In November, some of my friends contacted me, saying they thought I did a pretty good job with my 2015 predictions, and wanted to know what I am predicting for 2016. So here are some good possibilities for the year to come, along with a rewind to see how close I hit the 2015 predictions. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Cybersecurity’ Category
Have you ever gotten an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be a tech support pro who wants to help you with an urgent problem with your computer? Chances are you have. It is estimated that just one type of these many scams have cost U.S. victims $1.5 billion so far in 2015. It is not known how many of these scams are currently active, but with new ones popping up almost every day, I would estimate there are at least hundreds, if not over one thousand, different groups of these crooks launching their own tech support phone scam. (more…)
In early December, there were several reports about yet another type of ransomware, VirRansom, the next evolution of ransomware. It combines the ransomware feature of making data unavailable and locking up your computer until you pay the crooks a ransom with the feature of a virus, which allows it to spread to others. This basically means that not only will the ransomware take your computer hostage, it could also take all the other computers you communicate with hostage.
Some key points about VirRansom: (more…)
Too many businesses have poor information security controls in place (e.g,. demonstrably Sony, Staples, and a seemingly infinite number of other companies) and are basically giving their intellectual property, and the personal information they are responsible for, away.
It is that time of the year again…time for prognostications about the year ahead!
I was asked to provide a few predictions for 2015. Based upon not only what I’ve seen in 2014, but also foreshadowing from the past two-three decades, here are some realistic possibilities. (more…)