Avalon Cybersecurity

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.
April 12, 2018

Moving On Up!

Here at Avalon, we love to see our people move up and take on new challenges. Ryan Lemieux was recently promoted to Information Security Analyst where he will be scrutinizing and providing investigative analysis of cyber events for our clients. Ryan will be the direct point of contact for questions and concerns from Avalon Cyber’s clients and will escalate security events when identified...
April 6, 2018

The Kaseya Attack: Not Even CPU Cycles Are Safe

Wild Wild West isn’t just a ‘90s hip hop theme song for the movie of the same name, courtesy of Will Smith. It’s also become an internet playground for hackers who are willing to do anything to get into systems, which we’re hearing about on an all-too-regular basis.
April 2, 2018

The E.U.’s GDPR’s Shockwaves Will Be Felt Across The Atlantic. Are You Ready?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enacted in 2016, becomes effective in May. It requires organizations that handle the personal data of European Union (E.U.) citizens to ensure adequate protection is in place to prevent theft or misuse.
February 27, 2018

There aren’t enough cybersecurity pros to go around. What does this mean for your business?

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is outpacing supply, and that’s bad news for your small business.
June 30, 2017

5 Unexpected Data Security Risks You Need to Address

Cyber security is looking more and more like a Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner cartoon every day. And sorry to say it, security pros, but we’re the Coyote in this situation.
June 20, 2017

How Do I Know If I've Been Hacked?

Every day, we read a headline about a computer hacking or hear a personal story about a friend, family member, or colleague getting hacked. The signs of your computer or identity being hacked are often apparent, such as a menacing pop-up screen notifying you that all your critical files have been encrypted and a ransom is demanded to unencrypt them. Other times, though, the signs are subtle...
June 6, 2017

Cyber Security Is a CEO Problem Now

Did you ever watch The Office and think about how ridiculous it would be to run such a dysfunctional company? Thank goodness you aren’t the CEO of that mess.