Go Phish: 11 Ways To Avoid The Bait

You’ve probably heard the adage “work smarter, not harder.” Here at BAI Security, we believe in both. When phishing attacks are clouding your email waters, it can feel daunting to keep your team abreast, particularly when hackers are brewing a perfect storm of social engineering and scam tactics to obtain your company’s credentials. In the past year, organizations across the world have been more vulnerable to phishing attacks than ever before. Among internationally polled IT security professionals, 80% noticed an increase in attempted phishing scams across the field, and 74% reported falling victim to phishing attacks themselves. A whopping three-fourths...

Save Now, Pay Later: The True Cost of a Data Breach

What is the real cost of a data breach? To your organization, that can mean a number of things. A data breach costs you in the value of the data lost, as well as its consequences to your operations. There are also possible ransomware pay-offs, not to mention significant time and effort in incident response and recovery. A breach is further a highly visible dent in your security armor and, subsequently, a serious threat to your public reputation. It compromises your customers’ or patients’ right to privacy, as well as their trust in you to defend it—potentially costing you permanently...

Email Scams: Big Problems, Simple Solutions

Ahh, email—it’s likely your first priority in the morning and your last look at end-of-day. You may get anywhere from tens to hundreds of emails a day: coworkers asking questions, supervisors making requests, automated messages requesting verification or login information. Everyone’s done it: skimming through your sky-high backlog, checking for actionable messages, ignoring minute details that might seem out of place—which is exactly what malicious actors are counting on.Email scams have been around as long as email itself, and in today’s commonly remote-working world, they’re more prevalent than ever, invading the spaces we rely on to communicate both personally and...

Reduce Ransomware Risk: 6 Smart Steps

The results are in: ransomware is the hot topic for 2021. Devoted readers of our blog or any nightly newscast these days will know that ransomware attacks are a pressing concern for any industry with sensitive data, as well as supply chains and any organization reliant upon digital access for functionality… in other words, no one is immune to the threat of ransomware.Following the disastrous Colonial Pipeline hack, Reuters reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is “elevating the investigation of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism.” While we at BAI Security hope that widespread recognition of cyberattacks...

Healthcare Horizons: The Future of TeleMed Security

A year ago, it was difficult to project to the end of the pandemic, much less beyond. Now, as organizations shift towards post-pandemic functionality, and administrations shuffle their priorities for the “next normal,” continued financial recovery amid an ecosystem of data protection, remote workers, and incident response is looking more complex than ever—nowhere more so than in healthcare. Healthcare has long been one of the most challenging industries for large-scale change. Enter COVID-19, and sweeping digitization efforts were essentially ground to a halt, followed by a slew of cyberattacks against hospitals that took aim at overworked staff to mine high volumes...

When, Not If: 8 Incident Response Essentials

In the past year, cybercrime grew a stomach-churning 600%. From stealing sensitive data to causing operational downtime, lost business, and permanent reputation damage, hackers have become emboldened by big returns and nearly zero prosecution. With attacks on the IoT (Internet of Things) predicted to double in the next four years, costing companies worldwide over $10 trillion annually, there’s no industry that’s safe from the endless endpoints that hackers prey upon. In other words, it’s no longer a question of “if,” but rather “when” your organization will face a compromise. While defensive measures matter greatly to help thwart an attack, so...

Promising Proposals: Key RFP Content

On dating websites, users answer profile questions to help you find the perfect match. What are your hobbies? Where do you like to travel? How do you feel about kids? Pretty standard inquiry to help zero in on someone promising.But when it comes to vetting IT assessment vendors, decision-makers struggle with knowing what to ask about, much less what to expect in answers from aspiring partners. Or, their RFP is outdated, not representing present-day security concerns, relevant offerings, critical auditor credentials, or other key components that would ensure your IT security is poised for proper protection.Today, we demystify RFP development...

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