The Great Race: AI and Cybersecurity

It’s impossible to read about any industry without finding multiple opinions on the coming impact of artificial intelligence, but cybersecurity is surely in the top tier of disciplines being transformed by AI. Machine learning and AI are already taking on multiple roles in the battle against cyberattacks, the problem being that the bad guys are […]

The Year that Was: 2023 in Cybersecurity

There was good news, but as usual mostly bad news, on the global cybersecurity front this year. Here’s a brief look back at 2023. First off, the year saw more accolades for Hill Tech, as in July we were again named among the nation’s elite managed services providers, making the prestigious Channel Futures NextGen 101 […]

The Johnson Controls Cyberattack: Poster Child for CMMC?

Another week, another major cyberattack, and both the attack and the victim are massive. In case you missed it, the target this time was Johnson Controls, employer of some 100,000 people worldwide, and the ransom demand from the Dark Angels group is a staggering $51 million. They claim to have extracted more than 25 terabytes […]

Ransom Where? Changing Threats and the Current Landscape

The Dallas City Government. Colonial Oil. The UK’s Royal Mail Service. Denmark’s CloudNordic. Ransomware is a worldwide threat, and it’s rare that a week goes by without another high-profile attack being revealed. What you won’t find in the headlines, though, are the innumerable assaults on smaller organizations, businesses that don’t have the deep pockets often […]

Security Awareness Training: What’s Not Working?

If there’s one constant in the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape, it’s this: Your employees are typically the weakest link in your defenses. Regardless of the type of attempted attack, most will start with an effort to fool an employee into taking an undesired action, whether that’s clicking on a malicious link or transferring funds that will […]

CISA Updates the #StopRansomware Guide: Here’s What’s New

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and its partners recently released an update to their #StopRansomware guide, first issued in 2020. The revised version reflects the ever-shifting scene of tactics and malware that have made the battle against ransomware a moving target. Fun fact: The first ransomware attack was delivered via floppy disk […]

QR Code Scams – Spotting Them and Protecting Yourself


The list of ways that hackers are trying to separate you from your money or your data is seemingly endless, and now you can add the QR code to that list. The use of malicious codes has spiked in recent months, and the consequences can be dire. Here’s what’s happening and how to avoid being […]

Should the U.S. Government Ban TikTok? Should You?

With all the news about the United States government’s potential ban of TikTok and the ensuing congressional hearings, you might be wondering whether you should disallow use of the app within your business network. With 150 million U.S. TikTok users and a raft of cybersecurity concerns, it’s a valid question. Let’s acknowledge that the questions […]

<strong>HIPAA Rule Changes for 2023</strong>


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPAA, has been with us for more than a quarter century now. Enacted in 1996, HIPAA’s original intent was to increase the number of Americans with health coverage and to make health care delivery more efficient. Much of that original intent, of course, was supplanted […]