NJ., May 6, 2019 — Zina L. Hassel, CEO, and founder of ZLH Enterprises, a
white glove, concierge technology consultancy, was honored by The 17th
Annual American Business Awards® and received a Bronze Stevie®Award in the prestigious Woman of the
Year category for the Business Services Industries.
American Business Awards are the premier business awards program in the United
States. All organizations operating in the US are eligible to submit
nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and
“This has been an exciting year of transformation for our team as we expanded our reach into evolving levels of technology and accelerated the growth of our business without sacrificing the high standards of customer service delivered to our clients,” said Zina L. Hassel, CEO, ZLH Enterprises. “While this award may have my name on it, ZLH Enterprises’ success is a tribute to the dedication and commitment of my entire team in recognition of our combined achievements.”
Many people suspect that security is mostly hype. You don’t really need to bother with all those complicated passwords, antivirus software, firewalls and such. It’s all just security software vendors and security consultants trying to scare everyone so they can sell their products and services.
There are common sense steps everyone should take to secure their
computers and networks, but there is certainly no shortage of hype in
the news. Like the latest hot mutual fund – by the time it makes it into
a newspaper or magazine, it is old news and most likely too late for
you to react to anyway.
However, as one of the common sense measures that aren’t pure hype, you should consider encrypting your email
communications. If you are on vacation you might send a picture
postcard to a friend or family member with a quick “wish you were here”
sort of message. But, if you are writing a personal letter to that same
friend or family member, you would be more inclined to seal it in an
Every few years, we get reminders of how vulnerable we are to acts of nature. Events beyond our control, including fires, floods and hurricanes causing large-scale disaster, have been experienced in various parts of North America recently. Both man-made and natural events will occur, frequently without warning.
Randy Johnston is a top-rated technology speaker at the annual Accountex USA conference. Randy is broadly known for his Technology Update presentation, which he updates continuously. At Accountex 2018 in Boston, Randy will be presenting on Cloud Technology. Randy has expertise in technology, security, accounting, software and computer infrastructure, and strategic planning and management.
With technology, additional risks come from hacks by bad actors resulting in data breaches or malware infections, hardware manufacturer errors that lead to issues such as the Spectre or Meltdown processor exploits, and software manufacturers making erroneous updates to their software that lead to work stoppages. These events all illustrate the need for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.
Let’s separate these two concepts, try to understand the difference, and focus on what we can do to improve business continuity.
Cyber criminals are planning a highly-coordinated attack on cash machines around the world that could see millions of dollars withdrawn from customer bank accounts, the FBI has warned.
A confidential alert sent to banks stated that the scheme, known as an “ATM cashout”, could take place in the space of just a few hours, most likely on a weekend after banks have closed. The scheme involves cloned cards, together with a hack on a bank or payment processor in order to facilitate the fraudulent withdrawal of funds by gangs of cyber criminals.
“The FBI has obtained unspecified reporting indicating cyber criminals are planning to conduct a global Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cash-out scheme in the coming days, likely associated with an unknown card issuer breach and commonly referred to as an ‘unlimited operation’,” states an FBI alert to banks that was obtained by cyber security expert Brian Krebs
A similar attack reported last month resulted in losses of $2.4 million for the National Bank of Blacksburg, Mr Krebs noted, which involved hundreds of ATMs across the United States over the course of several months.
According to Homeland Security officials, state-sponsored Russian hackers compromised US utility networks in a campaign affecting ‘hundreds’ of victims.
The Wall Street Journal cites officials from the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) claiming that hackers reached the point they ‘could have thrown switches’ to cause significant disruption.
Officials linked the hacks to a state-sponsored hacking group previously known as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear.
Back in June 2014, cybersecurity experts from Symantec released a white paper on Dragonfly/Energetic Bear. They noted the hackers appear to have been in operation since at least 2011 and compromised ‘a number of strategically important organizations.’
Their initial focus was on defense and aviation companies in the US and Canada before shifting its focus mainly to US and European energy firms in early 2013.
Symantec explains the group’s usual attack method: