Allied World Announces Enhanced Services from Kivu for Allied World//FrameWRX℠ Cyber Risk Management Platform

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, GmbH announced today an enhanced service to the Allied World // FrameWRX℠ (“FrameWRX”) cyber risk management solution. The new service, offered through Kivu Consulting, Inc. (“Kivu”), provides Allied World’s U.S. Cyber policyholders with access to a suite of flexible consultative services, including a vulnerability assessment, a log monitoring consultation or a CISO […]

Essentialism in Information Security

Do less and focus on securing what matters most. “The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything […]

Protecting Your Company From a Cybersecurity Meltdown (or Spectre)

The following blog was written and posted by Willis Towers Watson, February 22, 2018. The latest threat to cybersecurity isn’t a new form of ransomware — it’s a pair of hardware bugs that have the ability to impact virtually any device that has a chip in it – including servers, desktops and mobile devices. These infiltrators, […]

Spotlight on Ransomware: Recent Trends

Kivu rounded out the calendar year with a holiday season bursting with ransomware attacks. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly on what we’re seeing in recent attacks (really just the bad and the ugly). Extension-Agnostic Ransomware Traditionally, ransomware encrypts files based on their file extensions. Most ransomware contains source code with a list […]

Bitcoin Ransom Demands Skyrocket

Bloomberg discusses with Winston Krone how Bitcoin eased the way for ransomware attacks and how his firm, Kivu Consulting, has teams of multi-lingual investigators trained to negotiate with hackers or ensure clients aren’t dealing with a terrorist group, which can run afoul of U.S. laws. Read the full article here: Bitcoin Intensifies Pain for Some as […]

2017 is the Year Of the Phishing Attack

Kivu’s Douglas Brush sits down with David Navetta, breach coach From Norton Rose Fulbright, to speak about incident response for the Cyber Security Interviews Podcast. Douglas Brush, Director from Kivu’s Denver, CO office is the founder and host of the Cyber Security Interviews podcast. He recently published an episode with David Navetta, US co-chair of Norton […]

Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS)

There have been whispers on the dark web about “Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS)” as far back as 2015, but Kivu had its first known RaaS case in March 2017. In this case, the client’s terminal server was infected with Satan ransomware. The Satan ransomware strain is a known RaaS variant that encrypts the victim’s files with the […]