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2014-07-17 23:05:54

New Strain of Ransomware CryptoWall Leads to Data Breach for Brokerage House Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 The recent data breach at brokerage house Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. (BFE) was a result of a CryptoLocker copycat ransomware called CryptoWall, according to a document posted on the DOJ.NH website. The brokerage house announced this week that they had suffered the data breach on May 24, 2014 when they had their computer systems compromised by an unauthorized third party....

2014-07-09 23:07:37

High Stakes Cyber-Ransom Likely to Become the New Norm with Mobile Devices as Prey Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) July 09, 2014 In response to a recent study done on IT professionals, KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman announced an extension of the company’s offer to pay any customer’s cyber ransom with Bitcoin if they are hit after stepping through KnowBe4’s security awareness training. Our 300+ sample study shows 88% of IT professionals expect ransomware to grow the rest of this year. The...

2014-07-01 23:06:32

Security Awareness Training and Backup Voted Most Effective Solutions to Combat CryptoLocker Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) July 01, 2014 A new survey by IT Security company KnowBe4 shows the growing alarm among IT Pros about the threat of ransomware like the infamous CryptoLocker. The KnowBe4 June 2014 survey over 300 IT Pros compared the levels of concern over ransomware to a similar survey by IT Security company Webroot in January this year. The study showed the rapidly growing apprehension...

2014-06-24 23:02:32

KnowBe4’s Ransomware “We Pay if You’re Hit” Protection Gives Businesses a Safety Net Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) June 24, 2014 Even with the recent international law enforcement "Operation Tovar" shutting down Cryptolocker operations, it appears the number one ransomware Trojan is back in business. KnowBe4 reports a new strain of the infamous CryptoLocker has been found. The new Trojan does not rely on the 2048-bit RSA encryption and does not need any communication with a...

2014-06-05 23:08:58

KnowBe4’s confidence in its security awareness training prompts their offer of crypto-insurance against ransomware Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) June 05, 2014 In a bold move, IT security firm KnowBe4 announced it will pay a company’s ransom in Bitcoin if they get hit with ransomware due to human error of an employee. Security experts agree It will only be a matter of weeks before CryptoLocker or a variant will be back in business as the criminals who created it are still on the loose. When it...

2014-03-27 23:01:55

Companies Taking Security Awareness Training Seriously - Human error ranks high on threat list; companies are turning to security awareness training to solve the problem. Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 Security is harder to maintain than it was a year ago according to a study done by KnowBe4, a US based security awareness company. Ransomware (CryptoLocker or CryptoDefense), rapid technology advances and adoption of BYOD create a greater challenge for businesses to stay abreast of...

2014-02-18 23:03:14

New ITIC/KnowBe4 Independent Survey Reveals 53% of businesses are unprepared to deal with hacked or stolen BYOD devices even though 50% indicated company-owned tablets, notebooks & smart phones may have been hacked in last 12 months Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 18, 2014 A 53% majority of organizations acknowledge that they are unprepared to deal with security breaches to their corporate and employee-owned Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) notebooks, tablets and smart phones. And this...

2014-02-10 23:02:31

New Breed of Ransomware is Leaving Skilled IT Admins at the Mercy of End Users Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) February 10, 2014 CryptoLocker is alive and flourishing according to Security Awareness Training company KnowBe4. Complaints of CryptoLocker infections and resulting loss of data is on the rise. The malicious code, also referred to as “ransomware” due to the demand for fees to release captured files, is increasingly causing problems for IT security staff due to variants of the software...

2014-01-22 23:22:37

Security Company KnowBe4 Analysis Shows Awareness Training Greatly Mitigates Behavior Risks Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) January 22, 2014 Security Awareness Training firm KnowBe4, LLC, has released an analysis of 372 companies that clearly shows the impact and effectiveness of Security Awareness Training on employees. The study was done over a 12 month period and follows behavior patterns of 291,000 end points, showing a reduction in risky behavior by over 12X. Using an initial baseline of...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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