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Arguments Against Criminalizing Ransomware Payments

11 Aug 2021 1 minute read 9 comments Matthew Rosenquist

The goal is to effectively end ransomware as a significant cybersecurity risk for everyone. In exploring the different strategic options, one path has emerged superior, in which the flow of money to the ransomware attackers is essentially stopped. T...

Demotivating Ransomware Attackers by Ending Ransom Payments

5 Aug 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Matthew Rosenquist

Outlawing payments will result in the abandonment of ransomware attacks. By stopping the flow of money, we can demotivate cybercriminals who will shift to other activities that are more profitable than ransomware. We don’t need to stop all types of...

2 Biggest Factors Driving the Future of Cybersecurity

7 Jun 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Matthew Rosenquist

Cybersecurity can appear random and chaotic, but there are basic fundamentals that drive the course of cyberattacks.  In today’s video, I dive into the two biggest factors that shape cybersecurity risks, attacks, and what drives the direction of the...

The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Might be Good for America

17 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Matthew Rosenquist

The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, that caused fear of fuel shortages on the US East Coast, might be exactly what the nation needed to improve Critical Infrastructure security! In this week’s video, I discuss why the attack was a much-needed w...

Be Careful of Unmasking & Dusting Attacks

18 Apr 2021 3 minute read 1 comment Suny Ag

Today a bitcoin is worth $60K and even the smallest part of it, the Satoshi, is considered valuable. If you combined the price of some Satoshi, that also becomes large enough. The same goes for Ehereum which is even more vulnerable to such attacks. ...

Stopping the Runaway Ransomware Epidemic

6 Apr 2021 1 minute read 2 comments Matthew Rosenquist

How do governments effectively blunt the growth of ransomware?  There is a path, but it does not involve outlawing cryptocurrency! I see many government politicians positioning a ban of cryptocurrency as a solution for ransomware.  That would simply...

Chaining Exploits are Taking Vulnerabilities to a New Level

30 Mar 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Matthew Rosenquist

Cyberattacks are leaping ahead in sophistication and the industry is not prepared. As an example, Google Project Zero team recently detected attackers that exploited a combination of seven previously unknown vulnerabilities (0-days) to hack fully pa...

Concerns of a New Digital Cold War

15 Mar 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Matthew Rosenquist

Nations may be defining what are acceptable targets for digital attacks against adversaries.  We are likely to see nation sponsored or directed attacks against critical infrastructures that could escalate and cause cascading impacts around the globe...

What SMB's need to know about Cybersecurity

8 Mar 2021 1 minute read 4 comments Matthew Rosenquist

Small and medium businesses aren’t paying attention when it comes to cybersecurity. They are being targeted. Even with limited resources SMB’s can greatly improve their cyber defense. Many free resources are available that identify good practices to...

The CISO Dilemma - When Leadership Ignores Risks

24 Dec 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Matthew Rosenquist

What should a CISO do when the executive leadership chooses to ignore critical cyber risks?  If the C-Suite and board are well informed of imperative vulnerabilities and yet choose a path to ignore security, the CISO is put in a position where they...