Cyber Wars: The Rise of Modern Security

It’s an old battle; one that many have almost forgotten as the enemy lies in wait, counting on inattentiveness to bolster their evil plans.

Sounds like an intergalactic war from Star Wars, huh? With the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December, our ongoing fight against cybercrime comes to mind. Many businesses seem to have become complacent in the fight against cybercrime as 48% of SMBs have budgeted $5,000 or less on security for the upcoming year. This is 54% less than what was spent by small- and medium-sized businesses on cybersecurity last year.

You might think this trend indicates a decrease in hacking, phishing and ransomware attacks on SMBs. Nothing is farther from the truth. Symantec reports employees of small organizations receive spam in 55% of their emails, considerably fewer than emails received by employees of larger organizations.

Cybercriminals Threaten Multiple Industries with Barrage of Attacks

1. Kaiser Permanente says data breach exposed information on nearly 1,000 Sacramento-area patients

The personal information held by Kaiser on 990 Sacramento-area patients was breached in September by an unknown and unauthorized individual. The cybercriminals had access to an email account with access to data including date of birth, gender, provider name, payer name and benefits information, along with other medical-care-specific information.

Unlike credit card and other financial information, personal health histories do not change and can be used to convince individuals that a scam is actually legitimate. At DiamondIT, we have tools and systems in place to identify, analyze and proactively monitor for any compromised or stolen employee and customer data. This prevents personal information from being used against you, your customers or employees. 

New Year, New Regulations – Are You CCPA Compliant?

Californians will ring in the new year with new regulations. If you don’t want the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to spoil your holiday parties and end-of-year celebrations, now is the time to prepare. We’ve put together this quick guide to get you up to speed on what you need to do to comply with the law.

Do I Need to Pay Attention?

Are you a for-profit business operating in California and collecting consumers’ personal information? You need to follow CCPA regulations if you:

  • Have annual gross revenue exceeding $25 million or
  • Purchase, sell or share data from more than 50,000 consumers, households or devices or
  • Derive 50% or more of your annual revenue from selling consumers’ private information

How DiamondIT Secured Ace Industrial Supply’s Business Systems

Background

Ace Industrial Supply is the leading telemarketing company in the tool industry with offices in California, Arizona and Idaho. The 36-year-old company distributes tools and supplies in the United States and Canada. Ace needs to have a strong IT infrastructure in place to easily communicate with clients and collaborate between the company’s offices and warehouses.

Before working with DiamondIT, Ace operated its technology environment with a small internal IT staff and an outside service provider. Ace believes in old-fashioned customer service and values but does not extend this point of view to technology. Unfortunately, their former IT provider lead them down a path to outdated software and hardware.

More than 4 Billion Records Stolen in First Half of 2019

1. 20 Texas cities attacked by ransomware

The City of Borger, along with 20 other Texas municipalities, recently suffered a ransomware attack that disabled the city’s ability to conduct business. The attack was part of a targeted effort, and it cut off access to basic city services like public records, bill payments and communications systems. The city has been able to restore several functions without paying the ransom, but several services remain unavailable.

Many public entities such as cities and counties struggle to implement adequate cyber security solutions. DiamondIT works closely with municipalities to manage their networks within restrained budgets and long planning cycles.

Do You Know the True Cost of Cyberattacks?

Cities, enterprises, nonprofits, small businesses and your organization are all united by one commonality: the threat cybercriminals pose. A successful attack harms more than your finances and will impact every facet of your business. 60% of small businesses will close after being hit with a cyberattack. The right IT investments prevent attacks and limit downtime and damage during a worst-case scenario. Below are 4 costs to consider and the solutions you can use to protect your business.

Ransomware Can Devastate Your City; Here’s What You Need to Know

Hackers are going to town on municipalities in California and across the country.

Municipalities are popular targets for cybercriminals because most have a variety of services on their websites that requires city residents to share credit card information, addresses and other personally identifying information. Even with the prime data cities store, they often don’t have adequate security solutions in place to prevent ransomware attacks.

Yes, Disaster Recovery Planning is Important – Here’s Why

What’s the worst technology disaster you can imagine hitting your business? An earthquake shattering all your computers, monitors and phones? Hackers stealing all of your customers’ personal information and selling it on the Dark Web? How about your server room catching fire and destroying all communications systems?

All of these and more (let your imagination run wild because it’s probably on the right track) threaten businesses worldwide – including Southern California SMBs. It’s that last one, though – the server room fire – that DiamondIT experienced firsthand with a local business.

Cyber Security Best Practices to Protect Against Hackers

1. Thousands of Los Angeles police caught up in data breach

The Los Angeles Police Department personnel records were hacked into in July. The breach went undetected until the cybercriminals contacted them to let them know names, partial Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personally identifying information from the department were now available through “external sources.” PII for 2,500 LAPD officers was compromised along with about 17,500 records of LAPD’s Candidate Applicant program.

Every day, more experienced hackers and sophisticated phishing schemes invade businesses across California. You can’t afford to sit back and hope you have enough protection against hackers. Download your free copy of DiamondIT’s ebook: “Detect and Prevent Cybersecurity Threats to Your Business.”

2.  City of Lodi confirms ransomware behind computer troubles

Lodi city employees received ransomware emails with attachments appearing to be invoices. The malware disabled the city’s phone lines, financial data systems and other computer systems. The hackers demanded $400,000 in Bitcoin as ransom; Lodi officials declined to pay.

Balancing limited resources with cyber security best practices is complex. DiamondIT works with city and county organizations across Central and Southern California to secure government entities: Check out our solutions here.

Ransomware & Fines – Consequences of Ignoring Microsoft End-of-Support

If history is any guide, we could be seeing more news articles about ransomware attacks in early 2020. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 will enter end-of-support. Microsoft will stop offering security patches, leaving any organization running these systems exposed to cyberthreats. An infamous example of what can go wrong is the May 2017 WannaCry attack.

WannaCry: A Microsoft End-of-Support Worst-Case Scenario

On May 12, 2017, the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom was paralyzed by a ransomware attack when cybercriminals exploited a flaw in WindowsXP. Support for WindowsXP had ended in April 2014, but the NHS continued relying on the system.