It's the headline no one wants to see- a local small business IT firm gets compromised, opening up their clients to the nightmare of ransomware. The you-know-what rolls downhill, and suddenly, more than a hundred dental practices up and down the front range are battling it out with the hackers.
Google Recognizes Veteran Owned Small Businesses with Challenge Coin
As a part of their efforts for National Veterans Small Business Week, Google sent out challenge
coins to highly rated veteran small businesses around the country, and also offered the public the opportunity to send a digital challenge coin through social media in order to recognize veteran-led businesses you admire. CEO Paul Hendricksen is pictured at right with the coin truNorth received.
You can read more about the program, here. Over 250,000 service members will begin their transition journey out of the military this year, and one in four of those are looking to start a business. We will be focusing on veteran-to-entrepreneur transition later this week.
Possible Politically Targeted Dispersal of Pegasus Infections in India
Is your MSP laying out a welcome mat for hackers?
In the third quarter of 2019, ransomware attacks on small businesses and vendors increased by 37% in comparison to the second quarter, according to data and analysis compiled by Beazley insurer.
Monitoring or Stalking? FTC cracks down on Retina-Xs Monitoring Apps
On Tuesday, October 22, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Retina-X was barred from selling three of its apps, which could be utilized for dangerous or illegal purposes, like the utilization of tracking a partner in domestic violence or stalking. Retina-X argued that these types or products are legitimate monitoring tools. The director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection said that "although there may be legitimate reasons to track a phone, these apps were designed to run surreptitiously in the background, and are uniquely suited to illegal and dangerous uses," (FTC Brings First Case Against Developers of “Stalking” Apps, 2019).
Retina-X will also be required to delete any data collected during the usage of the three apps, which included MobileSpy, which was designed to monitor both employees and children, and PhoneSheriff and TeenShield, which were designed for children.
Action 22's executive director, Sarah Blackhurst, put on a heck of an annual conference on Thursday and Friday of last week. CEO Paul Hendricksen and COO, Brian Whittaker, were invited and presented on what business continuity and disaster recover look like in real time, as Dr. Linda Lujan, president of Lamar Community College, hammered and then drilled a hole through a hard drive. Less than five minutes later, Whittaker was able to pull up documents, spreadsheets, and photos from that hard drive via its real time backup.
When the Waldo Canyon Fire swept through Manitou Springs in 2012, the devastation was stunning. The fire was the most expensive in state history, with $460.3 million in insured losses resulting from claims filed by homeowners, auto and businesses.
While we were at Pueblo's first ever annual IT conference this week, I had the opportunity to sit down with former Colorado Springs chapter president and current ISSA Distinguished Fellow, Mark Spencer.