WannaCry OutBreak Raises Concern for U.S. Healthcare Cybersecurity

wannacry healthcare
June 15, 2017

Wannacry was a warning to the U.S. Healthcare community, the chaos that ensued in the U.K. is a cautionary tale of the effects and severity of healthcare breaches. Over 300,000 companies across 150 countries were impacted by WannaCry ransomware, with the U.K. National Health Serivce (NHS) getting hit particularly hard causing thousands of operations and appointments to be canceled. An interesting note is that the NHS wasn’t targeted specifically, but…

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Vulnerability Assessments vs. Penetrating Testing. Is there really a difference?

vulnerability assessment
May 22, 2017

Puzzled on Services? Fit the pieces together with vulnerability assessments and penetration testing. Growing businesses come with more opportunities for security breaches, the need for your customers’ to understand the differences between a vulnerability assessment and a penetration test becomes a necessity.  Some will say that there is an overlap and similarities between these, however, the opposite could not prove to be truer. To put it simply, a vulnerability assessment…

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Who is watching your wire, other than the bad guys?

firewall security management
March 9, 2017

Have you ever wondered if the bad guys are really trying to compromise your corporate network or those of your customers?  With all the potential targets out there, surely it’s the other guys who have to worry, right? A customer told me the other day that budgets are tight this year and he has so many priorities, that he feels like he has to take his chances with cyber security…

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New Year, New Administration for the US Public Sector

government technology
February 13, 2017

Well, we made it through 2016 and there’s no looking back as 2017 has started off with a bang. With a new Administration we are sure to have another whirlwind year – and hopefully one that accelerates necessary Federal IT mandates. Like I mentioned before the holidays, we did see some promising movement in 2016 – the MOVE IT Act, the first-ever Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy and 4,388 data center…

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Security Success Story Video – Fighting malware with secure endpoints in under 30 days

Fighting malware
January 24, 2017

In recent years, the news has been riddled with stories of cyber-attacks and the devastating effects they have on businesses. Being able to protect your customers’ data and mitigate reputational damage by providing robust security solutions is vital. Hear how David Cristal, VP and GM of Insight Public Sector, partnered with Avnet to bring the “right, smart folks” to the table to devise a solution to protect the data of…

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

cybersecurity awareness month
October 17, 2016

October is in full swing, and with that we welcome cooler temps, changing leaves, Halloween, and  importantly, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). In its 13th year, NCASM was created to raise awareness about cyber security.  The annual campaign features weekly cyber security themes designed to educate and engage the public and private sectors. NCASM’s been around for a while – so why are we talking about it now? Cyber…

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10 steps to fight ransomware AFTER it’s infected healthcare systems

it security ransomware
October 12, 2016

More and more, hackers are turning their attention from banks and financial institutions to healthcare organizations. Why? Because they see healthcare companies as low-hanging fruit. Not only is it relatively easy to infiltrate IT systems, by hacking medical devices, targeting new or uneducated employees and/or from general weak security systems – but also the information being protected is extremely lucrative to criminals. Cybersecurity is a big concern for your healthcare…

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Coaching customers to identify, prevent and recover from ransomware

ransomeware
October 5, 2016

Do you know which industry experienced the highest rate of cyber-attacks last year? It wasn’t retail. It wasn’t government. It wasn’t even finance. It’s healthcare. Unfortunately, this trend is expected to continue this year and throughout 2017 as well. Why? Because electronic healthcare records are twenty times more valuable on the black market than other sensitive data, including credit card information. Cyber security is a major concern within the healthcare…

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Tis the Season to Slide into SLED

cloud-computing-government
September 27, 2016

In my recent posts, I’ve focused on initiatives in the Federal space and steps Avnet Government Solutions is taking to protect Uncle Sam’s goods. As summer wraps up I wanted to drill down on the other side of the public sector. Last month we attended XChange SLED University and then road tripped to the Sunshine State for NASCIO a couple weeks ago. The state, local and education (SLED) industry provides…

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Office of Personnel Management breach one year later – look how far we’ve come

government cyber security
September 6, 2016

It’s been more than a year since the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach that exposed the personal information of millions of U.S. Federal workers. You’ve probably seen the news – the breach exposed personal information from a jaw-dropping 22 million people including finger prints, social security numbers and other private information. Victims included current and former Federal employees, retirees, contractors and others who had undergone Federal background checks. It…

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Data Breach Summer Shake Down in the Public Sector

Protect your enterprise from a data breach
August 12, 2016

As Washington, D.C. battles a hazy, hot, and humid summer, it also continues to battle a more complex threat – cyber attacks. The public sector is leading a data breach shake down as organizations and agencies look to stop hackers from exposing the United States’ most secure and sensitive data. Planning ahead for a cyber attack In June 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a set…

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Lock It Up or Lose It – Protect Your Data with AGS Cyber Protect

data protection by Avnet
July 5, 2016

Cyber security breaches have exposed millions of private records over the last few years – 87 million to be exact – and it’s clear that hackers are not letting up. Federal, state and local agencies face a constant barrage of cyber attacks by organized crime, hacktivists and state-sponsored agents. To fight these threats, agencies need to update their patches and defenses, but budgets are tight and it’s challenging to retain…

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