July 27, 2021

Experts share tips for avoiding cybercrime at AMBA conference

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Keeping up with work and business emails can be pain enough without having to log into a virtual private network, or VPN, so a six-digit number can be texted to your phone for input to gain access to the company’s computer systems.

But those extra steps of multifactor authentication, or MFA, have become a necessary security tool in a world of increasing cybercrimes.

Businesses in the oil, construction, machinery and plastics processing markets are among the most targeted and need to take action, Steve Searl, Federated Insurance manager, told members of the American Mold Builders Association on June 24 at its conference in Grand Rapids.

“Colonial Pipeline was breached because of a leaked password -— one password,” Searl said of the hack that brought down the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S. and led to widespread gasoline shortages in May.

The culprits, a Russia-linked cybercrime group called DarkSide, got…

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