Dallas-Based Company Says It’s Monitoring ‘Thousands And Thousands’ Of Cyber Attack Attempts Daily – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Cyber security experts say cyber criminals are working overtime this holiday season.
A Dallas-based company is monitoring what’s going on in real time.
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In his 21 years with the FBI, Robert Anderson oversaw some of the largest cybersecurity investigations.
Now he is using his expertise in the private sector to support companies and their employees as CEO of Cyber Defense Labs in defending against cyber attacks.
“Bad boys, bad girls are always looking at things that are happening,” he said. “They can launch attacks that make it easier for them.”
“Everyone is distracted,” said Jason Cook, president of Cyber Defense Labs. “You’re trying to have a good time. They are trying to travel. You’re trying to do something other than really focus on cybersecurity. “
Headquartered in Dallas, the company monitors threats and attacks for its customers in the banking, finance, healthcare and manufacturing industries around the clock.
“What we see every day are thousands and thousands of attack attempts,” said Cook. “There are always several types of attacks happening.”
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Their job is to identify what could harm their customers and act on them.
“Nowadays it doesn’t matter if you are a small company, a very large corporation, or even a government institution, you are under attack,” said Cook.
Last month, the House Oversight Committee found that criminals were exploiting minor vulnerabilities such as weak passwords in three major ransomware attacks this year, resulting in extremely costly attacks.
“People need to realize that these attacks these days are very sophisticated email attacks where you click an attachment and inject malware into your system,” said Anderson. “You don’t look wrong anymore.”
* Familiarize yourself with the current types of cyber attacks
* Use a VPN – or a virtual private network
* Use strong passwords
* Don’t save passwords on your phone or where others can access them
* Two factor authentication always helps
“Then one of the most important things I would recommend if you have any suspicion about an email or attachment is take the time to pick up the phone and call someone and see that they actually sent it to you has, ”said Anderson.
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He also said that in many cases, companies do not have a contingency plan to respond to cyberattacks. It is a must-have.