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The recent Colonial Pipeline hack challenges the efficacy of traditional tabletop simulations. Despite government officials and industry experts’ sophisticated attack simulations, Colonial Pipeline was not prepared for the DarkSide ransomware attack.

The DarkSide attack came after a slew of critical infrastructure, government agency, and business attacks, including those targeting a…


Experts have long touted the usefulness, security, and convenience of the cloud, but COVID-19 showed us just how essential it is. Remote work, shifting quickly to new business models, and maintaining supply chains would not have been possible without cloud solutions.

With all the benefits presented by the cloud in…


3 IT security technologies that IT leaders should budget for in 2021

The IT security landscape is continually evolving. In 2020, COVID-19 created even more cybersecurity hurdles, accelerating changes to — and the importance of — remote infrastructure, user security awareness, and ransomware prevention, to name a few. …


18,000 organizations and several U.S. government agencies were affected by the SolarWinds cyber attack, discovered in December 2020. Dubbed the “largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen” by Microsoft President Brad Smith, the attack targeted SolarWinds customers, which include, in the U.S., …


A recent study showed that 51 percent of organizations were hit by ransomware in the last year, with criminals successfully encrypting data in 73 percent of those attacks. …


Telehealth primary care visits increased 350-fold during the COVID-19 pandemic, simultaneously expanding the attack surface for cyber criminals and causing a 30-percent increase in cybersecurity findings per telehealth domain, including:

  • 117-percent increase in IP reputation security alerts
  • 65-percent increase in patching cadence findings
  • 56-percent increase in endpoint security findings
  • 16-percent…

When COVID hit, malicious actors saw an irresistible opportunity to ramp up their attacks (3.3 million between July and October 2020) and profit from the exodus from brick-and-mortar operations to remote working environments. From “COVID relief” emails to exploiting insecure personal devices, hackers have been equal opportunity criminals to organizations…


COVID-19 increased the remote workforce from 17 percent of U.S. employees to a staggering 44 percent. Suddenly, millions of people began to use their unsecured personal devices for work, unwittingly putting themselves and their companies at risk for data exposure. …

Paul Ashe

Cybersecurity expert, entrepeneur, founder and president of Securance Consulting. I help companies manage IT risks to support long-term growth.

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