Cyber Security During a Pandemic

Posted by Jon Edwards on Mar 30, 2020 1:23:48 PM

During every national emergency situation, there are always scammers who look to capitalize on people during times of distress. Scammers have already begun to take advantage of the current state of emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Similar to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, phishing scams have begun to plague our inboxes. Coronavirus phishing scams may come in the form of a statement or request from someone impersonating a Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), or similar agency official. They may even use domain names similar to those of the CDC and WHO.

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Topics: Phishing Scam, Ransomware, cyber attacks, pandemics, hacking,, social media, COVID-19, risk management consultant, remote work

Threats to Consider When Crafting a Social Media Risk Mitigation Plan

Posted by Jon Edwards on Feb 10, 2020 3:13:10 PM

 

Over the last decade, social media has quickly become a prominent way for businesses to advertise, communicate, and educate. On the flip side, it can be a huge risk for those businesses that cannot keep up with the ever changing tools and trends in privacy, security, and marketing. We often see businesses and even public figures falling prey to social engineering scams, ransomware, hacking, and a multitude of other cyber risks. Luckily, with some planning and diligence, mitigating these risks can be quite simple. Below are examples of some threats as well as solutions you can implement now that will help protect your business from some of the most prevalent social media threats.  

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Topics: Risk management, cyber attacks, social media for businesses, social media, social media risks

Cyber Risk Preparedness

Posted by The ALS Group on Jul 16, 2019 9:49:55 AM

Given the widespread awareness of Cyber Risk and the increasing trend for companies to consider insurance around this exposure, a company’s preparedness for a Cyber risk related event should be a part of their risk management plan.  Unfortunately, for most organizations, this part of the plan has not been matured. That’s a mistake…

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Topics: Crisis Risk Management, Cyber Breach, Cyber Insurance, Cyber Risk, cyber attacks

Are Your Construction Projects at Risk Because of Cyber Exposures?

Posted by Jon Edwards on Apr 30, 2019 11:30:44 AM

The construction industry is changing rapidly and more and more projects are relying on emerging technologies for management and completion. There are now major cyber related concerns regarding “smart” equipment such as cranes and drones and SAAS/IAAS systems used for project planning and management. ‘Connected’ systems utilized by third-parties (general contractors and subcontractors) to share and centralize sensitive data may also expose a project to cyber risks.

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Topics: Construction, Construction Project Risk, Manage Construction Risk, Risk management, cyber attacks

FACC Sues CEO, CFO in Wake of "Fake-President" Fraud

Posted by Jon Edwards on Dec 17, 2018 4:31:17 PM

A new development has occurred in the FACC cyber “fake-president fraud” case.

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Topics: Phishing Scam, Risk management, Risk Mitigation, cyber attacks

9 Important and Surprising Trends in Cyber Security

Posted by Jon Edwards on May 2, 2017 3:58:00 PM

The cyber security world evolves at a breakneck pace. For those not following closely, new developments can be unexpected and downright scary.

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Topics: Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Risk Mitigation, Cyber Security, cyber attacks

Newark, NJ City Computers Struck By Ransomware Attack

Posted by Jon Edwards on Apr 25, 2017 2:06:29 PM

 

Multiple sources reported yesterday that hackers encrypted files on computers belonging to the city of Newark and have demanded $30,000 worth of Bitcoin to restore them.

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Topics: Cyber Breach, Cyber Insurance, Cyber Security, Ransomware, cyber attacks

6 Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Risk in the Healthcare Sector

Posted by Jon Edwards on Apr 18, 2017 1:48:19 PM

 

The healthcare sector is without a doubt one of the most targeted industries for cyber hackers. Different industries have different types and degrees of cyber risk exposure. But hackers and malicious campaigns take aim at the healthcare sector in particular due to the private nature and black market value of the data.

 

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Topics: Cyber Breach, Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Healthcare, Healthcare Data Breach, Healthcare Risk Management, cyber attacks

4 Ways to Evaluate and Mitigate Your Company's Cyber Risk

Posted by Jon Edwards on Mar 28, 2017 9:53:44 AM

Globalization and dependence on the internet for data storage over the past decade has exposed companies to a whole new set of risks. As this trend continues, so too does the risk associated with breaches of domestic or international servers. Massive data breaches happen with alarming frequency. In the past few years, there have been several high profile attacks

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Topics: Cyber Breach, Cyber Insurance, Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Risk Mitigation, cyber attacks

6 Ways to Teach Your Employees to Safeguard Your Data

Posted by Jon Edwards on Mar 21, 2017 1:10:28 PM

This is an actual picture I took in a café of an unattended pile of documents marked “Confidential.” It blew my mind. If only this employee’s C.E.O. or C.O.O. could see this obvious disregard for the material’s confidentiality. Anyone could have grabbed the documents, peaked at the data, or… snapped a photo.

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Topics: Cyber Liability, Cyber Risk, Cyber Risk Mitigation, Data Breach, cyber attacks

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