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Author: Noel Frain

It’s always wise to back up files regularly. But a recent development in cyberspace makes it more important than ever – ransomware.  Ransomware is an increasingly dangerous form of malware that encrypts data and makes it unrecoverable unless a ransom is paid. Those logging onto infected systems are served up a notice telling them that all of their files have been encrypted and if they ever want to open them again, they will have to pay...

Not a week goes by and there is some big news item on the latest company that got hacked or had their data stolen. It’s now such a regular occurrence that it’s becoming ‘almost normal’. According to Forrester Research, cyber threats and security outbreaks are not just increasing, they're mutating. Highly skilled, well-funded, organised cyber-criminals will steal your data — the lifeblood of today's digital business in pursuit of economic or financial gain. The reason security outbreaks...

It’s worth understanding the questions you need answers to during a security breach to better understand the growing risks that new cyber threats pose to businesses.   Three Questions you need answers on during a Security Breach What was the original source of the attack and what has happened? Who was infected first? What has the infection done? Has it spread? What other systems on the network are infected? Are the infected machine/s isolated now? Can We Recover? After a critical pc or a server has...

Ransomware usually encrypts data on victims pc or laptop and will usually try to encrypt network servers if the victims pc is on a network. It will then prompt the victim to pay a ransom, usually in the form of Bitcoin. Ransomware has become increasingly popular as a weapon with which to extort money from corporations, public authorities and institutions and individuals. Victims are often hacked by clicking on an innocuous looking attachment or website link within an...