute costs from the caller’s local phone service provider.  The only alternative was to purchase a costly service bundle that included local exchange and toll calling for a single charge (FCC, n.d.)  Such service bundles would allow for an expanded calling area but did not include long-distance toll calls and international calls.  The development of VOIP allowed consumers and businesses to bypass the traditional … Read more

Open Source vs Closed Source Software

Open-Source vs. Closed-Source Software, what’s Best for You?

We are living in an age of technology and automation where software products have become an integral part of our day-to-day lives. The software can be divided into many types, but the two main categories remain open-source and closed-source. This article will compare two types of software based on development, support, flexibility, cost, and cybersecurity. Before the comparison, let’s first build an understanding of what open and closed-source software are. Open-Source Software In open-source software, the source code is available to every user. Users can read, copy, delete, or modify the code or parts of it. Users can also use … Read more

wireless network security

Wireless Network Security Considerations

The increasing proliferation of wireless networks in businesses, public places, and private homes, along with the widespread use of smartphones, tablets, computers, and IoT devices, has resulted in a vastly increased attack surface for malicious actors.  Security in both business and non-business environments is essential for the protection of valuable data and personal information.  While businesses and organizations invest significantly in wireless network security, security in-home wireless networks are often not considered.  Both business and home networks face the same risks related to wireless networks.  Some of these risks include piggybacking, wardriving, evil twin attacks, wireless sniffing, unauthorized computer access, … Read more

RFID

RFID Security Vulnerabilites

As with any other wireless technology, RFID is prone to security vulnerabilities. RFID tags can be counterfeited, spoofed, sniffed, and even carry viruses that infect RFID readers and their associated networks. Imagine that your organization has decided to adopt RFID tags to improve supply chain management. What are at least three methods that could be used to secure the RFID tags better? There are security risks associated with wireless technologies, and (Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are no exception. These security risks include viruses, replay attacks, spoofing, RFID sniffing, tracking, and other attacks. Organizations should implement security best practices to … Read more

Online Banking

5 Tips for a Safe Online Banking Experience

Partly because of physical restrictions but mostly due to convenience, online banking is now part of our daily norm. In a 2021 report, security website SecurityInfoWatch shared that online banking usage is now at an all-time high of 85%. That said, over one-third of Americans have admitted to not employing the necessary precautions online. Though the security of online banking continues to evolve daily, the tactics and sophistication of cybercriminals are, too. With TechJury sharing that over 63% of all cybercrime is financially motivated, here are some useful tips you can practice to safeguard your online banking experience. 1. Only use secure or private … Read more

virtualization

Adoption and Implementation of Virtualization Versus Physical Server Infrastructure

The Basics of Virtualization Virtualization is the ability to run one or more virtual machines on top of one physical host (Ruest & Ruest, 2009).  With virtualization, it is easy to spin up testing, training, and development environments without the need for separate hardware.  Virtualization has been a disruptive force within the industry, and it has significantly impacted the way data centers operate.  In data centers, virtualization introduced vast efficiency and cost improvements.  Before virtualization, it was common for data centers to run many dedicated servers at minimal utilization rates.  Utilization rates were low because the hardware had to handle … Read more

Joomla

Best Practices to Secure Joomla Website

With the growing popularity of e-commerce stores, which offer an easy shopping experience for customers, comes the need to have a more fitting website to connect with your audience.  Joomla is a CMS (content management system) platform that you may want to use to build your online store. In addition, it has many e-Commerce extensions, which make it easier to build your site. Is Joomla Safe from Hackers? The question of whether or not Joomla is safe for e-commerce stores has been a concern since the emergence of POS (point of sale) malware and cyberattacks on small businesses. Joomla is … Read more

IPv4 DNS vs IPV6 DNS

IPv4 DNS Vs. IPv6 DNS – Implementation and Predictions

The Basics of DNS DNS is the acronym used for Domain Name System.  A primary purpose of DNS is to translate IP addresses into hostnames (alphabetic names) inside a local network and vice versa (Kralicek, 2016).  DNS is an essential component of the Internet because this IP conversion creates a much more user-friendly experience.  Without DNS, the user would be required to navigate the Internet using numeric (IPv4) or hexadecimal IP (IPv6) addresses.  It is much easier for users to remember hostnames that usually consist of easily remembered words. An example of a hostname is Amazon.com.  One of the IPv4 … Read more

