Avalon Cybersecurity

April 10, 2020

Citrix Vulnerability Could Allow Attacker to Perform Arbitrary Code Execution

In this challenging time, and with many companies moving to remote workforces, we would like to share some important information concerning a vulnerability in Citrix, as many companies utilize this tool to allow their remote workforce to connect to corporate networks and resources.
April 10, 2020

Introducing KnightVision CAM

Just because you don’t have the budget of a Forbes 500 business, doesn’t mean you should go without a world-class cybersecurity program. That’s why the engineers at Avalon Cyber developed KnightVision CAM, our customizable, scalable – and affordable – solution to two major cybersecurity challenges: regulatory compliance and incident response.  
March 18, 2020

The Coronavirus's Impact on Cybersecurity

We’re hearing a lot about protecting ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are using the opportunity to create sophisticated social engineering campaigns and scaling up criminal activity, which means we need to work even harder to protect our online assets too.
February 27, 2020

Ransomware: Pay or Nay?

Ransomware, malicious software that holds your data hostage in exchange for money, is, in a word, terrifying. A bad actor infiltrates your system via a phishing email, for example, encrypts your files, and your business, now crippled, comes to a standstill. The cybercriminal then demands payment, typically in Bitcoin because it’s anonymous and can’t be traced, leaving you in a...
January 27, 2020

"Alex, I'll take cybersecurity for... granted."

I love Jeopardy. But the reality is, I hardly ever watch it. But, when I hear about someone on a hot streak like Ken Jennings or James Holzhauer, I tune in and watch the geniuses clean up.
November 13, 2019

Seven Tips to Help Keep Your Network Safe

As cybercriminals and cyber threats—as well as cybersecurity—all continue to evolve, the list of ways to protect your company could number into the thousands. But for now, to avoid putting you to sleep, we’ve compiled just a few guidelines for protecting your company and your employees.
October 23, 2019

Cybercriminals Never Sleep (And Neither Do We)

According to the latest cybersecurity industry research, market demand for Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services continues to climb. In fact, experts forecast that by 2024, 40% of midsize enterprises will use MDR as their only managed security service. That might sound like a large percentage, but because of the continued escalation of cyberattacks, more and more companies are...
October 15, 2019

The RSS:2019 Wrap-Up

Well, the Rochester Security Summit is in the bag and we had a fantastic time. We met incredible people, learned some new stuff, and gave away a few cool prizes.
October 9, 2019

The First 48: You Clicked Through a Phishing Email. Now What?

Most of our daily work routines start out something like this: You stroll into your office building, walk by a few colleagues, give them a wave and a “good morning” with a friendly smile, assuming you got enough sleep the night before. You take a gulp of coffee, log in to your computer, and begin scrolling through Outlook to read and respond to emails. 
September 25, 2019

Avalon Comic Series: Gone Phishin' (via Moscow)

Phishing is not phunny. Train your team to recognize phishing attempts with BullPhish ID from Avalon Cyber!  
September 18, 2019

Avalon Opens Three New Offices

Avalon, a national provider of eDiscovery, digital forensics, cybersecurity, managed services, and traditional litigation support services to law firms and corporations, announced today that it has opened three new offices. These additional locations strengthen Avalon’s national presence and its increasing commitment to helping the legal and business communities.
September 17, 2019

Team Member Spotlight: Eli Boltz

Every once in a while, we like to show off one of our hard-working, detail-oriented problem solvers. Take a moment to see who's in the spotlight today!
September 9, 2019

Shielding New Yorkers from Cyberattacks

This July, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo passed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act to further protect state residents from data breaches.
August 7, 2019

Securing Technology: Self-Driving Cars, Nuclear-Tipped Missiles, and Our Obligation to Save the World

First (Really Late) Night at SXSW
July 12, 2019

How Cybersecurity Can Boost Your Business

Did you know that aside from being a preventive measure to curb the multitude of damages caused by a cyberattack, a solid cybersecurity plan can help your business flourish?
June 4, 2019

Avalon Cyber and SideChannel Security Announce Strategic Partnership

Avalon Cyber, a leading provider of cybersecurity services, and SideChannel Security, experts in CISO, security advisory, and compliance services, today announced an exclusive strategic partnership.
May 28, 2019

