Cyber-Insurance Rates Soaring Thanks to Rise in High-Cost Ransomware Attacks

February 5th, 2020 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Cyber-Insurance Rates Soaring Thanks to Rise in High-Cost Ransomware Attacks”

“Often, we are forced to accept the bad with the good. It looks like that is the case with ransom attacks and cyber-insurance rates.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


According to recent statistics, the number of ransom attacks was slightly down in 2019 compared to the previous year. That is a good thing. Unfortunately, the cost of these ransom attacks is increasing as hackers are now demanding higher payoffs and doing more damage to businesses and governments whom they successfully target. The result? Insurers have made “Dramatic” increases in premiums for cyber-insurance and are considering lowering the ransom amounts they will pay.

Check out this recent article by Haley Samsel for Securitytoday, for the inside story as you prepare to discuss cyber-insurance for your business.

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Ring App for Android Full To the Brim with Third-Party Trackers: Report

January 30th, 2020 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Ring App for Android Full To the Brim with Third-Party Trackers: Report”

“Be careful; your smart devices may be outsmarting your efforts to secure your personal data.”

– Glenn Baruck, Chicago Voice & Data


You know that you are leaving digital breadcrumbs when you are on the internet and searching in your web browser but you might be surprised at some of the other places that are also receiving these critical bits of digital info.

Recently, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published the results of an investigation into the Android version of the Ring app (you know, the one that works with that hugely popular doorbell security camera?). According to the investigation, this Android app (version 3.21.1) reportedly includes a plethora of trackers sending out customer data to third parties. Following their investigation the digital rights group said Ring for Android version 3.21.1 is “Packed” with third-party trackers that collect customers’ personally identifiable information including names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers, persistent identifiers – long-lasting references to digital objects – as well as sensor data. If you find this a bit discomforting, check out this short piece by Charlie Osborne for Zero Day for more info.

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As Microsoft Shuts Down Windows 7, Security Risks Loom

January 29th, 2020 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “As Microsoft Shuts Down Windows 7, Security Risks Loom”

“If you wouldn’t drink expired milk, why would you continue to run your business on Windows 7?”

– Glenn Baruck, DigiTek Security


As of January 14, 2020, Windows 7 End-Of-Life is officially here. This event, similar to the demise of Windows Vista and Windows XP, means that the company will no longer be providing software patches or security updates. The numbers vary; however, experts estimate that roughly 200 million PCs worldwide continue to run on older Windows versions, mostly Windows 7. What does that mean for your organization? If you are still running on Windows 7, your systems will not shut down; nevertheless, you will now be exposed to increased security risks as hackers look for ways to infiltrate out of date systems. This recent article by Steve Lasky for Securityinfowatch goes into more depth on the looming security risks and provides suggestions on what to do about Windows 7 End-Of-Life.

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Report: Wyze exposed info of millions of customers in data breach

January 29th, 2020 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Technology 0 thoughts on “Report: Wyze exposed info of millions of customers in data breach”

“Looks like all security cameras are not so secure. Hackers are out there and looking for databases to exploit anywhere they can find them.”

– Glenn Baruck, Chicago Voice & Data


Cameras are popping up everywhere these days for security both outside and inside the home. Wyze Labs home security cameras, recently touted for their low cost and solid performance by both CNN and Wirecutter, is one of the most popular, and recently experienced a data breach. According to this January 2, 2020 article in Securityinfowatch by Connor Lagore, more than two million users had their data compromised, including email addresses, camera names, Wi-Fi networks, and more. Read on for more information.

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Top 10 physical security trends from the past decade

January 23rd, 2020 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Top 10 physical security trends from the past decade”

“Often, as we venture forward, it is prudent to look back to see how we got here. The 2010s were an important decade for security and helped set the stage for our journey into the future.”

– Glenn Baruck, DigiTek Security


It’s 2020, a new decade that will bring new security challenges and fast and furious innovation in the security industry. As we look forward to learning how to keep up with new threats and the tech to foil them, it is an excellent time to look back on the past 10 years of physical security innovation.

This article by Tracey Ades for Security Infowatch highlights ten of the most critical security trends of the 2010s and touches on how they changed security and may impact the future.

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The 10 Biggest Takeaways From CES 2020

January 14th, 2020 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “The 10 Biggest Takeaways From CES 2020”

“Foldable phones and laptops, high-speed computer chips, next-gen smart devices, and more, it was all there at CES 2020! Here are the ten biggest takeaways from the tech experts at CRN.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


The Consumer Electronics Show is the largest technology show of the year, and you know we love technology! From 5G to robotics, AI just about everything in tech is on display at CES. We get excited about technology and are pretty sure you do too, so we’re happy to share this quick summary by Kyle Alspach, Dylan Martin, for CRN that highlights what they found to be the 10 Biggest Takeaways from this year’s extravaganza.

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