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Vulnerability-assessment

March 1, 2022

Russian Cyberthreats: Steps to Take to Protect Your Business

A week ago, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a warning to all businesses and government entities on the risk of Russian cyberattacks affecting US systems and networks. Rob Lee, CEO of Dragos, indicates that his team has “observed threat groups that have been attributed to the Russian government by US government agencies performing reconnaissance against US...
January 10, 2022

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Services

If you’re one of the more than 300,000 companies in the defense industrial base’s (DIB) supply chain, you’re probably familiar with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). If not, here’s a quick definition courtesy of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)): “The CMMC is a framework that includes a...
December 16, 2021

The Log4j Vulnerability: Where Do I Start?

If you’ve made it past the title, you already know what we’re talking about, and I hope you don’t stop here because you’re afraid of just another technical brain dump of how bad Log4j (aka Log4shell) actually is. What I think will be more impactful for our readers is to provide you with information on:
October 15, 2021

An Overview of Cybersecurity for Financial Institutions: Looking Back and Planning Ahead

Cyber risk, the probability of loss and/or harm to an entity based on technological exposures, is much higher in the financial industry as compared to others, to the extent that even bank ratings can be greatly impacted. This certainly isn’t surprising given the nature of the data this sector manages every day.
February 9, 2021

Vulnerability Assessment vs. Penetration Test: What They Are and Why You Need Both

So here's the main difference between vulnerability assessments and penetration tests, put as simply and briefly as possible:
September 28, 2020

Expert Opinion: Brandy Griffin on the Business Email Compromise (BEC)

In this blog, Brandy Griffin, Cyber Service Delivery Manager for Avalon Cyber, discusses the business email compromise (BEC), what you can do to help prevent one from affecting your organization, and how to respond if a BEC occurs.
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.
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.
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.
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 a...
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