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National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and every year we’re reminded of how one category of crime that continues to inflict taxpayers and companies with damages amounting to billions of dollars annually. Stay up-to-date on the latest attack types and prevention techniques to safeguard your organization from the threats that lurk online. Here are five fraud trends we’ve noticed that you need to know about.

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3 Ways to Prevent Your Employees from Leaking Confidential Information
3 Ways to Prevent Your Employees from Leaking Confidential Information

Your business will never face a bigger IT threat than your employees. Yes, every business owner has to come to terms their employees are the biggest weakness in their cyber protection. As a business owner, you may already be on top of the latest cyberthreats and already practicing safe habits online; that doesn’t mean your employees are as proficient. For all you know, your employees could be putting your business in danger at this very moment. How? They may be using company equipment connected to an unsecure WiFi network. They could be installing ‘anti-viruses’ that are actually spying and stealing information right off company devices. The list goes on. What can you do to change this?

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Not too long ago, the CryptoLocker ransomware virus was all over the news, infecting over 250,000 computers in its first 100 days of release (at least that’s the number reported – the real numbers are probably MUCH higher). The threat was fairly straightforward: Pay us or we’ll delete all your data.

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You’re working at your computer when all of the sudden – BAM! – you get a pop-up notification that your PC is infected with a virus and you must “click here” to run a scan or install antivirus software. This is a common scareware tactic used by hackers to get you to click and download a virus. (You should know we would NEVER deliver that type of pop-up to you!)

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Thanks to powerful brute-force-attack software readily available online, hackers can try tens of millions of possible password combinations per second. For example, hacking software can guess a five-character password in under three hours. If you only use lowercase letters, it’s 11.9 seconds.

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Hackers Are Plotting to Hack Your Network
Hackers Are Plotting to Hack Your Network

This isn’t breaking news. Media outlets may only cover bigger companies like Experian or Capital One, but that’s just the surface. Underneath all the press attention, hackers are targeting you. Small to midsize businesses – just like the one you own – are on the short end of an endless amount of cyberattacks, you just never hear about them. Because of this, hackers are able to get away with cyberattacks without drawing too much attention to their malicious activity.

Since hackers fly under the radar, attacking businesses like yours without consequence, what are you able to do? Easy, invest in cyber security. Here’s why.

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3 I.T. Investments You Should Never Skimp On
3 I.T. Investments You Should Never Skimp On

Protecting your IT infrastructure isn’t as easy as locking up your business doors at the end of the day. The truth is, there’s no distance too far where a hacker can’t try to infiltrate your network. If they are successful, there’s no telling how much damage they will do…or when. There is simply no reason why you should ever skimp out on technology and solutions meant to protect your business’s network. Too many people are out there who are more than willing to steal or hold your own data and information for ransom against you.

No matter what size your business is, there will come a time where a hacker or group of hackers will try to exploit any vulnerabilities in means to take control of your system. You need to have a plan, and you need to have it now.

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If you plan on catching up on some work from home AND you’re using a personal device such as a smartphone or personal laptop – DON’T! Unless your personal device is covered under our service plans, you could accidentally introduce a virus to the company’s network.

ONLY devices that are under our vigilant watch of patching, updating and monitoring should be used to work remote. Side Note: We can set up a way for you to work from home securely; call our office if you would like us to set that up: 951.653.9562.