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‘Disrupted’ Employees: The New Insider Threat?

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, April 12, 2021

Employees working from home may find it more difficult to follow security policies… An article review. The surge in employees working from home during the pandemic created many headaches for IT departments around the world, many of whom had no telecommuting policies or procedures before the start… but what about the employees who had to […]


New Study Shows the Impact of Fleeceware

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, March 29, 2021

Dubious app store subscriptions bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue… An article review. When it comes to malicious applications you’re probably familiar with things like malware and ransomware, and you have ways to avoid them.  Modern desktop and smartphone operating systems have built-in malware detection tools, and some web browsers even automatically […]


When it comes to Security Incidents, Phishing is Still King

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, March 15, 2021

While malware and security exploits continue to make headlines, the majority of reported security incidents involve phishing… An article review. With all the attention given recently to security incidents involving software exploits and high-profile malware attacks, it would be easy to believe that they represented the most likely incidents you may encounter in the wild.  […]


NSA and CISA Issue New Guidance on DNS

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, March 8, 2021

Implementing Protective DNS could help your organization avoid attack… An article review. Noting the risks still associated with the Domain Name System (DNS), the National Security Agency and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have recently released new guidance on the selection and use of a Protective DNS service (PDNS). The guidance, released in […]


The Problem with Cybersecurity Insurance

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, February 8, 2021

The cybersecurity industry faces challenges, and some of them may involve your business… An article review. In a world where threats to your organization’s electronic assets are constantly emerging and evolving a cybersecurity insurance policy can help mitigate risk…but what kind of risk does the cybersecurity insurance industry face?  A new article in the Harvard […]


T7: The Trend of Trends 2021

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, January 25, 2021

Top 7 Trend Articles of 2021. . .  . . .For ISOs of Small Financial Institutions. Welcome to our annual T7 article:  a list of our favorite trend articles from the past year.  Our intent: help you organize your thoughts as your work through your strategic planning process.  We hope reviewing these articles will help you […]


US Treasury Warns Against Paying Ransomware Gangs

By Vigilize - Last updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Ransomware payments sent to countries under sanctions could result in fines… An article review. Whether or not to pay the organization behind a ransomware attack has been a hotly debated subject for many years, but a new advisory issued by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) warns those who do pay up […]


Intelligence Agencies Release Joint Cybersecurity Advisory

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, September 7, 2020

Intelligence agencies from five nations contributed to the new advisory… An article review. For the first time, the cybersecurity divisions of the nations in the “Five Eyes” alliance (The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) have released a joint advisory concerning incident response. The report, available here, does not provide a complete […]


Cyber Attacks Rise Due To COVID-19

By Vigilize - Last updated: Monday, August 24, 2020

Nearly half of all companies expect a security issue due to telecommuting… An article review. A few months ago we discussed a warning from the Department of Homeland Security regarding hackers taking advantage of the business disruptions caused by COVID-19, and according to an article shared with us by our friend Wes Pollard it appears […]


New Ransomware Hides in a Virtual Machine

By Vigilize - Last updated: Friday, June 5, 2020

Hiding in a VirtualBox VM, the new Ragnar Locker ransomware is currently undetectable… An article review. Ransomware and other malicious programs often utilize techniques to evade detection by security software, but a newly discovered piece of ransomware has raised the bar by hiding inside a virtual machine. The new ransomware–called Ragnar Locker–was detailed in a […]