Cryptocurrency and the Banking System

The Effect of Cryptocurrency on the Banking System

Abstract What implications will cryptocurrency have on current banking systems?  The invention of cryptocurrency and its subsequent adoption may have a significant impact on banks and financial systems.  Cryptocurrency adoption has grown significantly since the creation of bitcoin in 2009.  Today, cryptocurrency adoption is substantial, and many reputable companies are involved in cryptocurrency.  Government regulation may mitigate some of the effects of cryptocurrency on the current banking system.  The adoption of Central Bank Digital Currencies may change and minimize the impact of cryptocurrencies on the current system.  Banks may adopt the new technology and offer cryptocurrency products and services.  In … Read more

Bitcoin

New Cryptocurrency Regulation is Expected Soon

“Tougher Rules are Coming for bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies. Here’s What to Know,” written by David Gura (2021) for NPR, explains that Gary Gensler, the head of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), has a concern about cryptocurrency’s risks.  He intends to enact regulations to protect investors.  Because cryptocurrency markets have developed rapidly, lawmakers have not yet implemented regulation frameworks.  Policymakers are now actively considering what laws to pass.             Even though millions of people actively trade Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and related assets, no clear trading rules or regulations exist.  This lack of regulation creates complications for companies in the … Read more

Cryptojacking

How to Protect Your PC From Cryptojacking

As technology advances, so does our dependence on it. And with COVID-19 encouraging more digital lifestyles, we’re now more reliant on tech than ever before. However, as PC use increases, so does the sophistication of methods used to disguise hacking attempts. On average, a computer is breached every 39 seconds. Private consumers fall victim to identity theft, and commercial users experience the loss of sensitive data. Even blockchain — one of the most secure technologies in the world — is affected. In fact, cryptocurrency-related hacks, known as cryptojacking, may not seem malicious on the surface, but it was listed by us … Read more

Connecticut Cybersecurity

Connecticut Leads The Country With Cybersecurity Initiatives

Connecticut businesses and organizations that have been breached in a cyberattack could be protected from liability if they have adopted and implemented adequate cybersecurity protocols under a new Connecticut law. The new law has been designed to give businesses and organizations an incentive to enhance their digital defenses. While the Connecticut legislature did not succeed in passing their own privacy law like those that were passed in other states, including California, Colorado, and Virginia, the legislature was able to pass the “Act Incentivizing The Adoption Of Cybersecurity Standards For Businesses” – the bill was drafted by the legislature’s Commerce Committee … Read more

cybersecurity stock trends

Cybersecurity Trends Affecting Cybersecurity Stocks in 2022

In 2022 cybersecurity is on everyone’s lips. After all, more and more companies are changing their business model to rely on e-commerce. That’s why companies such as Bulletproof Cyber Security have a broad range of customers, from individual clients to corporations and governments. Because of that, many investors decide to put their money into this particular industry, as they can see significant growth opportunities both now and in the future. Below, you will find information on 4 cybersecurity trends that are currently affecting cybersecurity stocks. You can read more about growing threats of cybercrime, major government investments, cyber warfare and … Read more

Data Breaches

What You Need to Know About Data Breaches

Companies have a responsibility to safeguard the data provided by their customers. When these are compromised through a data breach, it can be significantly costly on their part, and their reputation can rapidly go down the drain. What’s worse is that their customers will become vulnerable to identity theft and other nasty cybercrimes. But what exactly is a data breach, how does it happen, and where does the stolen information go? Let’s dive deeper into this matter. What is a Data Breach? A data breach is an accident where information is forcefully taken or stolen physically or virtually from a … Read more

5 cybersecurity issues you need to be aware of

5 Cybersecurity Issues You Need to be Aware Of

According to Gartner, spending on cybersecurity worldwide is expected to reach $133.7 Billion by 2022. Most cyber threats are motivated by money, but an estimated 25% is a result of espionage. Investing in security staff at the front door is no longer enough. You must know what to protect your company from, especially if you are just now formulating a plan to deal with cybersecurity risk. We will list out five common threats that have the potential to create a significant blow to your business if you are not sufficiently protected.  Ransomware  These may be less frequent but are very … Read more

BUSINESS CONTINUITY MANAGEMENT

What is Business Continuity Management?

