EVERYDAY TECH - Ransomeware Beware!
This week's guests are from Seventh Knight, the developer of AppMoat.
Travis Odom – VP, Customer Experience
Charlie Case – VP, Government Services
Discussed on this episode:
What is Ransomware?
- encrypts (scrambles) personal files (documents, pictures, taxes, financial/customer records, etc)
- Requires paying a “ransom” to (maybe) get your files back
- Commonly initiated by malicious links in emails
Why should we be concerned?
- even if not YOUR business, we all pay when people lose
- Imagine losing family photos
- Even backups can be, and often are, compromised
- RECENT EXAMPLES: Including Yazoo County schools being held up for more than a quarter-million dollars!
What can we do about it?
- Awareness and recognizing scams is crucial
- Be suspicious
- Personal users can use tools such as CryptoPrevent
- Businesses can benefit from AppMoat, a 24/7 managed service to protect their systems
- (AppMoat is a Ransomware/Zero-Day Managed Endpoint Protection tool for Windows workstations and servers)
Tech Byte - Do I HAVE to stream my TV viewing?
Jay and Wiltz take a call from a listener who's gotten the impression that if she doesn't convert to TV streaming, her favorite shows are going away. The guys point out that box-top cable is going nowhere, and that actually, as the cost of streaming soars, box-top cable companies (who also offer streaming and on-demand options) continue to add value back to their services. But, there are advantages either way you go. It all depends on how you consume television and how that fits into your daily routine.
Tech Byte - The Solarwinds hack from an IT perspective
Wiltz Cutrer, an IT professional at Nucor Steel and an IT Instructor at Holmes Community College talks about the fallout, ramifications, and next steps forward for IT pros following the Solarwinds hack from December.
Everyday Tech - Microsoft Solarwinds Fallout
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