Public connections are a vector for an adversary to steal your data

Michael McCartney joins Susan Rose and Brian Mazurowski of WBEN to discuss ways to help keep yourself and your data safe while connecting to public WiFi or USB charging stations. 
May 17, 2019

In The News: Michael McCartney

Michael McCartney, president of Avalon Cyber, was interviewed by Randy Bushover of WBEN for the Buffalo Means Business Radio Show. Michael talks cybersecurity and gives advice on what to do to help to mitigate the risk of a cyber attack.
May 16, 2019

Team Member Spotlight: Brandy Griffin

Every once in a while, we like to show off one of our hard-working, detail-oriented problem solvers. Take a moment to see who's in the spotlight today!
April 26, 2019

A High Volume of Firms Have Been Hacked

Our cybersecurity team has received more than a dozen notifications from local law firms that have had their email accounts compromised in the last two weeks. We feel it is our duty to notify our business community of the recent wave of attacks.
March 20, 2019

Change Your Office 365 Defaults. Today!

Despite the fact that we’re in the business of responding to breaches, I still feel terrible when we get a call that a client has been hacked. It’s the same story most of the time, which is probably two to three times a week. A client calls us panicked because one of their email accounts was compromised and the bad guy is seemingly using the compromised account to hack into the network or use...
March 19, 2019

Meet Justin

We're pleased to announce that Justin has joined the Avalon Cyber team as a Cyber Security Engineer.  Justin will be focused primarily on the technical development of our cybersecurity offerings, inclusive of MDR, threat hunting, and incident response.
February 27, 2019

Meet Jonathan

Jonathan has joined the Avalon Cyber team as a Cyber Security Engineer. Jonathan will be focused on our cybersecurity offerings, inclusive of MDR, threat hunting, and cyber incident response process and investigative capabilities.
February 15, 2019

Welcome, Andrew Monaco!

Avalon Cyber is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew Monaco as Talent Acquisition Specialist.  The Avalon team has a passion for solving client challenges and Andrew’s experience with building high-level recruitment strategies will help Avalon engage top talent to meet our client’s needs.
January 8, 2019

6 Security Trends Propelling Managed Detection and Response

After yet another year marked by an excessive amount of high-profile cyber-attacks and data breaches, every company, no matter the size, should now expect to be breached. There is a dangerously unstable balance between the ever-increasing cyber threat and cybersecurity solutions. Increasing threats across industries, and the proliferation of connected endpoints to a myriad of corporate...
October 24, 2018

The Cybersecurity Trap: Don't Confuse Compliance with Security

What do some of the world’s most premier data breaches—Target in 2013, Heartland Payment Systems in 2009, Anthem in 2015—have in common?
October 15, 2018

Why You and Your Network Should Get an Annual Physical

We all have that one friend…the one who hasn’t been to the doctor in 25 years since his parents stopped scheduling appointments for him, the one that says that he’d rather not know what’s wrong with him than find out he has lots of problems, or the one that says he doesn’t need to go because he eats healthy and works out often. If you’re like me and think these people are nuts for not getting...
September 18, 2018

Hackers Are After...Pizza?

As a teenager back in the ‘90s, some of my favorite things to do included playing PlayStation and eating pizza. If I were a teenager today, the only difference would be that I’d be playing on my laptop or tablet while eating pizza. Alas, today, I am an adult. And instead of playing games, I’m going to conferences.
August 28, 2018

Why Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is Superior to Your Current Antivirus (AV) Tools

Just as our devices—computers, phones, tablets—are basically outdated by the time we exit the store, the same is happening for cyberattack protection. Our technology is continually becoming more sophisticated, and cybercriminals are keeping up.
July 24, 2018

Cybersecurity Measures That Get a C-

Why Antivirus Protection Isn’t Enough. As young students, when we didn’t want someone cheating off of our tests or papers, we put up a folder or Trapper Keeper as a barrier on our desk. This worked great unless someone stood up alleging that they had to use the bathroom. That scoundrel* then had the opportunity to peek over the makeshift boundary.