Cyber Risk Aware Blog

Ransomware Phishing: An Ounce of Prevention

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 27, 2017 9:45:11 PM / by Stephen Burke posted in Phishing, Spear Phishing, Phish prone, Ransomware, security awareness training, wannacry, petrwrap

Phishing has been in the news lately, not only because it was the intrusion technique allegedly used by Russian hackers to access U.S. voter registrations, but also because it is becoming more prevalent, especially in the UK.  You only have to look at the recent NHS "Wannacry" and the latest "Petrwrap" ransomware incidents both starting with curious staff opening phishing emails to understand the risks.

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What Can we Learn from the NHS Ransomware Cyber Attack?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 6:16:53 PM / by Stephen Burke posted in Ransomware, computer patching, HSE ransomware, phishing email

This month the UK was faced with its biggest ever cyber-security threat when criminals targeted the NHS and other organisations worldwide using so-called ransomware.

The malware, dubbed 'Wanna Cry' blocks access to all files on the computers it targets until a ransom is paid. The malware is thought to be based on technology stolen from the USA's National Security Agency.

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HSE Could Be a 'Sitting Duck' for a Cyber Attack

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2017 12:51:49 PM / by Stephen Burke posted in Phishing, Staff Awareness, Ransomware

 The content of this article was originally published by Mark O'Regan - Sunday Independent

The HSE could be a 'sitting duck' for a cyberattack unless it radically beefs up security to protect highly sensitive data which may be sold by criminals on the Dark Web.

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Ransomware Prevention!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 13, 2017 12:41:13 PM / by Stephen Burke posted in CyberCrime, Phishing, Ransomware, Data Protection, Phishing Simulation, securty awareness training

A widespread cyber attack has been coming folks, and many security professionals are attempting to increase awareness for staff and companies.

Two days ago I shared an article from AIG that stated "systemic cyber attacks" were expected this year across several sectors, including healthcare.

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Cyber Crime - Not Just an IT Issue

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 26, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in Spear Phishing, Ransomware, Phishing Simulation, snapchat spear phish, securty awareness training

A new British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) survey of over 1,200 companies (96% SMEs) reveals cyber-criminal attacks occurred on one in five UK firms over the last year.  

Despite the very real threat this poses to businesses, the majority (63%) rely on IT providers to resolve any issues.

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Ransomware - The Growing Threat

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2017 7:15:00 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in cyber crime, Phishing, Staff Awareness, Ransomware

Last year saw a large spike in reported cases of ransomware, and industry experts predict a further increase throughout 2017.

Commercial insurers "Beazley" produced a report last month (click here) in which it stated that it had seen the number of attacks quadruple over 2016, with many of these attacks taking place in large institutions such as in the financial, education and healthcare industry.

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Phishing; The root of all evil...

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2017 6:45:00 AM / by Stephen Burke posted in CEO Fraud, Phishing, Spear Phishing, Staff Awareness, Phish prone, Ransomware

What exactly is Phishing ?

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