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Simple Mistake, High Price Tag

Simple Mistake, High Price Tag

Ostra Prevents Business Email Compromise Scams  Social engineering has propelled Business Email Compromise (BEC) to new heights of scammer success. Cyber-criminals can construct well crafted and highly detailed emails due to the wealth of information they can collect...

ConnectWise: Hackers Target Remote Management Tools

ConnectWise: Hackers Target Remote Management Tools

Ostra's Best-In-Class Security Prevents Management System Attacks Remote IT management systems provide what cyber-cyber-criminals want the most — access to potential victims and infrastructure designed to make that access easy and direct. Florida-based ConnectWise...

High Stakes for Small and Medium Business

High Stakes for Small and Medium Business

88% of Small Businesses Feel Vulnerable to Cyberthreats. Ostra Changes the Math. Eileen Mannings Minneapolis-based event group was attacked a few years ago on the eve a a Cyber Security conference she stages every fall. By current standards, the attack against...

CPA Phishing Season

CPA Phishing Season

Fall accounting madness is the perfect time for a cyber-criminal to strike. The IRS, states and tax industry partners continue to warn tax professionals to beware of the continuing threat of phishing emails, which remain the most common tactic used by cybercriminals...

Focused Ransomware Attacks

Focused Ransomware Attacks

Costs Rise for Vulnerable Businesses Ostra can prevent cyber-criminals from cashing in on SMB targets. Ransom demands nearly doubled in 2019 and recovery time from a ransomware incident also rose sharply. This record-setting trend is something SMB’s need to pay...

MSP Ransomware Infections

MSP Ransomware Infections

Cyber criminals hit the jackpot with MSP Ransomware Infections: Tools and capabilities MSPs use to serve customers were used against them. Ostra has a solution for that. MSPs have what cyber-cyber-criminals want the most — access to potential victims and...

Breach and Bankruptcy

Breach and Bankruptcy

Breach puts top debt collection supplier out of business. Ostra can help make sure SMB suppliers are not the weak link. American Medical Collection agency (AMCA) was a supplier of medical debt collection services to large clinical laboratories, hospitals and...

Can SMBs Break the Microsoft XP Chains that Bind?

Can SMBs Break the Microsoft XP Chains that Bind?

Stuck with old technology? Microsoft offers zero-day exploit patches for an 18 year old operating system. Ostra can do better. The majority of businesses, industrial control centers, and hospitals don’t use Microsoft XP by choice, but a lot of them still do. Old...

Unpatched and Vulnerable

Unpatched and Vulnerable

Windows XP and Server 2012: Ostra's solution keeps unpatched systems safe. Two years after WannaCry crippled computer systems across the globe there are still nearly 1.7 million unpatched exposed endpoints. More than 400,000 of these vulnerable devices are in...

When Hospitals Need Bandaids

When Hospitals Need Bandaids

Infection Prevention: Hospitals are vulnerable to cybercrime. Ostra is the solution. For the past two days, IT teams in hospitals across the country have gathered in command centers to secure older devices from a security vulnerability. This came at the urging of the...

Is Anti-Virus Enough Security For Small Business?

Is Anti-Virus Enough Security For Small Business?

It's Not Me, Anti-Virus, It's you: Why an imminent break-up with anti-virus as a security solution is a good idea. Small and medium business owners may want to re-think their belief that anti-virus gives them the protection they need after three major AV companies...

Cyber Security Facts and Stats

Nearly all cyber attacks involve the use of impersonation.

Impersonation attacks are emails that impersonate a trusted individual or company in an attempt to gain access to sensitive data or finances. Recent industry research found that 90% of cyber-attacks begin with phishing emails that use social engineering and impersonation.

More than 90% of malware is delivered through email.

malware attack is a type of cyberattack in which malware or malicious software performs activities on the victim’s computer system, usually without his/her knowledge. These malicious programs can perform a variety of different functions such as stealing, encrypting or deleting sensitive data, altering or hijacking core computing functions and monitoring users’ computer activity without their permission.

Almost half of all malicious attachments are Office files.

Malicious Office attachments are written in the same language as Office macros, which spread by hijacking the victim’s email and sending it to the victim’s contacts. These threats can be devastating to systems that are set to enable macros.

 

Most Anti-virus solutions only protect against known threats.

Many anti-virus solutions depend on stored virus signatures to detect viruses that have already been identified and analyzed by security experts.

Advanced threat detection products evaluate an object based on its intended actions before it can actually execute that behavior.

Signature-based defenses cannot protect against single-use malware.

Recent industry research found that an overwhelming majority of observed malware is single-use. This means it was designed to be used only once in a targeted attack and is an unknown threat.

A spreading threat may be undetectable to anti-virus solutions that use traditional signature virus identification.

Protection using traditional signature virus identification is limited to threats with known signatures. This allows hackers to take their time analyzing stolen data because often the business is unaware of the breach.

On average, companies take about 197 days to identify and 69 days to contain a breach.

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