Ransomware vs Data Breach: What They Are and How You Can Protect Your Enterprise From Them

September 03, 2019 / by Ariel Mahlmann

'Ariel Mahlmann is the Channel Specialist for Fornetix. Ariel focuses on developing partner relationships and conducting cybersecurity market research to highlight Fornetix' industry leading products and strategic partnerships.

There are two popular types of malicious attacks: A data breach and a ransomware attack. You may have heard these two terms used interchangeably, however they're not quite the same.  A data breach occurs when a hacker gains access to information and steals the unencrypted data from the system. This is often used to steal financial, medical, and other personal information. A ransomware attack occurs when hackers gain access to a system and hold the data hostage in exchange for a ransom, regardless of whether the data is encrypted or unencrypted. A hacker may keep the data inside the enterprise's system but encrypt it so the right people can’t gain access to it. They may also remove the data from the system and return it in exchange for ransom. Both types of attacks have been around for a while, but recently, ransomware attacks have become more prevalent.

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End-to-End Encryption Strategies Becoming the Norm for Social Media

January 24, 2019 / by Ariel Mahlmann

Ariel Mahlmann is a sales and marketing intern with Fornetix. A recent University of Maryland graduate with a bachelor’s in economics, Ariel focuses on cyber security market research and social media marketing for Fornetix.

Would you consider giving up personal data in exchange for a third-party app to show you what your ninety-year-old self will look like? The rise of social media brought lots of joy to consumers’ lives, allowing users to get glimpses of their future selves, to find out their horoscopes, and to communicate with others across the globe.

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PODCAST: Chuck White Visits 'New Cyber Frontier' to Discuss Encryption and Cyber Defense

November 01, 2018 / by Fornetix

Our Chief Technology Officer at Fornetix, Chuck White, sat down with Professor Andre Hinton from the New Cyber Frontier podcast to explore the ways powerful encryption can solve the big problems of cybersecurity. Take a listen using the audio player below!

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The Importance of Strong Encryption in Free Societies

September 18, 2018 / by Jon Mentzell

There is growing concern regarding the role that encryption on personal devices might play in the future of law enforcement activities. Strong encryption, which uses large keys that are controversially hard to crack, has caused complaints in recent years as manufacturers such as Apple and Google increasingly add these features to their devices. What these companies have done is not new technology, but the broader application of existing public-private key encryption in a way that’s easy to use for the average consumer.

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Your Data Is in the Cloud and It's at Risk

June 26, 2018 / by Kevin Mooney

Companies and individuals are using cloud services more and more. Putting so much of our data into the cloud introduces a growing problem. The lines between public cloud, private cloud, and software-as-a-service (Saas) have rapidly blurred as new technology develops, redefining what “cloud” actually means. Some businesses put significant portions of their infrastructure into the cloud and choose to keep only a very small footprint in a traditional data center or office. More commonly, businesses will leverage SaaS to handle common IT requirements such as email, storage, CRM, and backups.

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What Is the 'EFAIL' Vulnerability and What Can I Do About It?

May 18, 2018 / by Jon Mentzell

What is efail? 

Efail is the name given by German Researchers to a potential attack against PGP or S/MIME encoded emails to take the encrypted contents and send them to a third-party actor.

How does efail work?

Efail requires an HTML encoded email to be manipulated by prepending an html image tag to the beginning of the email. This in turn forces the email client to send a request to a malicious domain looking for an image file that is the body of the encrypted email.

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Fornetix Developer Takes Top Prize at Cybersecurity Conference

February 26, 2018 / by Fornetix

The Fornetix team wants to congratulate Kian Bradley, client developer, after he earned first place in the cryptocurrency capture the flag (C3TF) at this year’s BSidesNoVA hacking conference. The competition focused on real world challenges related to crypto currencies such as smart contract exploits, forensics, wallet exploits, and more issues unique to this growing industry.

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Why Integrity Matters in Automotive Supply Chains (& What Cryptography Can Do About It)

January 27, 2018 / by Chuck White

When considering automotive IoT, it’s logical to focus on the supply chain that makes the car possible. In reviewing the application of key management to the automotive IoT landscape, it becomes apparent that the provenance of car components, from tires to telematics, is absolutely critical. Any poorly-built component can cause a systemic failure of the vehicle delivered to the consumer. When one typically thinks of applying encryption, it is focused on protecting the confidentiality of data at rest, in motion, or even while being processed. However, what about measuring whether the data should be trusted instead how whether it needs to be protected?

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Spectre & Meltdown: Processor Design Flaw Leads to Executable Side-Channel Attack

January 17, 2018 / by Jon Mentzell

Starting in late December, the Linux kernel development lists started buzzing about some commits going into the kernel without the usual documentation that adjoins such code changes. When an AMD developer added some code on December 26th with the following comment, security researchers started zeroing in on the problem:

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