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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How to Identify IoT Pitfalls and Adopt Technology with Confidence

April 10, 2019 / by Chuck White

When looking at technology adoption, I am frequently reminded of Pandora’s Box from Greek mythology. This metaphor rings true when considering the Internet of Things (IoT). Whereas Pandora released a host of evils into the world, with IoT we have released new concerns associated with multiple technologies, multiple standards, scale, and security (or as I like to say, resiliency). When considering the information that flows from the edge, through the cloud, and ultimately to the data center, the lowest common denominator for protecting information is trust created by cryptography (as noted by nCipher’s Juan Asenjo in the other half of this blog series). In this blog, we are going to start by acknowledging the pitfalls of our particular Pandora and then discuss how we find hope in the solution provided by nCipher and Fornetix.

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Security and the Internet of Everything – Are We Ready?

December 28, 2018 / by Cathy Wolniewicz

The demand for connected devices is growing exponentially, but the technology to secure these devices is lagging creating cyber security vulnerabilities at a massive scale.

The Current State of Cyber Security

Every day we hear about breaches, hacks, and cyber-attacks affecting banks, hospitals, transportation, and even entire cities. In some instances, the impact can mean life or death. Our most trusted institutions – like the US election process – are not the pillars of security they once were. And yet the demand for “connected everything” continues to grow in all sectors and 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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Key Orchestration: Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) for the IoT World

October 03, 2018 / by Chuck White

When looking at the problems we were trying to solve with Key Orchestration, IoT and IoE have always been part of the grand vision of Orchestration. As more and more systems break down the concept of perimeters or layers, there is a need to address the realities of these changes.

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Guest Post: Why Cities Need to Get Serious About Cyber Defense

September 11, 2018 / by Maha Amircani

A special thank you to Maha Amircani for her guest post discussing the reality of cyber vulnerabilities faced by major cities. Maha is an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia and founder of Amircani Law. A Georgia native born to immigrant parents from Egypt, Maha represents clients in city, state and federal court litigation as well as administrative proceedings. Her practice specializes in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, and real estate closings.


 

There has been a lot of interest in protecting businesses from the threat of ransomware. But, city governments are at real risk and the impact reverberates to people like me who interact with them daily. After the City of Atlanta ransomware attack in March 2018, this became crystal clear.

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