Ransomware Attacks Rampant, Municipalities Report

Although the power stayed on for customers of the utility company Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) last month, the power station’s computer systems were frozen and encrypted by a ransomware attack.

In a post on their website the following Tuesday states that “There is no impact to the delivery of electric service.

Cybersecurity’s Era of Human Error puts SMBs at risk

According to recent surveys, most SMB owners don’t believe cybersecurity will be an issue for them. According to cybersecurity firm 4iQ’s report “The Changing Landscape of Identities in the Wild: The Long Tail of Small Breaches 2019”, this past year has seen “a significant shift from attacks on not just large companies, but increasing attacks on a greater number of small businesses – the long tail – as hackers targeted unsophisticated and unsecured small businesses and supply chain vendors.

3 Business Lessons I Learned from Peyton Manning

3 Business Lessons I Learned from Peyton Manning

by David Javaheri

A few weeks ago Peyton Manning came and spoke to a technology and security industry leadership event we were attending in Nashville.
While we at Direct iT are all Patriots fans and are fully aware of the fact that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback in history, I still found that Manning had some interesting lessons for us about business and success.

ALTA Announces Direct iT as an Elite Provider

The American Land Title Association(ALTA) announced on April 25, 2019 that Direct iT has been named an ALTA Elite Provider.

ALTA’s Best Practices have played a huge part in helping our clients navigate the changing requirements of the settlement services industry,” said David Javaheri, president and CEO of Direct iT. “It’s a huge honor for Direct iT to be included in ALTA’s exclusive group of Elite Providers.

Direct iT at the DefCon 26 Security Conference 

Direct iT at the DefCon 26 Security Conference 

Hackers and security researchers from all over the world descended on Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas last weekend for the DefCon 26 security conference.  Direct iT’s security and compliance team was onsite to hear about the state of the art in network security, and hear from antivirus vendors, chip designers, penetration testers, as well as representatives from the FTC, the Department of Defense, the Navy, and many major security product companies.

What Direct iT Is Doing To Keep You Secure – Summer 2018 Update

New Bluebox™ security features for our RemoteNet customers – we’ve been adding enhanced tools and services to better allow us to scan our customer networks for potential vulnerabilities, identify infected computers, and resolve security issues
Training our customers – we’ve been on the road visiting customers at their offices and at many different events and conferences, training them on the newest threats and ways to stay safe
Training our team — we’ve been ramping up our ongoing security training for all engineers; we also are going to be going to Las Vegas next week during the SecureWorld and Defcon security conferences, where we’ll be meeting with security experts and researchers on the cutting edge to stay on top of all the latest tools, techniques, and threats
New Direct iT Cloud Managed AV Features (powered by Symantec ) – we have been rolling out a number of new features designed to better detect behavior of zero-day exploits and ransomware
Improving our optional workstation update services
Improving security, encryption and monitoring for customer backups
Evaluating and testing new security products and services, including:

Sonicwall™ Capture Cloud, a system that uses artificial intelligence and the cloud to allow Sonicwall firewalls to detect and block brand-new exploits
Third Party Pentesting and Security Audit Services that allow third-parties to review our work and help identify vulnerabilities in our customers’ networks
SecureWorks™ MDR (Managed Detect and Respond), a combination intrusion detection and security event monitoring solution that also leverages a 24/7 security NOC that can respond in minutes when a security breach or severe risk is detected
Duo™ Security Two Factor Authentication(2FA) – a second step when you login that prevents hackers from being able to get in with just a stolen password

The Game Has Changed in CyberSecurity: The growing importance of managed workstation updates

The Game Has Changed in CyberSecurity:
The growing importance of managed workstation updates

A global cyberattack last weekend used a Microsoft security hole to infect businesses and government agencies worldwide. Microsoft Windows Update is
important but not enough….

Workstation Updates – Now Available and Fully Managed from DIT

 Our fully managed program not only will update Microsoft, but over 50 other third party applications such as Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Java, Skype, Win Zip, web browsers update and more.

Direct iT Meets White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

DIT CEO David Javaheri with Rob Joyce

Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce visited the Foley Hoag offices in Boston on 5/22/17. Joyce was in Massachusetts to speak about the President's May 11 Executive Order on Cybersecurity and how IT and security companies can collaborate.