Quarterly Cyber Breach Updates: Protect Your Business Data

Quarterly Cyber Breach Updates: Protect Your Business Data

2023 Q3

Yes, it’s true… Cyber breaches can occur anywhere. This week, Grand Valley State University has issued a warning to certain students regarding a data breach involving their personal information, which was compromised through a third-party vendor.

The breach raises concerns about the security of the students’ sensitive data. GVSU is taking steps to address the situation and safeguard affected individuals. This incident underscores the importance of stringent data protection measures in today’s digital landscape.

The University of Michigan has experienced a two-day internet shutdown due to a “significant cybersecurity concern” as the new school year began, impacting research, fundraising, and potentially delaying financial aid reimbursements. Despite efforts to help students access resources through off-campus networks, the recovery process is ongoing. The cause of the outage, possibly linked to malicious cyber activity, remains unclear, highlighting the increasing need for cybersecurity measures in educational institutions.

Michigan State University has reported a substantial third-party data breach that may jeopardize the personal information of its community members, affecting over 500 entities and around 30 million individuals nationwide. The breach was orchestrated by the ransomware group Clop, exploiting a security flaw in the MOVEit Transfer software.

2023 Q2

Patients were informed that an email phishing scheme granted unauthorized access to business email accounts on March 30, 2023, but the breach was quickly identified and the accounts were secured. It is uncertain whether the accessed patient information, which included personal details like name, gender, and medical records, was actually viewed. Henry Ford Health is implementing enhanced security measures and employee training in response to the incident and has provided an Incident Response Line for inquiries.

How to Enroll in MFA with Microsoft Authenticator App

How to Enroll in MFA with Microsoft Authenticator App

Follow the steps below to activate Microsoft Multi-factor Authentication

1. Sign into your work or school account and then go to My Account portal.

2. Select Security info in the left menu or by using the link in the Security info pane. If you have already registered, you’ll be prompted for two-factor verification. Then, select Add method in the Security info pane and select Authenticator app.

3. You will then be prompted to MFA with the Microsoft Authenticator App.

4. Download the Microsoft Authenticator app on the Apple or Google play store. The application has a white background with a blue shield and a silhouette of a person in the middle (shown below). There are a couple applications that look similar but are the wrong one.

5. Return to the Set up your account page on your computer, and then select Next. The *Scan the QR code page appears.

*If you are unable to scan the QR code. There is an option to enter the code manually.

6. Scan the provided code with the Microsoft Authenticator app QR code reader. The authenticator app should successfully add your work or school account without requiring any additional information from you. Select Next on the Scan the QR code page on your computer. A notification is sent to the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device, to test your account.

Approve the notification in the Microsoft Authenticator app, and then select Next.

The Impact of AI on Phishing in IT Security

The Impact of AI on Phishing in IT Security

AI Phishing Attacks

In the ever-changing landscape of information technology (IT), artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a game-changer, transforming various aspects of cybersecurity. 

One significant area where AI has both amplified and combated threats is phishing attacks. Let’s explore the effects of AI phishing attacks in the world of IT. 

1. Sophistication of Phishing Attacks: AI has empowered cybercriminals to create highly sophisticated and personalized phishing campaigns. Attackers can analyze vast amounts of data to craft convincing messages that target specific individuals or organizations. This level of personalization significantly increases the success rate of phishing attempts.

2. Automated Phishing Campaigns: AI enables cybercriminals to automate phishing campaigns on a massive scale. With minimal effort, attackers can target many users simultaneously, increasing their chances of finding vulnerable targets. Automated phishing kits powered by AI have become readily available on the dark web, allowing even non-technical criminals to launch sophisticated attacks.

3. Early Detection and Prevention: On the flip side, AI is also playing a crucial role in detecting and preventing phishing attacks. By continuously learning from previous attacks, AI-driven systems can adapt and stay one step ahead of evolving phishing techniques.

4. Reduced False Positives: AI-driven anti-phishing solutions help reduce the false positives that traditional systems often generate. By accurately distinguishing between legitimate emails and phishing attempts, AI contributes to a more efficient and streamlined security process, enabling IT teams to focus on actual threats.

5. Enhanced Incident Response: If a phishing attack does succeed, AI can quickly identify affected systems, assess the damage, and aid in mitigating the consequences.

In conclusion, AI has introduced both challenges and opportunities in the fight against phishing attacks in the IT world. While cybercriminals leverage AI to create more sophisticated and widespread threats, security professionals are also leveraging AI’s capabilities to detect and prevent these attacks more effectively. To stay ahead in this relentless battle, organizations must embrace AI-driven cybersecurity solutions while ensuring continuous education and training to empower their workforce against evolving phishing tactics.

Streamlining Your Communication Setup: Holiday Edition

Streamlining Your Communication Setup: Holiday Edition

Mastering Holiday Communication: Simple Steps for Seamless Connections

As professional workers, maintaining effective communication during holiday weekends or holidays is crucial. To ensure a smooth workflow and uninterrupted communication, it’s essential to set up email forwards, auto responders, temporary voicemail greetings, and call forwarding. Let’s explore how to do this efficiently.

1. Email Forwards: a. Redirect incoming emails to colleagues or designated team members. b. Keep recipients informed about your forwarding arrangement in your autoresponder. c. Set clear expectations for response times during the holiday period.

2. Auto Responders: a. Craft a concise autoresponder message informing senders about your unavailability. b. Mention the specific dates of your absence and provide an alternative contact if necessary. c. Express gratitude for their understanding and patience.

3. Temporary Voicemail Greetings: a. Record a temporary voicemail greeting reflecting your absence. b. Clearly state the duration of your absence and an alternative contact method if needed. c. Inform callers that their messages will be attended to promptly upon your return.

4. Call Forwarding: a. Divert incoming calls to a trusted colleague or an answering service. b. Ensure the forwarding setup is seamless, avoiding disruptions in customer service. c. Notify clients or customers about the temporary call forwarding arrangement in advance.

By appropriately setting up email forwards, auto responders, temporary voicemail greetings, and call forwarding, professional workers can ensure smooth communication during holiday weekends or holidays. Implementing these strategies enables you to maintain professional connections while enjoying your well-deserved time off. Remember to communicate your availability and provide alternative contacts to keep everyone informed. 

Stay protected with Cyber Breach Warranty

Stay protected with Cyber Breach Warranty

Get Protected with up to $300,000

We understand that cyber threats are a constant concern for businesses like yours. 

Our security stack has top-notch antivirus software and security measures.

That’s why ICS Data provides a $300,000 Cyber Breach Warranty to allow you the peace of mind to focus on your business.

With our Cyber Breach Warranty, you can benefit from:

  • Increased security for your business
  • Financial protection in case of a cyber breach
  • Peace of mind knowing that you are protected by ICS Data’s advanced security measures and warranty coverage

Don’t let cyber threats keep you up at night. Contact us to learn more about our Cyber Breach Warranty and how it can help protect your business. 

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.