What Is BCM and How Does it Relate to Cyber Security? Business continuity management is the advanced planning and preparation of a company to continue functioning or quickly resume operations after a disaster has occurred on the premises. It is usually done through continuity management software that is efficient and simplifies the work processes. Such a product also defines potential risks to cybersecurity and physical threats like fire or flood. Managers tend to plan and identify a potential crisis within their company before it happens. They create procedures and plans and test them to validate the functionality. Periodically, these structures … Read more

Coronavirus

Cybercrime rates surge during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cybercrime rates surge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus has influenced almost every area of our lives. It’s mostly visible in business as restrictions make it harder every day for people to do things as they have always have done.  To avoid losing money, they change the ways they operate. Unfortunately, this also means that they face new threats, some of which they aren’t prepared for. During the pandemic, many of us are forced to stay at home. Thus, companies need to allow their employees to work remotely to survive. For many, this is the first time working away from their … Read more

Cryptocurrency

Avoiding Cyber Threats When Dealing With Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies have caught on in a pretty big way over the course of the last several years. However, there are still plenty of people who haven’t bought in, and some of the common reasons for this concern trust and security. From individuals to financial institutions, to governments, there’s a feeling that the supposed inherent security of cryptocurrencies just isn’t reliable. And even where new and emerging cryptos are concerned, there’s little faith that the kinks have been ironed out. Case in point, Facebook’s long-awaited crypto offering already has a trust problem. All of these concerns are understandable. There are established cybersecurity … Read more

Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

More and more companies and private individuals have been looking for better ways to keep their data secure in recent years. No one is truly safe, with huge companies like Facebook, Ticketfly, and T-Mobile suffering from devastating data breaches in 2018. With data breaches happening so frequently, many individuals are understandably worried about exposing their data and suffering from financial loss. Key cybersecurity measures like enabling a firewall, installing antivirus software, and using encryption technology can only do so much against cybercriminals. Hackers have been using more sophisticated software to steal corporate and private data, so you should do everything … Read more

Top Managed IT Service Companies Share Insights Into NortonLifeLock & Avast Merger

NortonLifeLock( one of the global leaders in cyber safety) and Avast (one of the global leaders in digital security and privacy) recently announced that they have reached an agreement on the terms of a merger worth more than $8 billion.  According to reports, Norton will acquire all shares of Avast and will create a larger cybersecurity firm. ”Great merger. The combination of Avast’s product line with the power of LifeLock personal monitoring is a great combination for the channel”, said Michael Goldstein of LAN Infotech. ”Based on NortonLifeLock’s closing share price of USD 27.20 on July 13, 2021 (being the … Read more

How to secure your computer from any virus threats?

Cybersecurity is critical both for individuals and businesses of all sizes. An increase of the World Wide Web introduced a range of possibilities for the industries, but it also brought new downsides of connectivity. We use internet-connected devices in all aspects of life. People receive tons of spam every day, so they need to infiltrate accounts, and computer viruses wreak havoc on business networks. Viruses and malware could harm our files and steal personal data such as banking details and social security information. We prepare you for security solutions to rely on and protect a computer from viruses (e.g., Norton). … Read more

A Step by Step Guide on how a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment is Performed

A Step by Step Guide on how a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment is Performed

Risk assessment needs to be done frequently for any organization. These risk assessments protect against cybersecurity threats that are happening every day. It is an essential activity that needs to be executed carefully. The following steps can act as a guide to risk assessment. Almost every organization relies on information technology and information systems to complete transactions and conduct daily business. Many risks are introduced during these transactions. These risks need to be examined to ensure that they are mitigated effectively. The cyber risk assessment is used to identify, estimate, and prioritize the risk to an institution’s operations. By providing … Read more

Why hackers love patching

Why hackers love patching

When a company issues a patch to fix security issues the bad guys start salivating.  They know that in many cases they now have the opportunity to take advantages of vulnerabilities that the previously did not know about. Hackers can easily reverse engineer patches. When a patch is released a hacker will first review the published issues that the newly released patch intends to fix.  Many times the hacker can read the publisher’s write up and get a good handle of the severity of the vulnerabilities that are being patched.  If the patch details lead one to believe that the … Read more

CASP vs. CISSP - My Experience

CASP vs. CISSP – My Experience

I decided to take the CASP exam for only one reason… There is only one reason that I initially took the CASP exam instead of the CISSP. I did not make the decision logically.  I did not know the real differences between the tests. I took the CASP test first because I thought it would be easier to pass.  Plain and Simple – I thought that I would have a better chance to pass the CASP than the CISSP.  I heard that the CISSP was one of the most challenging and dreaded tests.  I heard story after story about people … Read more