The spear phishing attack that caused the Yahoo data breach: What MSPs can learn

Posted by Michelle Burke on Mar 21, 2017 10:56:44 AM

As more information unfolds about the Yahoo data breach, it all comes down to a single fact: the entire breach was enabled by just one click on a spear phishing link.

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Topics: Cyber Security

The woes of password management

Posted by Brent Fairbanks on Mar 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

If you’re like anybody who uses computers today, you’re dealing with passwords. I alone have more than 58 just for the websites I use on a regular basis. That doesn’t include any hardware passwords,  Wi-Fi passwords, computer logins, or clients’ passwords. We all have too many to remember, and nobody is exactly sure who is responsible for something we all love to hate.

Passwords enable us to restrict access to only those who are permitted. Restriction of access is nothing new. It has been used for thousands of years, such as sentries in Roman times requiring someone to have special knowledge to pass. One thing we do know is that the minute we attempt to restrict access it invites abuse by both those with access and those without.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Ask Intronis: How to create firewall policies for a company

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Mar 20, 2017 8:33:00 AM

Q: With today’s evolving cyber threats, my IT service company is trying to offer our customers more proactive security measures beyond anti-malware and anti-spam filters. To really protect our customers, we want to offer a more sophisticated firewall solution. Once we choose a solution, how should we determine what policies we need to create for our SMBs?

Offering new solutions to protect customers from today’s evolving cyber threats is a smart way to both safeguard their business-critical data and grow your business. While every SMB may require different policies within their organization, there are certainly a few policies you can standardize on.

To help you determine which policies to put in place for your SMBs, we consulted Mark Ballegeer one of our systems engineers at Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda. Based on his extensive background in and knowledge of firewalls, Mark offered these tips on how to easily define policies within your customers’ businesses.

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Topics: Cyber Security, Ask Intronis

Threat Watch: Resume Files containing Advanced Persistent Threats

Posted by Lindsay Faria on Mar 14, 2017 8:59:32 AM

As cybercriminals become more duplicitous by the day, businesses and individuals alike need to be more aware than ever of their digital surroundings. One example of this was recently highlighted on the Barracuda blog: Resume files containing Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs).  

This threat counts on unsuspecting email recipients to open a .doc file supposedly containing a resume from a job applicant. From there, chaos ensues.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Lessons from XChange University: Even the best security guard needs backup

Posted by Michelle Burke on Mar 9, 2017 9:13:03 PM

In the security space, you’re always on guard, working hard to prevent the next big disaster. Aside from mitigating risk internally — whether that means deciding which vendor will be best to partner with next or which BDR solution could make or break your business — you now need to carefully consider risk from an external perspective.

This past Sunday morning at The Channel Company’s XChange University event, keynote speaker Robert Westervelt of IDC's Data Security practice shared some interesting stats with the audience of MSPs. For example, a recent IDC study revealed that 99 percent of hackers hit already-known vulnerabilities in platforms like Adobe, Microsoft, and Internet browsers.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Quiz: How much do you really know about ransomware?

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Feb 20, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Ransomware has quickly evolved from simply blocking users from gaining access to their files to encrypting files and even attacking servers. Cybercriminals are also becoming savvier when it comes to disguising attacks, making it harder for businesses to avoid them. A recent report from IBM security found that one in two business executives have experienced a ransomware attack, and 70 percent admitted to paying the ransom to regain access to their data.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Growing IT security fatigue bodes well for MSSPs

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 14, 2017 2:23:35 PM

The size of the opportunity for managed security service providers (MSSPs) has always been constrained by one dominant factor. Far too many IT organizations believe they can adequately defend their organizations despite all evidence to the contrary.

But, a new report from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), which counts more than 140,000 security and IT professionals among its members, suggests large amounts of “security fatigue” are starting to take a toll on internal IT organizations.

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Topics: Cyber Security

New deployment options for Barracuda NextGen Firewall – Intronis MSP Edition

Posted by Anne Campbell on Jan 23, 2017 10:57:48 AM

As today’s IT environments get more advanced and threats become more sophisticated, managed service providers need to secure their SMB customers’ networks no matter where those networks are running. Some businesses are transitioning to public cloud deployments, while others are opting moving to fully virtualized environments. As an MSP, you need to be able to offer these types of customers that same level of protection as more traditional on-premise networks.

That’s why we’re introducing two new deployment options for Barracuda NextGen Firewall – Intronis MSP Edition: a virtual firewall that is compatible with VMware, XenServer, KVM, and Hyper-V; and public cloud options designed to protect your customers’ digital assets in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, or Google Cloud Platform deployments.

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To give you a closer look at these new offerings, their benefits, and use cases, we sat down with Nathan Bradbury, manager of systems engineering here at Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda.

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Topics: Announcements, Cyber Security

What MSPs can do to help customers avoid the new Gmail phishing scam

Posted by Michelle Burke on Jan 19, 2017 2:45:12 PM

Even the most security-conscious email account holders have been falling for the new Gmail phishing scam. This advanced hack involves phishing for user email authentication information by tricking recipients into clicking on an attachment and re-entering their Google login credentials.

It works like this: Once someone has fallen for the attack, hackers scan the victim’s account and find the best attachment to email to others from that address. For example, the attachment could be an update on a document you were collaborating on earlier that week with a co-worker. This type of advanced attack works so well because the attachment seems legitimate.

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Topics: Cyber Security

What MSPs can learn from Russian malware found at a Vermont utility

Posted by Michelle Burke on Jan 3, 2017 11:58:01 AM

As we were ringing in 2017 this past weekend, government officials were announcing that they found evidence of Russian malware on a computer belonging to Burlington Electric Department (BED), a local electric utility provider located in Burlington, Vt. Thanks to quick detection, BED was able to isolate the malware to one computer before it could attack the company’s entire grid system.

While this particular situation was resolved quickly, the attack brings up new threats that MSPs can’t ignore. The malware found on a single BED computer shows the destructive new intentions of malicious hackers, who, in this case, could potentially have shut down an entire community’s power during the cold winter season.

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Topics: Cyber Security

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