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Features to Seek Out in a Business Router

Features to Seek Out in a Business Router

Your business’ wireless is an important factor to consider in your operations, which means that your choice of router is crucial for your overall success. Here, we’re going into a few considerations that you should keep in mind as you select your router.

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Macs Are Not Immune to Cybersecurity Threats

Macs Are Not Immune to Cybersecurity Threats

It’s a common myth that Apple computers don’t get viruses. It’s not uncommon for a Mac user to chime in and say, “you should have gotten a Mac,” when a PC user mentions getting a virus or malware. 

Let’s unpack this myth, and talk a little about how, no matter what technology you have, you need to protect it.

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Basic Wireless Security for Remote Work

Basic Wireless Security for Remote Work

With remote work becoming a popular option amongst businesses nowadays, concerns and considerations should be raised about how secure the networks being used are: namely, the Wi-Fi connections many have in their homes. Just as in the office, it is important that these networks are properly secured for the good of your business.

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Tip of the Week: Three Basic Access Control Considerations

Tip of the Week: Three Basic Access Control Considerations

While every aspect of your organization’s security is incredibly important to attend to, we wanted to take the time and delve into a particular aspect that many might take for granted: your digital access controls. Let’s go over a few tips and practices to ensure your access controls and policies are optimized.

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Don’t Let Your Network Be Infected Thanks to Coronavirus

Don’t Let Your Network Be Infected Thanks to Coronavirus

Ever since it first popped up in the Wuhan Province of China, COVID-19 (better known as the coronavirus) has created quite a stir—bordering on panic—around the world. Unfortunately, as has been the case many times before, cybercriminals have been using this near panic to support their attacks. Let’s review some of the ways they do so, and how you can protect yourself and your business from these efforts.

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How Contractors Can Protect Themselves From Cyber Threats

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We were recently published in Coatings Pro magazine, discussing how contractors need to be concerned about cyber threats. While directed towards contractors, the practices we discuss are also applicable to just about any industry.

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Fighting Fire with Fire: Automating Cybersecurity

Fighting Fire with Fire: Automating Cybersecurity

When it comes to cybersecurity, automation can benefit many of your processes and protections. Let’s review how automation can be used to protect your business, and by extension, your livelihood.

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Understanding the Motives of Hackers

Understanding the Motives of Hackers

The term “hacker” has firmly become a part of the public lexicon, thanks largely in part to pop culture and its liberal use of the term. However, the use of the term so frequently has effectively diluted its meaning to “someone good with computers.” In order to keep your business secure against the hackers of the real world, it may help to understand the motivations behind their activities.

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Watch Out for the One Percent

Watch Out for the One Percent

Do you know the phrase, “Locks only keep out the honest?” The idea is that even though you lock your doors, there is only a thin layer of glass and good intentions stopping a criminal from entering your home through a window.

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Prioritizing Network Security is a Must

Prioritizing Network Security is a Must

Every business has their version of risk management. Nowadays, with all the technology organizations use for productivity, collaboration, and communications, managing risk can often be difficult. There are numerous threats that come from the Internet that could put a damper on productivity, create inefficiencies, or shut down production entirely. Regardless of how large or small your business is, you need to prioritize the security of your computing network.

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“Paying the Ransom” Isn’t a Ransomware Defense

“Paying the Ransom” Isn’t a Ransomware Defense

Ransomware has become a favorite attack vector for hackers - after all, for them, it’s pretty much a no loss game. They either get paid, or they move on to their next target. Unfortunately, cyberattackers that dispatch ransomware often do get paid, and these payments can sometimes come from a surprising source: cybersecurity firms.

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USB Killer Caused $58,000 in Damage to The College of Saint Rose

USB Killer Caused $58,000 in Damage to The College of Saint Rose

For the modern business a lot of time is spent focusing on network security. The theory behind this action is that there are all types of threats that could be trying to get into your computer network. At a college, you’d expect that, since so much sensitive data, including personal, medical, and financial information--as well as intellectual property--is stored on college computers/servers, that the diligence of IT administrators would be even more conspicuous.

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500 Million Users Exposed by Marriott

500 Million Users Exposed by Marriott

2018 has been the year of the hack. The problem, so was 2017, 2016, and so on… Marriott International has announced that they have had what could be the second largest data leak in history. They are saying that they are responsible for a data breach that leaked some 500 million records over a five-year span.

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Solid Network Security Requires Vigilance

Solid Network Security Requires Vigilance

When all is said and done, your business’ success relies in no small part on how secure you keep it, and in order to be secure, you need to know what threats are apt to target your business. Below are four of the biggest concerns that you need to be sure that your security implementations address.

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Be Mindful of These Security Issues

Be Mindful of These Security Issues

With all the stories in the news about data breach after data breach, it’s easy to get the idea that the only threats to your organization are those that are trying to break in. This can be a dangerous oversight--one that could cost your business’ future. If you ignore the possibilities, you could very well be putting your organization in jeopardy. We’ll discuss some of the major internal dangers that your business could face.

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Managed Security Services Work to Stomp Out Security Problems

Managed Security Services Work to Stomp Out Security Problems

In the course of doing business, many of today’s businesses have encountered some type of major security threat. As these threats get more and more sophisticated, you are beginning to see more businesses and other organizations enlisting the services of companies that are in business to keep their clients safe. We’ll take a look at some of the services that managed security service provides, and how it fits into a business’ IT strategy.

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Getting Your Staff to Understand How Important Security Is

Getting Your Staff to Understand How Important Security Is

Being a business owner in charge of new IT procedures can be a major pain, especially when it comes to your employees. How often do you experience pushback on any significant change to your IT infrastructure or policies? You’re not the only one--many organizations are in the same boat as you, and it can be a difficult situation to be in.

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Cybersecurity Roundup for the First Half of 2018

Cybersecurity Roundup for the First Half of 2018

Each day tens of thousands of people from all over the world are hacked. Not just sent run-of-the-mill phishing emails, but legitimately hacked. This has made the cybersecurity industry grow at a rate only surpassed by the Internet of Things (which ironically may be one of the largest threats to cybersecurity in the world). We thought it would be good to go over some of the largest cybercrimes of the first half of 2018, and some telling statistics that will give you an idea of what exactly you are up against.

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3 Predictions We’re Making About Network Security

3 Predictions We’re Making About Network Security

Innovation has always been a major part of building better solutions, but some of the most recent trends have been in regard to enhancing security. Adapting to the threat environment is one of the most important parts of running a business, so innovation has been geared toward giving users and organizations alike the security they need. That being said, a lot can change in a short period of time. Let’s take a look at some predictions for how security will change in the near future.

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FREE Printout: IT Security End-User Checklist

FREE Printout: IT Security End-User Checklist

This guide was created so that business owners, office managers, and IT departments can provide it as an educational resource to showcase some of the most basic IT security practices that can be implemented in your workplace. We recommend printing this out and handing it out to your staff for maximum results.

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