It seems the “bad guys” are at it again. Just today, another large scale ransomware attack has struck, beginning in Europe and affecting companies and governments across the world, including the United States. Domestic victims include Merck, a pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey and Maersk Line, which has had to halt shipping operations out of the Port of Los Angeles as a result of the attack. Fortinet has set up a content repository of news and other information regarding this latest threat. Access their Petya Central Content Hub here. On this hub you’ll not only find minute-by-minute updates, but…

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Microsoft has ended support for Exchange 2007

As you may be aware, Microsoft has ended support for Exchange 2007. Among other things, this means that Microsoft will no longer release critical and/or security updates for your email platform. As such, we highly recommend migrating off Exchange 2007 ASAP. We know change is never easy, but the security and availability of your email service is paramount. So we hope you will work with us to get you on a reliable and secure email platform. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know. You can reach out to our MTBW Services support…

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Does Ransomware Make Antivirus Obsolete?

A recent article from IDG Connect provides an interesting perspective regarding the challenges confronted by Antivirus solutions with the advent of more advanced Malware, such as Ransomware. It reiterates the necessity that MTBW Services, Inc. has previously discussed revolving around Behavior Based detection – application control – versus the traditional Signature Based protection. Click here to read the article in detail that provides real world perspective of the balancing act of security versus functionality.

Scam of the Week: DMV Warns Drivers About Traffic Ticket Phishing

Online reporter Doug Olenick at SC Media was the first to point to a press release from the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles warning about a phishing scam where New York drivers are being targeted, stating they have 48 hours to pay a fine or have their driver’s license revoked. This may happen in your state as well, so this is your heads-up. The NY DMV alerted motorists that the scam is just bait to entice them to click on a “payment” link that will in turn infect their workstation with malware. The DMV does not know how many…

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Fortinet’s Proactive Protection

MTBW Services, Inc. takes a long hard look at each company we partner with before we ever bring a product through your doors. This recent e-mail from Fortinet is exactly why we STRONGLY recommend the enterprise bundle, which includes FortiSandbox, protection for every Fortinet product we sell. “As you may know, on May 12, hackers launched a global ransomware campaign against tens of thousands of corporate and governmental targets. The ransomware encrypts files on an infected computer and asks the computer’s administrator to pay a ransom in order to regain access. The ransomware attack is apparently spreading through a Microsoft…

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Critical Ransomware Patch: This is not a test.

The IT systems of around 40 NHS organizations across the UK have been affected by a ransomware attack. Non-emergency operations have been suspended and ambulances are being diverted as a result of the attack. Non-health focused organizations around the world are also being affected, including Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica which reported a serious issue affecting its internal network as a result of a cyberattack earlier today. The strain is called “Wanna Decrypt0r” which asks $300 from victims to decrypt their computers. Bleepingcomputer said: “Whoever is behind this ransomware has invested heavy resources into Wana Decrypt0r’s operations. In the few hours…

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How Does Your End Point Protection Rate at Blocking Ransomware

Recently Network World in conjunction with KnowBe4 published a document regarding the effectiveness against Ransomware of the most popular end point protection applications as reported by real world users in a current survey. These included such industry heavy hitters as Symantec, Sophos, Trend Micro, Kaspersky, Webroot, McAfee, ESET, Microsoft and Vipre. The testing included the KnowBe4’s ransomware simulator, RanSim, to test the ability of the antivirus solutions to detect and stop RanSim “attacks.” Mimicking 10 different infection scenarios, RanSim attempts to encrypt simulation files it downloads from the Internet, rather than files from the actual endpoint. Follow the link here…

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Protecting Your Network: The Human Element

A network is only as strong as the weakest link! Regardless of the implementation of all Best Practices regarding technology solutions for network security, the human element is one of the most vulnerable and commonly the most omitted. Kaspersky, one of the leading security providers in the industry, has released its Top 10 Tips for Educating Employees. It’s well worth the time perusing this document for tips on how to fortify your network from the end user perspective.

Amazon Web Services S3 Outages on the 28th of February 2017: A Wake Up Call!

The recent Amazon Web Services S3 outage is a reminder to all of us that the Cloud is really just your data and applications running on hardware at another physical location. All of us have been inundated with the term Cloud in recent years and it has taken on an ethereal connotation. This post is not an attempt to dissuade anyone from selecting a Cloud based solution. MTBW Services has been a long-term partner with leaders in Cloud based solutions for years. We continue to implement Cloud based solutions for our clientele on a weekly basis. What we are posting…

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