Microsoft Teams at 3: Everything you need to connect with your teammates and be more productive

What’s new in Teams?

  • Real-time noise supression helps to minimize distracting background noise
  • Raise hand feature lets anyone in the meeting send a visual signal that they have something to say
  • Pop out chats into a separate window to easliy move between conversations
  • Offline and low-bandwidth support lets you read chat messages and write responses, even without an internet connection

Read the full article by Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365.  He talks about Microsoft’s commitment to two things: building the very best online meeting experience for customers and bringing technological solutions to traditionally underserved professionals, including Firstline and healthcare workers.

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Ransomware Attacks Target Municipalities

If there’s one organization you tend to trust with your information, it’s the government. The truth is though that many municipalities are simply not doing enough to protect themselves, and your data. Ransomware attacks are targeting municipalities due to their valuable information and security vulnerabilities.

Canadians and American Municipalities Both Affected

The following are some of the Canadian cities that have had cyber attacks occur since 2018:

  •             Cambridge, ON, CAN
  •             Stratford, ON, CAN
  •             Wasaga Beach, ON, CAN
  •             Midland, ON, CAN
  •             Regina, SK, CAN
  •             Mekinac, QC, CAN

Recorded Future Blog compiled a list of American cities and public services hit by ransomware starting in 2013. The image below shows 2018 onwards, which is almost half of the list.

Table of US Municipalities that are Targets of Ransomware Attacks

Almost half of the ransomware attacks on US cities since 2013 have occurred in the past year and a half.

More Than Pennies

On May 7, 2019, the City of Baltimore, MD was attacked for the second time in 15 months. This resulted in disruptions to the city systems for over 2 weeks. The expected cost of the attack to Baltimore is $18.2M. The city now looks to rebuild their systems and make up for lost revenue. It is not hard to imagine that Canadian municipalities are also at increased risk for ransomware attacks.

Are You Prepared for the Consequences?

As a small business owner, or member of government, how long are you willing to allow your systems to be down for, and how much money are you prepared to lose? Have you considered the money lost during the time the business is down? The money required to rebuild critical systems? Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly creative, and cities need to consider that any of the following could happen to them:

  • Locking out of city employees from email accounts
  • Locking out of city employees from phone systems
  • Shutdown of 911 system
  • Loss of police footage potentially affecting future cases
  • Inability to complete real estate transactions
  • Inability to pay parking tickets, taxes

Some Cities Are Stepping Up

In light of all of this, municipalities such as Fredericton, NB have taken steps to protect themselves by partnering with local companies to improve their cyber security and business continuity plans before a crippling cyberattack occurs. In this case, Fredericton approved spending of upwards of $100,000 per year for 3 years. With proper preparation, municipalities can better protect themselves and their citizens, and limit their damages and downtime in the event of an attack.

Cyber Security for Marketers

Cyber Security for Marketers: Four Tips to Get Started

Esther Jeohn, head of global marketing at Penta Security Systems Inc, gives information on how you can deflect or even block the cyber-breach blow. Reading these four tips will give you and your PR team ideas on how to stay protected when it comes to cyber security. With the majority of marketing work done on the go, many of the platforms used are Cloud-based.

“The myriad of platforms make my workflow a whole lot easier, but the lack of integrations into one seamless platform inevitably means that information is being distributed to multiple locations. That information could be anything from company financial figures to customer contact information—which, if it fell into the wrong hands, could mean bad business,” says Jeohn in the article, which can be found here.

What can you do, as a marketer, to keep yourself and your company protected?

How One Hacker Stole $226K Worth of Cryptocurrency from Oracle Servers

According to a recent article published from Techrepublic, an Oracle vulnerability released in December allowed attackers to mine the Monero cryptocurrency.

One hacker was able to deploy a cryptocurrency miner and rake in 611 Monero coins worth roughly $226,000, according to a report from the SANS Institute.

“The good news is that Oracle patched the flaw last year. However, firms that aren’t regularly updating may still be at risk. According to the report, the vulnerability affects versions,,,, and,” stated writer Connor Forrest.

To read the full article, click here.