James Mathis

James Mathis is a Systems Administrator at Istonish.

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5 Cybersecurity Lessons Learned from WannaCry

By James Mathis on Jun 12, 2017 2:31:13 PM

The hype over the WannaCry ransomware attacks in mid-May that ultimately disrupted 300,000 systems in over 150 countries has died down. Nonetheless, it is thought to be the largest ransomware attack recorded to date; taking the British National Health Service as one of its first and most severely assaulted victims.

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Rise of the Cloud-First Enterprise

By James Mathis on May 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Businesses are moving to the cloud in droves, but few are monitoring and protecting data in the cloud with the same vigilance they apply to their physical network environments. To keep mission-critical data and applications safe, businesses must avoid four big risks as they make the move.

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3 Signs You're Ripe for a Ransomware Attack

By James Mathis on May 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

2016 saw a surge in ransomware attacks. There were four times as many total attacks as in 2015. In 2017, the problem will get worse with experts estimating there will be a 25% increase in new ransomware families, providing more opportunities for hackers.

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Open Season: Tips for a Successful Threat Hunt

By James Mathis on May 16, 2017 11:15:00 AM

There’s a hunt where you don’t need a license, it is never out of season and permits the use of every weapon at your disposal to bag your prey. It’s the threat hunt.

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Password Safety: How to Create Secure and Protected Passwords

By James Mathis on May 3, 2017 1:42:34 PM

Arguably the most important piece in the security of private information puzzle is secure and protected passwords.  According to Intel Security: A Five-Year Look Ahead, IoT devices will grow from 15 billion in 2015 to a massive 200 billion by 2020.  With cybersecurity threats on the rise and more employees working from home on portable devices, keeping confidential data safe is crucial to the security of any organization.

What is a Password?

A password is described as ‘a secret word or phrase that must be used to gain admission to a resource.’ In the technology realm, a password is a ‘string of characters that allow access to a computer, interface, or system.’

Passwords are the equivalent of locking your doors at home. Would you feel safe leaving the front door to your home unlocked? The key or code grants you access to the valuables inside. The same can be said about password security. 

According to SplashData: 2015 Worst Passwords List, the top 10 most insecure passwords as of 2015 are as follows:

2015 Top 10 Most Insecure Passwords

1. 123456

2. password

3. 1345678

4. qwerty

5. 12345

6. 123456789

7. football

8. 1234

9. 1234567

10. baseball

It comes as no surprise that according to a poll of 2,000 consumers conducted by TeleSign, 8 in 10 people are worried about their online security.

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