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ROI Matters: Fuel Your Organization’s Growth with a Mature Cybersecurity Program
Sep 16, 2021 | Jerald Dawkins, PhD, TRUE Co-founder

ROI Matters: Fuel Your Organization’s Growth with a Mature Cybersecurity Program

Cybersecurity maturity impacts your revenue. Learn how to foster revenue growth with mature security protocols.

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Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection - Remediation and Exceptions
Sep 09, 2021 | Will Gray, IT Engineer

Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection - Remediation and Exceptions

As recently as 3 years ago, it Microsoft’s security options were helpful, but sometimes challenging for IT professionals to navigate. With licensing updates and some simplification, as well as marked improvements to capabilities, it’s definitely time to give the Microsoft security suite another look. Specifically, their latest iteration of Defender Endpoint and Security has undergone a major overhaul with its built-in, cloud powered Advanced Threat Protection.

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Don’t Leave Holes in Your Safety Net: 3 Steps to Strengthen Your Business Continuity Plan
Sep 01, 2021 | Scott Williamson, VP of Information Services

Don’t Leave Holes in Your Safety Net: 3 Steps to Strengthen Your Business Continuity Plan

Disruption of mission critical applications would mean delayed service delivery, lost productivity, lost profits, and a lot of other headaches you don’t want. That’s exactly why you are probably already doing backups and have a BCDR plan in place. The question is not whether or not you have solutions. Of course you do. The question is, have you done everything necessary to ensure those plans and solutions won’t fail you in your moment of need? 

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The Hafnium Hits Keep Coming: Some Microsoft Exchange Servers Still Vulnerable
Aug 26, 2021 | Kerry McQuarrie, Senior Incident Response Engineer

The Hafnium Hits Keep Coming: Some Microsoft Exchange Servers Still Vulnerable

Earlier this year, the cybercartel that calls itself “Hafnium” leveled an attack exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange servers. Patches were released by Microsoft. Remediation steps were published. Known incidents were remediated. If everyone knew about and had access to information on identifying and fixing the problem, we should be looking at a closed case, right? On August 13, just as most people thought we were well past the Hafnium attack, a new related exploit was publicly identified by third parties as a potential vector for malicious PowerShell-related commands. The result? LockFile ransomware is being deployed to many organizations’ systems, and the question we are asking is, Why didn’t you update your servers? Of course, updating a complex system is never that simple, but this remains the central issue.

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Responding to Ransomware Series Part IV: What We’re Doing Isn’t Working
Aug 19, 2021 | Jerald Dawkins, PhD, TRUE Co-founder

Responding to Ransomware Series Part IV: What We’re Doing Isn’t Working

It seems that ransomware attacks have skyrocketed amid the pandemic, likely due to increased use of remote work and increased attack surface, combined with new corporate-style models for ransomware cybercartels. While this trend has certainly affected a number of verticals, healthcare seems to have been hit particularly hard, with hospital resources accessible online.

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Responding to Ransomware Series Part III: Addressing Our Collective Risk
Aug 12, 2021 | Lindsey Watts, Vice President of Marketing

Responding to Ransomware Series Part III: Addressing Our Collective Risk

You don’t need to be reminded of the 359,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. that went unfilled last year due to a lack of trained, available talent. You’re probably already living that reality. On the one hand, your board is asking for better trained incoming cybersecurity resources who are also young enough (so the logic goes) to accept entry-level pay. On the other hand, reality has proven that even a talented but uncertified high school graduate can command $85-100K starting salary. We are at a bit of an impasse with supply and demand, and it’s yet another reason U.S. businesses are being taken to the cleaners by cybercartel ransomware attacks. If we want to make a serious dent in our collective risk profile, we have to grow our available trained workforce in every community, stat.

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Remembering Ozzie Pena
Aug 05, 2021

Remembering Ozzie Pena

It is with great sadness we share that on July 29, 2021 Osvaldo “Ozzie” Pena, a deeply beloved and long-term TRUE team member, lost his battle with COVID-19. As many of you know, Ozzie not only adored his own family and kept everything he touched running smoothly at work, but he also became like family to his TRUE teammates and many of our clients.

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TRUE Spotlight: Pulling the Pieces Together with James Keiser
Jul 29, 2021 | Lindsey Watts, Solutions Director

TRUE Spotlight: Pulling the Pieces Together with James Keiser

At TRUE, we have seen that successful alignment depends in great part on bridging the space between business strategy and technical execution. We constantly evaluate our clients’ progress and next steps in light of their goal. What’s working? What needs to be replaced? Our goal is to deliver more than just a network. We deliver a partnership. This week we’re highlighting someone who exemplifies that kind relationship in his role as a Technical Liaison Coordinator, James Kaiser. Even if you have your own IT Teams and don’t work with an IT service provider, looking at how James operates can help you think through ways to achieve the same kind of seamless, internal collaborations that James enables every day at TRUE. 

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Responding to Ransomware Series Part II : The (next) 4 Ransomware Trends You Were Hoping Never to See
Jul 22, 2021 | Lindsey Watts, Director of Solutions & Marketing

Responding to Ransomware Series Part II : The (next) 4 Ransomware Trends You Were Hoping Never to See

Our goal with this series is to give you a clear, updated picture of what’s happening on the front lines, so you can evaluate your current security strategies and ensure you are truly prepared. In last week’s installation, Part I of our Responding to Ransomware series, we interviewed Kerry McQuarrie to learn the first four (4) trends in ransomware: the corporatization of cybercartels, a decrease in home ransomware, the return of spearphishing, and RAT/RDP attacks. This week, we are diving into trends 5-8.

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Responding to Ransomware Series, Part I : 8 New Ransomware Trends You Need to Know About - An Interview with Kerry McQuarrie
Jul 15, 2021 | Lindsey Watts, Director of Solutions & Marketing

Responding to Ransomware Series, Part I : 8 New Ransomware Trends You Need to Know About - An Interview with Kerry McQuarrie

Cyber criminals are doubling their efforts to take advantage of our economic recovery. Kerry McQuarrie serves as Senior Incident Response Engineer at TRUE and is a 20 year veteran of enterprise IT and Security. She is a certified forensics investigator, and every day Kerry mitigates live versions of the attacks you read about in news headlines. This is an interview with Kerry, to get the details you need, straight off the front lines.

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